242 km

Follows what was the Roman Via XIX connecting Braga to Lugo, passing through Ponte de Lima, Tui and Pontevedra, and along the old Porto-Barcelos-Valença royal road. This is the most important Portuguese Way of St. James and was regularly travelled, from the 14th century, by common pilgrims as well as high dignitaries of the clergy and nobility. It is important to note that pilgrims on foot always followed the shortest and straightest route. This was also the main road used by people travelling from the south to the north of the province of Entre-Douro and Minho.

Stages

Porto > Vilarinho (Vila do Conde) - 25 km

Vilarinho (Vila do Conde) > Barcelos - 26 km

Barcelos > Ponte de Lima - 33 km

Ponte de Lima > Rubiães - 20Km

Ruibiães > Valença/Tui - 16 km (more 4 Km to cross the Valença bridge to Tui)

Valença/Tui > Redondela - 34 Km

Redondela >Pontevedra - 18 Km

Pontevedra> Caldas de Reis - 23 Km

Caldas de Reis >Padrón - 19 Km

Padrón > Santiago de Compostela - 24 Km



Porto

You must start at or pass by the Cathedral (12th century). From Terreiro da Sé , go down the narrow streets in the medieval centre, Rua das Aldas and Rua da Pena Ventosa, where you will see, on your left, the Church of S. Lourenço  (16th – 17th century). Passing through the Arch or Door of Sant’Ana , marking one of the main entrances to medieval Porto. Crossing Mouzinho da Silveira street and Largo de São Domingos, heading towards Rua das Flores, you will come across the Church of Misericórdia, with its façade designed by Nicolau Nasoni (1749/1750). From here, go up the narrow Rua do Ferraz to Rua da Vitória and on towards Porta and Campo do Olival and Cordoaria (now Campo dos Mártires da Pátria), where you will find the Building of the former Gaol and Court of Appeal(1750-1765). Just a few metres away, You will be able to see one of Nasoni’s most iconic creations, the Clérigos complex of tower, infirmary and church (1732-1763). In Praça Gomes Teixeira (Praça dos Leões) is the impressive building that currently houses the administration offices for the Porto University (Rectory of the University of Porto) and the side-by-side Church of Carmelitas (1754-1760), and Carmo Church, which is renowned for the tiles decorating its side wall (1912). From Praça Carlos Alberto  take the pedestrian Rua de Cedofeita. Where it crosses Rua de Álvares Cabral, you will see, on your left, the Romanesque Church of S. Martinho de Cedofeita (11th century). Following Rua Barão de Forrester to the end, towards Ramada Alta, you will come across the small Chapel of Nossa Senhora das Dores and Senhor do Calvário (1737). Your route continues along Rua Nove de Julho and, where this merges with Rua de Oliveira Monteiro into Praça do Exército Libertador, you will find the Cross of Senhor do Padrão (1738), with its inscription on the base referring to the pilgrims that passed this way. Also In Carvalhido is the Church of Senhora da Conceição (c. 1760) with its tile-dressed façade. Heading on down Rua do Carvalhido and Rua do Monte dos Burgos, you will pass Prelada Manor, to the left. Nearby are the Prelada house and gardens (1743-1748), another of Nicolau Nasoni’s masterpieces. The route carries on across the ring road Estrada da Circunvalação to Padrão da Légua and Araújo, and then on towards Maia.


Accommodation

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we advise you to previously contact each one of the hostels.



  • Albergue do Peregrino - Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Vilar
  • Rua Arcediago Vanzeller, 50
  • +351 226 056 000



  • Refúgio de Peregrinos ViaPortuscale (Senhora da Hora)
  • Rua Vasco Santana, 264
  • +351 960 227 134 (call before arriving)
  • viaportuscale@gmail.com
  • 20 beds
  • 2pm - 10pm
  • Donation


  • Casa Família Vidal (Vilarinho)
  • Rua do Salteiro, 87
  • +351 252 661 503 /  +351 966 766 092
  • 7 beds
  • 10€


  • Albergue Casa da Laura (Vilarinho/Vila do Conde)
  • Rua Estreita, 112
  • +351 917 767 307 (obrigatório telefonar antes)
  • casadalaura@gmail.com
  • 10 beds
  • 12€


  • Albergue Mosteiro de Vairão (Vilarinho/Vila Conde)
  • Rua do Convento, 21
  • +351 936 061 160 / +351 966 431 916
  • mosteirodevairao@gmail.com
  • 72 bed
  • 2pm-10pm
  • Donation


  • Albergue S. Pedro de Rates
  • Rua Sto. António, 189
  • +351 936 314 145 / +351 960 274 441
  • alberguederates@gmail.com
  • 60 beds
  • 4pm-9pm
  • Donation


  • Albergue Cidade de Barcelos (Barcelos)
  • Rua Miguel Bombarda, 36
  • geral@alberguedebarcelos.com
  • 26 beds
  • 12pm-10pm
  • Donation


  • Albergue Casa da Recoleta (Tamel/S. Pedro de Fins)
  • +351 253 137 075
  • alberguecasadarecoleta@gmail.com
  • 42 bends
  • 2pm-9pm
  • 5€


  • Albergue Casa do Arnado (Arcozelo/Ponte de Lima)
  • +351 925 403 164
  • alberguedeperegrinos@cm-pontedelima.pt
  • 60 beds
  • 4pm-10pm
  • 5€


  • Pousada da Juventude (Ponte de Lima)
  • Rua Papa João Paulo II
  • +351 258 751 321
  • 52 bens
  • 8am–12am
  • 11.90€/41.25€


  • Albergue S. Pedro de Rubiães (Rubiães/Paredes de Coura)
  • +351 965 053 751
  • 48 beds
  • 13h-21h
  • Donation


  • Albergue S. Teotónio (Valença)
  • Rua José Maria Gonçalves, 10
  • +351 961 168 501
  • alberguevalenca@gmail.com
  • 50 beds
  • 1:30pm-8pm
  • 5€


At the Youth Hostels (Albergues), when booking, you should inform that you are a pilgrim. It is not necessary to have the Youth Hostel Card, but only to present your Pilgrim Passport. If you choose to stay at an accommodation unit you should identify yourself as a pilgrim ans present the credential as in some cases there might be a reduction on the price.


Booking accommodation and support along the way:

  • Portugal Green Walks ( Tourist Operator Specialized in the Ways of S. James)
  • +351 936 077 462

Local tourist information

Vila Conde

  • +351 252 248 473
  • turismo@cm-viladoconde.pt


Barcelos

  • +351 253 811 882
  • turismo@cm-barcelos.pt


Ponte de Lima

  • +351 258 240 208


Valença

  • +351 251 823 329
  • turismo@visitvalenca.com



NOTES:
(*) LIMA, João Gomes d’ Abreu, 2005 – Guia do Caminho Português de Santiago (Porto –Santiago). Ponte de Lima: Associação dos Amigos do Caminho Português de Santiago.
  • Visit Porto


    Last updated 2021-01-12

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