Braga is a nominee for the Best European Destination 2019!
Our beautiful, interesting hometown is the only Portuguese city in the race this year.
Porto won the 1st prize in 2017, and Lisbon stood a proud 9th place in 2018 in former editions of this competition.
This site promotes this annual event and also includes loads of information about Europe. It can be useful when it comes to decide where to head to during the next holidays or weekend getaway.
We have our fingers crossed for Braga to win the title of the Best European Destination this year
Our opinion is biased, of course… Because we love to live here and are passionate about this city. It’s a great place to live in and a wonderful place to show to anyone who comes to visit.
Why visit Braga?
It has a looong History. As a city, it has more than 2 millenniums, specifically 2024 years old – Romans founded it and named it Bracara Augusta. But ruins and objects found prove it’s use and importance since 3000 b.C.
In the city, you can feel the weight of all the History in the stones and in the streets, the churches and the traditional shops.
At the same time, you’re able to enjoy the modern uses of old buildings, a rich cultural life, newly opened restaurants and the buzz of the city with the most youngsters in all Europe.
Because it is one the oldest European cities, Braga has an incredible amount of beautiful churches and museums, and also contemporary architecture, rivers to bathe in, a vast gastronomy and the incredible Vinho Verde.
If you haven’t visited yet, consider this place for a weekend getaway, Winter holidays, Summer holidays, Spring break… Actually, it’s nice all year long.
It’s located near Porto – just 46 minutes by car and 1 hour by train, so you can easily get here. It’s close to the unique Peneda-Gerês National Park (let us take you there!). It is located in the heart of an amazing region: Minho (you can use it as a hub to visit Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Barcelos, Guimarães…). And it has a wide city centre where you can wonder safely, once cars are not authorized in.
Last, but not least, it’s not a big touristy destination yet, so you can easily find great accommodation and delicious traditional food and wine with much nicer prices than in Porto.
Vote until February, the 5th. Help Braga win this year!