Venue Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães
The Vila Flor Cultural Centre is a respected and distinguished establishment on the Portuguese national cultural scene. Located in the city centre of one of Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage cities – Guimarães, a city of medieval origin also known to be the cradle of the nation. With its roots in remote century tenth, the history of Guimarães is closely associated with the establishment of the Portuguese national identity and the Portuguese language in the twelfth century.
Guimarães is an exceptionally well-preserved city, which reflects the evolution of some private buildings from medieval times to the present, particularly between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. Since 2001 the historic town centre is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city centre offers a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and shopping centres that meet the highest guest requirements.
The Vila Flor Cultural Centre is a true mark of excellence in a place where culture is lived out fully and where it is on offer to a broad range of audiences. The Cultural Centre incorporates the eighteenth century Vila Flor Palace and brings together the rich history of a manor house, its magnificent gardens and lovely architecture, evoking the ideas of ancestral memories with touches of modernity. The theatre wing is a totally new design building added on to hold all types of cultural events and one where all resources are optimized to provide the highest quality facilities and spaces, which guarantee that a wide range of events can be successfully hosted.
Equipped with two auditoriums, four conference rooms, an exhibition area of 1,000 m2 , a restaurant, lounge bar, car park and gardens, the Vila Flor Cultural Centre has strengthened and broadened the cultural and socio-economical profile of the city of Guimarães as well as its surrounding area, offering unique facilities for the organizing and holding of events of many kinds.View Map
How to get there
Distance from the airport
Guimarães is located at the north-west of Portugal and at a distance of approximately 350 km from the capital – Lisbon, and about 50 km from the city of Porto (Oporto). The most direct access routes for those who want to move to Guimarães are by train and bus. Several Rent a Car services are also available at the airport.
The nearest airport to Guimarães is the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport in Porto www.aeroportoporto.pt/. Daily and direct shuttles from the airport to Guimarães and from Guimarães to the airport are provided by GetBus (one trip 8€ and round-trip 14€ - www.getbus.eu). The travel takes about 50 minutes. By Taxi, this time could be reduced (Uniquetours: www.uniquetours.eu; Taxis Unidos: www.taxisunidos.pt).
Guimarães has a railway station located about 1 km from the historic center. This station is served by Intercity trains that provide direct connection to Lisbon and Porto. Guimarães - Porto travel takes about 60 minutes and provide connections to other destinations. The national rail network in Portugal is operated by CP – Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses, and their website – www.cp.pt - provides useful timetable and ticket cost information (available also in English).
There are several bus companies’ services available in Guimarães. Using the current network of motorways, Guimarães can be reached from Porto in 30 minutes (A7 and A3), Braga 15 minutes (A11), Vigo 90 minutes (A7 and A3) and Lisbon 180 minutes (A3, A7 and A1). Long-distance buses connect every large city as well as many smaller locations all over Portugal. Some of the major companies have united under the brand Rede Expressos - www.rede-expressos.pt/en. Advanced reservation of seats is highly recommended.