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Guimaraes

(4.4/5 based on 6,500+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, nature

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital. With roots dating to the 12th century, Guimarães is full of scenic medieval streets and monuments, earning it the title of a World Heritage Site. Architecture from the 15th to the 19th centuries draws visitors to the city's museums, churches, palaces, and stately buildings. When using our Portugal vacation builder, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Where to stay in Guimaraes

As one of Portugal's biggest tourist cities and home to a wealth of historical buildings and other sites, Guimaraes boasts a wide array of options for accommodations ranging from extensive boutique hotels to basic youth hostels. To place yourself right in the midst of the action, check into a hotel or guesthouse in the town's medieval center, which reflects a multitude of different architectural styles that have earned it a place on the World Heritage List. Note, however, that with this popularity comes a higher pricetag. To keep costs down, try staying in the residential areas south of the center, which still provide quick access by foot or public transportation to the main sights.
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