Guimarães is located approximately 350 km from Lisbon (the Portuguese Capital) and about 50 km from the second largest city, Porto.
From Lisbon or Porto, all the participants of the ICL-GNSS conference can reach Guimarães by train or by car.
Getting to Guimarães through the Oporto International Airport (OPO)
The Porto International Airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport) has regular flights to/from the main European Cities. You can find the flight schedule with scheduled departures and arrivals at the Airport Web site.
From the Oporto Airport to Guimarães
The city centre of Guimarães is about 50 km from the Oporto Airport. There are several options to travel from the Airport to Guimarães. (more info will be available soon)
Guimarães is located in the North-western of Portugal. This city played an important role as the major municipality during the time of the Condado Portucalense, the name given to the feudal lands between the Lima and Ave Rivers under the rule of the Kings of León (Spain).
The historic centre of Guimarães is classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage since 2001.
In 2012, Guimarães hosted one of the European Capitals of Culture.
Guimarães was also a European Sports City in 2013 and, for the first time, it was awarded with the "Best European City of Sports 2013" by ACES Europe.
Participants are advised to book a hotel as soon as possible. Other events will take place in town on the same dates which may lead to some difficulties in finding the best place to stay.
As the first capital of Portugal, Guimarães is known as the place where the country was born - "The Cradle City" or "Birthplace City".
Some of the most important monuments are:
- The Palace of the Dukes of Bragança built in the 15th century;
- A castle, built in the 10th century, by the Countess Mumadona Dias to protect the local population;
- The Chapel of St. Michael, built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style, where D. Afonso Henriques (portuguese first king) was baptized;
- The City Walls of Guimarães are remnants of those that encircled Guimarães during the reign of Kings Dom Dinis and Dom João I, in the 14th and 15th centuries;
- The Salado Monument built in the 15th century;
- The Old Town Council Chambers it is a building from the 14th century.