#RumoAoMinho Day 3: cultural visits
The final day of our LGBT trip was dedicated to the cultural visits most of our tourists make. Except with a little twist.
After some quick filming sessions at Torre de Gomariz Wine & Spa Hotel 5*, meant to capture the true essence of the hotel, we departed to Sanctuary of Sameiro, the highest sanctuary in Braga. There, we had the incredible chance of taking the photo we now use as the cover photo of this trip: a photo of the group in the gates to heaven.
Even though our guests weren’t pros in church history and/or had much interest in sanctuaries, the Sanctuary of Sameiro really had their hearts. It isn’t the sanctuary itself, but rather the view that will take your breath away. You will feel Braga at your feet!
The next stop was Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, known for its 116 meter high steps that simbolize the struggle of pilgrims to their way to forgiveness and to heaven. The Bom Jesus view is stunning as well, but in this particular case it’s the green surroundings, the staircases and the many places lovers can find to fall in love with one another again. This is the place where you’ll photos will be taken to the next level!
Braga’s old town and center city was also granted a quick visit. We decided not to focus the trip so much in places where everyone can go and everyone can reach, but rather in places where, when visiting, you may find most difficult to get to.
Braga is one of the oldest cities in Europe and widely known in Portugal as the city of archbishops. If you don’t have much time to visit, we strongly recommend making your way up the narrow, old town streets from Arco da Porta Nova all the way to Café Vianna. On your way, Sé de Braga, one of the oldest cathedral, is a must visit, as well as Santa Barbara’s garden.
Before leaving Braga, we had our stop in a local snack-bar café to try and taste the Francesinha, the famous portuguese sandwich. Our group had the exclusive chance to learn all about the secret to Francesinha’s sauce.
Our next stop in the #RumoAoMinho trip was Guimarães, where we began by visiting the historical Guimarães Castle and Paço dos Duques de Bragança.
We couldn’t leave Guimarães without visiting the old town and the Oliveira Square, where we had the chance and time to sip a good, yet cheap beer and enjoy the late afternoon sun.
The last stop of the day was Marisa’s grandma’s house, where a traditional, portuguese dinner was presented to our guests.
This was another core point we wanted to showcase in the #RumoAoMinho trip: traditional, authentic experiences.
There were close to 10 dishes for everyone to taste, all cooked in a traditional way by Marisa’s grandma and specially made for our LGBT tourists, as well as local Vinho Verde and firewater. It was the highlight of the day for everyone and a pleasant, one of a kind experience.
The following day would mean goodbye and A2Y Travellers had an early flight, so we headed to Torre de Gomariz Wine & Spa 5* to rest. At 5 a.m. the following day we began our transfer services for our guests to the airport and train stations.