Braga is situated at 20 minutes of Quinta do Freixieiro and you can take the train, rent a car, a taxi or take the intercity bus.
The town is at the heart of the famous region of Minho surrounded by mounts and forests. Braga is a major religious centre in the country, where you can find remarkable Baroque churches, amazing country houses of the 18th century, as well as a number of gardens and parks. Braga has grown immensely in the last years, but was able to remain faithful to its historical heritage while investing in the industry, the university, developing the commerce and the performing arts, night life and restoration of all sorts. These developments imprinted a modern life style to the town and a younger spirit for which Braga was awarded a distinction the European Capital of Youth, in 2013.
Not far from Braga you can easily have access to the beautiful beaches of the northern coast and the best can be found in the region of: Esposende, Ofir, Apúlia, Moledo or Afife.
This town is also known for its fantastic cuisine, the festivities and as a mandatory sleeping place for the pilgrims going to Fátima or Santiago de Compostela, in Spain.
Braga’s Cathedral (Sé Catedral)
This is the oldest cathedral in Portugal, where treasures of religious art can be discovered. To the original Gothic building, subsequent additions were made in the Renascence and in the Baroque period.
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga
This is one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Portugal, a Neo-Classic church surrounded by remarkable French gardens with the signature of Carlos Amarante, dating of the end of the 18th century. The impressive stairway decorated with statues and a fountain, connects the gardens to the church.
Citânia de Briteiros
This is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the Minho region, thought having undergone heavy restoration works in the middle of the last century. The remains of this Celt-Iberian hill fort dates back to 300 a. C. It represents an extraordinary proof of the existence of an important settlement of pre-Roman origin belonging to the Castros Culture of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.
The Church of the Holy Cross (Igreja de Santa Cruz)
The Santa Barbara Garden, from the XVII century, is one of the most beautiful gardens in Portugal.
Roman Ruins of Bracara Augusta
Bracara Augusta was founded between 300 and 400 a. C, by the emperor Augusto, and it was once the capital of the Roman province in the northwest of Iberia. In subsequent periods it was occupied by the Visigoths and the Arabs.
Touristic Bus Tour
Braga has a bus that makes several touristic circuits in town passing by the following points of interest: Church of the Convent of Congregados, The House of Rolão, Museum Nogueira da Silva, The Carmelite Church, Campo da Vinha, Church and Convent of Pópulo, Train Station, The Manor House of Hortas, Arch of Porta Nova, Palace of Biscainhos, Town Hall, the Cathedral, Roman Ruins, Museum D. Diogo de Sousa, Monument of the Bi-Millennium, Square of S.Tiago, Church of the Seminar of St. Paul, Square of Carlos Amarante, the House of Coimbras, House of Crivos, Church of the Holy Cross, Church of the Hospital, Palace of Raio, Fountain of the Idol and Santuary of Bom Jesus do Monte).
Sierra of Gerês
This is the second highest mountain range in Portugal, and the summit attains 1546m in altitude. It is part of the mountain complex of Peneda-Gerês, classified by the UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. The Penada-Gerês complex comprises the Lima and Cávado rivers and is one of the biggest natural attractions of Portugal. This unique and impressive landscape is at the heart of an ecological and ethnographic heritage as well as the home of a diversified fauna and flora. Here several pilgrimage centres are found such as “St. Benedict of Porta Aberta”, “Santuary of Our Lady of Peneda” and a replica of the “Santuary of Bom Jesus de Braga”.
In the historical centre of Braga there are traditional and modern retail shops that make a difference.
This is shopping centre of big dimension where the offer of shops, restaurants, cinema and services including a pharmacy and a supermarket can be found.
In Braga the gastronomic offer is wide, and the traditional Portuguese restaurants dominate, but you can easily find Italian, Japanese or Chinese restaurants among others.
Braga has a great variety of cinemas, bars, concert rooms, lounges, wine bars, traditional bars and discotheques, where modern music stirs the night life providing a good time to coming to town.