Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugués
from Porto
to Santiago de Compostela

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Day 3 - Vilar do Pinheiro to Rates

Large and long wall of Quinta de Alferes (with agricultural museum off to the right)

This route is very well waymarked, with yellow arrows on telegraph poles, stone walls, etc, etc.

The shaded public park at Vilarinho. The Restaurant Castelo serves very good meals.

The Castelo, a fairly modern structure (left)

The road out of Vilarinho (below)

Yellow arrow added to road sign

The recently restored bridge over the rio Ave. Unfortunately, part of the resotration has been demaged by floods, and a fence has been put across the far side to divert you to the modern road bridge further on.

View from the bridge

Barrier fence and old mill buildings in the river

The village of Ponte do Ave

Cobbled path

Capella de Nuestra Senroa do Ayuda

Section on the N-306. While there are not too many of these sections on roads with small (or no) verges, they are not too pleasant! It helps to be clearly visible - I found a Portuguese flag on my stick kept traffic a few more feet out from the side

Ancient door on a barn

About to pass under the new A-7 motorway

First view of Arcos

A stony track

but fortunately quite short

Gateway to the Quinta Sao Miguel (tel: 919372 202) - a very nice place to stay

and have a swim after a long hot day


View from the bedroom balcony

Arcos church in the early dawn

The church in Rates

Tiny chapel and wayside cross in the large main square

Idiosyncratic design of a house wall

Albergue de San Pedro de Rates - the first albergue on the route