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Unraveling Northern Portugal's Cultural Heart

Welcome to Braga District, the cultural heart of Northern Portugal, where a vibrant tapestry of history, traditions, and natural beauty awaits your exploration. As you journey through its charming towns, ancient landmarks, and breathtaking landscapes, you’ll be captivated by the richness of this captivating region.

Braga Location on Map

The Braga District, is the second largest district in Portugal! Located in the northwestern region of Minho, Braga is a land of mountains, valleys, and rivers. The climate is temperate, with mild summers and cool winters. The district has a total area of 2,673 square kilometers and a population of 831,368 people.

The district is home to a number of important historical sites, including the Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, the Guimarães Castle, and the Braga Cathedral. Braga is also a great place to enjoy the outdoors, with hiking, biking, and skiing opportunities abound. So come and explore the Braga District, where history and nature meet!

Charming Villages and Cultural Gems

Beyond the city of Braga, the district is adorned with charming villages that offer a glimpse into traditional Portuguese life. Visit Guimarães, the birthplace of Portugal, and discover its well-preserved medieval architecture and historic castle. Explore the village of Barcelos, renowned for its colorful ceramics and its vibrant weekly market.

Religious Festivals and Celebrations

Braga District is a hub of religious festivals and vibrant celebrations. Witness the Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Braga, an awe-inspiring event with solemn processions and religious rituals. Experience the lively Festa de São João, where the streets come alive with music, dancing, and fireworks.

Verde Minho – The Green Heart

Embrace the natural beauty of Braga District’s lush landscapes, earning it the nickname “Verde Minho” or “Green Minho.” Wander through the picturesque Peneda-Gerês National Park, Portugal’s only national park, where dense forests, sparkling rivers, and imposing mountains create a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

We were enchanted by Braga District's cultural richness and natural beauty. Anna found herself captivated by the district's historic charm, while I was entranced by its stunning landscapes and lively festivals. John & Anna - Ireland

Culinary Treasures of the North

Savor the culinary treasures of Northern Portugal in Braga District. Delight in traditional dishes like “Bacalhau à Braga,” a flavorful codfish preparation with potatoes and onions. Indulge in the region’s beloved “Arroz de Pato,” a delicious duck and rice casserole that tantalizes the taste buds.

Crafting Your Northern Portuguese Adventure

Craft your Northern Portuguese adventure to encompass the best of Braga District’s cultural heritage and natural wonders. Immerse yourself in its historic towns, explore the green heart of the region, and savor the flavors of Northern Portuguese cuisine.

Unveiling Tales of Ancient Legends

  1. The “Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary” is said to have healing waters that can cure ailments and even bring good fortune. Pilgrims and locals alike claim that miracles have occurred here, especially during the Feast of Bom Jesus.

  2. Legend has it that the Arch of Porta Nova is haunted by the ghost of a young bride who was left at the altar. She’s said to wander near the arch, searching for her lost love, and some say you can hear her weeping on moonlit nights.

Places of Interest

Bom Jesus do Monte
Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary
Nearby: Braga

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist de...

📍Bom Jesus do Monte, 4715-062 Braga, Portugal
Limia River near Soajo, Peneda Geres national park, Portugal
Peneda-Gerês National Park
Nearby: Braga

Portugal's only national park, Peneda-Gerês is a beautiful wilderne...

📍Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês, 4715-062 Braga, Portugal
Guimarães Castle
Guimarães Castle
Nearby: Guimarães

The birthplace of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Guimar...

📍Castelo de Guimarães, 4810-456 Guimarães, Portugal
Citânia de Briteiros
Citânia de Briteiros
Nearby: Guimarães

A well-preserved Iron Age settlement that offers insights into the ...

📍Citânia de Briteiros, 4810-456 Guimarães, Portugal
Vizela Thermas Baths
Vizela Thermal Baths
Nearby: Vizela

The waters of the Vizela Thermal Baths have been known for their be...

📍Casa do Mourisco, Caldas de Vizela, Vizela