Braga Travel Guide

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Braga Things to Do

  • Castle

    More than 90% of the castles, stand in a high hill, easy to see from distance. That was not the case of Braga, where the castle almost disappeared engulfed by construction. The main tower is all that lasts, and to find it you may search Castelo street, in the centre of town.

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  • Populo Church

    Started in 1596 and successively transformed and adapted, this church was only finished in the 19th century, and, with the extinction of the religious orders in 1834 it became a state property, used to install the army. Nowadays it belongs to City Hall.

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  • Saint "João do Souto" church

    Right in the centre of city, this temple comes from the 12th century. Several times rebuilt (the last one in the 19th century) it lost most of its original elements, but still deserves to be visited.

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  • Saint Barbara Gardens

    A nice garden in the centre of Braga, close to the medieval Archbishop's Palace, is dedicated to this saint, whose statue tops the central fountain.

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  • City Centre

    Though many attractions ob Braga are spread in and out ot town, a stroll in the lively city centre is mandatory. History and tradition are present in each street or square.

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  • Bom Jesus Staircase

    Included in the most visited complex of Braga - the shrine of Bom Jesus do Monte - the staircase is a wonderful piece of art, full of symbolism and precious details. Descending in a zigzag, each landing is decorated with chapels and fountains, all of them with a different theme. According to the place where you have parked, you may plan your...

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Braga Restaurants

  • Traditional food

    I was taken there by Horacio expressly to eat "papas de sarrabulho", a local dish that is the restaurant's landmark. Wrong day! No "papas"!I ate some delicious "bolinhos de bacalhau" (codfish pastries) with codfish rice and went out satisfied."Papas" will wait for next time. It will be "Papas de Sarrabulho", for sure.

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  • Frigideiras

    This coffee shop got a great reputation with an exclusive pastry, with meat, that took the shop's name - frigideira. Well located, in the centre of town, it is always full (and frigideiras are not bad).

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  • Good fast food

    I'm always suspicious when eating in malls - fast food is not my kind of meal. This time (as a matter of fact... each time I have to risk) we were in a rush, we were there, and I accepted.Well, I must confess that I enjoyed the meal, the price, and the efficiency of service.Nothing to complaint. Francesinha à Cascata

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  • Historic restaurant

    You can't miss this cafe and restaurant, with the esplanade in Braga's centre. It is mandatory a stop and a drink (or more), in this nice place, in the middle of the historic area. I didn't taste the food, only a drink, but, with its location I suppose that it must be pricey (though good, I heard!)

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  • Cheap fast-food

    They didn´t have English menus to give,but when we went inside,they showed us what they do have.Man wasn´t so friendly,but the beers and two toasts with ham and cheese were chepaest ones we had at whole time at Portugal.And they were good for the price.

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  • Graceful seafood broth!

    Nice restaurant, tucked in a building in the grand plaza Conde de Agrolongo. Go down the stairs and sit. Choose any of the fish dishes - they are truly amazing! - and order a jug of the house vinho verde, a bargain!The meats are also good although I prefer the fish section and the service is spotless!The price? As good as you can get for your...

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Braga Nightlife

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  • After Dinner

    It's a new Bar, and have Live Music every Friday and Saturday night, very good choice of Gin's and Wines.In the Sé de Braga cathedral square.

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  • Nightlife in Braga

    There's some nice places in Braga to stay at night:- There are some movie theaters in 2 shopping centers: Braga Parque (in the outskirts) and Bragashopping (near the center);- Theaters: The Theatro Circo at Av. da Liberdade- Shopping: you can go shopping at night until 11pm during weekdays and mid-night on weekends, you can go to Braga Parque,...

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  • Enjoy Christmas in Braga

    It is always a pleasure to visit Braga in Christmas time, especially at night. You will find lights everywhere and lots of people making Christmas shopping or just wandering around. The historical centre is lovely so don’t miss!

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Braga Transportation

  • Bom Jesus do Monte, tran/train/cable car

    If you do not arrive in a car to the top of Bom Jesus, nor do you wish to hike up the stairs, then you can take the tram. Amazingly enough the tram is run on a water weight system where it fills with water to counter the weight of the opposite car and its passengers, causing it to fall towards the bottom where the water is then let out and the...

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  • From Porto Airport to Braga

    1st option Metro (subway) + TrainIf opting for the subway ride you have Line E: Airport - Estádio do Dragão, violet line, Zone 4 (price approx. 1.35 euros). The stop-off is Campanhã, which gives direct access to the Railways Station named Campanhã. From there are departing trains leading to Braga.You may check on the following link the trains to...

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  • From and to Oporto Airport from Braga

    Hi.I think the best option (and cheaper), would be to get Metro and Train.Metro - take line "E" from Airpot till "Campanha" (in Oporto center).Train - from "Campanha" to Braga.It will take around 2 hours, and 20 euros would be enough.Check the links for further...

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Braga Shopping

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  • Big and well located

    The biggest commercial place in Braga (I think!) this mall is exceptionally well located, not far from the centre. Each time I go there it seems... bigger with new spaces successively opening. All, and... a coffee.The lady in the small coffee stand surprised me - it is not too common merging a fabulous dispatch and efficiency, with a great...

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  • Factory Outlet

    For all Fly London shoes fans: Fly London shoes are made in Portugal, near Guimarães. The company is named Kyaia. The best news: they have a outlet store where they sell previous seasons for only as low as 35 Euro/ pair (women's shoes). Sometimes, there isn't a lot of choice concerning sizes/ colours/ models, it all depends on season and visitors....

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  • Funky Souvenir Shopping

    Braga City Centre is a huge open air shopping mall. Only it does not have the boring lifts nor the food court stinking of greasy burgers. If you like this maybe you shouldn't bother. However, if you like busy wee streets packed with fashion, antiques, souvenirs and portuguese handcraft you have just arrived to your heaven.Have a deep breath, check...

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Braga Local Customs

  • S. João Feast

    If you happen to be in Braga in June, you may enjoy a week of celebrations in honour to Saint John ( Festas de São João). 24th June is the local holiday in Braga and the most important day of the feast.The "cabeçudos" and "gigantones" (giant puppet heads worn by dancers) accompanied by the deafening beat of the drums welcomes the dawn visitors in...

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  • São João- St. John`s Party

    On 23th night Braga celebrates (like my hometown) São João party. It`s a party where people takes plastic hammer and specific plants such as "cidreira" (sorry, don`t know how it calls in english).You have to come to this party, only that way you can see how fun it is.

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  • During the Holy (Passion) Week...

    I was in Braga on Charcoal Thursday, feeling the importance of the day (although the Holy Week for me, an orthodox christian, was one week later), which was mirrored at the peaceful faces of the locals...That Week is characteristic of a profound historic religiosity in the city.This picture was taken inside the Cathedral, where you can visit the...

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Braga Warnings and Dangers

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    by ncfg Written Sep 29, 2004

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    The traffic can be chaotic especially on the hours when people go to work or come from work.
    So, if you rent a car drive with attention to the indications and signs and you will not be lost and will not have any problems.

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Braga Tourist Traps

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    by Davelyn Written Aug 14, 2006

    When you first arrive into Braga and you see the Taxi waiting to pick up customers, make sure you have done your homework in the area of which you are travelling to within the City. The street are not straight as such and what seems to be afar is only a short walking distance. Have you streeet map,(if you have one) , read before you get into the cab and don't give the place that you are going to as a question, but a short direct order. That way the driver will think that you have been there before and won't take you on a scenic tour. Get price first.

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Braga Off The Beaten Path

  • Citânia de Briteiros

    Maybe I should post this Tip under Briteiros, But this village has nothing else remarkable, and the "Citânia" happens to be outside it. So, I think it may be included in Braga (or Guimarãres), as something a little more distant, but easy to include in the mandatory trip to Bom Jesus and Sameiro.Citânia de Briteiros is an archaeological site from...

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  • Citânia de Briteiros

    Citânia de Briteiros is an archaeological site situated about 15km outside Braga. This site consists of ruins of a Celtic settlement. The settlement was walled, with walls about 5m high and 2m thick. It is said that on the 1st century it was the political capital of the Callaeci Bracari (pre-roman people with Celtic origins that inhabited the North...

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  • Gerês

    Geres is a cosy little village that has grown due its thermal water properties; the correct name of the village is Caldas do Gerês, but it is usually referred to as Gerês. The village is situated on a valley and while walking past main street you will see green slopes around you. The village itself doesn't have monuments or places that are worth...

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  • Se (Cathedral)

    One of the things that is suggested that a tourist visist in Braga is the Se (cathedral)...so we did of course, but at this point we had been touring for two weeks in Portugal and had seen more beautiful and more impressive cathedrals....you might say we were "Se'd out"...We actaully liked the exterior more than the interior, as I said it was...

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  • Bom Jesus do Monte, fountain and garden

    At the top of the staircase and just off to the left of the church you will find this small sculpted garden/fountain. It seems to mimic a type of secret grotto protected by the foliage and waterfall. The gazebo at the top seems out of place.

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  • Bom Jesus do Monte, stations of the...

    The Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary stairway has at each section a small chapel dedicated to the stations of the cross. The ones shown here are:Chapel of the Descent from the CrossChapel of the CrucifixionChapel of the Road to CalvaryChapel of Jesus Before PilateChapel of Simon the Cyrenian

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