The Best Hotels in Braga, Portugal, for Every Traveller

Amidst its elegant, narrow streets, Braga is home to chic boutiques, upscale restaurants and plazas with lively cafés
Amidst its elegant, narrow streets, Braga is home to chic boutiques, upscale restaurants and plazas with lively cafés | © Marek Stepan / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 January 2021

“In Porto they work, in Braga they pray and in Lisbon they play,” goes the old saying. But in among the Baroque churches of Portugal’s third-largest city, its elegant, narrow streets also host chic boutiques, upscale restaurants and plazas that buzz with lively cafés. Don’t miss a visit to the oldest cathedral in the country, or the magnificent Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary, before worshipping at these Braga hotels.

Meliá Braga Hotel and Spa

The modern architecture and clean contemporary lines of this hotel stands out against Braga’s Baroque architecture. There’s a good size spa with a wide range of treatments available, a sinuous outdoor pool set amid the olive trees and the El Olivo restaurant offering Portuguese favourites, such as pumpkin soup and bacalhau (salt cod) with chickpeas. Rooms are bright and light-filled, and the Executive Suites come with a kitchenette, too.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Hotel Moon and Sun Braga

Overlooking the beautiful 17th-century Church of the Third Order of Saint Francis, this 25-room architecturally arresting hotel offers modern interiors with large balconies from which to survey the city. The neon-lit, street-spying Moon & Sun Tapas Bar offers both sharing plates and a wide range of bite-size Portuguese tapas dishes. Even the corridors look good here – like they should be in an art gallery – but it’s the hotel’s bespoke concierge that really makes it stand out, offering the inside scoop on Braga’s best sights, on and off the tourist map.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
24-hour front desk
Smoke-free property

Burgus Tribute and Design Hotel

This comfortable 14-room hotel is situated in the Old Town of Braga, just two minutes’ walk from the city’s cathedral – a national monument that’s well worth visiting for its mix of Moorish, Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque elements. The “tribute” in the hotel’s name nods to the theme of referencing the area’s founding fathers and foremost sites in its rooms. At restaurant Mi A Mi, you can dine on specialities of fish and lobster soup, followed by roasted octopus with crushed potatoes.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Mercure Braga Centro

This clean-lined, modern hotel is well situated in Braga, near the cathedral. Regional specialities are served in the restaurant, which draws on the area’s rich bounty: think hearty stews and soups, sausages and codfish, accompanied by vinho verde from the local vineyards. Work it all off at the fitness club or by taking a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Villa Garden Braga

Housed in an elegant villa dating back to the 19th century, this hotel makes an excellent base from which to explore Braga, with bikes to rent from reception. The gardens are peaceful and inset with a swimming pool. The restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine and a good list of local wines. The 26 bedrooms, split between the old mansion and the more modern part, are simply but comfortably furnished with wood floors and free toiletries.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Vila Gale Collection Braga

    Originally a hospital dating back to the early 16th century, this beautifully restored building, complete with cloisters (a nod to the convent that stood here before), now houses 123 rooms that preserve many original features, such as vaulted ceilings. The Foundation Restaurant serves Portuguese cuisine at tables between thick old stone pillars, while Bracara Augusta delivers a gastronomic interpretation of the local kitchen.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Full-service spa
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Casa do Juncal

    An alternative, equally interesting city in which to base yourself, just 20 minutes away from Braga, is the World Heritage site of Guimarães. The 18th-century Casa do Juncal is located within the old city walls and houses just six suites, which skilfully mix old exposed walls and wooden floors with stylish contemporary furnishings, woven together with white-on-white decor. The Italian Flavours restaurant, set outside in a beautiful plant- and flower-filled courtyard, is seasonal, opening from spring. Affordable spa treatments (from facials to full-body massages) are on offer, and picnic baskets and guided tours can also be arranged on request.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Hotel do Parque

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    Hotel do Parque
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    Neighbouring the pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte, with its impressive Baroque stairway that rises 116 metres (380ft), this 44-room hotel is housed in a 19th-century building which lies within the lush Bom Jesus Natural Park, surrounded by attractive gardens. Explore the vinho verde wines from the Minho region at the hotel’s Panoramic Restaurant, before a game of billiards in the Games Room.

    These recommendations were updated on January 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.