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Things to do in Braga

Essential Tips for Your First Trip to Braga, Portugal

Things to do in Braga visit Arcada

Let’s travel over the best things to do in Braga. From a traditional food tour, a Walking City Tour in Braga, or going up the steps of the five senses leading up to Bom Jesus church.
Braga’s center is compact despite being a big city in Portugal with over 100.000 people. As a result, this city is comfortably explored on foot, particularly the various pedestrian streets. Braga has long been a critical player in the region now known as northern Portugal, dating back to the Romans.

Read more: Best Time to Visit Portugal.

Where is Braga in Portugal on a map?

The city is located in the heart of the Minho Region, more specifically in Portugal’s northwest.


Distances from Braga, Portugal

  • Guimarães: 25 kilometers (16 miles). It is 25 minutes by car.
  • Porto: 55 kilometers (35 miles). It is 45 minutes by car.
  • Coimbra: 170 kilometers (106 miles). It is 1 hour and 45 minutes by car.
  • Lisbon: 365 kilometers (227 miles). It is 3 hours and 40 minutes by car.
  • Faro: 715 kilometers (444 miles). It is 6 hours and 40 minutes by car.

Public Transports from and to Braga

Braga doesn’t have an airport. Do you need a private transfer from or to Oporto Airport? Please check our services here.

If you prefer public transport, the best one is the train. It is clean, safe, and cheap! And Braga train station is a 5-minute walk to the historic center.

Are you planning a day trip to Braga from Porto?

Braga is a Catholic city because that was the Portuguese religious capital. Braga was the seat of the Catholic Church, and the archdiocese was founded in the 3rd century. For centuries, the Archbishops were sent to the city. So, you can visit the first Portuguese Cathedral (the work began in 1070), and several of the old churches, chapels, and monasteries.

We recommend visiting this city during Holy Week (Easter) if you are Catholic. Every night, we have one procession. The town is lighted with torch-lit. Hooded penitents parade. And the street altars are draped in flowers and candles.

Although Braga is a very traditional city. It is also full of life and young people due to the university and modern industry. Besides, Braga has fantastic nightlife, theatre, exhibitions, museums, and art galleries.

Braga Travel Guide

The Best of Braga Walking Tour

During this half-day tour, you will get to know its history and the secret streets.
That is included:

    • ticket for the first Cathedral in Portugal,
    • private transfer from the downtown to the funicular,
    • a ticket for the hydraulic funicular to visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus.

There are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal. In that honorable list is the Bom Jesus do Monte. This building is a pilgrimage site. It has been attracting religious devotees for many centuries. And they go up the stairway, which rises more than 640 steps. But we will use the water-powered funicular for your comfort. You will go down on foot and admire these stairs zigzag up the slope and Baroque sculptures. The neo-classical church is at the top of the hill.

Good value for money costs 25€ per person. Book an online Braga city walk!

Booking Tour Braga


Best Walking Tour for Foodies in Braga

Ready to Walking Food Tour? Great! Put on comfortable shoes and join the cultural sights of the town on foot. Experience the best of Portuguese cuisine and wine tasting. A local guide will always go with you. This Food Tour is 100% Portuguese Food!

Your guide takes you on an off-the-beaten-path through some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Marvel over Braga’s colorful street while you sample off trays filled with fine ham and cheese. You can wash down all the local delicacies with a glass of wine or beer.

Only 59€ per person. Book online and delight in a Food Tour!


Read more: Best Things to Eat in Portugal?

Braga Attractions

Enjoy a delicious ice cream in Praça Da República

First, nobody uses the plaza’s name! This square is locally known as “Arcada” because of the 18th-century arcaded building. That is the best place to find some shade and a cold drink or ice cream during the summer.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro

On another hilltop is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro. The main pilgrimages are on Sundays between June 1 and August 31. This Marian Shrine was created in the 1860s.

Monastery of São Martinho de Tibães

This Benedictine monastery is outside of this city, 15 minutes by car from the Cathedral. The church is well preserved and richly decorated with gilded altarpieces. But, the monastery is empty. São Martinho de Tibães was an opulent house. It was the motherhouse of the Benedictine order in Portugal and Brazil.

The monastery was sold in 1864 after the extinction of religious orders in Portugal in 1834. From 1864 until 1996, this building was abandoned and ruined.

Praça – The Municipal Market

Praça is a must in Braga. It is located in the city center. This market was recently reclassified. You’ll find fresh produce, meat, cheeses, sausages, bread, fish, and flowers.

Inside the market, there is a small area with a few local restaurants. You must try a suckling pig sandwich in the restaurant O Forno do Leitão do Zé is delicious!

Antigo Paço Episcopal

That is a place you must visit! But, unfortunately, that is only open from Monday to Friday. The palace is not available to the public. But tourists can glimpse the superb tiles, medieval noble hall, and garden.

It is near the Cathedral. We visit during our Walking Tour, but sometimes this palace is closed. Episcopal Palace is now the municipal archives and university office (Universidade do Minho).

Sporting Clube de Braga & Estádio Municipal

The city’s soccer team plays in the Premier League in Portugal (Liga Portugal).
This club plays in the Europa League almost every season, so there is a high standard on show.
You must visit Estádio Municipal if you love architecture, embedded in a former quarry. Pritzer prize-winner Eduardo Souto de Moura designed this for Euro 2004.

Where to eat in Braga, Portugal?

Discover the best restaurants in our suggestions here.

Where can I watch the sunset in Braga?

Best places to see the sunset:

  • Sanctuary of Bom Jesus
  • Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro

Braga Vacations Packages

What do you think? Have you visited this city?
The north of Portugal is a beautiful and varied destination that never fails to enchant its visitors. Join my team at Eco Trilha, a small-group tour in Portugal. You’ll learn all about its unique culture and history and meet the locals behind the food!

Tips For Your First Trip To Portugal

Here is a short checklist and other helpful information for your next travel to Portugal.
This checklist can help you prepare and make your first trip go as your dream. Read more about Money Exchange. Tip. Whether in Portugal for ten days. Transfer Airport to Hotel in Portugal. Where to eat. Vegan Restaurant. Food Time. Learn a little Portuguese. Arts. Beaches. Safety. Tap water. Visa and Entry Requirements.

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