Braga is the capital of Minho region. Recently "the Guardian" referred to Braga as the most charming town in Portugal.
Is is a two thousand years old city, the oldest portuguese town, which was founded by Bracaros, then was established by the Romans in 250 BC and was called "Bracara Augusta", in honor of the emperor Augustus. From here departed five famous roman paths, being Bracara the capital of Galécia, between the northern of Douro and the Cantábrico.
It is known as the "Roman city"; but also as the "baroque city", due the high number of baroque monuments and also, as the "Archbishops city" because for centuries its archbishopric was the most important in Iberian Peninsula, and finally as the "Three sacrum-hills" thanks to three sanctuaries located in a rocky chain.
** If you arrive to Oporto by boat, it is also possible to provide transportation from Oporto harbour, according an extra fee.
Arcada - República Square
S. Marcos Hospital Church
Santa Cruz Church
Nossa Senhora da Torre
Cathedral ( including museum )
Porta Nova Arch
Ancient Episcopal Palace and Santa Bárbara Garden
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Agreed place (Hotel, Restaurant, Bus/Train station etc. )
If you are at Oporto and wish transportation from there, please let me know and I will arrange that.
End location: República Square or agreed place (Hotel, Restaurant, etc)
Duration: 5 hours
My guiding services. Everything else must be paid extra.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 € - Museum's, cathedral entrances.
You are responsible for any purchases of a personal nature
I am not an official guide, therefore I will not be able to guide you inside of specific historical monuments.
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Fernanda is probably the best tour guide I ever had from Tour by Locals. She was flexible enough to design an itinerary that fits my needs and interests. Instead of doing a walking tour, she took her car and showed me the major historical sites as originally planned in Braga and then took me to the suburbs to visit Bom Jesus do Monte, which in my opinion was the most unforgettable experience in Braga. She then took me to Guimarães Castle and ended the tour having a wonderful Portuguese local cuisine.