Braga is a city of huge beauty and heritage richness, which combines tradition with innovation, the memory to the youth, creativity to conservatism.
With over 2000 years of a very rich history, possesses one of the oldest Sacro-Montes in Europe and is the representative of the Minho region, the Bom Jesus. In Braga, we can find the oldest Portuguese Cathedral and the Motherhouse of the Benedictines, the Monastery of Tibães (Mosteiro de Tibães).
Braga presents places that by their intrinsic devotion and beauty, impose themselves as mandatory benchmarks to visit. The Sanctuary of Sameiro (Santuário do Sameiro), the Bom Jesus and the Falperra, settling on an appealing religious basis, are surrounded by ravishing green spaces and paradise landscapes.
The Roman legacy is another of the attractive factors of Braga, often called ‘Portuguese Rome’, due to its origin in the Roman city of Bracara Augusta. Known by its distinct churches, splendid XVIII century houses, gardens, nature parks and recreational areas. Braga’s long history is visible in the splendor of its monuments, museums and churches.
Visiting Braga is like taking a time travel inside modernity. Old city and of traditional religiousness – always imposing on its richness and majesty – lives hand in hand with the entrepreneurship and young spirit in vital areas such as culture, commerce, gastronomy, industry and services. (taken from CM-Braga)
Porto international airport is 40km from Braga and has direct connections to most European countries.
Outside the arrivals terminal you can find the GetBus service for a direct connection to Braga's central bus station (located in the city center).
The ticket costs 9€ and it can be purchased online beforehand or when boarding the bus (cash only). Estimated travel time: 50 minutes.
You may take a metro at the airport to Porto's city center (S. Bento Station) and, from there, a train to Braga railway station. Depending on the connections, the full trip will take around 2 hours.
There are many hotels (and restaurants) in the city center available in most online booking services.
Braga is a small city, and you may consider walk to IFL Venue at Campus de Gualtar from the city center (40min walk). You may also take a bus from the city center, or a regular or Uber taxi.
There are also hotels closer to Campus de Gualtar that are 10 mins walking distance.