Things To Do In Braga
Braga is one of Portugal’s most ancient and beloved cities, originating as early as the 4th century. Today it continues to grow in prominence as a major tourist destination as well. Visitors can find some activities to enjoy here, primarily revolving around exploring the wondrous historical structures on offer here like the Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga Cathedral and Garden of Santa Barbara to name a few. It is a dream for photography enthusiasts, nature lovers and architecture admirers alike. There is some activity here to satisfy every kind of visitor.
Visit Bom Jesus do Monte
One of the best and most popular things to do when in Braga, is to visit the stunning Bom Jesus do Monte structure, a sanctuary created way back in the 14th century. It has nearly 640 steps to get to the top is over 100 meters in height. Designed with a Baroque exterior and neoclassical interiors, the panoramic views from the top of the structure are not to be missed.
Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular
From the mind of Swiss engineer Nikolaus Riggenbach, the Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular is one of the oldest operating systems of its kind. Built in the 1800’s, it uses a brilliant water balancing system. Taking a ride up and down the hillside on this device is one of the most popular activities in the city as it offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Another fantastic activity, especially for lovers of history and design is to visit the Braga Cathedral. The structure displays a combination of Romanesque, melodramatic, Renaissance and Baroque foundations and ornamentation. One can find a stunning 15th century reclining ossuary of King John I’s son Alfonso, created with gold and gilded copper
Praca da Republica
Visitors are recommended to explore the city centre and focal point of the city, known as the Republica Plaza. There is an 18th century arcade located here as well. This is a great place for visitors to explore and to begin their journey throughout the city as the tourist office is located here as well, in addition to structures like the Igreja da Lapa.
Garden of Santa Barbara
A dream activity for lovers of nature is a trip to the Santa Barbara Garden, a curated and stunningly manicured park that awes you at first glance. There is an exquisite, medieval palace in the backdrop as well, which only adds to the garden’s charms. This is a great place to be at one with nature and just embrace the peaceful atmosphere.
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro
Yet another stunning structure, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, 500 meters’ high is located relatively close by to the Bom Jesus do Monte. A visit here is a special activity owing to the incredible views of the surrounding city and countryside. The church was created in the 1800’s and continues to be a pilgrimage site for visitors.
Initially a home for Portuguese aristocrats in the 17th and 18th century, the Biscainhos property is now a booming tourist attraction. There are lovely manicured gardens in the front, which are ideal for photography sessions. The insides of the house are designed with stuccoes and Azulejos.