Region of strong religious traditions, Braga ends up losing a bit of its protagonism to its neighboring district capital: Porto. If you are considering including Braga on your travel itinerary in the North, or even visiting the city on a weekend getaway, we guarantee you will not regret it.
To help, we created an itinerary so you can visit Braga in 2 days and make the most of everything the city has to offer.
This is the entry point to the city's historic area, where you can stroll through the narrow streets, visit several shops and pastry shops and enjoy the medieval architecture that still exists today in some places.
Sé de Braga is the oldest cathedral in Portugal. An imposing monument, which deserves to be visited with time, both outside and inside. Sé de Braga houses the remains of the parents of D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal.
Continuing your 2-day tour in Braga, on Rua do Souto you can see some of the most mythical cafes in the city, including Casa das Bananas, home of the famous Bananeiro. It is a tradition, on Christmas Eve, that the inhabitants of Braga go out on the street to drink a glass of wine ... and eat a banana. Where? On Rua do Souto, of course.
Casa dos Crivos is the only example of the typical houses in Braga, from the 19th century, that stood the test of time. The main façades of these houses were covered with wood, which allowed those who were at home to see everything that was happening on the street without being noticed. Clever, right?
In addition to the countless flowers that can be seen in this romantic garden, it is also possible to see traces of medieval arches and the old episcopal palace, which remained intact until today. It is a great place to enjoy the warmth of a summer afternoon or the cool breeze of an autumn day.
This historic garden of the 18th century is open to the public, unlike the Biscaínhos palace. It is one of the most significant specimens of the Baroque era in Portugal and a great place to rest and enjoy nature.
Located near the Cathedral of Braga, this is one of the most beautiful squares in the historic area. It is made entirely of granite and in its center features a large fountain with typical architecture from the Baroque era.
If you are going to visit Braga and spend 2 day there, you will have the opportunity to visit places further away from the city center. This place, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is an ex-libris of Braga and a place that deserves to be visited calmly, due to its great size and beauty.
If you dare to climb the stairs, you will face more than 500 steps, but you will be presented with a monumental sanctuary that deserves to be visited. Along the staircase you will also find several statues of religious nature, illustrating various moments of Jesus' life.
Near the sanctuary, prepare to be embraced by mystical natural landscapes, worthy of a fairy tale. These gardens are a perfect place for a family picnic.
If you are staying in Braga, your best option to get to Bom Jesus do Monte is with a car rental. It will take just a few minutes to reach Bom Jesus do Monte, and it will allow you to be free to explore the place, without worrying about transportation schedules and other conditioning factors.
If you rent a car in Braga you will have the opportunity to visit another iconic place on the outskirts of the city. Monte do Sameiro is located at the highest point of the city, guaranteeing an incredible panoramic view to those who visit it. At Monte do Sameiro you will have the opportunity to visit the Basilica, a very important religious monument for the devotees of the North zone, and the gardens that surround the Basilica. It is the perfect place for a family outing or to stroll a little in peace and communion with yourself.