Top things to do in Braga

Top Choice Cathedral in Braga

Braga’s extraordinary cathedral, the oldest in Portugal, was begun when the archdiocese was restored in 1070 and completed in the following century. It’s a rambling complex made up of differing styles, and architect…
Top Choice Fusion in Braga

Casa de Pasto das Carvalheiras

This colourful eatery with a long bar serves up delectable, weekly changing pratinhos (small plates), from codfish confit with bok choy and noodles, to mushrooms with creamy polenta, to tasty concoctions of alheira …
Top Choice Christian Site in Braga

Escadaria do Bom Jesus do Monte

Climbing dramatically to the hilltop pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte, 5km east of Braga, is this extraordinary staircase, with allegorical fountains, chapels and a superb view. City bus 2 runs frequently from …
Top Choice Museum in Braga

Centro Interpretativo das Memórias da Misericórdia de Braga

Braga's newest museum is housed inside Palácio do Raio, whose exuberantly tiled rococo façade (by André Soares) is must-see material for any aficionado of the colour blue. The gorgeous interiors, also clad in azulej…
Top Choice Cafe in Braga

Livraria Centésima Página

Tucked inside Centésima Página, an absolutely splendid bookshop with foreign-language titles, this charming cafe serves a rotating selection of tasty quiches along with salads and desserts, and has outdoor tables in…
Religious in Braga

Semana Santa

Braga hosts the most elaborate Easter celebrations in Portugal. It kicks off with Semana Santa, when Gregorian chants are piped throughout the city centre and makeshift candlelit altars light the streets. The action…
Church in Braga

Capelas e Coro Alto

A guided tour grants access to the cathedral’s three most striking chapels: the showpiece Capela dos Reis, home to the tombs of Henri of Burgundy and Dona Teresa (parents of Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques);…
Museum in Braga

Museu dos Biscainhos

An 18th-century aristocrat’s palace is home to Braga's enthusiastic municipal museum, with a nice collection of Roman relics and 17th- to 19th-century pottery and furnishings. The palace itself – with its polychrome…
Cultural in Braga

Festas de São João

A pre-Christian solstice bash dressed up to look like a holy day, this festival still bursts with pagan energy. Held for 10 days every June, it features medieval folk plays, processions, dancing, bonfires, fireworks…
Portuguese in Braga

Brac

This gourmet hotspot offers tasty entradas (appetizers) at the backlit bar, along with more elaborate dishes – Brazilian-style moqueca (seafood stew), rice with black pork and pleurotus mushrooms – in the swanky sto…