Your ears will fill with the atmospheric ringing of bells when you visit Braga. This city in Northern Portugal is home to the oldest cathedral in the country, built in the 12th century, and is full of Baroque churches, which is no surprise as it has been a religious power since the 6th century. There are plenty of other fascinating historic sites to visit, from the Archaeological Museum to the Termas Romanos ruins, making it clear why Braga is known as the ‘Rome of Portugal’. Take time to savour the convivial atmosphere over a drink in Praça da República, and get plenty of fresh air with a trip to the hillside sanctuary at Bom Jesus do Monte, the area’s biggest attraction.
Renting holiday apartments in Braga
To really get to grips with a city you need to live amongst the locals and experience how life is for them. Step forward, if you please, apartments in Braga! This type of holiday accommodation enables you to mix with the local community, shopping at the food markets and preparing authentic cuisine in your self-catering holiday rental. When you browse HouseTrip’s selection of Braga apartments you’ll find a variety of sizes in an array of locations around this historic city, so finding the best option for you is easy.
Where to stay in Braga
If you’re looking to be in the heart of the action, you’ll want a city centre studio in Braga that places you within easy reach of all the beautiful churches and attractive cafes. You can also find peace and quiet for your holiday in this area of Portugal by picking a villa in Braga’s outskirts by the Peneda-Geres National Park, perfect for a relaxing break with stunning views. HouseTrip has all kinds of holiday accommodation, including holiday rentals with swimming pools. Wherever you stay, take advantage of the kitchen and cook up a storm with fresh ingredients to create local specialities like potato and cabbage broth or the rice and chicken dish called pica no chão.
Braga with the family
The city’s plethora of churches and museums makes for an interesting and educational family holiday in Braga. Be sure to take your kids to the Cathedral, but holidays in Braga needn’t be all about stunning historic sites. The football fans in your family will love a trip to Estádio Municipal de Braga, the city’s 30,000-seat stadium that is home to Sporting Clube de Braga. On sunny days sit out in Jardim de Santa Bárbara square and listen to buskers in the nearby pedestrianised streets of Rua Francisco Sanches and Rua Justino Cruz. In the evening, watch a show at Theatro Circo de Braga before relaxing in your holiday rental for the family, a much more spacious and sociable base than pricey hotel rooms.