View from Lago do Taboão
Location in São Paulo state
|• Mayor||Jesus Adib Abi Chedid (DEM)|
|• Total||512.6 km2 (197.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||817 m (2,680 ft)|
|• Density||310/km2 (810/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-03:00 (BRT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-02:00 (BRST)|
|Area code||(+55) 11|
The city is famous for its traditional sausages, with several establishments claiming to sell the "real Bragança sausage". Bragança has become a commuter town due to its proximity to São Paulo and Campinas. As a result, real estate is developing at a fast pace and several gated communities have sprung up all over town.
The city was founded as Village of New Bragança (Nova Bragança, after Bragança, Portugal) in 1757.
In sports, the most notable football (soccer) team in the city is Bragantino, which plays at Estádio Nabi Abi Chedid, and was the 1990 Campeonato Paulista champion and 1991 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up.
The area also has a purportedly good golf course and residential community. Quinta da Baroneza golf course is set within one of the most luxurious condominiums in São Paulo’s surroundings. Inspired by the Scottish links style, Quinta da Baroneza is another masterpiece of US architect Dan Blankenship.
One of the town's main attractions is Taboão Lake (Lago do Taboão), which houses a number of bars and restaurants. The lakeside is crowded on weekends with many people both inside and outside the bars. Places to visit include Triarito (formerly Trairagem, a bar beside the lake serving food and snacks), Lago Bier (a bit more upmarket, with an à la carte menu), Porkarias (with Brazilian country music and dancing) and the pubs in the countryside, like Busca Vida and Santa Luzia which are known for alternative music bands.