Throughout history, the Catholic faith has continued to build and assert its importance to northern Portugal’s historical and cultural heritage.
Minho is the area of Portugal where Catholicism has left most traces, whether it be the wealth of religious architecture boasted by the region or the numerous cultural expressions performed here that are almost all of the time linked to religion.
When you visit Minho do not miss the opportunity to discover the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary in Braga, the Monte de Santa Luzia Sanctuary in Viana do Castelo, and the Nossa Senhora da Penha Sanctuary in Guimarães, all of which are truly remarkable buildings.
If you wish to attend a religious festival during your visit, we recommend the Easter procession in Braga, which is also the region’s next major public demonstration of faith.
Other commemorations include Festa São João in Braga from 23rd – 24th June, Romaria da Nossa Senhora da Agonia on 20th August in Viana do Castelo, the Festas Gualterianas to mark the summer in Guimarães, and Senhor das Cruzes, celebrated in Barcelos on 3rd May.
These are special occasions that never fail to attract locals and visitors alike.