Top things to do

Top Choice Fusion in Braga

Casa de Pasto das Carvalheiras

This funky eatery with lots of colourful details and a long bar serves up flavourful fusion food served as pratinhos (small plates). The menus change weekly and feature dishes like salmon ceviche, alheira (a light g…
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 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…
Top Choice Bar in Braga

Convento do Carmo

A gorgeous bar-restaurant-performance-space housed in a restored convent, with a flowery garden patio featuring a pool. A great place for a glass of wine and a taste of Braga's cultural repertoire – it hosts concert…
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 at night. T…
Church in Braga

Sé Cathedral Choir

The guided tour of the choir inside the Sé (cathedral) gives an up-close look at the mesmerising organs and gilded choir stalls. Visitors are led downstairs and into the cathedral’s showpiece Capela dos Reis (Kings’…
Museum in Braga

Centro Interpretativo das Memórias da Misericórdia de Braga

Braga's newest museum is housed inside Palácio do Raio, the extroverted work by André Soares, its rococo face covered in azulejos. The gorgeous interiors, also filled with azulejos, showcase works of sacred art, tex…
Cultural in Braga

Festas de São João

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

Museu dos Biscainhos

An 18th-century aristocrat’s palace is home to the enthusiastic municipal museum, with a nice collection of Roman relics and 17th- to 19th-century pottery and furnishings. The palace itself is the reason to come, wi…
Cafe in Braga

Mercado da Saudade

A colourful little grocery store-cafe, with a few storefront and sidewalk tables, where you can buy a variety of Portuguese products – from cork items, shoes and soaps to edibles such as chocolates and sardines. Its…