One positive thing about Portugal is the diversity! Geographical diversity, to be more precise. In such small distance, we´re lucky to have ocean and rivers, cities and villages, coast and mountains, islands and physical borders.
As I am now living in Porto, I am taking the opportunity to discover the north of Portugal. And so, I began 2020 spending some days in Bragança. Bragança is the farthest district capital from Lisbon. In fact, the city is just a few kilometers from Spain, in the northeast region of Portugal. From Porto, a bus took me there in just 3 hours.
I have to admit, once I arrived in Bragança I felt truly surprised, I never thought the city would be so big. The local university helped a bit, not only in terms of construction, but also about the local vibe: there´s a lot of people outside, roaming around, taking transportation, facing the cold (it was -4 one of these nights!).
My favorite area of Bragança is the Citadel, inside the castle walls. This medieval area is located at the top of a hill and easy to reach from the city centre.
Bragança’s citadel is very well preserved: after passing the stone gateway, I felt back in time, roaming its cobblestone streets, a bit slippery but unique, as it took me to discover the first neighbourhood, dated from the 1100’s… almost a thousand years ago, can you imagine?!?
Maybe because it is winter time, there were just a few tourists, besides the residents: some local old people, a stray dog and a few lovely cats. So, as you may imagine, it was truly peaceful to roam around these streets, taking time to admire Bragança’s castle and the town´s oldest church, Santa Maria.
Back to the urban centre, I discovered some street art, from grafiti to an amazing sculpture by Bordallo II, as you can see in the photos above.
Also, I appreciated the fact Bragança has such nice museums, such as Graça Morais Contemporary’s Art Complex and George Dussaud’s Photography Centre. What about the Municipal Theater? Seems to me a nice piece of architecture, don´t you think?
I spent two days in Bragança but I could have stayed longer. This city is pleasant to discover, wandering by the banks of Fervença river, with a park and some local cafés, where I had the chance to make a break for a hot drink and read the book I brought with me, which, sooner or later, I’ll tell you about.
Feel free to discover more about Bragança as, in the next days, I will share more photos here at the blog and on my Instagram.