Fancy a tour of Guimarães? Looking for things to do in Guimarães Portugal? The city was founded over a thousand years ago, "Vimaranes", as it was then known, was the cradle of the nation and is one of Portugal's oldest and most charming cities. It has been the site of many key events in the country's history. It was the birthplace, for example, of Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques. Discover the historic relics, iconic monuments, flower-filled squares and relaxing pavement cafes – discover all of the charms of Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012.
City Guide & Suggestions
Largo da Oliveira
Located in the historical district of Guimarães it includes several monuments. It was designated as a World Heritage site by the U
Santa Maria Street
Old medieval street in the historical district of Guimarães. It was one of the first streets built in the city.
Largo do Toural
This site which is nowadays considered the heart of the city, was in the seventeenth century a plaza at the village entrance, wher
Largo dos Laranjais
Large square adorned with orange trees (“laranjeiras”). Here stand out a medieval tower and a tribute to Alberto Sampaio. &nb
Statue of Dom Afonso Henriques
Imposing statue built in honor of the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques. Carved by Soares dos Reis, it was inaugurated in 1
Park of Penha
Park built-in the mountain with a large botanical diversity, some fountains and a viewpoint with privileged views over the city.
Mountain of Penha
Highest point of the urban area of Guimarães from where you can enjoy an unique landscape.
Dom João I Street
Narrow street lined with old stone houses with wooden balconies. It was once one of the busiest streets in Guimarães.
Campo da Ataca
A set of seven statues erected on the site where in 1128, according to History, the Battle of São Mamede began.
Park of the Cidade Desportiva
Open since 2001, this is a large free access space with grass and trees perfect for recreation and sport.
Park of São Torcato
Spacious and pleasant space it has an artificial lake crossed by a small bridge. Emphasis on the fauna and diverse flora.
Vila de Brito's Leisure Park
A green area with a playground, two football fields, an area for extreme sports and a fitness circuit.
Park full of grass and trees with a beautiful artificial lake. It has catering services, a playground and a sports hall.
Located next to Convento do Carmo and surrounded by palaces, it is a nice area embellished by a seventeenth-century fountain
Jardim Público da Alameda
A space with lots of trees, park benches and a bandstand where cultural activities such as philharmonic concerts take place.
INATEL Sport Pavilion
Sports hall was built in 1967 for the practice of sport and to hold clubs and associations' practices and competitions. It was rec
Guimarães' Multi-use Pavilion
Located in one of the city's main entrances, this is a space which hosts many different sport, festive and cultural activities.
Scorpio Water Park
Amusement and water park with two pools and another area with Fantasyland and Waterslide.
Dom Afonso Henriques Stadium
Vitória Sport Clube's Football Stadium. Restored for the 2004 European Football Championship, it has capacity for 30,000 people.
Located at the center of Guimarães, it offers a ride with a unique view of the city all the way to Montanha da Penha.
This Natural Park provides multiple options and fun based on adventure: climbing, archery among other activities. &nbs
Athletic Track Gémeos Castro
Synthetic floor track with eight lanes and a 1200 people stand. Built in honor of Guimarães' international athletes Domingos and D
It is one of the most charismatic and popular bars in town where cultures, music, "tribes", environments and flavors mix. &nb
Bar with young and relaxed atmosphere. Karaoke stage on Thursdays and Fridays, it hosts themed parties on Saturdays. &
Duas de Treta
Situated in the middle of Praça de Santiago, it is a space that brings together a young and relaxed atmosphere with good music. &n
The first Gin Bar in Guimarães, located in the historic district, it has a list of over 70 gins.
Museum of Ham
Coffee bar set up in 2002 which offers a game room and Internet access. It features the Hamburger à Museu an exclusive snack.
More than an ice cream parlor, this is a space that unites the Italian ice creams with the Anglo-Saxon pastry and the coffee cultu
Morocco House of Tea
It combines a special selection of products to meet the most demanding tastes. It calls for a moment of introspection with relaxin
It combines a special selection of products to meet the most demanding tastes. It calls for a moment of introspection with relaxin
Diverse space and a reference in the Guimarães nightlife. It associates music to the pleasure of a good dinner.
Nice spot that features famous homemade ice creams made with milk and fresh fruit. It is also a pizzeria.
Castas e Tostas
With an informal and modern atmosphere, it combines an excellent selection of national wines with a variety of "tapas."
Rolhas & Rótulos
A wine-bar located in the historic district, it serves tapas and offers a wide selection of wines, beers, cheeses, hams and portug
A shopping center which features 136 shops, including 22 restaurants, 6 movie theaters, supermarket and car park. &nbs
A Shopping Center with large panoramic spaces, 109 shops and a warm Food Square.
Raul Rodrigues Brandão Municipal Public Library
Founded in 1992, it offers several sections: newspapers, children and teens area, audiovisual, multimedia and local background.
Vitória Sport Clube' Bingo
Large living room located at the heart of the city with a cozy and air-conditioned environment. It features modern electronic pane
Gomes Alves Gallery
A cultural gallery founded in 1990, it occupies an important place in Guimarães for its role in disseminating contemporary art.
Alberto Sampaio Museum
Created in 1928, it features local objects and ancient sacred art, including sculptures, jewelery, paintings, tiles and more.
Museum of Modern Primitive Art
Created in 1991 the museum exhibits a collection that includes about 300 works by national and international painters.
Archaeological Museum Martins Sarmento
Founded in 1885, the most important Portuguese Museum of castro culture brings together pieces from most archaeological sites nort
Museum of Agriculture of Fermentões
Museum dedicated to agriculture in which several rooms feature the different instruments used by craftsmen to make linen, wine, br
Ethnographic Museum of São Torcato
Inaugurated in 1985, it exhibits an outstanding collection related to the construction of the temple, the pilgrimages and the cult
Platform of the Arts
A diverse space dedicated to artistic, cultural, economic and social activity. Originated in an infrastructural project to transfo
Vila Flor's Cultural Center
Installed in a wing of Vila Flor Palace, it features two auditoriums, four meeting rooms, an exhibition area, restaurant and café-
Created in 1958, it promotes the meeting between the community and the seventh art and is one of the largest film clubs in the cou
São Mamede CAE
An old cinema converted into a multidisciplinary cultural space featuring a concert hall, an art gallery, a café-concert and a boo
Multifunctional Complex of Couros
A set of nineteenth century buildings that are now used as a multifunctional complex hosting diverse cultural activities.
Planet Bowling Guimarães
Two-story space with bowling lanes, pool tables, gaming machines, bars and live music.
qb Arte & Gourmet
Modern cultural and cosmopolitan space which combines design, fashion, art gallery, gourmet area and Wine and Tea Bar.
Casa da Rua Nova
Known as a building of medieval origin characteristic of the city of Guimarães, it has three floors and a small garden. It w
Founded in the nineteenth century, it is nowadays a modern company where tradition and technology come together to produce raw mat
It is one of the best known monuments in the country and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. Open from 10:00 to 18:00. &nbs
A monument that covered approximately 2000m and from which remains a large area and one of the eight towers.
Convent of the Dominicas
Founded in the early seventeenth century it highlights a number of altarpieces in gilt and an organ from the time of D. João V.
Convent of Santo António dos Capuchos
An old convent built in the seventeenth century which also worked as an hospital. Nowadays it is the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de
Monastery of Santa Marinha da Costa
This Romanesque temple has been remodeled and enlarged over the years. In its interior there can be found a remarkable set of reli
Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Guia
One of the seven chapels built in 1727 in honor of the people's devotion to the Passion of Christ.
Chapel of Santa Cruz (Holy Cross)
Eighteenth century mannerist temple located behind the Guimarães' Castle. Inside, the azulejos from the Camelia family (painted ti
Chapel of Bom Despacho
Sixteenth-century mannerist and baroque chapel. The frontispiece is flanked by a bell tower with a conical cap.
Church of Saint Damasus
Church decorated with gilt and tiles depicting the life of Pope St. Damasus, who according to tradition was born in Guimarães.
Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira
Romanesque temple rebuilt by Dom João I to celebrate the victory in Aljubarrota Battle to fulfill a promise he had made to Nossa S
Church of Santa Cristina de Serzedelo
Romanesque temple from the twelfth century that belonged to the Templars. It is the most important historical and cultural referen
Church of Saint Francis
Gothic church, subject of profound and systematic changes. Its major feature is the framed altarpiece in joanino style which is co
Church of Saint Michael
Romanesque church with an historical connection to the nation's foundation and the place of baptism of D. Afonso Henriques. &
St. Peter's Church
Built in 1737 it features a simple architecture. The altarpiece, made of blue and golden gilt wood, expresses the eclectic taste t
Sanctuary of Penha
Sanctuary built in 1946 it features a church, several shrines and a park with several natural caves that served as shelters in the
Shrine of São Torcato
A church with a revivalist and eclectic architecture. Inside you will find the sacrosanct body of St. Torcato, one of the first ev
Briteiros' Hill fort
A set of impressive archaeological ruins of the Roman occupation. It shows numerous buildings that date back more than 2000
Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
A majestic manor of the fifteenth century where the Dukes of Bragança lived. Open every day from 10am to 18pm.
Casa Amarela - Restaurante & Café Concerto
Famous for its high quality cuisine, it is a multifunctional space where are held live concerts, shows and other events. &nbs
A modern space where the natural light and the landscape are major assets. The cuisine favors the Mediterranean and Oriental flavo
Italian restaurant located in a wide space known by its pleasant environment. Open from 11am to 12pm.
Monte dos Leitões
Simple and cozy restaurant open since 2005 with a capacity of 300 seats. Its specialty is the piglet (leitão) roast in wood-
Cor de Tangerina
Set in a cozy space, this vegetarian restaurant comprises a cafeteria and a tea house. Closed on Mondays.
Chello's Restaurante & Bar
Open since 2013, it focuses on a differentiated gastronomic concept. Its privileged location offers fantastic views of the Guimarã
Opposite to the Largo da Oliveira, this restaurant fuses in a single space the best of the traditional cuisine with the internatio
Restaurante & Snack-Bar Buxa
A classy and welcoming restaurant located in the historic district of Guimarães, it offers an excellent menu of Portuguese cuisine
Solar do Arco
Founded in 1994, it offers a diversified cuisine based on different influences and culinary styles while highlighting the Portugue
Restaurant of delicious hamburgers. This simple space attracts local crowds for small snacks or a cold beer with friends.
It combines a special selection of gourmet products to meet the most discerning tastes and expectations.
Open since 2003, it serves regional cuisine dishes recognizable by a touch of innovation. Spacious and pleasant.
A large modern and cozy space, it has a relaxing terrace with a charming landscape. It serves a selection of regional cuisine snac
Restaurante Pizzaria Vila Fiori
An Italian restaurant known for its pizzas, pastas and a wide variety of meat and fish.
Restaurante Café Oriental
A Portuguese traditional cuisine restaurant, it is an historic and cozy space that offers a magnificent view of the Toural Square.
What used to be an old tavern it is now a regional cuisine restaurant with a large and well decorated room.
A modern style restaurant where you can taste traditional products exquisitely confectioned. It is located in the Old Manor of the
It offers an extensive menu of Japanese specialties, especially the sushi. It combines rustic stone walls with modern decoration.&
- Guimarães (Geral)+
- Largo da Oliveira
- Santa Maria Street
- Largo do Toural
- Largo dos Laranjais
- Statue of Dom Afonso Henriques
- Park of Penha
- Mountain of Penha
- Dom João I Street
- Campo da Ataca
- Park of the Cidade Desportiva
- Park of São Torcato
- Vila de Brito's Leisure Park
- City Park
- Carmo's Garden
- Jardim Público da Alameda
- INATEL Sport Pavilion
- Guimarães' Multi-use Pavilion
- Scorpio Water Park
- Dom Afonso Henriques Stadium
- Cable car
- Viva Park
- Athletic Track Gémeos Castro
- Bar Infusões
- Noitibó Bar
- Duas de Treta
- Zero Graus
- Museum of Ham
- Spirito Cupcakes
- Morocco House of Tea
- Canela Moscada
- Occhio Club
- Gelataria Regatto
- Castas e Tostas
- Rolhas & Rótulos
- Espaço Guimarães
- Guimarães Shopping
- Raul Rodrigues Brandão Municipal Public Library
- Vitória Sport Clube' Bingo
- Gomes Alves Gallery
- Alberto Sampaio Museum
- Museum of Modern Primitive Art
- Archaeological Museum Martins Sarmento
- Museum of Agriculture of Fermentões
- Ethnographic Museum of São Torcato
- Platform of the Arts
- Vila Flor's Cultural Center
- Guimarães Film-club
- São Mamede CAE
- Multifunctional Complex of Couros
- Planet Bowling Guimarães
- qb Arte & Gourmet
- Casa da Rua Nova
- Guimarães' Castle
- Guimarães' Walls
- Convent of the Dominicas
- Convent of Santo António dos Capuchos
- Monastery of Santa Marinha da Costa
- Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Guia
- Chapel of Santa Cruz (Holy Cross)
- Chapel of Bom Despacho
- Church of Saint Damasus
- Church of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira
- Church of Santa Cristina de Serzedelo
- Church of Saint Francis
- Church of Saint Michael
- St. Peter's Church
- Sanctuary of Penha
- Shrine of São Torcato
- Briteiros' Hill fort
- Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
- Casa Amarela - Restaurante & Café Concerto
- ForMigas Restaurante
- Piccolo Mondo
- Monte dos Leitões
- Cor de Tangerina
- Chello's Restaurante & Bar
- Restaurante & Snack-Bar Buxa
- Solar do Arco
- Bar Danúbio
- Baunilha Moscada
- Restaurante Pedrinhas
- Alameda Park
- Restaurante Pizzaria Vila Fiori
- Restaurante Café Oriental
- Restaurante Fentelhas
- Places of Interest+