The city of Guimarães
Guimarães is located in the north-western part of Portugal, 40 minutes away from Porto international airport. It is, nowadays, with a population of about 60 000 habitants, one of the most important historical cities in the country having been declared World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO. Its many monuments and precious historical centre are associated with the past where the city played a major role in Portuguese history as the cradle of the nation.
Guimarães was designated the European Cultural Capital of 2012 and was elected by the New York Times as one of the top destinations to visit in 2011. Guimarães is 40 minutes away from Porto and both cities are listed in the top 10 World destinations for Lonely Planet Guide in 2012. Porto is also a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is world famous by being home to Port wine cellars.
Porto’s city centre was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. With its tradition of wine making, magnificent Baroque architecture, distinct local cuisine and stunning landscape, this city has an abundance of culture. Porto was awarded the European Best Destination 2017.
The Douro Valley is a region located in the North of Portugal, where the Port wine production and the unique scenery sculpted by the Douro river are not to be missed. You can plan your visit by road, by train, on a cruise boat and even by helicopter. None will leave you indifferent.