Bragança is the capital city of northeastern-most district of Portugal. It is a pleasant city to visit, but somewhat "far" from other cities: it takes some time to arrive in Bragança by car and public transportation is even more time consuming. This region of the country is called Trás-os-Montes, meaning "besides the mountains" and you may guess at it means in terms of accessibility.
Apart from that, it is a wonderful region to explore, providing amazing natural landscapes and welcoming people. Food is delicious, with good, tasty and big portions! A typical meat from this area is the "Posta", a very thick slice of meat that is grilled and better if done medium or rare.
Weather is very hot in summer months and very cold in winter, being probably amongst the coldest locations in Portugal reaching negative temperatures frequently.
Just because the city is located at the northern tip of the country, don't think that its summer weather will be any cooler than in Lisbon! In fact, it is as hot as the southern region, but sometimes the temperature is higher in Bragança. Its location plays a big role in creating such a weather - a nest-like valley surrounded by the mountains of Trás-os-Montes very far from the coast! Remember that this area is a part of Portugal's "terra quente" (hot land) whose summer weather can be pretty fierce.
Winter is pretty different though. The temperature being a single digit and sometimes sub-zero, the region gets a plenty of snow, hence the high alert of accidents along IP2 and IP4!
Fondest memory: - Enjoying the evening breeze at the riverside park on Rio Fervença
- Looking as far as Parque Natural do Montesinho from Castelo
- Taking a glance at the entire Citadel from the viewpoint across the river