The historical city of Guimarães is linked with the creation of Portuguese national identity from XII century, considering his urban settlement a testimony of town development across very diverse and particular types of architectural construction.
The UNESCO classified this site in 2001 as World Heritage Site including the urban medieval fabric, the series of great significance places as well as his variety of traditional building techniques.
Guimarães, Portuguese nationality cradle, invites all visitors to enjoy the streets of its Historic Center, feeling the history of Portugal in the various monuments and squares, churches and museums, to explore the X century castle, birthplace of D . Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal and to discover the Bragança Dukes Palace, XV century splendid mansion classified as National Monument. Guimarães, a city with medieval foundation, a World Heritage Site, it will be the European Capital of Culture in 2012, exceptionally well preserved, which maintains the desire to take care his historical legacy and at the same time to be one of the most contemporary and gorgeous city in the Europe.