BragaPortugal

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Visit Braga

Against a scenic backdrop of mossy mountains, explore museums and churches in a charming city dedicated to religion and antiquity.

Historic architecture and majestic churches make up the charming city of Braga. This third-largest city in Portugal is famous for its religious relics, museums and prosperous soccer team. It’s one of the fastest-growing urban areas in Europe. The city is nestled in a valley between green hills and mountains. Relax in Braga’s Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers.

Make a trip to the Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount) sanctuary north of the city. Climb the baroque stairway that meanders around small walls leading up to the church. Although religious structures on the hilltop date back to the 1300s, the current version of the sanctuary was built in the 18th century. Enjoy extraordinary views of Braga from the church.

Visit the Braga Cathedral, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Portugal, dating back to the third century. Admire its striking 15th-century gothic façade and take a tour of the elegant interior. See the São Frutuoso Chapel, an iconic seventh-century monument.

Explore the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum, which was founded in 1918. Its antiques and remnants from Braga come from the prehistoric era through to the Roman occupancy of the city. Look for the Museu dos Biscainhos in the palace of the same name. It is decorated with elegant features and works of art. Inspect the paintings and murals in the palace. You’ll find many remnants collected over the centuries in the site, such as antique furniture, porcelain and clocks.

Stroll through the Garden of Santa Barbara with perfectly trimmed hedges and colorful flower arrangements. Here you’ll see historic artifacts and a view of the Archbishop’s Palace from the garden.

Braga has many transportation links with Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto, due to its proximity along the Atlantic coast. Braga is an ideal spot to learn about the country’s rich history entwined with religion and Roman rule.

Where to stay in Braga

Braga Cathedral showing street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(10 area reviews)

Old Town is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) and Archbishop's Palace.

Old Town

Top hotels in Braga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Vila Galé Collection Braga
Vila Galé Collection Braga
4 out of 5
Largo Carlos Amarante 4, Braga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs8,182
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in the heart of Braga, this spa hotel is steps away from Theatro Circo and Pius XII Museum. Medina Museum and Archbishop's Palace are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (212 reviews)

"Excellent properly in a good location. Trying to get food or drink was difficult as only 1 member of staff. More senior staff walked through looked at queues and left. Senior staff tyen sat with receptionists chatting!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Vila Galé Collection Braga
Hotel Dona Sofia
Hotel Dona Sofia
3 out of 5
Largo S. João do Souto, 131, Braga
Rs4,165
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Pius XII Museum, Archbishop's Palace and Braga Cathedral (Se Braga). Santa Barbara Garden is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (255 reviews)

"This hotel is in a good location and is close to sights and a variety of restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Hotel Dona Sofia
Basic Braga by Axis
Basic Braga by Axis
2 out of 5
Largo Da Estacao Maximinos, Braga
Rs2,231
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) and Archbishop's Palace. Santa Barbara Garden and Estadio ...

4/5Very Good! (205 reviews)

"I liked everything and thé Team is fantastic !!! I need to do thé photocopies of thé papiers and They did it without cost for me ... when I asked for something ... immediately ... They answered it me and with thé smile !!! Thé riooms are very confortable and thé price is no at all expensif !!! Even ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

Basic Braga by Axis

Popular things to do in Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Bom Jesus do Monte

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Travel to the hills above Braga to tour an important pilgrimage site for Catholics, an 18th-century baroque church surrounded by gardens, grottoes and sculptures. 

Sameiro Sanctuary
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Sameiro Sanctuary

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Find out about the history of Sameiro Sanctuary, one of the top monuments in Braga. Visit the area's cathedral and spas.

Braga Cathedral
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Braga Cathedral

4.5/5(78 reviews)

One of the oldest churches in Portugal is known for its art, architecture and tombs of notable people from the country’s history.

Santa Barbara Garden
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Santa Barbara Garden

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Santa Barbara Garden, a popular green space in São João do Souto. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Tibaes Monastery
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Tibaes Monastery

5/5(1 review)

You can find out about the history of Braga when you stop by Tibaes Monastery. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Arco da Porta Nova
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Arco da Porta Nova

4/5(1 review)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Arco da Porta Nova in Braga. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Reviews of Braga

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Kiki

Dec 19, 2019

Beautiful, romantic city with absolutely amazing vegan food options!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

Beautiful city friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

Beautiful town, especially with all the Christmas lights. Extremely friendly locals too!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

Bit disorientating initially but not too big to lose yourself in and still find your way!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 22, 2019

I didn’t have the time to visit a lots of things here in Braga ... but the things which I saw here ... I liked it a lot ... Braga is a beautiful city , clean and save ... with a lots of things to do it ... They are the lovely people too...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 7, 2019

Very nice and small town to spend a holiday . It is a small town as three days maximum for sightseeing and for five days if you want to just relax enjoying staying locally will be perfect. One hour train to Porto as could easily do as a day trip.