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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

Braga Cathedral showing street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 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 Santa Barbara Garden.

Old Town

Top hotels in Braga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Urban Hotel da Estação
Urban Hotel da Estação
3 out of 5
Largo Da Estacao 13, Braga
The price is Rs4,369 per night

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

3.6/5Good! (62 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel and a beautiful city. Great location and top hotel."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

Urban Hotel da Estação
Aquafalls Nature Hotel
Aquafalls Nature Hotel
5 out of 5
Av. de São Miguel 1677, Braga, Braga
The price is Rs11,695 per night

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Minho University and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Theatro Circo and Santa ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
You won’t repent!

"Just perfect. The staff is wonderful, and the place is like heaven. Even the food is great, in the most beautiful part of Portugal."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Aquafalls Nature Hotel
ibis budget Braga Centro
ibis budget Braga Centro
2 out of 5
Avenida da Liberdade, 96, Braga
The price is Rs2,746 per night

Located in the heart of Braga, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Theatro Circo and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Santa Barbara Garden and Archbishop's ...

4.1/5Very Good! (300 reviews)
Good stay

"Good location central to everything"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

ibis budget Braga Centro

Popular places to visit in Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Bom Jesus do Monte

4.5/5(21 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. 

Santa Barbara Garden
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Santa Barbara Garden

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Santa Barbara Garden, a lovely green space in São João do Souto. 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)

Find out about the history of Braga when you spend time at Arco da Porta Nova. 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 with a trip to Tibaes Monastery. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Braga Cathedral
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Braga Cathedral

4.5/5(79 reviews)

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

Sameiro Sanctuary
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Sameiro Sanctuary

4.5/5(7 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Braga with a stop at Sameiro Sanctuary. Discover the area's mountain views and cathedral.

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