Journey to Braga, where ancient sanctuaries stand alongside modern marvels, and where Roman legacies seamlessly merge with a youthful vibrancy. Renowned as Portugal's religious capital, Braga pulsates with timeless traditions and innovative spirit. Read more

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Nestled in the lush Minho region, Braga is one of Portugal's oldest cities, boasting over 2,000 years of history. Its religious significance is unparalleled, evident in its myriad of churches, sanctuaries, and the famed Holy Week celebrations. But beyond its sacred confines, Braga is also a city of the future. Home to the University of Minho, it has a dynamic young population, which infuses the city with a fresh, innovative energy. As you wander the old town, Roman ruins, medieval relics, and Baroque churches coexist with bustling markets, contemporary cafes, and avant-garde art spaces.
From the spiritual serenity of Bom Jesus to the vibrant streets echoing with student laughter, Braga presents a dance of epochs and emotions. It's where the past, present, and future come together, creating a symphony of experiences for all who visit.

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Bom Jesus do Monte

A pilgrimage site renowned for its Baroque stairway, representing the journey from earthly life to salvation, leading up to the impressive sanctuary.

Braga Cathedral (Sé de Braga)

The oldest cathedral in Portugal, it's a blend of Romanesque, Manueline, and Baroque architecture, bearing witness to Braga's religious importance.

Garden of Santa Barbara (Jardim de Santa Bárbara)

A tranquil garden showcasing vibrant flowers and a statue of Saint Barbara against the backdrop of the old episcopal palace.

The Arch of the New Gate (Arco da Porta Nova)

An 18th-century ceremonial arch, marking an entrance into the historic city.

Palace of the Biscainhos (Palácio dos Biscainhos)

A historic mansion turned museum, illustrating the aristocratic life of the 17th and 18th centuries with its artifacts and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Ruins of Bracara Augusta

Remnants of the ancient Roman city, showcasing Braga's deep-rooted history.

Sameiro Sanctuary

A neoclassical church located on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of Braga and its surroundings.

Tibaes Monastery

Once the most influential monastery in northern Portugal, it stands as a testament to the region's religious and artistic heritage.

Image Museum (Museu da Imagem)

Celebrate the art of photography and visual storytelling in this contemporary space located in historic buildings.

Stringed Instruments Museum

A unique space dedicated to the world of stringed instruments, their history, and craftsmanship.

What else to visit
In and around Braga

Viana do Castelo (39.06 km)

Viana do Castelo, perched majestically on Portugal's Atlantic coastline, is a hidden gem that marries natural beauty with cultural richness. Here, golden beaches meet historic landmarks, all set against the backdrop of verdant hills.

Porto (46.67 km)

Porto, the enchanting city by the Douro River, is Portugal's second-largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. Known for its port wine, vibrant arts scene, and architectural marvels, it's a city that charms with its grit and grace.

Valenca Do Minho (57.07 km)

Valença do Minho is where history and nature hold hands along the banks of the Minho River. This fortified town near the Spanish border offers a timeless escape, filled with medieval charm, verdant landscapes, and a touch of modernity.

Tui (58.62 km)

Nestled by the banks of the Miño River, Tui, with its enchanting medieval charm and lush landscapes, serves as a hidden gem in the Galician region of Spain.

Lamego (72.41 km)

Lamego, nestled in the fertile Douro valley, is a radiant blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty. Here, baroque architecture meets verdant vineyards, creating a tapestry of Portugal's rich heritage and winemaking legacy.

Vigo (79.54 km)

Glistening along Spain's northwest coast, Vigo is an energetic port city blending maritime history, urban vibrancy, and the raw beauty of the Galician region. The gateway to the Cíes Islands, Vigo is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

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