A very surprising and interesting city
Braga is a nice city full of energy where organisation goes together with resourcefulness. Here the young ones live with the old ones, the ruins face the buildings covered with pretty tiles, the deserted areas are just at the corner of the fashionable areas, underground is pushing the “in”, alternative is tickling traditions… As you can see, Braga totally answered my need of inspiration and we got along together very well for a few days.
Here we go, zoom on portugal and on Braga and follow the guide for a 2 to 3 days city trip.
Little walk in the “centro historico” – Do not forget to get lost in the streets
Mandatory stop at “Hibiscus” for a yummy lunch
Hibiscus is a small vegetarian restaurant with a very nice and shaded yard and an excellent concept – One plate that you fill up at the vegetarian buffet (every day new recipes depending on the chef and his assistant’s inspiration), a soup and as much organic tea as you want for 7,90 €. It’s good, it’s fresh and the team is very nice !
Climb up to Bom Jesus and wander around its marvelous park
By the hydraulic elevator or by the stairs, the walk really is worth it (even with fog apparently, I’ve been told that it gives a mystical touch to the place).
Have lunch at the “restaurante panoramico do hotel do elevador” next to Bom Jesus
This place is very stylish, it has a beautiful panoramic view, the food is very good but no your lunch won’t be expensive. 21 euros (November 2016) for starters or soup, main dish, dessert buffet (all you can eat type of buffet), water and bread. Service is a bit “straight-forward” but very smilling. Do not hesitate one second !
Go visit Sameiro, just a few steps far from Bom Jesus taking you into the woods for a very nice walk
Do not miss one of the best “Francesinha” in town at “Real Taberna”
This is not gastronomic, more a good competitor in the “junk food” category but it’s worth trying, at least once, and here at “Real taberna” you know it will be good.
The codes to know your Francesinha is a good one : It’s served in a very HOT plate which is served in a cold plate (so that no one gets burned). Its sauce is made with blond beer, it’s smooth, orange, strong in taste and slightly spice. It’s made with veal, ham (porc), “linguiça” (porc sausage smocked with garlic and paprika), melting cheese (emmental type of cheese) and a fried egg. The entire thing looks like a french “croque-monsieur” (which is why it’s called “Francesinha”) covered with cheese and an egg “à cheval”. And to be 100% sure, cut it and if you can see the successive layers, you’re good to go, you’re at a good address !
Go on a street art hunt
Have an expresso on the main square by the fountain
Coffee is delicious in Portugal by the way…
Try to find your favorite type of tiles…
And this is not ironic, my tile hunt was very fun. There are so many different types of them that it’s worth investigating.
And last but not least
Understand “activities for which I haven’t been able to take pictures” – Eat a “tangerin” ice cream (mandarin) and try the traditionnal “pudim abade priscos”, a mandarin custard pudding made in a village not far from Braga that you can also find sometimes at the “pastelaria” called “Sabià”.