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Braga

Portugal's capital of the Baroque
 
After a week’s walking in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, follow in the footsteps of soldiers and pilgrims with a visit to Braga. This largely undiscovered city is known as Portugal's capital of the Baroque, and is home to the famous Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary.
 

Holiday information

 

Baroque Braga

One of the oldest Catholic cities in the world, Braga was founded over two thousand years ago in 296 BC and was named Bracara Augusta in honour of Augustus Caesar. Capital of the Roman province of Galicia and a close rival to Santiago de Compostela in terms of religious importance, Braga's cathedral is the oldest in Portugal, dating from the 12th century, while the World Heritage Site of Bom Jesus do Monte, whose roots date from the 14th century, is the largest and most dramatic sacred site in Europe, a holy mountain built to provide a place of pilgrimage akin to Jerusalem's Calvary.
Despite its sombre heritage, today Braga is a young, lively and cosmopolitan university city with an energetic vibe, where contemporary restaurants, tantalising shops and a buzzing nightlife sit comfortably alongside Baroque masterpieces, Roman ruins and enough churches to compete with Rome.
 

Itinerary

  • Santa Maria do Bouro to Braga: 35mins by taxi
    The taxi journey to Braga is short, allowing plenty of time to explore the city when you arrive. Using our self-guided walking tour, take in the best of Braga's Baroque heritage: the cathedral dating back to 1089 but extensively renovated in the Baroque style in 1723; the 17th-century Church of Santa Cruz; the 18th-century town hall designed by André Soares; the impressive Arco da Porta Nova (New Gate); and the magnificent Palácio do Raio – a Baroque masterpiece. Be sure to take the time, too, to soak up the city's atmosphere and enjoy its gardens, fountains and cafés.
  • Bom Jesus do Monte
    Today, a short bus ride (pay locally) takes you to the renowned Bom Jesus do Monte, a religious complex and World Heritage Site set on the side of Mount Espinho with expansive views over Braga and the surrounding countryside. Developed over a period of 600 years, the site now comprises hotels, a boating lake, parkland, gardens, caves, and – of course – the basilica itself. This is set at the top of a series of wildly ornate, Baroque staircases featuring fountains, statues and chapels, all flanked by a funicular which moves visitors between the bottom and the top of the staircases, powered by water.
 

Accommodation

Your hotel is ideally located in the heart of Braga, alongside the Arco da Porta Nova.
Porta Nova Collection House
  • boutique hotel

Bedrooms

 
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  • 2 nights: 01 April 2020 - 31 July 2020 & 20 August 2020 - 31 October 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 29 Jul 2020 £145 £110
    20 Aug - 29 Oct 2020 £145 £110
    3rd & 4th person discount -£30
    Single traveller supplement £30

    £ per person based on 2 sharing. Includes accommodation, meals and travel to the hotel as described.

    Prices may be different if you are not arranging your transfers for your main holiday through Inntravel or have your own car; please contact us for a quotation.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per room)

    Porta Nova Collection House, Braga
    Master suite double with veranda (no twin): 01 Apr - 31 Jul 2020 £72
    Master suite double with veranda (no twin): 20 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £72
    Veranda: 01 Apr - 31 Jul 2020 £6
    Veranda: 20 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £6
What is included
  • 2 nights
  • 2 breakfasts
  • taxi Santa Maria do Bouro to Braga
  • notes for a self-guided city walking tour
 
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