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The city of Guimarães is located at a distance of 50 km from Oporto and 23 km from Braga. Oporto is served by an international airport and Guimarães is connected to Oporto by train and bus.

Guimarães is known as one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Portugal. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Portugal. In 1139, D. Afonso Henriques, the first Portuguese king, proclaimed the national independence. 

On 13 December 2001, UNESCO inscribed the city of Guimarães on the list of World Heritage. 

In 2012 Guimarães was the european capital of culture.

The university campus is situated only 15 minutes walk away from the city centre.

 

CLIMATE
 

The climate of Guimarães is characterized by cool winters and mild to hot summers.

The average minimum temperature of the coldest month varies between 2 and 5 ° C (35.6 and 41 ºF).

During 10/15 to 30 days per year it can be observed minus temperatures.

The average maximum temperature of the hottest month varies between 23 and 32 º C (73.4 and 89.6 ºF), with 20 to 120 days per year maximum temperatures above 25 º C (77 ºF).

Light clothing is suitable with somewhat warmer clothing for the evening.

 

CURRENCY

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro (€).

Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops, and restaurants.

Traveller’s cheques and currency can be changed at hotels or at a bank – these are open Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 15.00.

Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.

 

ELECTRICITY
 

European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used.

Two phase 220 volt current is normally available in meeting and exhibition rooms.

See more information here.

 

LANGUAGE
 

The national language of Portugal is Portuguese, although English and Spanish are widely spoken.

The official language of the Congress is Portuguese.

No simultaneous translation will be provided.

 

TIME ZONE

Mainland Portugal is 1 hour behind European Standard Time [CET].

 

RESTAURANTS
 

Breakfast is normally served between 7.30 and 10.00, lunch from 12.30 to 15.00, and dinner from 19.30 to 22.00.

Due to the city’s proximity to the sea, the local gastronomy includes delicious fish and shellfish dishes.

Restaurants information ->

 

SHOPPING
 

Shops typically are open from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 (working days). On Saturdays, most of the shops close at 13.00.

Fine leather goods, lead crystal ware, porcelain, vintage wines, golden and silver filigree, pottery and specialist textiles are considered excellent buys in Portugal.