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Against a scenic backdrop of mossy mountains, explore museums and churches in a charming city dedicated to religion and antiquity.

Historic architecture and majestic churches make up the charming city of Braga. This third-largest city in Portugal is famous for its religious relics, museums and prosperous soccer team. It’s one of the fastest-growing urban areas in Europe. The city is nestled in a valley between green hills and mountains. Relax in Braga’s Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers.

Make a trip to the Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount) sanctuary north of the city. Climb the baroque stairway that meanders around small walls leading up to the church. Although religious structures on the hilltop date back to the 1300s, the current version of the sanctuary was built in the 18th century. Enjoy extraordinary views of Braga from the church.

Visit the Braga Cathedral, one of the most recognizable landmarks in Portugal, dating back to the third century. Admire its striking 15th-century gothic façade and take a tour of the elegant interior. See the São Frutuoso Chapel, an iconic seventh-century monument.

Explore the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum, which was founded in 1918. Its antiques and remnants from Braga come from the prehistoric era through to the Roman occupancy of the city. Look for the Museu dos Biscainhos in the palace of the same name. It is decorated with elegant features and works of art. Inspect the paintings and murals in the palace. You’ll find many remnants collected over the centuries in the site, such as antique furniture, porcelain and clocks.

Stroll through the Garden of Santa Barbara with perfectly trimmed hedges and colorful flower arrangements. Here you’ll see historic artifacts and a view of the Archbishop’s Palace from the garden.

Braga has many transportation links with Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto, due to its proximity along the Atlantic coast. Braga is an ideal spot to learn about the country’s rich history entwined with religion and Roman rule.

Where to stay in Braga

Braga Cathedral which includes a church or cathedral, heritage architecture and religious aspects

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(13 area reviews)

Old Town is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) and Santa Barbara Garden.

Old Town

Top Hotels in Braga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Vila Galé Collection Braga
Vila Galé Collection Braga
4 out of 5
Largo Carlos Amarante 4, Braga
$138
per night
Apr 12 - Apr 13

Located in the heart of Braga, this spa hotel is steps from Theatro Circo and Pius XII Museum. Medina Museum and Archbishop's Palace are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (222 reviews)

"Amazing hotel... a converted (I think) monastery with first class facilities and staff. Definitely the place to stay if you’re in Braga."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Vila Galé Collection Braga
ibis budget Braga Centro
ibis budget Braga Centro
2 out of 5
Avenida da Liberdade, 96, Braga

Located in the heart of Braga, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Theatro Circo and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Santa Barbara Garden and Archbishop's ...

4.1/5Very Good! (292 reviews)

"5 mins easy walk from the old part of town, 20 mins from the bus station. Lots of eating options close by. Minimalist, newly built hotel, straight forward, friendly reception, good sized rooms, great bed, fantastic shower, but could do with some hanging space! Everything super clean. Very good simple ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

ibis budget Braga Centro
Hotel Bracara Augusta
Hotel Bracara Augusta
4 out of 5
Avenida Central 134, Braga
$104
per night
Apr 20 - Apr 21

Situated in Braga, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Theatro Circo and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Santa Barbara Garden and Archbishop's Palace ...

4.3/5Excellent! (131 reviews)

"Great location, friendly staff, comfortable rooms. Great coffee shop to do some work right next door."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Hotel Bracara Augusta

Popular things to do in Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Bom Jesus do Monte

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Travel to the hills above Braga to tour an important pilgrimage site for Catholics, an 18th-century baroque church surrounded by gardens, grottoes and sculptures. 

Sameiro Sanctuary
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Sameiro Sanctuary

4.5/5(16 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Braga when you stop by Sameiro Sanctuary. Discover the area's mountain views and cathedral.

Braga Cathedral
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Braga Cathedral

4.5/5(130 reviews)

One of the oldest churches in Portugal is known for its art, architecture and tombs of notable people from the country’s history.

Santa Barbara Garden
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Santa Barbara Garden

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Santa Barbara Garden, a lovely green space in São João do Souto. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Tibaes Monastery
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Tibaes Monastery

3/5(1 review)

You can learn about the history of Braga when you stop by Tibaes Monastery. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Arco da Porta Nova
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Arco da Porta Nova

Find out about the history of Braga when you spend time at Arco da Porta Nova. While in the area, you can find time to visit its cathedral.

Top activities in Braga

Full-Day Tour to the Northern Villages: Braga & Guimaraes from Porto
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Full-Day Tour to the Northern Villages: Braga & Guimaraes from Porto

82% of travellers recommend
$89
Per adult
Braga Half-Day Tour
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Braga Half-Day Tour

$50
Per adult
Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch
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Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour with Lunch

$101
Per adult
Braga and Guimarães day tour from Porto
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Braga and Guimarães day tour from Porto

100% of travellers recommend
$99
Per adult
Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour
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Braga & Guimarães Full-Day Tour

$67
Per adult
Private Braga and Guimarães in One Day with Lunch
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Private Braga and Guimarães in One Day with Lunch

$156
Per adult

Reviews of Braga

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 18, 2019

Braga is a very lovely city. Romantic and clean. So many things to do and see.

4/5 - Good

Jake

May 19, 2019

Nice town. Third largest city In Portugal, seems like a small city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 15, 2019

Very nice and not too large. The toristic zone.

5/5 - Excellent

Paul

Oct 25, 2018

A great small city that has everything people need to live and enjoy life with classic tone.