Braga audio tour: The Spirit of Braga: From the Porta Nova Arch to the Palace of Raio

The Spirit of Braga: From the Porta Nova Arch to the Palace of Raio

Walking Tour

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30 mins
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0.8mi

About the Tour

Get a glimpse into the everyday lives of Bracarense on this walking tour through Braga’s historical city centre, where old and new elegantly coexist.

I’m a local who’s passionate about showing people around northern Portugal, especially Braga. On this walk, you’ll have an opportunity to experience the warmth of its people, and to engage with their traditions.

I’ll show you around some of Braga’s famous sites, from the historical and well-preserved to the modern, and the places where both seem perfectly in balance. You’ll find out the meaning behind the expression “older than the Sé de Braga Cathedral”, hear the tragic story behind the Santa Barbára Garden, and see the emblematic A Brasileira cafe, which goes back four generations.

Highlights include:

• Porta Nova Arch, the city’s new gate
• Discovering the reason Bracarense leave their front doors open
• Sé de Braga Cathedral, the oldest church
• Rua Dom Paio Mendes, the centre of Braga’s nightlife
• Avenida da Liberdade and its many names

This tour is a valuable introduction to the city and its people’s culture and traditions. Allow 30 minutes for this walk. There’s almost no vehicle traffic so feel free to stroll around and stop at the spots that I recommend along the way where you can enjoy traditional coffee, delicious pastel de nata, and local Muscat wine served with a banana, an odd combination enjoyed at Christmas time.

Tour Producer

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Ana Sofia Martins Ferreira

Sofia Butlerish is a local tours and experiences company. It started from my passion to please and delight others. I travelled around the world onboard a luxury cruise-ship, but now, I would like to show you the best of Portugal. I was born in the north of Portugal, which is the perfect place to have the best experiences. I'm a food, beer and wine lover and Portugal is the best place for all those things. So, I invite you to join me on this walk to some of my favorite spots in Braga.

Major Landmarks

  • Sé de Braga oldest church

  • Santa Barbára Garden

  • A Brasileira Cafe

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins in the Porta Nova Arch (Arco da Porta Nova) on Rua Dom Diogo de Sousa. It's 500 meters from the Train station and about 8 minutes away by walk. Head northeast toward Rua Nova da Estação. At the roundabout take the first exit into the Rua Andrade Corvo. Continue straight to Rua Dom Diogo de Sousa.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

If you are in the mood for a sit-down meal, I recommend to you the " Cozinha da Sé" which has traditional Portuguese food. If you would like to know more about Roman history in Braga, please visit the Roman Thermae of Maximinus, which are the archaeological ruins of public baths or if you would love to see the best panoramic views from Braga, visit Bom Jesus Sanctuary or Picoto Park by car.

Best time of day

The best time to do this tour is between 10.00 am and 7.00pm

Precautions

Comfortable shoes for the sidewalk. In the summer, Braga city is very warm so wear sunglasses and a hat. It can be a rainy city too, so bring an umbrella when necessary.

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The Spirit of Braga: From the Porta Nova Arch to the Palace of Raio