Information sheet: what to see and do in Braga

By Ana Cecilia Lopes

Welcome to Braga

Studying in a foreign country can be exciting but it can also be challenging to become accustomed to a different culture. Below, there is some information that will help you to adapt during your stay.

What to wear.

Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains, Braga’s climate is humid but temperate. In Winter and Autumn, the rainfall is high but the temperature is hardly ever below 0c. It is advisable to dress in layers and to wear warm coats, gloves and scarves.

In spring and summer, the temperature rises and the use of hats, sunscreen and cool clothes is recommended.

Getting Around

There are two main options to travel in Braga, the regular bus service or the more widespread, but expensive taxis.

Portuguese Customs

  • Usually, the Portuguese wake up at 7am or 8am and go to bed at 11 or 12 pm.
  • The Portuguese people have four meals per day: Breakfast at 8am, lunch at 1pm, a snack at 5pm and dinner at 8pm.
  • It is usual to eat occasionally in restaurants, especially at weekends.
  • It is common to go to a cafe after main meals.
  • Generally, the Portuguese arrive home after 6pm.
  • The Portuguese are reserved, spending the evenings mostly at home.
  • Family is important, hence there are a lot of family gatherings at important occasions.
  • The Portuguese are friendly and they treat their guests with kindness and respect.

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