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

  • Culture
  • Sightseeing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Eco-tourism

Green rating



The entire stay was wonderful. Friendly staff, very helpful and the facility is so amazing. Just excellent.


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Tue 12 May 2015