Conference venue

The Conference will take place at Vila Flor Cultural Centre (Centro Cultural Vila Flor), Guimarães, Portugal and we will also put in place a virtual layer for everyone who prefers to join this edition online.
Autex2021’s onsite-online hybrid model ensures effective interaction between online participants (participants that are not at the venue) and onsite participants (participants that can attend the venue).

The Vila Flor Cultural Centre is located in Guimarães, a city in the north of Portugal. Its location – just steps away from the historical city centre and several main hotels – its access by all major roadways, and the ample size and beautiful architectural setting and design of the buildings all come together as attractive features that make the Vila Flor Cultural Centre a unique facility for a wide variety of events.


How to arrive to Guimarães:

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto): 

By road: motorway A7 and A11

By rail: 

By bus: Rede Expressos


How to arrive at the Vila Flor Cultural Centre:

From the south - A1 motorway north, in the direction of Oporto » A3 motorway from Oporto to Braga, in the direction of Vila Nova de Famalicão » A7 motorway to Guimarães

From the north - A3 motorway from Valença, in the direction of Braga » A11 to Guimarães

Once in Guimarães: Leaving the toll-booth area of the motorway, you will come upon a round-about. Continue straight on, in the direction of the city. At the end of this road, follow the road signs indicating the Hospital. On your right, you will see the large Guimarães Shopping Centre. Continue straight on (no longer following the indications to the Hospital); the road is called Avenida Conde de Margaride. At the top of this avenue are traffic lights, and all traffic must turn right onto the Rua Paio Galvão street, in the direction of the lovely Praça do Toural square. Continue going straight on and quite soon there is, to the right, the Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques. Take this one-way street up to the Vila Flor Cultural Centre. It is very near the top of this avenue, on the left-and side. You may be able to see the Palace and the gardens approaching as you are driving up Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques.

For those of you arriving in Guimarães by train, the Vila Flor Cultural Centre is 100 metres from the train station. Exit the station to your left and walk a very short distance until you reach the Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques, where you turn right.

GPS Coordinates
N 41.43695 (Latitude)
W (-)8.29554 (Longitude)


Special Rate for Participants:


(per night)

Twin standard
(per night)

Distance from venue 


Hotel Fundador ***


Breakfast included

Breakfast included

170 m

For this special rate please get in touch directly with the hotel by email (
or phone (+351 253 422 640) telling that you are an AUTEX2020 participant.

Hotel de Guimarães ****


Breakfast included

Breakfast included

300 m

For this special rate please get in touch directly with the hotel by email (
or phone (+351 253 424 800) telling that you are an AUTEX2020 participant.

Stay Hotel Guimarães Centro ****

 60€  60€  600 m

For this special rate please get in touch directly with the hotel by email (
telling that you are an AUTEX2020 participant.


Other suggestions:


(per night)*

Twin standard
(per night)*

from venue

Hotel D. João IV **

34€ 39€ 230 m

Hotel Toural ****

Breakfast included

Breakfast included

550 m

Santa Luzia ArtHotel ****


Breakfast included

1,1 km

Hotel Ibis Guimarães **

 49€ 1,2 km

* The prices are merely indicative and may be subject to change.




Important Dates


Abstract Submission
31st March 2021


Communication of acceptance
30th April 2021


Authors registration closes
30th June 2021


Earlybird registration closes
31st May 2021