Often referred to as the "birthplace of the Portuguese nationality", it is widely believed Portugal’s first king Afonso Henriques was born in Guimarães, and from there set out to conquer the territory that is now Portugal. Its historic town centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today, Guimarães is one of the most enterprising, innovative and industrial cities in Portugal. In the post-austerity period after the the financial crisis, the companies in the city were creating more jobs and revenue than the national average. The city is also a clear example of digital transformation success having won awards like ACEPI Navegantes XXI - Best Digital City Award, the Most Sustainable City in Portugal award in 2017, and the Perfect City Award in Connectivity and Innovation promoted by Siemens and Vision Magazine, among others.