Bragança Travel Guide

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Bragança Things to Do

  • The Castle

    Built originally by king Dinis, in the beginning of the 14th century, this large castle has a long story, until becoming today a tourist attraction, with its preserved walls and doors, a military museum in the main tower, and some other attractions inside walls.

  • Domus Municipalis

    This strange building from the 12th century, almost in perfect condition (the roof was rebuilt in the last century, and I'm not too sure about the way it respects the original), is the ex-libris of Bragança. Still under discussion about its use in old days, it's easy and free to visit, inside the castle's walls.

  • Citadela

    The beautiful citadela is a quite large area where inside you can find the castle, some churches and the old quarters of the city of Bragança.

  • Santa Maria Church

    A beautiful XVI century church with a barroque portic. The interior has a beautiful painting cealing.

  • Domus Municipality

    A XV century building that was a water reservoir and as well it is believed was used as city council. This pentagonal building is still somewhat of a mystery since it is quite different romanesque building.

  • Bragança Castle

    XIII century castle. One of the towers is the princess tower, where an old princess used to live. It is said she fall in love by a poor man of a nearby village. She refused all proposals of marriage and his uncle became mad. So it is said he disguised himself as a ghost and at the cover of the night he went to scare the princess and make her marry....

  • Cathedral Sé

    Beautiful church in the city centre that used to be a priests school and dates back to the XVI century.

  • Rio de Onor

    Nice small village in the border with Spain. It is a community village next to a Spanish village and together they created a very characteristic spirit of union and speak an unique language. The beautiful houses dotted along the river make this a beautiful and lost corner of Portugal to visit.

  • Montesinho

    It is a nice small sheist village lost in the mountains of the natural park. There is a church and some nice houses and some places where to buy local handicraft such as the wonderfull chestnut cookies.

  • S. Maria church

    Inside Bragança's citadel there's an old Romanic church, called S. Maria, that in the 18Th century was rebuilt, with baroque details that became predominant in its look.There's an interesting painting inside.

  • Porca da Vila (pillory)

    Situated on the green area of the castle, overlooking the city, there's the six metre tall pillory, which is one of the most antique in the country.The pillory, a symbol of the village's power and autonomy, was used to punish outlaws in medieval epoch. What is most interesting in this pillory - a common artifact in Portuguese villages from the...

  • Walls and towers

    The medieval castle's wall comprises 15 towers, amongst which two of them stand out: the Princess and the Menagem towers.. Princess Tower: it is considered an enigmatic tower, as there is no knowledge as to where its name derives from. So, tales and legends are common, being that the most common tales refer to Princesses and not corresponded love....

  • Santa Maria Church

    By Domus Municipalis is situated the church, named Santa Maria but also referred to as Nossa Senhora do Sardão (name of the hill where the citadel is situated). This church is of romanic origin but it was totally rebuilt in the 18th century, hence the renaissance and baroque styles we may admire nowadays.This church is considered to be one of the...

  • Domus Municipalis

    The Domus Municipalis is an ex-libris amongst the city's monuments, being the most visited: it represents one of a kind in Portugal (and also neighbour Spain) in what concerns civil romanic architecture. The Domus Municipalis had two main functions: in the lower floor is situated the cistern whilst in the upper floor there's an ample room that...

  • The citadel

    The main must see in Bragança is no doubt the citadel area. Situated on top of a hill - named Nossa Senhora do Sardão -, overlooking the city centre, it is amongst the best kept citadels in Portugal and its main attractions are:. Domus Munipalis. Santa Maria Church. Castle's Walls and Towers. Pelourinho (pillory)Wandering its cobbled streets is a...

  • viewpoint from below the pousada

    there a stopping area just below the Pousada which you can walk down to the paved walkway and look over the houses beside the river below and up to the castle for another aspectsome of these houses look very old and interesting.and then there are the not so interesting high rises that rise above the old town.but excellent paved walkways both sides...

  • look over the castle from the pousada...

    Breakfast didnt open until 830 am at the youth hostel so we drove up to the recommended viewing spots above the Pousada up Estrada de Turismo, where we'd been the night before trying to find the youth hostel and had stopped in there directions but with no idea of such views a bit further up the road!There are two areas - one looking immediately...

  • Great View of Rio Fervença

    I accidentally found this beautiful riverside park along Rio Fervença when I was walking around the downtown on the day of my arrival. Only a few blocks away from the main square where the cathedral is located, this pretty sizeable park offers a fantastic view of the city, as well as the Citadel castle. There is nothing much for you to do here....


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Bragança Restaurants

  • A Gôndola

    Place with realy nice food for a good price, and a good atmosfere.I had have dinner here hundreds of times! Best pizzas in Bragança, the house specialty.You can also ask for other italian dishes.PS - The image is not an image of my own, I goggled it just to can show the restaurante appearance.

  • Good and cheap food

    A very simple restaurant in the city center of Bragança serving the excellent local steak (Posta Mirandesa) done with the local beef in olive oil and with jacked potatoes on the side. Posta Mirandesa (local steak with olive oil and jacked potatoes)

  • Solar Bragancano

    We found this old classy restaurant by chance. We stayed more than required shopping, so we were already starving when lunch time came. So we entered the closest restaurant, desperately looking for food...Though not very appealing from the outside, this old restaurant is located in the first floor of a typical house in the centre. It is in fact an...


Bragança Transportation

  • Bus to Bragança

    The cheapest and only way to get there (unless you have/rent a car) is by bus.From Lisbon it is a 8h trip, from Porto is an 4h trip.There's lots of Bus Companies on Portugal, I left here the one I frequently use to get there.The price of the ticket from Lisbon is around 25€ (one way) and from Porto about (20€)

  • By car / by foot

    We arrived in Bragança, and also moved around, by car. The city is situated on the northeastern corner of the country and its public transports are not that good. Even by car, Bragança it's 6 hours away from Lisbon (525 km) and 3 hours away from Porto (210 km).Although not so ecological nor so cheap, driving to Bragança it's a good choice, because...

  • Bragança Bus Terminal

    The central bus terminal of Bragança uses a defunct train station, and this is where one can catch the local Rodonorte buses to other towns and villages in Trás-os-Montes as well as long-distance services to places like Vila Real, Porto, and Lisbon. While the terminal for the local services is located right next to the station building, the...


Bragança Shopping

  • Tiles

    Portuguese tiles are world famous too. You can find fine plates, artistic tiles, specially in blue and white.Those in the pic were in a nearby park, though they were a bit damaged by local graffiti...

  • Sheets and towels

    Portugal is world famous for its sheets and towels, so we went for a little shopping in the morning. It's not fabulous stuff, but the quality is good, there is a wide variety and the prices are definetly better than in Spain. There are a few shops around the historical centre.

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    by xicomelo Written Feb 14, 2005

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    Bragança is, for me, the most ugly city of Portugal. It's full of ugly buildings from the 80's and 90's. The old town is small, dirty and abandoned.

    Doesn't worth a visit to such a distant place.

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Bragança Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the small villages nearby

    There's no place I have to advice you to visit.Just pick a car and go check some small vilages, just for breath.

  • Daytrips from Bragança

    As daytrips from Bragança we chose:. Parque Natural de Montesinho, a beautiful natural protected area, with fantastic small villages to explore and amazing breathtaking landscape. Concerning small villages I'd highlight: Montesinho and Rio de Onor (the latter a community that spreads besides frontiers - the village is situated both in Portuguese...

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  • Bragança

    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...

  • Summer Weather in Bragança

    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...

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