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Bom Jesus Do Monte

Travel to the hills above Braga to tour an important pilgrimage site for Catholics, an 18th-century baroque church surrounded by gardens, grottoes and sculptures. 

Explore Bom Jesus Do Monte, a hilltop sanctuary that has been a site of religious pilgrimage for centuries. To visit the church and its grounds, climb the immense, baroque staircase that zigzags up the hill for 380 feet (116 meters). Alternatively, you can reach the top by car or by taking one of Portugal’s oldest funiculars. 

If you decide to take the stairs, pause at the numerous landings to admire their statues, baroque decorations and fountains. One of the water features symbolizes the wounds of Christ, while five others represent the five senses. You will need to be reasonably fit to climb the stairs because there are approximately 600 in total. Once you reach the top, enjoy sweeping views over the city and the beaches of Esposende and Viana do Castelo. 

The name Bom Jesus do Monte translates as Good Jesus of the Mount and construction started in 1722. The sanctuary was built on the site of a 14th-century chapel and draws pilgrims who seek a contemplative and penitential experience.

Spend a few minutes studying the main church's grand façade and its two bell towers. Then go on a self-guided tour of the interior. Admire the ceiling murals and the depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus that adorns the main altar. After you have studied the numerous works of art and enjoyed a few moments of quiet reflection, step outside for stroll through the sanctuary’s colorful gardens. You will come across grottos, statues and ponds.

Bom Jesus Do Monte lies about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Braga. If you are driving, allow plenty of time to navigate the roads. There is also a bus service from Braga to the sanctuary. 

If possible, try and plan your trip around Easter, known as Semana Santa in Portugal when, you will see many pilgrims climb the stairs, some on their hands and knees in penance. 


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Hotel do Elevador ¥6,099
Hotel do Elevador

Hotel do Elevador

Bom Jesus do Monte, Braga
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bom Jesus do Monte, Sameiro Sanctuary, and Minho University. Parque da Ponte and Theatro Circo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Hotel do Parque ¥7,105
    Hotel do Parque

    Hotel do Parque

    Monte do Bon Jesus, Braga
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the Strip, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Sameiro Sanctuary. Santa Barbara Garden and Braga Cathedral (Se Braga) are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Hotel do Templo
      Hotel do Templo

      Hotel do Templo

      Monte do Bom Jesus, Braga
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sameiro Sanctuary and Bom Jesus do Monte. Minho University is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) away.

        Casa dos Lagos
        Casa dos Lagos

        Casa dos Lagos

        Estrada do Bom Jesus, 71-73, Braga, Braga
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Braga, this country house is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bom Jesus do Monte, Sameiro Sanctuary, and Minho University. Parque da Ponte and Theatro Circo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Hotel do Lago ¥5,179
          Hotel do Lago

          Hotel do Lago

          Monte do Bom Jesus, Braga
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Braga, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sameiro Sanctuary and Bom Jesus do Monte. Minho University is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

            Melia Braga Hotel & Spa ¥9,499
            Melia Braga Hotel & Spa

            Melia Braga Hotel & Spa

            Av. General Carrilho da Silva Pinto, 8, Tenoes, Braga
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Braga hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Minho University and Bom Jesus do Monte. Parque da Ponte and Theatro Circo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Casa da Bica - Rustic House Next to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus
              Casa da Bica - Rustic House Next to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus

              Casa da Bica - Rustic House Next to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus

              Braga, Braga District
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bom Jesus do Monte, Minho University, and Sameiro Sanctuary. Parque da Ponte and Theatro Circo are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Aquafalls Nature Hotel ¥12,922
                Aquafalls Nature Hotel

                Aquafalls Nature Hotel

                Av. de São Miguel 1677, Braga, Braga
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Minho University and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Bom Jesus do Monte. Parque da Ponte and Theatro Circo are also within 3 mi (5 km).