Guimarães is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located just 30 miles north of Porto. The picturesque medieval city is considered the birthplace of the nation, as it was the country’s first capital and the birthplace of Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king.
The historic center of town is well preserved and has a number of stone buildings that date from the 10th to the 15th centuries, and a quaint main square, Largo da Oliveira (Olive Tree Square). Just outside of town is a 12th C. Augustinian monastery that was built by Teresa, the mother of King Afonso Henriques. There is also a Manueline church that still offers Mass on Sunday, along with extensive grounds and beautifully maintained gardens. For more information on the city, click here.
Today the monastery welcomes guests as the Pousada de Guimarães, Santa Marinha. It is one of the most impressive hotels in the Pousadas group, and was awarded the coveted Europa Nostra prize for its renovation and restoration.
The Pousada has 49 rooms and 2 suites that are outfitted in traditional Portuguese style and have been equipped with modern amenities. Guests can enjoy the views of the city below from the beautiful outdoor swimming pool and gardens that surround the hotel.
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