Stage 18: Barcelos-Ponte de Lima

Stage 18 of the Portuguese Way, from Barcelos to Ponte da Lima, covers approximately 33 kilometers and represents a longer but enriching journey. This section takes pilgrims through rural landscapes, forest trails and ancient cobblestone roads, offering a diverse experience and a deeper connection with nature.

Towns through which the route passes

  • Barcelos: Starting point with its rich history, famous for its weekly market and the medieval bridge over the Cávado River.
  • Balugães: Village that serves as an intermediate point, standing out for its rural charm and its parish church.
  • Ponte da Lima: Final city of the stage, known for its Roman bridge over the Lima River, its medieval architecture and its beautiful gardens.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Matrix Church of Barcelos: An outstanding temple in Barcelos that marks the beginning of the stage, with its religious and cultural architecture.
  • Balugães Parish Church: An intermediate point with a rural church that adds a picturesque touch to the route.
  • Roman Bridge of Ponte da Lima: The monumental final milestone of the stage, a Roman bridge over the Lima River that symbolizes the arrival to this charming medieval city.

This stage of the Portuguese Way offers pilgrims the opportunity to explore the natural beauty, rural tranquility and rich history of Ponte da Lima, before continuing on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

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StagesEl Camino Portugués

Etapa 1

Lisboa-Vila Franca de Xira

34 km
9/5
9h
Etapa 2

Vila Franca de Xira-Azambuja

20 km
1/5
5h
Etapa 3

Azambuja-Santarém

33 km
3/5
8h
Etapa 5

Golegã-Tomar

31 km
3/5
7h 45 min
Etapa 5

Santarém-Golegã

30 km
1/5
7h 45 min
Etapa 6

Tomar-Alvaiázere

31 km
3/5
8h
Etapa 7

Alvaiázere-Alvorge

22 km
2/5
5h 30 min
Etapa 8

Alvorge-Cernache

26 km
2/5
6h 30 min
Etapa 9

Cernache-Coimbra

11 km
1/5
2h 45 min
Etapa 10

Coimbra-Sernadelo

24 km
2/5
6h 15 min
Etapa 11

Sernadelo-Águeda

23 km
2/5
5h 45 min
Etapa 11

Águeda-Albergaria a Velha

15 km
1/5
4h
Etapa 13

Albergaria-a-Velha-São João da Madeira (Couto de Cucujães)

28 km
3/5
7h 15 min
Etapa 13

São João da Madeira (Couto de Cucujães)-Grijó

19 km
1/5
4h 45 min
Etapa 15

Grijó-Porto

15 km
1/5
3h 45min
Etapa 16

Porto - Vilarinho

27 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 17

Vilarinho-Barcelos

27 km
2/5
6h45m
Etapa 18

Barcelos-Ponte de Lima

35 km
4/5
8h30m
Etapa 19

Ponte de Lima-Rubiães

17 km
3/5
4h45m
Etapa 20

Rubiães-Tui

19 km
1/5
4h45m
Etapa 21

Tui - Redondela

32 km
4/5
8h
Etapa 22

Redondela-Pontevedra

20 km
2/5
5h
Etapa 23

Pontevedra-Caldas de Reis

21 km
1/5
5h15m
Etapa 24

Caldas de Reis-Padrón

19 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 25

Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

24 km
2/5
6h

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