VISIT GUIMARAES IN PORTUGAL
About an hour away from the second-largest Portuguese city, Porto, the city of Guimarães is easy to reach and a beautiful destination.
Guimarães is a well-known destination to spend a day trip or maybe a weekend break in Portugal, and its well preserved medieval historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo: Traditional houses. Guimarães.
Photo: Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolação e Santos Passos, Guimarães.
The map of Guimaraes in Portugal
If you are curios to see the map of this city or to know where exactly it´s situated, take a look at this page here and delve into it. This way you will have a closer look at what to see in Guimaraes.
Largo da Oliveira or the Olive Square
Largo da Oliveira, also named the Olive Square, is a small stone-paved square in Guimaraes that seems took out from a medieval fairytale. In this square you can see many of the city’s most historic buildings and at the same time it has a young and exciting vibe floating in the air.
Its name is due to an ancient legend which says that a century-old olive tree once grew in the central square of Guimaraes right in front of the Church of Our Lady of Oliveira.
At first, the olive tree stopped bearing fruit and began to wither. But soon after that, a miracle happened. After a sacred cross was built in the square in 1342, the tree came to life, it turned green, and made new juicy fruit. That is when this square got its name “Largo da Oliveira.”
Photo: Olive Square. Guimaraes.
Olive Church from Guimarães
The Church of Our Lady of Oliva (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira) is located in Piazza Oliveira and it is the only church in Portugal in which the ceiling in Gothic style is decorated with stunning paintings. The paintings on its ceiling also are a proof of a Byzantine influence.
Photo: Garden old town. Guimaraes.
Padrão do Salado
This work is another interesting tourist attraction in Guimaraes. It seems that the monument is the work of a citizen and merchant, Pedro Esteves, who achieved it in Normandy. Padrão do Salado represents on one side the Crucifixion of Christ, and on the other the figure of the Virgin Mary.
Photo: Padrão do Salado. Guimarães.
The castle of Guimarães
Guimarães Castle is the main medieval castle from Northern Portugal. This Romanesque castle was built in the 10th century in order to defend the Monastery of Santa Maria by the attacks of the Vikings, the Moors and the Norsemen.
The castle got restored in the 20th century and was classified as a Portuguese National Monument. When stepping in, you can see the great defensive structure.
Photo: The castle of Guimarães.
Casa de Sezim: Guimaraes´ rustic charm
If you like ancient stuff, but at the same time you are keen to modern convenience, then the Portuguese Casa de Sezim is for you. This place is a hotel that holds a traditional winery and provides big rooms with decorative furnishings and great private terrace areas.
Outside, you’ll find an impressive outdoor pool you can dive in and a tennis court. Feel free to visit Guimarães while you enjoy elegance, entertainment and comfort, all at the same time.