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
  • Relaxing

Green rating



Really great place. Not so far from the train station and located in the city center. The building is fabulous, with unique athmosphere. Rooms are clean, nice and comfortable, with lockers. Shared bathroom is also ok - hot water 24h (it's really hot, so be careful!). Staff on reception is very friendly, helpful and speaks English very well. For me it's the best low-cost place to stay in Guimarães!!!


Avatar for Andrzej


Mon 17 Nov 2014

It was a pleasant experience to stay at the hostel at Guimaraes. the words defy expression since it touched my heart so much. I have never experienced such a cooperative spirit on the part of the staff and also their hospitality anywhere else. I cherish to stay again at the same place.


Avatar for Jagdishlal


Thu 17 Jul 2014