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. From airport to the city, there is Bus Shuttle access, as well as taxi and public transports, such as bus, metro and train (Urban and Alfa Pendular).

Old city centre of Guimarães at night