Portugal is a great religious mecca with places such as Fatima and Braga scoring high on the religious scale. Whether or not you are of a religious bent or not, it’s impossible not to be affected by the staggering inner zone of Braga with its multitude of fabulous churches, museums, monuments and beautiful facaded residential buildings you will encounter in the old town.
There is a train station fifteen minutes from the old town which can be reached via Rua Andrade Corvo.
The bus station us seven minutes walk from Praca da Republica.
Where to stay
Campsite – there is a lovely little campsite – Camping Parque da Ponte which is next to the municipal swimming pool, a couple of kilometres easy walk from the center of Braga. We stayed here for about €10 per night with free access to the swimming pool. There is a great little park very nearby where you can walk your doggies or yourself. The staff here are lovely.
There is also a youth hostel which charges about €10 per dorm bed per night and also has double rooms and a kitchen if you wish to self cater.
If you are too posh to sleep on the floor being eaten by mosquitoes, you can book a hotel in Braga by clicking here.
What to do
There is a tourist office on the corner of Avenida da Liberdade and Avenida Central. You can pick up maps etc and there is a clear display of train and bus times.
The old zone in Braga is very walkable and this is definitely the best way of seeing the city. The beautiful Praca da Republica, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Se cathedral are all important buildings to see. The Palacio does Biscainhos (Rua dos Biscainhos) houses a small museum and breathtakingly pretty landscaped gardens.
Braga is home to an unbelievable 35 churches. The best of which are the Capela de Conceicao (Largo Sao Joao de Souto) which features a crenellated tower.
If you aren’t one of the 1% of the human population who have been indoctrinated into football as contemporary kind of tribal religion, then you might want to travel the 2km to see the iconic Estadio Municipal designed by the architect Eduardo Souta Moura.
Heading out of town you can find Bom Jesus de Monte – a fascinating church with a baroque stairway located in the midst of woods. You can take buses to Bom Jesus de Monte from the center of Braga.
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