[ VLOG ] Summer Trip To Guimarães - The Birthplace of Portugal

Last summer, my family and I had the incredible opportunity to visit the charming city of Guimarães in Portugal. Known as the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães is a city rich in history and culture, with stunning architecture and a vibrant atmosphere.

From the moment we arrived in Guimarães, we were captivated by its beauty. The cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings and blooming flowers created a picturesque setting that felt like something out of a fairytale. 

We visited Guimarães only for one day, as we stayed in Porto that is only 1 hour away by train. 

We spent our time exploring the city's historic center, wandering through the winding alleys and admiring the medieval castle and impressive churches.

✔️ What to see in Guimarães, Portugal

When visiting Guimarães, there are several must-see attractions that you won't want to miss. Here are some of the top sights to explore in this historic city:

1. Guimarães Castle: This 10th-century castle is a symbol of the city's foundation and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the castle grounds, climb the towers for panoramic views of the city, and learn about its fascinating history.

2. Palace of the Dukes of Braganza: This magnificent palace is one of the most well-preserved medieval residences in Portugal. Admire the stunning architecture, intricate decorations, and beautiful gardens as you step back in time to the noble life of the past.

3. Historic Center: Wander through the charming streets of Guimarães' historic center, which is filled with colorful buildings, quaint shops, and cozy cafes. Don't miss Largo do Toural, a bustling square that is perfect for people-watching.

4. Oliveira Square: This picturesque square is surrounded by beautiful buildings and is the perfect place to relax and soak in the atmosphere of Guimarães. Be sure to visit the iconic statue of Dom Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal.

5. Igreja de São Miguel do Castelo: This Romanesque church dates back to the 12th century and is a stunning example of medieval architecture. Admire the intricate carvings, beautiful frescoes, and peaceful atmosphere of this historic church.

6. Penha Mountain: For panoramic views of Guimarães and the surrounding countryside, take a trip to Penha Mountain. You can hike or take a cable car to the top, where you'll find a sanctuary, picnic areas, and stunning vistas.

7. Alberto Sampaio Museum: This museum showcases a collection of religious art, medieval artifacts, and decorative arts, offering insight into the history and culture of the region.

These are just a few of the many incredible sights to see in Guimarães. Whether you're interested in history, architecture, or simply soaking in the atmosphere of a charming Portuguese city, Guimarães has something for everyone. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this beautiful and historic destination on your next trip to Portugal.

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