BRAGA – Portugal

Portugal’s third largest city, after Lisbon and Porto, is also its oldest. Braga dates from the pre-Roman period, as evidenced by the Fonte do Idolo, a natural underwater spring in the city centre with sculptures and writing on the adjacent rocks.

The cathedral, Se de Braga, is the oldest in Portugal, built in 11th and 12th centuries.

The historic centre had many azulejos, tiled building facades, including the main shopping street.

The former palaces, now museums, were decorative inside and out.

Besides tablecloths, napkins, tea towels and other brightly coloured linen, the most fascinating artisan was the guitar maker.

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