Stage 17 Braga - Ponte de Lima

Santiago de CompostelaPadrónCaldas de ReisPontevedraRedondelaTuiRubiãesPonte de LimaBragaGuimarãesFelgueirasAmaranteMesão FrioLamegoMoimenta da BeiraSernancelheTrancosoPinhelAlmeidaGallegos de ArgañanCiudad RodrigoAlba de YeltesSan MuñozRobliza de CojosSalamanca

Braga

Ponte de Lima

35,4 Km Distance
High Difficulty
9 Hours Duration
674 m Ameal 7,8 km 16,4 km 7,8 km SALAMANCA 805,3 m 882,8 m (altitudemáx.) Peñasolana 867 m 826 m El Encinar de la Rad 837 m (altitudemáx.) 6,5 km 4,1 km 8,4 km 819,3 m ROBLIZA DE COJOS 810 m Ermida de Santiago 819 m Estrada CV-107 12,4 km 9,6 km 4 km 839 m (altitudemáx.) 797 m Rio Yeltes 821 m Ribeira de Cabrillas SAN MUÑOZ 778 m 844 m (altitude máx.) 10,6 km 7,1 km 8,3 km 771 m Bocacara 727 m Pedro Toro ALBA DE YELTES 784,4 m 689 m (altitudemáx.) 12,4 km 3,6 km 621,5 m CIUDAD RODRIGO 596 m Ponte de Marialba 8,3 km 12,4 km 5,3 km 758,5 m (altitude máx.) Vale da Mula 689 m Aldea del Obispo 718 m Alameda de Gordón 663,3 m GALLEGOS DE ARGAÑAN 12,6 km 5,2 km 3,5 km 540 m Ponte do Rio Côa 739 m ALMEIDA 685 m Valverde 8,8 km 6,7 km 7,4 km 7,8 km 557 m Póvoa del Rei 633,6 m PINHEL 584 m Valbom 605 m Ponte do Abade 862 m TRANCOSO 6,4 km 9,1 km 11,9 km 650 m Benvende 3,5 km 9,5 km 3,8 km 2,7 km 592 m Arcozelo do Cabo 763 m SERNANCELHE 590 m Penso 564 m Vila da Ponte 839,9 m (altitude máx.) 14,6 km 10 km 5 km 451 m Ucanha 759 m Sarzedo 696,8 m MOIMENTA DA BEIRA 9,3 km 6,3 km 5,3 km 6,9 km 387 m Nostim Peso da Régua 529,5 m LAMEGO 258 m Valdigem 883,5 m (altitude máx.) 13,2 km 6 km 8,4 km 157 m Ovelhinha 316,7 m MESÃO FRIO 779 m Padrões 412,4 m (altitude máx.) 8,5 km 7 km 5 km 336 m Caramos 264 m Telões 95,9 m AMARANTE 425,2 m (altitude máx.) 12 km 5,8 km 315,7 m FELGUEIRAS 156 m Arco de Pombeiro 8,9 km 4 km 7,8 km 236 m Fraião 128 m Caldas das Taipas 194,5 m GUIMARÃES 436,7 m (altitude máx.) Falperra Vila de Prado 17 m Penegate 127 m Anais 238 m 274,8 m (altitude máx.) 7 km 12,1 km 8,7 km 7,6 km 190,5 m BRAGA 400,4 m (altitude máx.) 10 km 6 km 2,9 km 30 m Arcozelo Alto da Labruja 2,3 m PONTE DE LIMA 230,9 m (altitude máx.) 11 km 5,7 km 6,1 km 9,7 km 18 m Cruz de São Telmo 31 m O Porriño 83 m Mós 50,8 m TUI 275,3 m (altitude máx.) 11,2 km 2,6 km 4,7 km 34 m Valença 172 m Gontomil 200,7 m RUBIÃES 128,1 m (altitude máx.) 16 km 4,9 km 30 m Briallos 10,1 m PONTEVEDRA 153,3 m (altitude máx.) 5 km 7 km 8 km 31 m O Pobo 5 m Pontesampaio 13,5 m REDONDELA 164,9 m (altitudemáx.) 6,3 km 6,7 km 5,7 km 60 m São Miguel de Valga 147 m Carracedo 24,8 m CALDAS D’EL REIS 12,7 km 5,2 km 6,2 km 40 m A Escravitude 103 m Francos 265,7 m 9,9 m PADRÓN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Introduction

Through the (historic) veins of Minho

The stage is long, but it's worth every step. You don't leave Braga without passing by St. James' fountain and showing reverence one last time to a saint who was (is) so venerated in the city. The next two stops are also dictated by the presence of holy bodies: St. Fructuosus of Montelius, an ascetic militant founder of monasteries in the 7th century, and St. Martin of Dume, abbot, bishop and evangeliser of the Suevi royal family in the 6th century. It is through places like these that the Torres Way runs through the historic veins of Minho like no other Jacobean way.

Facing the Cávado River, Prado bridge is the ideal passage to the next section. If it is foggy, the bridge is a silhouette between two distant riverbanks. Stopping at the Chapel of St. James of Francelos is a must, because afterwards there is a long walk to the medieval tower of Penegate, one of the most fascinating places on the way.

Half of the stage is yet to go and memory already has a lot to store. There is a hostel at Goães and there are other accommodation options along the way, but it is important to make the effort to reach the Lima River. Until then, you have to pass the slope of Monte da Madalena and go down Av. António Feijó to the historic centre of Ponte de Lima. The town breathes Jacobean identity and is worth getting to know by day and by night, walking across its Roman and medieval bridge.

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