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Porto and the North Travel Guide


Guimarães is a town proud of its past, and this is evident in a series of delightful medieval buildings and streets. The Old Town's narrow, cobbled thoroughfares pass small bars that open onto sidewalks and pastel houses that overhang little squares and have flowers in their windowsills. In 2001 the historic center of Guimarães was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, and

more recently the town has served as the European Capital of Culture (2012), and the European Capital of Sport (2013). These recent designations have put Guimarães on the map, led to vast improvements in tourist infrastructure, and brought the city the attention it deserves.

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