Guimaraes: Birthplace of a Nation

Discover Guimaraes, regarded as the city where Portugal was founded, during a walk of the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage SiteHere, you will admire an array of national monuments and well-preserved buildings and get a sense of bygone times.

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Depart the pier and enjoy the journey of a little more than one hour to Guimaraes, a town proud of its pastSettled in the 9 th century, Guimaraes is considered the birthplace of Portugal and is often called the cradle city (Cidade Berço)It is thought that Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, was born here between 1106 and 1111Take in the charm of the city, with its old cobblestone streets, medieval buildings and pastel-colored housesIn the summertime, facades are adorned with flower-filled window boxesStop to marvel at the exterior of the King's Castle, a medieval strongholdStanding high above the town on a solid rock foundation, the carefully preserved castle is a city landmarkBelow the citadel is the 15 th -century Palace of the Dukes, or Paço dos Duques de BragançaDating to between 1420 and 1422, the palace was entirely rebuilt in the 1940's and stands as a fine example of a nobleman's residenceToday, it is a National Monument displaying a remarkable collection of decorative arts. Your stroll continues to the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage SitePass along narrow streets and encounter the remains of the city walls of this engaging and picturesque cityWhile certainly honoring and preserving its past, Guimaraes is also fully engaged with the present, abuzz with cultural offerings and the energy of students who attend the university. Following your walk through the old city, enjoy time to explore on your own before returning to your Crystal ship.