The inscription “Aqui Nasceu Portugal” (Portugal Was Born Here), on the Torre da Alfândega stones, in Largo do Toural, leaves no doubt that we have arrived at the “Cradle City”. You can start your journey with a stroll through the streets of the historic center, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A trip to the Guimarães Castle is a must, as it is the Paço dos Duques de Bragança. Guimarães has several cultural venues, such as the Martins Sarmento Museum, the Alberto Sampaio Museum, the Vila Flor Cultural Center or the more recent José de Guimarães International Arts Center. The city has a lot of cultural associations,and Cineclube de Guimarães or Associação Convívio, are just a few. If you want to get some fresh air, don't miss the cable car ride up to Monte da Penha, the lung of the city, where you can contemplate a fantastic panoramic view.
What to do in Guimarães
Largo do Toural
Traditional meeting point to celebrate the conquests of the people of Guimarães. At one end of the Square, you can find a beautiful Renaissance fountain with three bowls. In the center of the square, an iron railing was placed to recover the old layout of the square.
Largo da Oliveira
It is in this square that you can find what remains of the old Convent of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, the church of Oliveira and the beautiful cloister inserted in the Alberto Sampaio Museum. In front of the church, you can see the pattern that recalls the victory of D. Afonso IV over the Moors, in 1340, in the battle …
Paço dos Duques de Bragança
15th century monument built by Dom Afonso, Count of Barcelos. Large building, with four bodies that surround an interior courtyard with a rectangular plan. This construction occupied the place of the old palace of the Leonese kings. Much changed over the centuries, it was recently restored. Noteworthy are the Gothic chapel portal, the "lost steps" and the banquet hall. It …
Castelo de Guimarães
In the 10th century, the Countess Mumadona had a monastery built on her estate. The fact that it was the target of intense Moorish attacks meant that a fortress was built to protect the monks and the Christian community. Thus was born the Castle of Guimarães. After the birth of Condado Portucalense, it became inhabited by Count Dom Henrique and …
Santuário da Penha
Sanctuary consisting of a church, several chapels and dotted with several natural cavities, which were formerly shelters. It was built in 1946, after a fire in 1939 destroyed the original Santuario Eucarístico da Penha.
Torre da Alfândega - Aqui Nasceu Portugal
It became known as Torre da Alfândega after the Alfândega (Customhouse) de Guimarães building was created next to it. Visiting this point is almost mandatory for anyone visiting the city for the first time. It is mainly known for the famous inscription "Aqui Nasceu Portugal" (Portugal Was Born Here).
Convento de Santa Clara
Founded in the 16th century by Baltasar de Andrade, this was one of the richest convents in the city. The convent of Santa Clara stands out thanks to its symmetric facade, divided in three and the portico has an image of the Patron Saint. It has a spacious courtyard and an impressive two-storey cloister. Currently, the City Hall is here …
Praça de São Tiago
Medieval square where, according to tradition, the Holy Virgin Mary was brought by the apostle São Tiago, having been placed in a pagan temple in the square. Here, there was also a porch chapel, dating from the 17th century, dedicated to Santiago, which was demolished at the end of the 19th century.
Centro Histórico de Guimarães
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic center of Guimarães is a clear example of the preservation of a medieval urban core, in what is now a modern city. Intrinsically linked to the emergence of nationality in the twelfth century, the city is formed by a diverse set of buildings. In the center, you can easily see the …
Museu de Alberto Sampaio
Created in 1928 to house the artistic collection of the extinct Collegiate Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and other churches and convents in Guimarães, here you can see objects of local origin and ancient sacred art, namely collections of …
Mosteiro de Santa Marinha da Costa
Convent founded in the 12th century by Queen Dona Mafalda, wife of Dom Afonso Henriques. The monastery owes its current appearance to the reconstruction that took place in the 16th century. The vault of the chancel and the cloister covered …
Parque da Cidade de Guimarães
The Parque da Cidade de Guimarães is a large and pleasant park that has a children's playground, multi-sports area, ping-pong table, fitness circuit and a lake.
Estátua de Homenagem a Dom Afonso Henriques
Imposing statue with several tribute plaques, erected in honor of the first king of Portugal, Dom Afonso Henriques. It was designed by Soares dos Reis and was inaugurated in 1874. For some years it was in Praça do Toural, until …
Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Cultural Center installed in an annex of the Vila Flor Palace, with four meeting rooms with 55 seats each, an exhibition area with 1000 m2, two theater auditoriums with capacity for 1000 people, a restaurant, a café-concert and a car …
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Where to sleep in Guimarães
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