The religious capital of Portugal, Braga has a rich history, since its foundation in 16 AD, by the Romans, under the original name of Braccara Augusta. After the Romans the city maintained its importance during the Suevo and Visigoth kingdoms, but suffered severe destruction during the Muslim rule.
With the Christian reconquest it resumed its preponderant religious paper, that maintained until our days, reason why it is popularly known as "the city of the archbishops".
From the tourist point of view, the emphasis must be put in its many churches, with evidence to the cathedral and the sanctuaries of Bom Jesus and Sameiro.
The short distance that separates the city from Guimarães and even Porto, makes Braga a mandatory visit in all the programs covering the north of the country.
Guimarães is a city located in the northwest of Portugal, district of Braga. It has 52.182 inhabitants for an urban area of 23.5 km2.
It is one of the most important historical cities in …