The iconic Guimaraes Castle, where Portugal’s first king, Afonso I, was baptized, swept me into a whirlwind of history and architecture. As I strolled through the massive fortress, the stories of medieval knights and ancient battles came alive. The castle’s imposing stone walls, majestic towers, and well-preserved interior kept me engaged for hours. The complex consists of a square keep, watchtowers, and a defensive wall, all resting atop a hill. Local legends, historical re-enactments, and educational tours enriched my visit, cementing the castle as one of the top 10 attractions in Guimaraes. Exploring the battlements and hidden chambers filled me with a sense of awe, as if I was journeying back in time. The historical significance, combined with stunning views, makes this a must-see.