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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 showing street scenes

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

Old Town is noteworthy for its historical 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

Urban Hotel da Estação
Urban Hotel da Estação
3 out of 5
Largo Da Estacao 13, Braga
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £40 per night from 9 Oct to 10 Oct

Located in the heart of Braga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Braga Cathedral (Se Braga), Archbishop's Palace and Santa Barbara Garden. Estadio Municipal ...

3.7/5Good! (64 reviews)

"Fantastic hotel and a beautiful city. Great location and top hotel."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

Urban Hotel da Estação
Aquafalls Nature Hotel
Aquafalls Nature Hotel
5 out of 5
Av. de São Miguel 1677, Braga, Braga
The price is £121 per night from 18 Oct to 19 Oct

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Minho University and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Parque da Ponte and Theatro ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
You won’t repent!

"Just perfect. The staff is wonderful, and the place is like heaven. Even the food is great, in the most beautiful part of Portugal."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Aquafalls Nature Hotel
ibis budget Braga Centro
ibis budget Braga Centro
2 out of 5
Avenida da Liberdade, 96, Braga
The price is £33 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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! (301 reviews)
Good stay

"Good location central to everything"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

ibis budget Braga Centro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Braga

SÉ INN Suites
SÉ INN Suites
Rua Dom Gualdim Pais, 6-8, Braga
The price is £63 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) and Archbishop's Palace. Medina Museum and Pius XII Museum are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Steen. Denmark

"Totally renovated Boutique Hotel of a very high standard. Very tasteful decor. Excellent service from the charming staff. Excellent value for money. You won’t be disappointed."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2019

SÉ INN Suites
Signature Apartments Os Terceiros
Signature Apartments Os Terceiros
4 out of 5
Largo São Francisco Braga, Braga
The price is £39 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Located in the heart of Braga, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Barbara Garden, Theatro Circo and Archbishop's Palace. Braga Cathedral ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"The appartment was beautiful and clean, and right in the centre of town. Everything was a minutes walk away! Would love to Braga again, and would definitely stay at the appartment again!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2019

Signature Apartments Os Terceiros
Braga Heritage Lofts
Braga Heritage Lofts
3 out of 5
Rua Eça de Queirós 98, Braga, Braga
The price is £62 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

Located in Old Town, this aparthotel is steps away from Santa Barbara Garden, Archbishop's Palace and Braga Cathedral (Se Braga). Palacio dos Biscainhos and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Very Modern

"Really nice modern apartments, I would recommend apartment 302, nice roof terrace"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Braga Heritage Lofts
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Braga

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Bom Jesus do Monte

4.5/5(21 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. 

Santa Barbara Garden
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Santa Barbara Garden

4.5/5(23 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.

Arco da Porta Nova
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Arco da Porta Nova

4/5(1 review)

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.

Braga Cathedral
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Braga Cathedral

4.5/5(79 reviews)

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

Sameiro Sanctuary
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Sameiro Sanctuary

4.5/5(7 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Braga with a stop at Sameiro Sanctuary. Discover the area's mountain views and cathedral.

Palacio dos Biscainhos
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Palacio dos Biscainhos

Wander through the rooms and gardens of an elegant baroque mansion, once the home to generations of Portuguese nobles.

Top things to do in Braga

Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto
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Braga and Guimarães Full Day Tour with Lunch from Porto

£73
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Braga and Guimarães day tour from Porto
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Braga and Guimarães day tour from Porto

£81
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Santiago de Compostela Tour from Braga and Guimarães
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Santiago de Compostela Tour from Braga and Guimarães

£193
Per adult

Reviews of Braga

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2020

Lovely shops, and cafes.

5/5 - Excellent

Kiki

19 Dec 2019

Beautiful, romantic city with absolutely amazing vegan food options!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

Beautiful city friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Nov 2019

Beautiful town, especially with all the Christmas lights. Extremely friendly locals too!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Oct 2019

Bit disorientating initially but not too big to lose yourself in and still find your way!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

I didn’t have the time to visit a lots of things here in Braga ... but the things which I saw here ... I liked it a lot ... Braga is a beautiful city , clean and save ... with a lots of things to do it ... They are the lovely people too...

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