The staircase itself is magnificent and features the stations of the cross, fountains galore and several chapels. One set of fountains pays homage to the 5 senses - it's a bit unsettling to see water squirting out of a small child's ears and nose!
|puppy enjoying a drink as the funiclar tank is filled with water|
There are several hotels and restaurants near the church. We enjoyed a huge buffet feast and were bursting at the seams after eating local specialties including salt cod with potatoes and chestnuts, duck rice, and octopus salad. I helped myself to a huge scoop of what I thought were sauteed mushrooms, only to discover that they were sliced pigs' ears. Like mushrooms only porky!!
|view of Braga from the top of the staircase|