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Guimarães is a historic town with a crucial role in the formation of Portugal, which already has more than a thousand years since its formation, when it was designated as Vimaranes. Guimarães is one of the most important historical cities of the country, and its historic centre is considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity, making it definitely one of the biggest tourist centres of the region. Its streets and monuments breathe history and delight those who visit.

The current Guimarães reconciles, in the best way, the story and the subsequent maintenance of assets with the dynamism and entrepreneurship that characterize modern cities.

Guimarães is often called the Cradle City due to the fact there has been established the administrative Portucalense centre by D. Henrique and his son D. Afonso Henriques because they were born in this city and fundamentally the historical importance of the Battle of São Mamede, fought on the outskirts of the city on June 24, 1128, had for the formation of nationality.

However, the necessity to Reconquer and the protection of the southern territories took this same centre to Coimbra in 1129. The Vimaranense are proudly treated as Conquerors, the result of this historical legacy of conquest began precisely in Guimarães.


Mandatory places to visit:

  • Castelo de Guimarães
  • Centro Histórico de Guimarães – Património Mundial pela UNESCO
  • Castle of Guimarães
  • Historic Center – UNESCO World Heritage
  • Hall of Duques de Bragança – Colina sagrada
  • City Wall – Avenue Alberto Sampaio
  • Church and Convent of Dominicas – Rua da liberdade
  • Convento Santa Marinha da Costa – Largo Domingos Leite Castro
  • Monastery of São Torcato – S. Torcato

Credits photo: Guimarães Turismo