With easy access and a free car park, this might be a good place to stop for a break. A spacious, grassy area with trees, a beautiful artificial lake, a children’s play park and some places to eat.
Take advantage of the 14 km cycle touring lane between Guimarães and Fafe, built on the old railway line that used to link the two cities. Guimarães offers BUTEs, bicycles that can be used free of charge.
GO BY CABLE CAR TO PENHA
Ascends 1,700 metros to the Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Penha Sanctuary where you will be amazed by the superb view over the city. The area also offers restaurants, bars, mini-golf, cyclo-cross tracks and designated walks. (253 515 085. weekdays: 10 am – 7 pm; weekends and public holidays: 10 am – 8 pm; Closed for maintenance on the last Monday of each month)
VISIT THE VILA FLOR CULTURAL CENTRE
The Vila Flor Cultural Centre is the combined result of the restoration of the Vila Flor Palace and Gardens and the construction of a new building to serve as a theatre. Nowadays it is a reference point on the national cultural scene, located in the heart of the historic centre and outstanding for the way it has combined the estate’s history and magnificent gardens with a remarkable architectural design that links past memories to a modern style. (253 424 700. Avenida D. Afonso Henrinques 701. Guided tours on Tuesdays at 10 am, 5 pm and 7 pm, €1).