Introduction to Guimarães

Guimaraes Castle

Guimaraes Castle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Aqui Nasceu Portugal”. These words adorn the walls of Guimarães Castle, and translate as “Portugal was Born Here.” No idle claim – the Portuguese national identity was truly born in Guimarães, as was the country’s first King. Its contributions to Portugal include language, building techniques, culture and government.

Guimarães Castle was erected in the 10th Century to protect the settlement and monastery from attack. It became the royal residence for the emerging Portugal’s first Royal Family, and was soon at the heart of the young country’s capital. It stands to this day, having narrowly avoided being torn down in the 19th century and used as building material for the expanding town.

Source: worldheritage


‘The Guimarães Conversations 2013’ avalia Capital Europeia da Cultura

Guimarães (Portugal)(3)

Guimarães (Portugal)(3) (Photo credit: Serge LAROCHE)

A rede europeia “A Soul for Europe”, representada em Portugal pela Sete Pés, organiza esta sexta-feira, 17 de maio, com o apoio da Fundação Cidade de Guimarães, a conferência internacional “The Guimarães Conversations — participação e a cidadania europeia em Guimarães 2012”. O objetivo é o de estimular a reflexão sobre questões como a natureza e qualidade da participação dos cidadãos em Guimarães 2012 no que diz respeito ao reforço dos valores e consciência de cidadania europeia. “The Guimarães Conversations — participação e a cidadania europeia em Guimarães 2012” surge no seguimento da autorização favorável, pela União Europeia, do financiamento do projeto “Aliança Cultural para uma Europa dos cidadãos”. Esta iniciativa contemplou a realização de dois focus groups em abril para a recolha de opiniões de cidadãos e responsáveis sobre a Capital Europeia da Cultura acerca dos temas de participação cívica e democrática em Guimarães e na União Europeia. A reunião desta 6ª feira, dia 17 – que reúne participantes dos focus groups de abril, representantes das capitais europeias da cultura e membros da “A Soul for Europe” e da Sete Pés – integra-se nas atividades de avaliação e reflexão relativas à Capital Europeia da Cultura.


Save the Date: Meeting in Guimaraes 17 & 18 May


So as to know the venues and the programme, click below:

Agenda of the meeting

After lots of discussion between city representatives and young people, TONETA partnership has discovered that sport is essential to reach these goals so they are organizing a meeting in Guimaraes (Portugal) next may.  Guimaraes is the European Capital of Sports 2013 and Cardiff will be the same in 2014.

Moreover, the European Commission has opened a call 2013 Preparatory Action “European Partnership on Sports” that closes on July 19th. Should you be looking for partners, this meeting will offer opportunities to find the best!

As 9th May is Europe’s Day and the General Assembly of the Atlantic Regions is to be hold in Porto on 16th and 17th May, TONETA partnership has decided to organise a meeting on next 17th and 18th May in Guimaraes:

Sport and Atlantic Cities: A young strategy for urban cohesion

50 beds are provided for those coming outside 50km of the city. They will be available in a firt come first served basis and they are located in hostel rooms (2-4-6-8 people)  . Should you wish to book one of them, please write to sandracunha   (a)

You can register to the event here:

We have also started a crowdfunding campaign to help with the organization of the meeting and trying to provide travel scholarships, in preference for the youngsters coming from Gijon, AIRE 198 (La Rochelle, Niort, Angoulême and Poitiers).  You can consult it here.

So as to arrive to Guimaraes, the best idea is to fly to Porto (or Lisbon) and then take a train.

Looking forward to seeing you in Guimaraes!!!

Top 5 Things to do in Guimaraes Portugal

Torre do Castelo de Guimarães

Torre do Castelo de Guimarães (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Portuguese city of Guimarães is often heralded as where “Portugal was born”, thanks to a wealth of history. From the beautiful palace to the commanding castle, it’s no wonder that Guimaraes was selected to host the European Capital of Culture in 2012. Located in the northern district of Braga, the Historic Centre of Guimarães is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore Guimarães Castle

The imposing Guimarães Castle is at the very heart of the city and was constructed in the 10th century. Built by order from Dona Mumadona Dias, the castle was to defend the city against attacks from both the Normans and Muslims over the centuries. Originally known as the São Mamede Castle by Mumadona, the castle is most notable as it is fully intact, a rare feat indeed considering the battles it has seen over the centuries. The first king to reside here was Afonso Henriques who took victory at the Battle of São Mamede. The castle is one of the most important structures in Portugal and is listed with UNESCO

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