It is said that King Afonso Henriques was born in Guimaraes and also that it was where Portugal first became an independent nation, after the Battle of St Mamas in 1128.

This town is also the birthplace of the modern and comfortable Youth Hostel which is right next to the historic centre of Guimaraes - considered World Heritage since 2001. Our hostel has a self-catering kitchen, common room, laundry facilities, TV and games room.

Once you're all settled in your room, climb the hill to the castle, then walk down toward the Dukes' Palace, and finally sit comfortably at one of the outdoor cafes in Largo da Oliveira.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Sightseeing
  • Culture
  • Eco-tourism
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



This is one of my favouite hostels in a really interesting town. The hostel is near the centre and can be walked to from the train station. There is plenty of good sized rooms a good breqkfast and a very reasonable price especially in the low season.


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Sun 29 Nov 2015

Guimaraes une des plus belles villes du Portugal classée au patrimoine mondial de l'unesco, l'auberge est bien située près du centre historique


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Sun 23 Aug 2015