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06/11/2012 13:53, Report by Steve Bartram
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Fans' guide to Braga

An export of Dublin , Karl Donnelly has lived in Braga for a decade. We asked him to act as a tour guide for United supporters travelling to Portugal for Wednesday's Champions League meeting...

What is there for United fans to do in Braga?
While most fans will come for a few beers and to enjoy the football and food there is also plenty of sightseeing to be done. Braga is a small but fantastic town, with a thriving university community. Night life is generally divided between the two areas, the centre of the town and the university bars. If fans have time, two places that mustn't be missed are Bom Jesus - the world's oldest water counterbalancing funicular with incredible panoramas of the city - and the Sé Cathedral, which is in the center of town and is one of the oldest buildings in the country.

Where's best to eat and what are the local specialities?
Depending on the budget of each fan everything is catered for in Braga. For anyone that enjoys cod, Braga is the place to go. Portuguese people have over a thousand different ways of cooking cod and Braga is up there at the top of the list in relation to this. Fish being a speciality does not undermine the range of  meat dishes available at most restaurants. Prices vary; you can have a top quality meal for two for around 50€ (£40) with wine in a place like BRAC restaurant in Campo de Carvalheiros near the town centre or you can choose the one of the town's many restaurants or cafés for as little as 10€ (£8) or lunch for around 5€ (£4).

Where's best to drink?
In the centre you have "A Brasileira" Café and Viana which are two of the oldest cafés in the town and generally when football comes to town most away fans congregate outside these two places. At night there are vaious decent bars around the city including Liffey Irish Bar, Vila, Espaço 14, Estudio 22 and in the aforementioned BRAC restaurant you can sit on the balcony and enjoy the weather with live music and a drink.

Where do visiting fans usually congregate?
The majority of the fans hang out right in the heart of the town in front of Viana Café but recently there are several bars beside each other (including Estudio 22)  that have opened up in front of the Sé Catheral and I imagine there will be a big concentration there also. It's a big place with many bars and cafés and can cater for many fans at a very reasonable price.

What are the best ways of getting around the city?
By foot is your best bet. There are your usual city bus tours but the best way is by foot down the narrow streets or the open

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