Caminho Português por Braga (Portuguese Way via Braga)

Rua do Almada
Photo:  Fernando Mendes PedroCC BY-NC-SA - Some Rights Reserved

255 km

This was one of the most commonly used routes by pilgrims in Portugal. It followed the old Roman Via XVI connecting Lisbon, Santarém, Coimbra, Porto and Braga. It was very busy until the early 14th century, when the bridge in Barcelos was finished and the bridge in Ponte de Lima was rebuilt, thus allowing a more direct and safer route to the Galician border, which explains why pilgrims from the south stopped making the diversion to Braga; the route was rejected for the Central or Main Portuguese Way.

Stages (*)

  • Porto > Aguas Santas > São Romão >Covelas – 22Km
  • São Romão >Vila Nova Famalicão – 15 Km
  • Vila Nova Famalicão > Braga – 26 Km
  • Braga > Goães > Ponte de Lima – 34 km
  • Ponte de Lima > Rubiães – 20 Km
  • Rubiães >Valença – 16Km (more 4 Km to cross the Valença bridge to Tui)
  • Valença/Tui > Redondela – 34 Km
  • Redondela– Pontevedra – 18 Km
  • Pontevedra > Caldas de Rei – 23 Km
  • Caldas de Rei >Padrón – 19 Km
  • Pádron> Santiago de Compostela – 24 Km

 

From the Cathedral, go down the Cathedral steps next to the (15) Casa da Câmara (old City Hall) and along Rua Escura, Rua do Souto, bearing right into Travessa do Souto and crossing Rua Mouzinho da Silveira. As you head towards Rua Trindade Coelho, you reach (16) Largo dos Lóios, where there used to be a wicket-gate in the walls, known as the Postigo das Hortas or St.º Elói. The name of this square comes from the building that used to house the convent of the Congregation of the Lóios Fathers (1491-1810) and which later became the Palace of Cardosas (1834). Today, it is home to the Hotel InterContinental (2011). From here, you cross Rua dos Clérigos to get to (17) Rua do Almada, opened up in 1763 by João de Almada e Melo following the urban arrangement of the north area of the Praça and Bairro das Hortas, and to enhance the connection of Porto with the roads leading to Braga and Guimarães. At the end, having passed by the (18) Chapel of Divino Coração de Jesus or Chapel of Pestanas (1878), the street opens up into Praça da República,. formerly Praça de Santo Ovídio, where, at the end of the 18th century, was settled the St.º Ovídio Chapel (1665), demolished by the end of the 18th century to build the St.  Ovídio barracks, now the headquarters. As you cross Rua de João das Regras, appreciate the imposing (19) Church of Lapa (1755), built on the land of the Santo Ovídio old landmark (1755). Moving on, passing the Lapa Cemetery (1838), heading towards Rua Antero de Quental, you will see (20) the Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Socorro on your left. Inside, there is a cross that boasts a figure of St. James (1622). Continuing along Rua Antero de Quental and crossing Rua Damião de Góis and Rua da Constituição, bearing slightly to your right, you come to Largo do Campo Lindo followed by Rua de Júlio Ramos. Cross the inner ring road – Via de Cintura Interna - and go down Rua Igreja de Paranhos, until you come to the (21) Church of S. Veríssimo de Paranhos (founded in the 12th century). The route carries on along Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, passing the S. João Hospital, towards Rua da Asprela and on to Águas Santas, in the municipality of Maia.

 

Accommodation

  • Braga Pilgrim’s Hostel
    Rua de S. João nº 3 | Tel: +351 253 215 165
    40 beds - 10:00-22:00 - 5€
  • Braga Youth Hostel
    Rua de Santa Margarida, 6 | Tel: +351 253 263 279
    58 camas – 08:00–24:00 – 10€/27€
  • S. Pedro de Goães Pilgrim’s Hostel
    Lugar do Pereiro | Tel: +351 253 381 943
    30 beds - donation
  • Casa da Fernanda (Vitorino de Piães)
    Lugar do Corgo | Tel: +351 914 589 521
    12 beds – Donation
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel Casa do Arnado (Arcozelo/Ponte de Lima)
    Tel. +351 925 403 164
    60 beds - 16:00-22:00 - 5 €
  • Youth Hostel (Ponte de Lima)
    Rua Papa João Paulo II | Tel. + 258 751 321
    50 camas –08:00–24:00 – 10€/42€
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Pedro de Rubiães (Rubiães/Paredes de Coura)
    Tel: +351 965 053 751
    34 beds - 11:00-21:00 - Donation
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Teotónio (Valença)
    Av. Bombeiros Voluntários | Tel: +351 918 234 938
    50 beds - 15:00-20:00 - 5€

Local tourist information

  • Vila Nova de Famalicão -T. +351 252 312 564
  • Braga - T. +351 253 262 550
  • Ponte de Lima -T. +351 258 942 335
  • Valença - T. +351 251 823 329

 

NOTES:
(*) SAMPAIO, Francisco, 2004 – Santiago Rota do Alto-Minho. Viana do Castelo: Região de Turismo do Alto-Minho, p. 34-35

Published 08-04-2014
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