Fortress in Bragança


Climb uphill from Largo de São Vicente and you’ll soon set foot inside the astonishingly well-preserved 12th-century citadel. People still live in its narrow, atmospheric lanes, unspoilt by the few, low-key...

Museum in Bragança

Museu do Abade de Baçal

Set in a restored 18th-century bishop’s palace, this is one of Portugal’s best regional museums. Its diverse collections include local artefacts from the Celtic and Roman eras, along with objects, paintings and...

Museum in Bragança

Museu Ibérico da Máscara e do Traje

This visually appealing little museum displays a colourful and fascinating collection of masks and costumes from the ancient pagan-based solstice and Carnaval festivities celebrated in Trás-os-Montes and...

Notable Building in Bragança

Domus Municipalis

Squatting at the rear of the Cidadela is an odd pentagonal building known as the Domus Municipalis, the oldest town hall in Portugal (although its precise age is a matter of scholarly disagreement) and one of the...

Museum in Bragança

Museu Militar

The stout Torre de Menagem now houses this lacklustre museum, but the price of admission is well worth the chance to climb storey after storey and take in its rooms and halls. The military artefacts themselves...

Cathedral in Bragança

Bragança’s modest old cathedral started out in 1545 as the Igreja de São João Baptista, but moved up the ranks to become a cathedral in 1770 when the bishopric moved here from Miranda do Douro. It was then...

Museum in Bragança

Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais

This cross-border collaboration between Portugal and Spain has a permanent collection that features local painter Graça Morais’ haunting portraits of Trás-os-Montes residents, alongside more abstract work. The...

Museum in Bragança

Centro de Fotografia Georges Dussaud

This small museum is worth a visit just to see the evocative black-and-white photos of everyday transmontana people taken in the 1980s by French photographer Georges Dussaud, which capture something essential...

Church in Bragança

Igreja de São Vicente

Romanesque in origin but rebuilt in the 17th century, this church may have played host to a chapter in Portugal’s favourite (and grisliest) love story. Tradition has it that the future Dom Pedro secretly married...

Monument in Bragança


In front of the Torre de Menagem is an extraordinary primitive pelourinho (stone pillory) atop a granite boar similar to the berrões found elsewhere around Trás-os-Montes.

Church in Bragança

Igreja de São Bento

Bragança’s most attractive church has a Renaissance stone portal, a wonderful trompe l’œil ceiling over the nave and an Arabic-style inlaid ceiling above the chancel.

Church in Bragança

Igreja de Santa Maria

Small, whitewashed 18th-century church within the walls of Bragança castle, with a barrel-shaped ceiling depicting the Assumption.