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Braga is a city in the Cávado Valley of Northern Portugal. It is the fifth largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, Porto, Amadora and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is an ancient and modern city and one of the most important Archdiocese. Braga has a university is called the Universidade do Minho, and it is around 30 years old. It has a medium size campus area with lots of bars and cheap restaurants around it.
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Cathedral (Se), Bom Jesus and Sameiro (sanctuaries).
- The Tree of Life Chapel. Capela Árvore da Vida- Seminário Conciliar de Braga. It is made with 20 tons of unadorned wood and not a single nail or metal fitting.
There are lot's of places to visit in Braga. The historic city centre, with the cathedral and other churches, museums and traditional shops. The cathedral is almost 1000 years old, and while in there you can have a guided tour to its treasure. You can also visit the beautiful Braga Municipal Stadium, used for the 2004 European Football Championships held in Portugal. The stadium is on the northern part of the city and it is advised to take a cab. While in Braga, looking east or south-east will probably make you sight two distinct sanctuaries on a mountain just outside the city. The higher one, Sameiro, with a beautiful Church with lots of paintings and gold decorations, and the other one, Bom Jesus do Monte, with a beautiful park around it. While in Bom Jesus, you can ride the Bom Jesus funicular, the oldest funicular in the world moved by water balancing. Although Braga is known in Portugal as "Cidade dos Arcebispos" (Archbishop's Town) and has a clear religious connotation, it isn't related to the faith or devoted Catholicism of its inhabitants. That name comes from the fact that the town has many churches and sanctuaries.
Night life in Braga may be quite monotonous sometimes. Clubs in town are open only on weekends and Wednesdays. If you are looking for fun on weekdays your best chance is on Wednesdays, since it is "academic night" and most students go on having a drink and end the night in one of the local clubs. There are lots of small bars around the historic city centre. Most of them are well hidden on the tight streets, and you will only find them with the help of locals. It is not advised to walk around the city centre at night by yourself. It may look safe and very crowded during the day, but it's quite abandoned and very very dark during the night as most people prefer to go into the bars and coffee shops.
List of Festivities in Braga:
- Semana Santa (Holy week): In the week before Easter, there are lot's of events to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, such as processions. The city is decorated with flowers and violet sheets.
- Sao Joao (Saint John): Festivities in honour of Braga's saint. Although Saint John Holiday is on the 24th of June, the City starts preparing for it almost two weeks in advance, with small traditional events. On the night of 23 June, Braga's people come to the street to celebrate.
- Braga Romana (Roman Braga): To celebrate the influence of the Roman empire in Braga's history, there is a cultural fair around the streets of the city centre, where people dress like ancient Romans and sell art and other souvenirs in tents. It is usually on the last weekend of May.
There are lots of cheap restaurants around the city. Particularly around the University Campus, on the eastern part of town.
The region offers a diverse natural landscape bearing the cultural influences of many centuries. This is reflected in the multiplicity of gastronomic specialities available from the regions kitchens; potato and cabbage broth, bread made from maize, roast pork, cod, octopus and trout, chicken rice "pica no chão" and duck rice, the kid (goat) and the baked heifer and local hams.
- Panoramic Restaurant-Hotel do Elevador, Bom Jesus do Monte, ☎ +351 253 603 400, fax: +351 253 603 409, e-mail: email@example.com. With seating for 120 people and a pleasant panoramic view of the city of Braga. Serves a wide range of traditional regional specialities.
Beware of ordering a full ration of roast chicken, although it tastes wonderful you will get a mountain of chicken and potatoes that may be enough for 3 to 4 persons.
- Restaurante Centurium, Avenida Central 134, 4710-229 Braga.
- Restaurante Trotas, Largo Senhora-a-Branca 122.
- Restaurante Populum.
- A Buraca, Rua Santa Margarida, (Largo Senhora a Branca). Cheap meals.
- Restaurante Brito's, Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque 49, 4710 Braga.
- Pastelaria Caravela, Largo Sra Branca, ☎ 253 27 99 19. cake, coffee
- Frigideiras do Cantinho, Lg. S. João do Souto, 01. - Frigideiras (Pastéis Folhados com Carne)
- Bolo Romano (Marca Registada) - Doce Sortido - Pastelaria Regional
Spring mineral water,coffee,vinho verde/local green wine.
Local souvenirs/ceramics of Barcelos.
Lenço dos Namorados handkerchief
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