Braga

Two main characteristics shape Braga's personality: the fact of having one of the largest universities in the country (Minho University) and the fact that it is a very devout city. Dubbed as the City of the Archbishops, it has many religious monuments of great patrimonial value that can be found and visited here. Due to the University's deployment, and all it generates around itself, it is a very young city. The streets, especially the pedestrian streets in the historic center with the traditional trade, have a permanent liveliness. The historic sites have been preserved as historic cafés and are the scene of conviviality among generations, like the Vianna and A Brasileira. The Romans called it Bracara Augusta and, from those times, traces such as the Fonte do Ídolo fountain, the Roman baths of the Alto da Cividade and the Arco da Porta Nova arch, among others, have remained. Sameiro and the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus are locations of major pilgrimages, with visitors from all over the world. In this same location you can find the Bom Jesus Elevator, which was inaugurated in 1882, being the first funicular to be built in the Iberian Peninsula and it is currently the oldest in the world using the water balance system. The city holds a large number of religious monuments, of which the Capela de São Frutuoso de Montélios chapel, the Convent of Pópulo and the Monastery of Tibães are good examples. All monuments of high patrimonial interest. The city has very diverse cultural programs. There are many museums that can be visited, such as the Museu da Imagem (Museum of the Image) and the Nogueira da Silva Museum, among others. The gastronomy of Minho is one of the most appreciated all over the country, so it is common to find the bacalhau à Braga (fried codfish dish), rojões à moda do Minho (fried pork meat dish) and the papas de sarrabulho (kind of mash with different types and parts of meat), as well as the Abade de Priscos pudding in almost all restaurants.

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Hotel do Parque
Hotel do Parque

4 star

Entirely rebuilt from the original structure of a 19th-century building stands in the Centre of beautiful and romantic gardens. Here it is easy to practice the…

Méliã Braga Hotel & Spa
Méliã Braga Hotel & Spa

5 star

The Meliá Braga Hotel & Spa is the first five-star unit from the city of Braga. It is a modern and sophisticated hotel of superior category, whose architecture…

Villa Garden Braga
Villa Garden Braga

4 star

Eis uma verdadeira surpresa, este palacete do século XIX magistralmente recuperado quase no centro da cidade dos arcebispos. O hotel Villa Garden Braga tem 26 …

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