Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugués
from Porto
to Santiago de Compostela

Shell motif
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Day 5 - Barcelos to Ponte de Lima

Chapel at Vial Boa with nice shady porch

Lavadero in active use

Wayside cross

Santiago Pilgrim's street with the red-and-white GR sign below

Chapel near Vila Boa(above)

The first of the official European Camino de Santiago signs

Shaded woodland parth (above)

Decorating the Capela de Santa Cruz for the feast day (left)

Wayside fountain

Many fields in this area have an arcade of vines all the way round them - this one also had stooks of hay

Detour to Quintaes


Casa dos Asentos, Quintaes - the main hall
They offer accommodation

Frontage - the house dates back to the 16th century

but has a very welcoming swimming pool

Stone is so plentiful here that fences are made from it

Back on the main route at the Ponte de Tabuas, literally the Bridge of Boards, referring to an earlier wooden brindge

On top of the bridge. There is a little sandy beach for a swim below the bridge

Some of the road sections have no pavements - I tied a Portuguese flag to my stick to give advance warning to motorists

Capela de San Sebastião

Walls with built-in stone pillars

Wayside cross and church of Vitorino dos Piâes

Another wayside cross

Recently killed snake in the road

Chapel with shade for travellers

Cafe in Bouca

Stooks of maize

The ruined chapel of Santiago in Bouca - this is the only church decdicated to Santiago on the Camino in Portugal

The statue of the saint is kept in a nearby house for safety

Detail of the statue (left)

Medieval Ponte de Barros over the Rio Trovela (above)

Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows with wayside cross (and bandstand off to the left!)

The last strectch walking along the level plain of the Lima valley

The new motorway bridge across the Lima river

An amazing avenue of very tall plane trees at the entrance to Ponte de Lima

Torre de Cadena, built as a prison in the 13th century and now housing a library with Internet connections

Street scenes in Ponte de Lima, a very pleasant little town

Footballers in the fountain!

The medieval bridge

A street market being prepared in the early morning

Dawn shadows on the bridge