The traces have reveals the history of the city dated back to 279 BC. Around 700 BC, the Celts settled the Iberian Peninsula. It has the suggestions about the city's foundation that a Celtic tribe named as Bracari, was the original form of the present day Braga. In 250 B.C. Bracara was conquered by the Romans, who held it for a long time, dedicating the town to the Emperor Augustus. It was the junction for five Romans road and also was the capital of Galicia. Braga lived under the various masters until the town was taken by the Moors in the 8th century, with the destruction of the Roman Empire by the so-called northern Barbarians. The town was conquered by the catholic king, Oviedo, although the Moors continued to attack it. The king of Lyon forcefully had taken the Moors to yield, Don Afonso III, and Braga was given as dowry by Don Afonso IV of Leon to his daughter Dona Teresa on the occasion of her marraiage to Dom Henrique, Earl of Burgundy. The city has passed more than 2250 years from its foundation- is one of the oldest Christian towns. Currently the city is considered the greatest centre for the religious of Portugal, and may be well proud of its title of The Portuguese Rome or The City of Archbishops. There are several places that should not be missed for all you historians out there.
The Easter is the best time for tourist wants to visit the city of Braga. The city blazes with light for the entire week and there is torchlight procession of hooded participants. Tourist can have the better and detailed information from the tourist office about the Easter and other vents and attraction around the city. The tourism office also provides information regarding other events in addition to these and also explains how you can reach the surrounding areas for added attractions. In these regards it would definitely be a good idea to rent a car in Portugal and explore it.
The high pluviosity of winter, low temperatures and summers of low humidity and high temperature, characterized the climate of Braga. From the east in summer and from the south-west in the winter wind blows predominantly.
Braga has the frequent services of trains. 10 to 14 trains daily make tour of 1 to 1 hour and 45 minute between Braga and Porto and sometimes between Nice. Six buses a day make the 2 hours 40 minute journey between Braga and Coimbra. Buses to Porto are every 30 minutes and take 70 minutes. There are 8-11 buses daily to Lisbon (5 hours 30 mins.)You can also travel by train.
A lot have to be before you to see in Braga. Being a beautiful city of Portugal and having in floods of youngster in the city the climate condition and the live environment of Braga can make your tour successful. Arco da Porta Nova ("New Gate Arch") - Decorates the gate of the city walls, facing towards the coast and it was opened in 1512. It is the principal landmark of the city and was designed by Andre Soares (posthumous work). It combines Baroque with the neoclassical. Today all that remains of the primitive Sixt eenth-century houses are some windows in the Manueline style that survived the demolition which occurred in 1906. The present day building was constructed in the middle of the twentieth century. Antigo Paso Arquiepiscopal Bracarense- An outstanding complex composed of three buildings of different characteristics and periods. Fonte do Idolo ("The Idol Fountain") - Rupestrian shrine of the Roman era, one of the most important of the type in the Iberian Peninsula, and dedicated to a native riverside divinity (Tomsoenabriago), it is the sole surviving Roman monument; Bracara Augusta as known today. Capela dos Coìmbras- A building of the Sixt eenth century, perhaps the last example of a House of the Wheel for abandoned children. (It functioned until 1897). Its construction emphasizes the reuse of ancient materials giving it a renaissance character with a Florentine touch. Braga is also much popular for its beautiful churches. They are almost thirty in number and can undeniably be termed one of its chief attractions. The Cathedral is beautifully made and was later also enriched with several sculptures almost three years after its creation, around the 14th century.
The city has most of its population as young and it is the only city in Europe with highest in youngster. The Bragaian night-life has included a lot of diversity and most of it is spinning around dozens of bars and low- rent dance clubs. Among the tried-and-true bars, favourites of many generations of locals are: the Bar Barbieri, the Caf? Vianna, and the Cafe Astoria. They serve coffee, wine, and whiskey in settings redolent of local gossip and intrigue. They lie almost adjacent to one another, near the corner of Avenida Central and Praca da Republica. The night-life of Braga is definitely much interesting owing to the fact that a very large number of young people live there. And where there are youngsters there are bound to be night-life.
The city was founded by the Romans around 279 BC. It was a bishopric before being occupied by the moors. A great fortress-like building, The Archbishop's place, right at the centre of the town can't be missed. One tenth of the city was covered inside it during the medieval time and in today's it is the home of the municipal library and various faculties of the university. Like the place, Se', encompasses gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Founded in 1070, the south doorway of it is a survival from this earliest building. One of the most striking elements of it is its intricate ornamentation of the roof-line executed by Joao de Castilho, later the architect of Lisbon's Jeronimos Monastery. A guided tour of the interior takes you through three Gothic chapels of which the outstanding specimen is the Capela dos Reis (King's Chapel), built to house the tombs of Henry of Burgundy and his wife Teresa, the cathedral's founders and the parents of Afonso Henriques, founder of the kingdom. Beyond the chapels is the cathedral museum - one of the richest collections in Portugal, but displayed like a junk shop.