After a couple of days exploring Porto (and sampling all the port), we decided to take a day trip outside of the city. Just over an hour east of Porto lies Guimarães, a historic city that is often referred to as the birthplace of the Portuguese nationality.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guimarães is a smaller city with a booming arts and culture scene. The day that we visited, the city was all but shut down for Guimarães noc noc, an annual celebration that brings the city together to celebrate art, artists and so much more.
Guimarães was incredibly easy to explore on foot–within an hour or so of arriving we had explored all over and had seen the big sites.
As with everywhere in Portugal, we ate some incredibly delicious food. Because the city was preparing to kick-off the noc noc celebrations many of the restaurants weren’t exactly open for business — they were serving beverages, but the kitchen was closed. I guess the owners took pity on us, because after being told the kitchen was closed, they brought us out several plates of food and wine. We spent a few hours enjoying our food and wine, as well as taking in the arts celebrations that surrounded us.
Guimarães was an incredibly charming city, offering tourists a great mix of history and contemporary life.
The trip itself was just over an hour on the train and cost slightly more than 3€ each way, making it the perfect day trip from Porto.
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