Guimarães is well-known for being the birthplace of the Portuguese Nation or, as it also called, the "Crib Town", since Dom Afonso Henriques, the father of the Portuguese nation, was born here. In one of the old city wall towers you can even read “Aqui nasceu Portugal” ("Portugal was born here"). The historic and medieval center has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here you can begin by scrolling through the characteristic alleys, lingering in the famous Largo da Oliveira, the heart of the city, where the Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the arcades, the pousada de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and the ancient Paços do Concelho are located. It also has nice terraces, where the nightlife of Guimarães begins. Be sure to visit the castle of Guimarães of medieval construction and associated with the foundation of Portugal. City with a long cultural tradition, Guimarães has, nowadays, various cultural spaces, such as the Martins Sarmento Museum, the Museu Alberto Sampaio and the Centro Cultural Vila Flor. The area of Monte da Penha deserves undoubtedly a visit. Stroll through the forest in full contact with nature, visit Igreja da Penha, rest in one of the many terraces and enjoy the peace of this place. Also try riding the cable car that connects the city to Penha, boasting beautiful panoramic views over the entire city. On a gastronomic level, we recommend for you to taste the sardinha com bolo quente (sardines served with a hot cake), tortas de Guimarães (shell shaped sweets made with almonds and pumpkin jam), toucinho-do-céu (kind of almond cake), the papas de sarrabulho (porridge made with different types of meats and sausages) and rojões (snack made with pork meat cubes). One last note for two festivities that attract many tourists: the Gualterianas, which take place on the first weekend of August and are marked by the Cortejo do Linho (Linho Parade) and the Batalha das Flores (Flower Battle), and the Nicolinas, the students' party, taking place between November 29 and December 7 and which high moments are the Pinheiro and the Ceias Nicolinas.
Where to eat in Guimarães
Author, Portuguese, Vegetarian
A large restaurant, finely decorated, with a professional service and well prepared dishes. The hun…
A restaurant that features dishes prepared in the wood oven. Traditional dishes and a wide variety …
The Hool is a restaurant-bar facing the Praça da Oliveira, in the heart of Guimarães. Offers the be…
Located in the heart of the city of Guimarães, with a panoramic view to the Largo do Toural, this h…
Author, Contemporary, French, Fusion, Gourmet, Healthy Food, Mediterranean
Inserted in the historical centre of Guimarães, a 16th-century mansion, the historic by Papaboa is …
A restaurant located in the old Monastery of Santa Marinha da Costa, in the Penha National Park. A …
A traditional restaurant, located on a villa's ground floor, that serves fine regional dishes.
What to do in Guimarães
Castelo de Guimarães
In the 10th century, the Countess Mumadona, sent in his Homestead, built a monastery. The fact of being the target of intense Moorish attacks, did build a fortress to protect the monks and the Christian community. Thus was born the castle of Guimarães. After the birth of the County of Portugal, came to be inhabited by count Dom Henrique and …
Santuário da Penha
This Sanctuary is composed by a church, several small churches and a park filled with natural caves that used to be used as shelter. It was built in 1946, after the 1939 fire hade destroyed the original Eucharistic Sanctuary da Penha.
Igreja de São Miguel do Castelo
This Romanic church has a perfectly volte doorway and a rectangular main chapel, probably built by the Count Dom Henrique. This Monument has a rather high symbolism not only for its historical connection to the period in which the Nationality was founded, but also because traditionally here Dom Afonso Henriques was baptised. The main façade includes a doorway with two …
Citânia de Briteiros
Fortified village with occupations of the iron age and the Roman era. Features four rows of walls and a plant approximately oval, of great dimension. The town develops in blocks consisting of houses, circular and rectangular plant.
Centro Histórico de Guimarães
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the historic centre of Guimarães is a clear example of the preservation of a medieval urban core, in what is today a modern city. Intrinsically linked to emerge from the nationality, in the 12th century, the city cradle consists of a diverse set of buildings. In the Centre, easily see the bourgeois houses …
Torre de Alfândega - Aqui Nasceu Portugal
It was known as Torre da Alfândega after the Alfândega de Guimarães building was created in its vicinity. The passage by this point is almost obligatory for those who visit the city for the first time. It is mainly known by the famous inscription "Here was born Portugal".
Praça de São Tiago
Square of medieval moth where, according to tradition, was brought to Holy Virgin Mary by the Apostle St James, having been placed in a pagan temple of largo. Here there was also a alpendrada Chapel, dating from the 17th century, dedicated to Santiago, which was demolished in the late 19th century.
Estátua de Homenagem a Dom Afonso Henriques
Imposing statue with various boards of honour, erected in honor of the first King of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. By Soares dos Reis and was inaugurated in 1874. For some years been in the Plaza do Toural, until it was finally placed at this location.
Largo da Oliveira
It is in this broad which is what remains of the old convent of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the Church of the olive tree and the beautiful cloister entered the Museum Alberto Sampaio. In front of the Church can enjoy the pattern that recalls the victory of d. Afonso IV on the Moors, in 1340 at the battle of Salado. …
Paço dos Duques de Bragança
This is a 15th century Monument constructed by orders of Dom Afonso, Count of Barcelos. It is a building with huge dimensions, with four bodies that surround an inside yard in rectangular plan. This construction probably occupied the place from the former Palace from León Kings. It was rather altered throughout of the centuries and recently restored. It deserves special …
Centro Cultural Vila Flor
A Cultural Centre located in a building at the Vila Flor Palace, with four meeting rooms of 55 seats each, an exhibitions area with 1000 m2, two theatre auditoriums for 1000 people, a restaurant, a cafe-concert and a parking lot …
Escultura de Dom Afonso Henriques por João Cutileiro
This sculpture of King Dom Afonso Henriques, situated at one end of the Largo João Franco, soon after entering through the gates of the village, was opened in 2001 in the commemorations of the day 24 June municipal holiday in …
Estátuas do Campo de Ataca
Set of seven statues with about five meters, erected on the spot where, according to tradition, began the battle of São Mamede in 1128. This battle left winner Dom Afonso Henriques, on June 24, 1128, considered the first day of …
Padrão comemorativo da Batalha do Salado / Padrão de Nossa Senhora da Vitória
It was constructed by orders of Dom Afonso IV as a celebration of the 1340 Battle. The porch is composed by four flexed and worked arches, settled in columns with worked capitals topped by the Royal escutcheon. Here it is …
Antigos Paços Municipais de Guimarães
Its construction started in the end of the 14th century and was only completed a few centuries later. In the 17th century was the subject of profound renovation works. The ground floor consists of a porch supported by Gothic arches …
Muralhas de Guimarães
The high part of Guimarães was the first to approach the wall; it was probably during the Kingdom of D. Dinis. From this wall that is extended through around two thousand metres, it only survived an extensive chunk and from …
Convento de Santa Clara
Founded in the 16th century by the Canon Master School of Collegiate Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, Baltasar de Andrade, this was one of the richest convents in the city. The convent of Santa Clara stresses the facade and …
Mosteiro de Santa Marinha da Costa
This Convent was founded on the 12th century by Queen Dona Mafalda, wife of Dom Afonso Henriques. The Monastery has this present appearance due to the reconstruction occurred on the 16th century. From this period there are the vault on …
Museu Arqueológico Martins Sarmento
This museum, founded in 1885, is the most important museum of "castreja" (of the Celtic villages) culture in Portugal and one of the most important in Europe. It features ceramics, iron and copper objects, as well as ancient sculptures.
Museu de Alberto Sampaio
Created in 1928 to house the art collection of the extinct Colegida de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, as well as other churches and convents in Guimarães, this museum exhibits local objects as well as ancient religious art works, namely collections …
Teleférico da Penha
The journey on the Teleférico da Penha begins at the aerial tramway's terminal. It offers unique views of the city until it reaches its peak, on the Alto da Penha. There, apart from the belvederes with excellent views, there are …
Santuário de São Torcato
Church of revival architecture and eclectic, with a Latin cross plant consisting of a single ship. This church took 173 years to be completed, and for finishing the chancel. Inside, there is a cruise covered by an octagonal Dome, lit …
Where to sleep in Guimarães
Casa de Sezim, Guimarães, next to enjoy the moth and the beauty of a traditional solar Minho and respective Chapel. The space offers 8 double rooms and solutio…
Hotel da Oliveira, the most important hotel of charm of the city of Guimarães, is a project developed by the interior designer Paulo Lobo, who transformed an o…
The municipality of Fafe, located at baixo Minho region, still preserves some rurality marks. In fact, this territory has marks of a rural aristocrac…
Terras de Bouro
Terras de Bouro is a markedly rural municipality, where, however, there is no shortage of attractions to visit. Located on the South Bank of the rive…
Vila Nova de Famalicão
The municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão, located along the valleys of the Ave, is now referenced as one of the leading commercial, industrial and …
Barcelos is the municipality that with 89 parishes is considered to be the one having the greatest number of parishes in the country. Its name derive…