Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugués
from Porto
to Santiago de Compostela

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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

Fountain

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

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