The city where Portugal was born

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Guimarães’s historic city centre is a Unesco world heritage site

Dermot Bolger visited Guimarães and found it to be a wonderfully relaxing haven of old Iberian tranquillity

Some time ago, when researching a novel, I visited a famous school in Munster where a real-life character in my novel once studied. Its staff could not have been more helpful in painstakingly examining old records. But their demeanour changed rapidly when I expressed a desire to – just once – walk across a deserted playing pitch that I could see through the window, so I could stand where my character had stood. They explained...

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