An authentic way

Diego de Torres Villarroel chose a little documented itinerary for his pilgrimage. He did it because there was a way.

The historical dimension of this route is a surprise for contemporary pilgrims. It provides contact with ancient monasteries and lodges, where travellers spent the night, and is served by a considerable number of medieval and modern bridges, reminiscent of ancient travel routes. In between, there is an impressive set of marks of the cult of Saint James, sometimes in places so remote that the impact of the Jacobean traditions in the history of the hinterland of Portugal cannot fail to amaze.

Access to Lamego from the southeast, the crossing of the Douro River or the access to the medieval road that linked Amarante to Braga, passing through Guimarães, are aspects of this way's authenticity and deep roots in the Middle Ages.

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