One-day trips from Porto: #1 Braga
If you are lucky enough to spend some time in Porto, take the opportunity to explore the regions near the city that you can reach in an hour or two by train. In this post about one-day trips from Porto, we gathered the best things you can do and eat in Braga.
The third largest city in Portugal is known for its religious tradition and delicious regional food. However, although Braga is one of the oldest cities, it is also one of the largest university cities in Portugal, which makes it a modern city with several places to have a drink after dinner with friends.
How to get to Braga
Braga is about 50km from Porto. The cheapest trip is by train, the return ticket costs 7€ and lasts for 24 hours. Preventing you from worrying about the time of the train, as would happen with the bus. Still, make sure you are aware of the train departure time or you will be required to spend the night. Which would not be a bad idea!
Train: 7€ (24h ticket)
What to do in Braga
Bom Jesus de Braga
One of the most iconic monuments in Portugal is the church of Bom Jesus. Known for its immense stairs, we can assure you that the view from the top is fantastic. You can choose to go up and down on foot or to do only part of the route on foot and the other on the Funicular (“Elevator”).
We have already said that Braga is known for its religious tradition. So, most of its attractions are churches. Sameiro church is situated on top of a mountain and has a magnificent view across the city.
Sé de Braga
This is the oldest church in Portugal. Located right in the center of the city, at the foot of the most frequented bars and restaurants of Braga. Maybe it’s a good idea to leave it to the end and have dinner there.
What to eat in Braga
Bacalhau à Braga
Cod is a typical food of Portugal, and each region cooks it in different ways. One of the best known is Braga Cod, roasted and served with onions and fried potatoes.
Frigideiras is a salty dish typical of the region of Braga. They consist of a puff pastry stuffed with veal. The revenue varies from house to house.
Pudim Abade de Priscos
For sweet lovers, we suggest Pudim Abade de Priscos. A fresh, half-gelatinous cake, but rather sweet and creamy, with delicious caramel syrup.
Porto is always a great option, however, there are many places nearby, also worth visiting and just for one-day trips from Porto, so you don’t have to waste time.
We hope you have fun!