Have you ever encountered some stranger on the street hitting each other on their heads with hammers  and getting away with it? Or tickling unsuspecting noses with long stalks which is full of flowers and garlic bulbs? Well, it may sound a little bit queer but it exactly is an age-old tradition that becomes lively during the annual summer festivities in Braga, near Porto in northern Portugal.

One of the hoariest, yet liveliest, places in the world, Braga holds  2,000 years of history and is a rather absorbing point with its flashy street festivals, baroque churches, loads of 18th-century houses and lots of expansive gardens and squares. This is also the place where Minhu University was located, and not only that, it’s the youth of the country and the sports capital.

WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Braga is a unique attraction off Porto. The factual center of Porto, which has been counted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996, holds so much to offer that a visitor could spend several days strolling up and down its sloped cobbled roads to plunge into its scenes, sounds, and flavors.

Whether it’s the row of houses with narrow balconies and bright blue and yellow walls or glorious structures such as the Clerigos’ Tower, Palacio da Bolsa or the Sao Bento Train Station in Downtown Porto, the art as well as the architecture of the yester eras stays undamaged yet.

An appearance at the mouth of the River Douro whose waters hold a collective flow under six bridges, Porto is bound to be a picture-perfect postcard. Rooms at waterfront hotels stay at a premium, with double occupancy rates ranging from 250 to 300 Euro per night.

On the opposite side of the river is the Vila Nova de Gaia Riverbanks where travelers can visit the fishing villages and watch the majestic Luiz I Bridge that was spectacularly designed by an Eiffel student.

Equally, spellbinding is a trip on the Tram Porto Circuit, which is operated perfectly by all manner of restored vehicles since the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The first tramcar line was inaugurated on September 12, 1895. Tickets for a trip are about 3.50 euros or 6 euros for two trips.