Palace in Guimarães

Paço dos Duques de Bragança

Looming over the medieval city on Guimarães’ hilltop, with its crenellated towers and cylindrical brick chimneys, Paço dos Duques was first built in 1401 and later pompously restored as a presidential residence for …
Notable Building in Guimarães

Platform for Arts and Creativity

For the 2012 European Capital of Culture the old market square was revamped into a multipurpose cultural centre inside a shimmering three-floor metallic building that looks like a bunch of stacked-up boxes. Inside i…
Arts Centre in Guimarães

Center for Art & Architecture Affairs

Inside a former textile factory, this nonprofit collective promotes interaction between various fields of creative expression, including visual arts, design, film, literature, media, performing arts and architecture…
Cultural Centre in Guimarães

Centro Cultural Vila Flor

CCVF kick-started the city’s cultural revival when it opened in 2005 in a striking modern building added onto a converted 18th-century palace. Events at this culture powerhouse include movie screenings, cafe concert…
Viewpoint in Guimarães


Some 7km southeast up a twisting, cobbled road – or a short ride on an ageing cable car – is the wooded summit of Penha (617m) overlooking Guimarães, the highest point for kilometres. Its cool woods make it a wonder…
Museum in Guimarães

Museu Arqueológico Martins Sarmento

This fantastic collection of mostly Celtiberian artefacts is housed in a former convent and named after the archaeologist who excavated Citânia de Briteiros in 1875. Hefty stone artefacts, including thick Roman colu…
Church in Guimarães

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira

Founded by Countess Mumadona in the 12th century and rebuilt four centuries later, the beautiful Largo da Oliveira is dominated by the convent church of Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. The monument outside the …
Castle in Guimarães


Built in the 11th century and still in fine form, the seven-towered castle is thought to be the birthplace of the great man himself, Afonso Henriques. Walk around the windswept ramparts of the castle and scale the n…
Museum in Guimarães

Museu Alberto Sampaio

Built around the serene Romanesque cloister of Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, this museum has an excellent collection of ecclesiastical art and religious finery. Highlights include the tunic reputedly worn by …
Historic Building in Guimarães

Antigos Paços do Concelho

Guimarães’ 14th-century former town hall sits above an arcaded portico providing a most graceful communication between cosy Largo da Oliveira and the more rambling Praça de Santiago.