Everything comes down to nature

Braga is officially Applicant for European Green Capital 2026. Find out why.

Green Capital 2026

According to Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier, “In Nature nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed”. In other words, everything comes down to nature.

Under this motto, which is nothing more than an unequivocal reality, Braga is officially a candidate city for European Green Capital 2026. This candidacy, based on the principles of Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle and Reintegrate, is part of our nature, our daily environmental challenge. 

A challenge that calls for participation and involvement of all Braga’s citizens in building environmental sustainability.

Braga is becoming more natural, Braga is becoming greener.

In Braga everything comes down to Nature.

Indicators and Good Practices


Braga Green AI
Center for Intelligent Sustainability

Awards and
Green Honours

Braga’s environmental, social and economic performance has been recognized with several distinctions and awards (nationally and internationally) in recent years, such as:

2025: Portuguese Capital of Culture

2023/2024: European Cities and Regions of the Future – “the Best and the brightest among Europe investments destination”

2024: Europe's Leading Emerging Tourism Destination

2023: World's Leading Emerging Tourism Destination

2023: Leading Green City by the United Nations at COP 28

2023: World Green City Awards

2022: Silver certification from the Global Cities Initiative (UN-Habitat)

2022: World Mayor Sustainability Award (City Mayors Foundation)

2022: European Mobility Week prize

2021: Best European Destination of the Year

2021: Leader in the fight against climate change (Carbon Disclosure Project)

2021: World Mayor Sustainability Prize

2020: National Landscape Award (honourable mention)

2018: European City of Sport

Since 2017: UNESCO's Creative Cities network (Media Arts category)

2012: European Youth Capital

And it undertakes several initiatives and commitments, such as:

100 Cities Participating in the Smart Cities Challenge (ICC)

Green City Accord

Green Cities Network

Green City Tool

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

adapt.local - Network of Municipalities for Local Adaptation to Climate Change

Carbon Disclosure Project

Ambassador city of “Civinet Iberia”

Co-President of the IET Urban Mobility City Club

Founding member of the Global StartUp Cities initiative


Ricardo Rio
Mayor of Braga


Altino Bessa
Councillor for the Environment and Climate Change