This northern city was 2012 European Capital of Culture. Although you may not find it has the same vibes it had that year, it’s still worth a go.
Guimarães is one of the country’s most important historical cities. Its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city is often referred to as the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality”.
If that wouldn’t be enough for a visit, the old city center is beautiful.
The medieval town of Mosaraz, located atop a hill in the middle of the interior plains of the Alentejo, is one of the most beautiful in Portugal.
A visit to Monsaraz is also a journey through time. Marked by lime and the shale becomes “Monsaraz Open Museum” every year during the month of July, opportunity to learn the habits and customs of Alentejo in handicraft, food and various cultural performances that are taking place there, including music, theater, dance and art exhibitions.
Considered one of the oldest towns in Portugal, Monsaraz has recorded evidence of settlement since prehistoric times, and was initially a fortress fortified.