How To Spend 24 Hours In Braga, Portugal

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There are many cool things and amazing places to visit when in Portugal. From north to south, historical places and charming cities await for you. If you’re in Braga for a quick stop, here’s what you can do to enjoy 24 hours in one of the oldest cities of the country.

Morning: A walk in the past through the streets of Braga

Start the day in Praça da República, the heart of the old city. Surrounded by cafés, gardens, and stores, enjoy the view and architecture around. From the square, it's easy to access the old city, including the churches and historical sites.

Among all the churches you can see in Braga, I mean, there are over 15 of them, the one you can not miss is Catedral da Sé. The cathedral is the oldest one in the country, with a diversity of architectural styles. You can visit the external area and gardens for free, or pay €2 to see the interior of the church and its museum.

From the cathedral, you can easily access by foot the famous Arco da Porta Nova. It’s one of the main entrances to the city, from medieval times. Right after the entrance, you can find Museu dos Biscainhos and its lovely garden. Don’t miss the visit, the garden access is free.

Noon: Enjoy a traditional northern meal

You'll never leave Portugal with a bad impression of the food. Codfish, pork, and the famous pastel de nata are among the traditional dishes you can try everywhere. But in Braga, the "bacalhau à Braga" is the one to go for.

The difference from this codfish to the ones from Porto and Lisbon is the way they prepare the potatoes. There are many restaurants that offer a traditional meal throughout the city. Dom Paio Mendes and Dom Diogo street are the ones you’ll find most of the bars and restaurants with good deals.

Afternoon: Coffee with a view at Bom Jesus do Monte

Take some time to catch the best sunset view at Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte. Besides all its stairs, fountains, sculptures and gardens, the sanctuary is also a world heritage site. Right behind the church, you will find a beautiful lake and a park. You can take boat rides or just relax and enjoy the day.

There are restaurants and a bar at the top of the church, where you can sit, relax and wait for the sun to set. You can access the sanctuary by car or using the funicular, which costs €1,20/trip.

Evening: Don't miss that Francesinha sandwich

Don't leave Braga without a taste of the most famous francesinha in town. At Taberna Belga you'll find a taste of the north like nowhere else. Be prepared for the wait but it will be worth it. Besides having an amazing classic dish, the restaurant also offers a variety of beers and drinks that go well with the Portuguese sandwich.

If you're still ready for more after dinner, go back to Sé's street to enjoy the nightlife in Braga. Most bars are located in this area and it's always a great place to see people and end the 24-hour adventure in Braga.

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