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Top Choice Portuguese in Campo do Gerês

O Abocanhado

This beautifully situated restaurant is a temple to the finest ingredients that the surrounding countryside has to offer, including javali (wild boar), veado (venison) and coelho (rabbit), as well as beef and goat r…
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 Portuguese in Guimarães

Le Babachris

The decor of this long and narrow two-floor restaurant is so simple and unassuming that you wouldn't expect such top-notch food to come out of its tiny kitchen. But top-notch it is – inventive, seasonal and market-f…
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…
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…