Planning a Football Trip to Guimarães? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Guimarães – How to get to Guimarães & How to get around
Football Trip to Guimarães – Fly to Guimarães
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Directions from the Airport
The easy way to go to Guimarães by plane is to fly to Porto/Sa Carneiro/Pedras Rubras,Maia. Oporto international airport(OPO), and then catch a train or a bus to Guimarães. It’s about one hour from Oporto to Guimarães, by bus, and almost one hour and a half by
train. Also there is a shuttle betwen Guimaraes/Oporto Airport/Guimaraes
Read our guide of Planning a Football Trip to Porto for best way to get there from the UK
Once you get to Porto Airport, you can catch the following transports to Guimarães:
Train/Metro – Catch the Metro to Campanhã Station or São Bento Station and then get a train to Guimarães. Duration: 2h00 Price (aprox.):
5€ Metro Porto Train
Bus transfer – Direct transfer to Guimarães from Porto Airport and vice versa, it works everyday, 9 times per day. Duration: 50 min Price: 8€ one-way
– 14€ go & return (more information here)
Taxis from the Airport
The táxis are located on the arrivals floor at Porto Airport. Duration: 40 min Price (aprox.): 60€
Football Trip to Guimarães – Travel By Train
To travel by train from London in the United Kingdom to Guimarães in Portugal, first travel to London. From there by Eurostar train to Paris. Then by high-speed-train in direction of the French-Spanish border. There you change to the night train to Lisbon.
Buy first a ticket from your departure station in the United Kingdom to London (ACPRail). A second one for London to Paris (Eurostar+ Trainline + SNCF + ACPRail). A third one from Paris to Irun or Hendaye (Trainline + SNCF). And for the night train one from Irun or Hendaye to Lisbon (ACPRail).
Football Trip to Guimarães – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 16 and 17 hours to drive to Guimarães from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Guimarães – Travel Around Guimarães
In Guimarães, there is a touristic bus that lets you travel through the city centre. But there is not a very big city centre so you probably will prefer to walk by foot and enjoy the harmony of this medieval city. If you want to travel by public bus, the tickets price are about 1,25€.
Football Trip to Guimarães – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Guimarães – The Stadium
The stadium was built in 1965 and was renovated and expanded in 2003 for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament by architect Eduardo
Guimarães. Estádio D. Afonso Henriques has a capacity of 30,000
Afonso Henriques is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West. Away fans appear to be housed within the upper section of the north-west corner which is separated from the home supporters by perimeter fencing either side.
Tours of Estádio D. Afonso Henriques last for 45 minutes, depart from gate 22 and cost just € 5.00 for adults. The guided tours which also include entrance to the museum and trophy rooms generally run four times a week on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10.00 am, and on Thursday and Saturdays at 3.00 pm.
Football Trip to Guimarães – Getting to the Stadium
Estadio D. Afonso Henriques is located in central Guimarães, just north-east of Guimarães’ historic city centre. The stadium lies at walking distance from practically any point in the small city of Guimaraes. It takes only a few minutes to get there from the historic city centre, about 10 minutes from Guimaraes Castle, and about 15 minutes from Guimaraes’ train station, which lies south of the centre.
Football Trip to Guimarães – Getting Tickets
Tickets for Vitória matches can be bought at the club shop at the stadium, or at the club shop at Espaço Guimarães shopping centre in the north-west of Guimarães.
Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match and online
Football Trip to Guimarães – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in Portugal can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Portugal page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Guimarães – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Guimarães – Where to stay
Stay in the centre and you will be close to all the attractions and the stadium
Football Trip to Guimarães – What else to see & do
Guimaraes (Guimarães, to the Portuguese) earned its World Heritage Site status due to its extremely well-preserved city center. In fact, it is so well-preserved that many of its 15th-century buildings are still being used. The narrow, winding maze of streets almost led us to wonder if we’d been transported to medieval Portugal, especially when we got to the main square.
To go to Penha Mountain the best solution is getting the Elevators – Teleférico da Penha – and climb up. If you prefer to have a walk through the mountain it’s very safe, and you have nice roads to go up, but it will take about 30 minutes. Go there, have lunch, rest after lunch and enjoy fresh air, then visit the mountain. One entire afternoon for this visit.
Castelo de Guimarães (Guimarães Castle) Located on a hill looking down upon the old town, this castle was constructed in the X Century, ordered by Mumadona Dias with the purpose of defending the city from the Muslims. The first king, Afonso Henriques, lived in this Castle, and started conquering Portugal from the Muslims from this place. Very well kept, the castle is one of the greatest historical symbols in Portugal. It has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage. Entrance: EUR 2.50
Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Dukes of Braganza Palace) was probably originally built between 1420 and 1422, for Afonso, Count of Barcelos – illegitimate son of king John I of Portugal and future Duke of Bragança. The current structure was erected under the Salazar regime and part of it was used as his offices. Only some flooring and a few section of wall are original. Today, the Palace of the dukes is classified as a National Monument – 1910 – and has in its structure, a museum and the main façade in the 2nd floor is destined to the Official Residence for the Presidency of the Republic. Entrance: EUR 5; Hours: 09:00-18:00 every day except 1. Jan., Easter Sunday, 1. May, 25. Dec.
Visit Iron Age Villages 12km around Guimaraes – the most preserved is Citania de Briteiros – beautifull and misterious site. There’s public bus going there, one morning or one afternoon to make the visit. http://maravilhasdeguimaraes.blogspot.pt/2007/12/citnia-de-briteirosuma-histria.html
Visit National Park Peneda Geres – a real paradise on earth 70km far from Guimaraes. Flora from Mediterranean to Alpine as you are going higher in the mountains, wild animals, water falls, etc. There’s public bus going there, but if you are a group of 2 or 3 it’s worthwhile to rent a car. Needing at least one entire day for a quick visit.
Football Trip to Guimarães – Where to Drink
Sala 141 ( Av. Dom Afonso Henriques 141) Cosy place with affordable prices and helpful staff. It closes in the afternoon and re-opens in the evening. Good coffee and fresh tapas in various tastes.
Bar Tásquilhado (R. da Santa Maria 36 ) – Great little bar, with nice music and an amazing atmosphere.
Cervejaria Martins Sports Bar ( Largo do Toural 35 ) Delicious cheap beer.. Nice place to stay way past hours right in the one of the most famous Guimaraes squares.
Rua Nova Brewpub ( R. Egas Moniz 88-104) Awesome local made craft beer! Also good prices!
El Rock (Praça de São Tiago, 33) A small bar with stone walls, quite friendly and welcoming. In the summer it serves mostly on the terrace.
Football Trip to Guimarães – Where to Eat
Taste the “Naco à Conquistador” beef rump served with the best products from the region – or the traditional rojões à minhota and finish the meal with the convent sweets, pies and toucinho-do-céu. To drink, ask for a good local vinho verde Mumadona, Rua Serpa Pinto, 260. €5 menu (May 2014) includes soup, main course, bread (normally three different varieties), wine and coffee. Situated at the bottom of the hill from the castle and palace. Simple and good value food.
Cervejaria Martins – Get cosy with the locals around a horseshoe-shaped bar beneath football scarves that decorate the ceiling. Wine is on tap, the friendly bar staff speak English and the pregos – little steak sandwiches – and other dishes are extremely moreish (Largo do Toural, 33).
Nora do Zé da Curva – Brothers Angelino and José Carlos serve up heroic portions of hearty beef, pork and salt cod dishes in a simply decorated square room seating about 25 diners. Wash down supper with one of Portugal’s best wines, CARM, from the nearby Douro Valley (Rua da Rainha Dona Maria II, 125; 253 554256; noradozedacurva.com).
Vira Bar – A modern approach to traditional regional cuisine; dining rooms extend over three floors of a handsome old house. Order in advance for such specialities as roasted leg of wild boar or partridge stew; vegetarians are catered for (Alameda de São Dâmaso, 27; 253 056296; virabar.com).
Castas e Tostas specializes in creating exquisite tapas, served with regional wines. Opening earlier in the evening than most other restaurants in the central district, this venue is ideal to have an early dinner or to have some snacks and drinks before moving on for the rest of your evening. ( Rua Gravador Molarinho 4)
Football trip to Guimarães – Useful links