Guimarães - The host City

Guimarães, is an average size city
but with a booming cultural life

It is an historical city that had an important role in the formation of Portugal
and it was settled in the 9th century, at which time it was called Vimaranes.
This denomination might have had its origin in the warrior Vímara Peres,
when he chose this area as the main government seat for the County
of Portugal which he conquered for the Kingdom of Galicia.
Guimarães is one of the country's most important historical cities.
Its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the
largest tourist centers in the region.
The city is often referred to as the "birthplace of the Portuguese nationality"
or "the cradle city" (Cidade Berço in Portuguese). This might be because the
administrative seat of the County of Portugal was established there by Henry
of Burgundy, or that it might also been the birthplace of Afonso I of
Portugal, the first Portuguese king.




Oliveira Square

Palace of the Dukes
of Braganza

The toural Square