After careful evaluation, the scientific committee of the Swiss Tourism Awards then selected the city of Guimaraes and awarded the prize:
Often referred to as the birthplace of Portuguese nationality, this city is rich in history. The city has an annual medieval fair to give tourists who want to experience Guimaraes in historical context. The ruins of the city tell a rich and beautiful story. The city and all the buildings are incredibly preserved and perfectly intact showing the identity of the Portuguese city. To get a complete and truthful understanding, of Portugal, the roots of the people and the country, this is the right place to visit.