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Braga’s Guide

Tradition, youth and modernity

Braga is a dynamic city, modern in a harmonious marriage with tradition. It’s technological and young, with the perennial University of Minho deeply integrated in its atmosphere. It has an alternative cultural life, in a very own indie style, that captivates. It has well lively bars. And it's monumental and charming. It's a city where the good taste prevails and where the good regional and international cuisine also reigns. And Braga has, such as Guimarães, a cultural and leisure offer for all tastes. In two words and above all what has been said, Braga is...extremely beautiful!

It's also known as the City of Archbishops, because its Archbishop was, for centuries, the most important of the Iberian Peninsula. It has more than two thousand years and there are many religious monuments of great importance that can be visited. The historic centre's pedestrian streets, with the traditional commerce, have constant liveliness. The historic sites are preserved and are also the stage of interaction between generations in historical cafés as the Vianna or a Brasileira. It's the city of the beautiful baroque churches, of the 18th century's splendid mansions, and of the beautiful parks and gardens.

Bracara Augusta to the Romans, who built it in the 16th century bC and made of it the most important city of the territory that's now Portugal, its ruins still remain today. We can still see today marks from the ages of occupation like the Fonte do Ídolo (Idol's Fountain), the Termas do Alto da Cividade (Alto da Cividade Roman Hot Baths) or the Arco da Porta Nova.

The Braga's historic centre is "defended" by the city wall and by the Cathedral, around which the city has developed. It adopted the name of Braga in the 11th century, and it was later named Roma Portuguesa (Portuguese Rome), when, in the 16th century, the Archbishop D. Diogo de Sousa designed a new city where squares and churches abounded, such as in Rome. In the 18th century, it became the Cidade Barroca (Baroque City), transformed by the architect André Soares. In the 20th century, the transports were revolutionized, and the basic infrastructures were created.

Braga is also the city of the Bom-Jesus Sanctuaries (an important pilgrimage centre) and of the Sameiro, both of great beauty and in harmonious surroundings with nature, overlooking the city. Known as the Heart of Minho as well, it's the third Portuguese city, with 112 thousand inhabitants (2011), and it's at about 50 km from Porto. Starting from here, you can arrive to the city in half an hour calmly, by car, and less than an hour by bus or in the Yellow Bus, both with frequent daily runs. There's also a fast train connection, including the Alfa Pendular.

 

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