Two of the most ancient territories of Portugal, where its history is intertwined with the birthplace of the political count of Portucalense and the kingdom’s construction.
Braga, former Roman toponymy “Bracara Augusta”, a city with 2000 years of history, was founded by Romans and nowadays is considered the third largest city in the country. A city filled with culture, tradition and Catholic Church religion, as well as the college student’s culture. Once the capital of Galicia, which included some of the peninsular Northwest territories, during the Roman Empire, it became the capital of the Suevos, where religious reforms were promoted during the expansion of the Catholic Church. A series of military conflicts during the Middle Ages among Christians and Muslims palyed a large role in the geographical configuration of this northern territory. Regarding its gastronomy, Braga holds the traditional cod fish of Braga, the Minho delicious duck rice, gruel and Papas de Sarrabulho, as well as the famous and typical dessert, pudding.
Guimarães, an incredible historical city, whose role is connected with the construction of Portugal, which in the Middle Ages was called “Vimaranes”, a geographical reference to the rider of the IXth Century, Vímara Peres. A World Heritage Site and European Capital of Culture, Guimarães became the political and administrative center of the Portucalente County, by Henrique, father of of the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. The city holds a length of religious architecture, from churches and centurial convents, to outstanding chapels and shrines. Its cuisine, traditionally northern, consists in the famous pies, the buds of heaven and the famous white wine. The city is also known for its festivals and traditions, very dedicated to university students, S. Gualter, Santa Luzia and S. Torcato.