Camino Portugues

→ 2.70 → Ponte de Lima → 3.20km → Arcozelo

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Ponte de Lima is a charming town with a small market center. The 30 arched bridge over the Rio Lima leads to the albergue and Santiago, but before you cross it be sure to have a walk around the town. The not to be missed bits are the Largo de Camões (the main plaza near the head of the bridge), the Iglesia Matriz, and remnants of the old defensive walls the Torre de San Paulo and the Torre Cadela. There are several other churches and chapels around town, and all of them pay tribute in some way to the pilgrimage to Santiago. For a quiet and beautiful place to rest, cross the river to the Parque do Arnado.

Once over the bridge, you find a museum of toys and the albergue.


Ponte de Lima has played host to a very large festival known as ‘As Feiras Novas’ every second weekend in September since 1826. It is a massive party, and if you have not made a reservation long in advance, you may find yourself without a home for the night. 


As Ferias Novas, the town festival, is celebrated without pause on the second weekend in September, a three-day feast.


The bridge of the Rio Lima gives the town its name and has been around for quite some time. The oldest 7 arches are Roman and from the 1st Century, the most recent are Medieval and were finished in 1370. Your feet will not be able to tell the difference.

The Road

Cross the bridge, passing the museum of toys and the albergue and turn right on the first street. The camino joins a small country lane, passes under the highway, and into Arcozelo


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There is a new little bookstore here called Livraria A Uniao in this town. The shop owner is very knowledgable and gives good recommendations. She has books in English and tries to carry ones pilgrims will like.

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Great for fans of brutalism architecture. Showers are moldy, the toilets smell of urine, the room doors don't close when not locked, the WiFi isn't working, the whole place is desolate and depressing. Breakfast is not pilgrim friendly, it only starts at 8.30.

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Stayed at the gracious guest house. Beautiful room with private bath half mile or so up hill from the bridge and town square. $40-42 euros/ night


Terraço da Vila was a great place to stay - two days here to rest was lovely in centre of town. Fantastic burger place across the road from here!


Still a great place to stay. September 2020


Spend the night and enjoy the river. We spent Sunday night in town. Lucky we didn’t hit Saturday because was full. So be careful that weekends get busy.


Just passed through, but a beautiful town. At at Cafe de Terra and it was delicious, I recommend trying the coffee with lemon. Went swimming in the river and it was chilly but refreshing. Best stop of the trip for me.