General Information

The Venue

Vila Flor Cultural Centre
Avenida D. Afonso Henriques, 701
4810-431 Guimarães 

The Cultural Centre incorporates the 18th century Vila Flor Palace and brings together the rich history of a manor house, its magnificent gardens and lovely architecture, evoking the ideas of ancestral memories with touches of modernity. The theatre wing is a totally new design building added on to hold all types of cultural events and one where all resources are optimized in order to provide the highest quality facilities and spaces which guarantee that a wide range of events can be successfully hosted.

Vila Flor Cultural Centre

About Guimarães

One of Portugal’s most important historical cities, Guimarães, located in Northern Portugal is considered the ‘Cradle of Portuguese nationality’, where the country was founded in the 12th century by King D. Afonso I (1109-1185), Portugal’s first ruler.

The value of the historic heritage of Guimarães has been potentiated over the years. European Capital of Culture in 2012, the city is famous for its architectural heritage, including many traditional buildings from the 15th to the 19th century, the food, popular traditions and handcrafts - features of great importance for attracting visitors to Guimarães.

Worthwhile visits include:
  • Historical Centre (UNESCO World Heritage Centre);
  • Palace of the House of Bragança, with its rare roofs and 39 large brick chimneys, that once was one of the most sumptuous residences in the Iberian Peninsula;
  • Medieval castle, where the Portuguese history began;
  • Monastery of Santa Maria da Costa
  • Penha Sanctuary

Ducal Palace of the Bragança

How to travel to Guimarães

The nearest airport to Guimarães is the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto, which is about 50 km from Guimarães - around 30 min by car or 50 min by bus. A direct shuttle bus can conveniently be taken from the arrivals terminal to Guimarães. A one way ride is 8,00€, the round trip 14,00€ and can be booked online.

For more information, please visit the following site:

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport operates with 73 destinations and 20 airlines, fly directly to Porto, like TAP Portugal, Lufthansa, Iberia, Air France, Transavia, Air Berlin, Luxair, as well as the ever-growing low cost airlines, such as Ryanair and Easyjet. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport was awarded the Best European Airport, by Airports Council International (ACI).


International delegates are encouraged to review the specific requirements for visas and other requirements to enter Portugal. For more information about entering Portugal, please visit:

Delegates from some countries may require a Letter of Invitation when applying for a visa. If you require a Letter of Invitation, please contact the symposium secretariat: