GO FOR A COFFEE IN A BRASILEIRA
A traditional Braga café which is over one hundred years old, ideal for a well-deserved break for coffee, tea or snacks. (253 262 104. Lg Barão São Martinho, 17; 7 am -11 pm).
Climb almost 600 steps up to the sanctuary, enjoying the mixture of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles. When you reach the top you will be rewarded by a park with beautiful flowerbeds, leafy trees, fountains and benches. Enjoy the magnificent view of the city and marvel at the 20th. century water-powered lift. The lift goes up and down every half hour, taking 2.5 to four minutes to make the journey, according to the number of passengers. (8 am – 8 pm, open every day; runs every 30 minutes).
TAKE A TRIP TO CITÂNIA DE BRITEIROS
Near the Braga Sanctuary (15 km) lies Citânia de Briteiros, located in a well-protected site hidden amongst the mountains. It is an Iron Age archaeological site and the ruins are from a Celtic settlement. It contains the remains of cylindrical stone houses that look like stone huts and the outlines of a wall that once surrounded the houses. It stands at the top of a mountain which provides a beautiful view and there is a scenic café where you can relax and enjoy the mountainside around you.