Welcome to Braga

Braga is a city in the far north of Portugal, northeast of Porto. It’s known for its religious heritage and events. To the east, Bom Jesus do Monte complex has a neoclassical church atop an elaborate 17-flight stairway. In the city center, medieval Braga Cathedral is home to a sacred art museum and the Gothic-style Kings' Chapel. Nearby, the imposing Archbishop’s Palace overlooks Santa Barbara Garden.

Top 7 Things To Do In Braga

1. Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte

Also known as Santuário do Bom Jesus de Braga, it is the symbol of the city, where art and nature meet, making it a sacred and resting place. The church is an example of the Portuguese neoclassical style. The high part of the city is connected to the sanctuary staircases, it is also connected to the sanctuary by a funicular elevator, that follows a path parallel to the monumental staircases.

2. Braga Cathedral

"Older than Braga's Cathedral" is a popular expression used to define the seniority of something, which supports how old the cathedral is. According to lore the diocese of Braga was created on the 3rd century, but is only confirmed by history since the year 400. Next to the cathedral is its collection, which gathers various pieces gathered throughout the ages.

3. Theatro Circo of Braga

The edification of the great Theatro Circo started in 1911 and ended in 1914. A theatre with capacity for 1500 people and one of the biggest and most beautiful Portuguese theatres. It opened on the 21th of April of 1915. Theatro Circo was restored and modernised on 1999. It is one of the most charismatic concert halls of the country with a programme that obeys to high criteria of quality and eclecticism.

4. Congregados Basilica

Located on the parish of São José de São Lázaro, Congregados Basilica is part of the Congregados Convent. The basilica was designed by architect André Soares and built on the 16th century, although it wasn't concluded until the 20th century. The statues at the front - St. Philipe of Nery and St. Martin of Dume - were lifted to their places on 16th of February of 1964 and were created by the sculptor Manuel da Silva Nogueira.

5. São Martinho of Tibães Monastery

The old mother house of the Portuguese Order of St. Benedict is located on the parish of Mire de Tibães, 6km northwest of the city of Braga. It was shut down in 1833-1834 due to the extinction of the religious orders in Portugal and its assets, properties were sold to the public until 1864 with the purchase of the monastic building. From the 70s, the monastery lost its assets and was abandoned.

6. Sanctuary of Sameiro

The construction of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro (or Sanctuary of Sameiro), Marian shrine, started on the 14th of July of 1863. The sanctuary is the biggest Portuguese centre of Marian devotion after Fátima. The temple, completed on the 20th century stands out inside by its main altar, as well as by the tabernacle.

7. Biscaínhos Museum

Installed in the Biscaínhos Palace, built on the 18th century (Baroque period). It presents a sequence of spaces which show an insight to the occupations, likes and traditions of our ancestors of the nobility of the 17th and 18th century. The gardens of the 18th century are a show of artistic and environmental beauty.

Top Tours & Activities in Braga

Tour Braga / Guimarães

In this tour we will go directly to the birthplace of the "Guimarães" nation, the one that saw the first king of Portugal born. After lunch, we will go to the city of the archbishops "Braga", where we will go up the Senhora da Penha where we can bid farewell to the city of Guimarães from its highest point.

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From Lisbon: Visit Braga And Guimarães In A 2 Days Tour Through The Origins Of Portugal

Braga is one of the oldest cities in the country, vibrant, surrounded by mountains undulating and forests. It houses the country's largest university and is one of the largest religious centers of the country. Come with us and visit this wonderful part of Portugal!

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Palaces, Convents, Kings & Queens, Portugal By Car

Palaces, Castles, Monasteries and hotels full of charm. Landscapes and places of great beauty, a warm and welcoming population, perfect ingredients for a pleasant trip, driving a car at your own pace through the roads of Portugal

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Guimarães & Braga Nation Cradles – Small Group

In this full-day personalized tour you will be able to visit and take part of the story where brave Portuguese soldiers started the dream of a nation called Portugal.

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From Porto: Gerês Private Tour – Explore The National Park Of Peneda Gerês

Discover the Peneda-Gerês Park, located in the North Region, is the only Portuguese protected area that has been classified as a National Park! A completely world apart, a vast area that contains a truly passion for nature. If you are a hike lover and are looking for the perfect scenery to do it, this private tour was made for you!

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From Porto: Full Day Excursion To Braga And Guimarães

Join us on a full day tour from Porto on a small group and discover two of the oldest cities in Portugal: Braga and Guimarães. A day that you'll get to know the castle of Guimarães, Palace of the Duques of Bragança, the beautiful Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary and much more!

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From Porto: Full-Day Private Tour To Historic Minho

The Minho region, where the cities of Guimarães and Braga are located, owes its recognition, importance and name to the Minho River, one of the four largest rivers in Portugal. Come with us to Minho where we will find more and visit two of its most important cities, Guimarães and Braga.

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Eletrical Mountain Bike Tour – Ponte Da Barca

Discover the energy flow and enjoy the best rails of the Peneda-Gerês National Park ... up and down!

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Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Portugal is spring season which starts in February to find hills bedecked in seasonal flowers and almond groves awash with pretty pink blossom. Of course, autumn is another best time to visit Portugal, especially for walkers and cyclists, as temperatures are still warm but crowds are a lot less.