The atmospheric streets of Braga are as welcoming as any in Portugal. Café tables spring up each morning on sunny plazas, while select boutiques tempt passing trade with perfectly-formed window displays.
Although located in Portugal's far north close to Porto, Braga still enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. It was perhaps this which made Braga an important stop of the Portuguese Way, a footpath ultimately ending in Santiago de Compostela in Spain's Galicia region, and the location of so many religious institutions.
Over centuries Braga has become known for its the multitude of finely constructed baroque churches, not least the impressive Bom Jesus de Monte which stands a short bus ride away on a dramatic hilltop. Come during Easter Week, and you'll experience an explosion of ancient traditions that can trace many of their routes right back to ancient Rome.