Top things to do in Guimarães

Top Choice Tapas in Guimarães


The upstairs restaurant and the downstairs bar are equally inviting at this newcomer opposite one of Guimarães prettiest squares. Feast on tapas or grilled meat on the 1st-floor terrace or sip drinks in the grassy b…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Guimarães

A Cozinha

Awarded a Michelin star in November 2018 after only two years in business, António Loureiro's intimate restaurant is Guimarães' newest go-to address. The parade of artfully presented amuse-bouches, market-fresh main…
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…
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.
Cultural Centre in Guimarães

Plataforma das Artes e Criatividade

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 …
Vegetarian in Guimarães

Cor de Tangerina

This charming restaurant whips up a good selection of cuisine you won’t find elsewhere in Guimarães. Changing art exhibitions decorate the walls, while the wild, jazz-washed garden (with tangerine tree) produces man…
Portuguese in Guimarães

Histórico by Papaboa

The setting – in a medieval fort with breezy courtyard seating and glassed-in stone dining room – is tremendous. Service is top-notch and the fare is dressed up yet traditional, such as black pork with prawns and mu…
Portuguese in Guimarães

Solar do Arco

With a handsomely panelled dining room under a graceful arcade, this refined choice serves Portuguese classics made with straight-from-the-market ingredients. The location, smack in Guimarães historic centre, makes …
Portuguese in Guimarães

Restaurante-Café Oriental

With tall windows gazing out over Largo do Toural, this historic restaurant under a soaring ornamental stucco ceiling serves the full range of Portuguese classics, including fabulous arroz de mariscos (rice and seaf…
Performing Arts in Guimarães

Convívio Associação

Started 52 years ago, this creative cultural association – also a jazz school – is still going strong. Its program includes classical music concerts, jazz sessions, exhibits, theatre and workshops. Fridays and Satur…