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Braga is located in the heart of the green Minho region in the Northwest of Portugal, surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills and forests. The city, one of the major religious centers of Portugal, is known for its baroque churches, the splendid palatial homes of the eighteenth century and the beautiful parks and gardens.

 

The old town is solemn, but industry and commerce have originated a modern lifestyle, complemented by local universities, the contemporary restaurants and lively bars. On Thursday morning, Braga hosts the region's largest market, which sells a bit of everything, from fresh produce to traditional ceramics.

 

The town's history is reflected in the numerous churches and monuments, among which stand out the imposing Cathedral and the Church of Santa Cruz, dating from the seventeenth century. On a hill about 5 km south east stands the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important pilgrimage site. Behind, is the Sameiro Monte, where a colossal statue of Our Lady watch intently the city. Around Braga is Citânia de Briteiros - an impressive archaeological site of the Iron Age.

 

Along the coast of Esposende, Ofir and Apulia will find beautiful beaches. The entire district is famous for its festivals and gastronomics, with traditional recipes that include cod (cooked in hundreds of different ways) and duck rice.

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