Things to do in Braga
Essential Tips for Your First Trip to Braga, Portugal
Let’s travel over the best things to do in Braga, from a traditional food tour, a Walking City Tour in Braga, or go up the steps of the five senses leading up to Bom Jesus church.
Despite being a big city for Portugal with well over 100.000 people, Braga’s center is compact. As a result, this city is be comfortably explored on foot, particularly the various pedestrian streets. With a history dating back to the Romans, Braga has long been a critical player in the region now known as northern Portugal.
Read here our suggestions for things to do in Braga.
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 5 minutes walking to the historic center.
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Are you planning a day trip to Braga from Porto?
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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 sent in the city. So, you can visit the first Portuguese Cathedral (the work began in 1070), several of the old churches, chapels, and monasteries.
If you are Catholic, we recommend you visit Braga during the Holy Week (Easter). Every night, we have one procession. The city 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. In addition, Braga has fantastic nightlife, theatre, exhibitions, museums, and art galleries.
Braga Travel Guide
The Best of Braga Walking Tour
During this half-day Braga 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 Braga 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 and 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. We suggest you go down on foot and admire these stairs zigzag up the slope and are adorned with Baroque sculpture and a neo-classical church is at the top of the hill.
Good value for money costs 18€ per person. Book an online Braga city walk and save 10% off!
Best Walking Tour for Foodies in Braga
Ready to Walking Food Tour in Braga? 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 accompany 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 39€ per person. Book online and delight in a Food Tour in Braga! Save now 10% off!!
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, it is located 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 Braga, 15 minutes by car from the Cathedral. The church is well preserved, and it is richly decorated with gilded altarpieces. However, the monastery is empty. São Martinho de Tibães was an opulent house. It was the motherhouse for 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.
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 Braga Tour, but sometimes this palace is closed. Episcopal Palace is now municipal archives and university offices (Universidade do Minho).
Sporting Clube de Braga & Estádio Municipal
The city’s soccer team plays in the Premier League in Portugal (Liga Portugal).
Braga plays in the Europa League almost every season, so there is a high standard on show.
If you love architecture, you must visit Estádio Municipal, which is 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 Braga. Read here our suggestions.
Braga Vacations Packages
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Tips For Your First Trip To Portugal
Here you have a short checklist and other useful information for your next travel to Portugal.
This checklist can help you prepare and make your first trip go as your dreams. Read more about Money Exchange. Tip. Wheather 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.