Attractions

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…
Market in Barcelos

Feira de Barcelos

The largest, oldest and most celebrated of the Minho's markets is the Feira de Barcelos, held every Thursday in Barcelos on the banks of the Rio Cávado. Despite attracting travellers, the market retains its rural so…
Christian Site in Bom Jesus do Monte

Escadaria do Bom Jesus

At Bom Jesus do Monte, a hilltop pilgrimage site 5km from Braga, is an extraordinary stairway, with allegorical fountains, chapels and a superb view. City bus 2 runs frequently from Braga to the site, where you can …
Historic Site in The Minho

Citânia de Briteiros

One of the most evocative archaeological sites in Portugal, Citânia de Briteiros, 15km north of Guimarães, is the largest of a liberal scattering of northern Celtic hill settlements, called citânias (fortified villa…
Hill in Viana do Castelo

Monte de Santa Luzia

There are two good reasons to visit Viana’s 228m eucalyptus-clad hill. One is the wondrous view down the coast and up the Lima valley. The other is the fabulously over-the-top, 20th-century, neo-Byzantine Templo do …
Palace in Monção

Palácio da Brejoeira

On the N101 towards Arcos de Valdevez, this grand neoclassical palace built in the early 19th century has been open to the public since 2010, even though the current owner, a 95-year-old heir, still lives inside. Vi…
Area in Monção

Old Monção

The best part of Monção’s old town is the utter lack of tourism. It’s almost exclusively a local scene in chestnut-shaded Praça Deu-la-Deu, where a hand-on-breast statue of its namesake tops a fountain and looks hun…
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…
Palace in Guimarães

Paço dos Duques de Bragança

Looming over the medieval city on Guimarães’ hilltop, with its crenellated towers and cylindrical brick chimneys, Paço dos Duques was first built in 1401 and later pompously restored as a presidential residence for …