Braga

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Have you ever been 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.

Best 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.

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What People Are Saying

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"We were very pleased with our trip today, there were four of us, two Spanish speakers and Pedro easily switched between Spanish and English to explain and provide information. We went to Bom Jesus and walked the many steps to the church at the top, then went to Braga Cathedral and had exclusive access to three special chapel (beware of the mummy of the Archbishop if you are squeamish) including a fascinating Moorish chapel. After a tour of the town we had an excellent lunch, soup or salmon salad, mackerel or veal, chocolate mousse or pannecotta, wine and coffee. We then went to Guimaraes and saw the castle and palace then had time to visit the town. All the entrance tickets were included so we did not need to queue to buy these. A very enjoyable trip and we would definitely recommend it."
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"I just love these 2 towns. If you have an opportunity to visit, go for it. These company was great and happy to recommend. They were punctual, great lunch included, and Violet was simply amazing. A wealth of knowledge and a magnificent guide. If booking with this company, request her, she will make the trip that much more fun."
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"I would like to thank bubbly Violet for the excellent insight and good company 😉 We enjoyed it a lot!!"
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"Braga and Guimaraes are cities worth visiting - both are beautiful in their own way. There is a lot of history embedded in the place, as they are connected through their history and how Portugal was founded. The sites visited were really beautiful. Our guide, Bruno, was knowledgeable about both places, and was an entertaining guide."
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"Bruno, notre excellent guide, nous a fait découvrir Braga et Guimaraes de manière sympathique, conviviale et professionnelle. C’est la seconde fois que nous participons à des excursions avec Cooltour. Ils sont toujours aussi TOP ! N’hésitez pas à visiter le Portugal avec eux !!! Princes et Princesses, laissez-vous guider et chouchouter..."
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"Muy recomendable excursión a Braga y Guimaraes, nuestro guía y conductor (Pedro, un saludo) fue muy ameno y sabía mucho de historia de su país. Buena comida, sin esperas."

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