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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

Top hotels in Braga

Melia Braga Hotel & Spa
Melia Braga Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Av. General Carrilho da Silva Pinto, 8, Tenoes, Braga
The price is Rs6,263 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

This family-friendly Braga hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Minho University and Bom Jesus do Monte. Parque da Ponte and Theatro ...

4.4/5Excellent! (299 reviews)
Good enough but not a 5-star hotel

"It was a pleasant stay but for sure it’s not a 5-star hotel. Clearly they tick the boxes to qualify for a 5-star hotel. It was disappointing that we were not welcomed with at least two bottles of water in the room. Also the bed was good but not 5-star. Usually proper 5-star hotels care about all ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Melia Braga Hotel & Spa
Basic Braga by Axis
Basic Braga by Axis
2 out of 5
Largo Da Estacao Maximinos, Braga
The price is Rs2,497 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in the heart of Braga, 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! (241 reviews)

"As the name says it is basic but quite and in a good location."…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2020

Basic Braga by Axis
Hotel do Parque
Hotel do Parque
4 out of 5
Monte do Bon Jesus, Braga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs5,140 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb

Situated on the Strip, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Sameiro Sanctuary. Santa Barbara Garden and Braga Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (69 reviews)
Excelente Atendimento !!

"Destaco a cordialidade, profissionalismo e a simpatia da Equipe do Hotel do Parque. Parabéns. Voltaremos outras vezes."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Hotel do Parque
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Braga

SÉ INN Suites
SÉ INN Suites
Rua Dom Gualdim Pais, 6-8, Braga
The price is Rs5,553 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) and Archbishop's Palace. Medina Museum and Pius XII Museum are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Steen. Denmark

"Totally renovated Boutique Hotel of a very high standard. Very tasteful decor. Excellent service from the charming staff. Excellent value for money. You won’t be disappointed."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

SÉ INN Suites
Praça 44 Boutique Apartments
Praça 44 Boutique Apartments
3 out of 5
Praça Mun. 44, Braga, Braga
The price is Rs4,780 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Located in Old Town, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) and Santa Barbara Garden. Estadio Municipal de Braga and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Beautiful airy apartment that was spotless. Central location would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Praça 44 Boutique Apartments
Braga Heritage Lofts
Braga Heritage Lofts
3 out of 5
Rua Eça de Queirós 98, Braga, Braga
The price is Rs5,411 per night from 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Santa Barbara Garden, Archbishop's Palace and Braga Cathedral (Se Braga). Palacio dos Biscainhos and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Very Modern

"Really nice modern apartments, I would recommend apartment 302, nice roof terrace"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Braga Heritage Lofts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Braga


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1 Mar 2020

Lovely shops, and cafes.

5/5 - Excellent


19 Dec 2019

Beautiful, romantic city with absolutely amazing vegan food options!

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Nov 2019

Beautiful city friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Nov 2019

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

4/5 - Good

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11 Oct 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Sep 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...

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