Stage 16 Guimarães - Braga

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

Guimarães

Braga

20,7 Km Distance
High Difficulty
5 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

The ancient ground we tread, between two former capitals

This stage includes part of the medieval road that linked Guimarães (capital of the Portus Cale county) and Braga, the brilliant Bracara Augusta, capital of the Roman province of Gallaecia and later of the Suevi kingdom.

The first stop is at the Romanesque bridge of Roldes, an ideal setting to rest with fascination for the clear water of the Selho River. Between Fermentões and Ribeira, the section is peri-urban but, at the end, you have to exit into dense woodlands that lead to the Ave River and the Ínsua Park. Cross the Roman bridge of Caldas das Taipas and stop again to find the Fonte dos Quatro Irmãos (Fountain of the Four Brothers), one of the most curious monuments of the Torres Way.

Get ready to face the hard climb of Serra da Falperra.
There wasn't a climb like this since the Douro horizons of Régua and Mesão Frio. The first pavement ramps are at Lage, and from there to the Falperra sanctuary there are steep slopes with irregular pavement. If it rained during the night, it is natural to find impassable parts, aggravated by the passing of motor vehicles. When you reach the top, you still have to climb the sanctuary's staircase.

The descent is through lanes parallel to EN 209. If you take this stage in the summer or on a weekend, you are bound to meet cyclists who will overtake you at high speed, so you can't be too careful. After the Church of St. James of Fraião, you are already within the urban boundaries of Braga, where you enter through the old St. James door. Your destination is the Cathedral, the main monument of the Torres Way before the Compostela cathedral.

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