CULTURAL VISITS

The North of Portugal has a great heritage to discover. The region has been inhabited since prehistoric times and is a key area for the understanding of both Atlantic European Megalithic and Castrocultures. Historically, Northern Portugal was the southern realm of Galicia (see Gallaecia), which up to the 12th century was part of the combined Kingdom of Galicia and León, being known as the County of Portugal. It was in the County of Portugal where Portugal’s first king, Dom Afonso Henriques, was born in the beginning of the 12th century.
The Kingdom of Galicia, at the time of the Swabian Dynasty (5th-6th C AD), had its capital in Braga.

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Braga is a city in the far north of Portugal, northeast of Porto. It is known for heritage and religious events. East of Bom Jesus do Monte has a neoclassical church perched on an elaborate 17-story staircase (world heritage of UNESCO). In the center of the city, the medieval-style Braga Cathedral contains a museum of sacred art and the Gothic-style Chapel of the Kings. Nearby, the overwhelming Paço Arquiepiscopal overlooks the Santa Barbara Garden.

The region has numerous manor houses and castles featuring coats of arms as an indication of a very intense medieval period.

Nowadays Braga is the 3rd most important Portuguese economic center and its located in a strategic point allowing our participants to visit very interesting and historical places bearby the city, such as the second biggest Portuguese city (Porto), Portugal’s first city (Guimaraes), the spanish port city in the border (Vigo), the atlantic ocean, the wonderful views from Viana do Castelo, the portuguese Religious city (Fatima) or the capital (Lisbon).

Regional cuisine is renowned and varied offering products such as young wines (“vinhos verdes”) and mature wines, and a variety of handicrafts mingling the shine of filigree with the color of local embroideries. Northern Portugal is also very rich in folklore and traditions, dating back to antiquity.

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