Guimarães is located in the Minho Region, at the very north part of the country, on the coast facing the Atlantic Ocean. The population is the youngest in the country, and the region developed rapidly becoming very modern specially after the creation of the Minho University in the 70s. Founded in the 4th century, Guimarães became the first capital of Portugal in the 12th century (it is known as the “cradle of Portugal)”. Its historic center is an extremely well preserved and an authentic example of the evolution of a medieval settlement into a modern town. Even though Guimarães is a small city, it became world heritage by UNESCO in 2001, European Capital of Culture in 2012, and European City of Sports in 2013. It was also candidate to European Green Capital 2020.
Where you can stay
The city is used to hold international events, and has hotel capacity to hold those events. The local Hotels offer many choices at very reasonable prices. Most of these hotels are located in the city center.
You can choose between Hotel, Rural Tourism or one of many Hostels spread across town.