With the arrival of the most colorful season of the year, the city of Braga is filled with different flowers and people gather in the various streets. Here are some activities you can (and should) do this spring.
1) Stroll through the Garden of Santa Bárbara
Known as one of the most photogenic places in the city, just a 2-minute walk from the Moon & Sun Braga, the Jardim de Santa Bárbara is a public area next to the medieval wing of the Paço Episcopal Bracarense which, especially during the spring, is filled with flowers of different colors and shapes. Right in its center, there is the statue of Santa Bárbara, a mythical figure who was painfully punished by her own father and who currently observes attentively the declarations of love, typically uttered in this natural space.
2) Discover the exhibitions available at GNRation
At a distance of 3 minutes from the hotel, there is the GNRation, an eclectic space that promotes artistic activities, from exhibitions to shows focused on the dissemination of digital arts and contemporary music. The architecture of the building itself proves to be one of the strengths that attracts any visitor to the modern and innovative space.
3) Relax at the Centésima Página Bookstore
Located inside a historic building of civil architecture from the 18th century, also known as Casa Rolão, is Livraria Centésima Página, an independent bookstore open to the public since 1999. In addition to selling books, the space features a cafeteria, a shop with national products and even a small garden where you can relax, thanks to the arrival of mild weather, and watch exhibitions, debates, concerts, workshops, children's entertainment, and much more. All these activities are available within a 5-minute drive.
4) Have a picnic in the Bom Jesus Sanctuary Gardens
With the arrival of this season's good weather, it is also time for picnics in the city's green spaces. One of the best places for this type of get-together is the Gardens of the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, which has one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the city of Braga. The gardens have several flowerbeds, fountains and benches where you can spend a good afternoon with family or friends. Moon & Sun Braga is a 14-minute drive from Bom Jesus, which turns out to be a pleasant route that will also take you to the caves with a dazzling abundance of flowers and vegetation and also to the viewpoint with an enchanting panoramic view of the whole city.
5) Watch the sunset from the Picoto Viewpoint
Immediately at the end of Avenida da Liberdade, an 8-minute drive away, Monte do Picoto stands out as one of the best sunset observation points in the city. The viewpoint was recently renovated and its 360º view is accessible both by car and on foot, where you can have the opportunity to spend a nice late afternoon admiring the landscape or simply having a pleasant conversation with friends.