Braga is considered the third most important city in the country after Lisbon (capital) and Oporto. It is the main city of the Minho region and it is surrounded by the Spanish Galicia in the North and by the Douro river (the world's oldest wine region - home to the production of Port Wine) in the South. The closest international airport is in Oporto, some 45Km from Braga city centre (40 minutes drive via highway). The closest Spanish international airport is Vigo at 100km also connected by highway. Lisbon airport is 350 km from Braga.

Around 20 km from Braga is Guimarães, the other campus of the University of Minho. It is considered the "Cradle of the Nation", where tradition says that the first King of Portugal in 1179 was born. This city is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.