Ponte do Lima Things to Do

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    Walking or cycling along River Lima

    by King_Golo Written Jun 2, 2014

    I've already described the lovely walk through Ponte de Lima's Avenido dos Plátanos, but another nice walk with great panoramic views of the old town can be had on the other side of the river. From the central square (Largo de Camões), walk upriver through the plane tree boulevard. Cross the river at the car bridge and walk back on its other bank. This side is much less busy and there are also a few great places to relax and watch life pass by. In case you feel like some action, try out the "outdoor gym", a few pieces of sports equipment (e.g. a step machine). In case you don't, relax on the meadows between the Roman bridge and the rowing club.
    Apart from a walk which probably won't make you leave the town, there is also the possibility to cycle along River Lima. A cycle path between Viano do Castelo and Arcos de Valdevez was to be completed in late 2013, and at least the part in and around Ponte de Lima looked well maintained and in perfect order. This website (unfortunately as of now only in Portuguese) will tell you more about it. While there were a few cyclists in Ponte de Lima, hardly anyone seemed to be using the path further away. It's a very lovely landscape with the river flowing through a lush and picturesque valley, so it must be great to go cycling there. Next time!

    Cycling along River Lima in Ponte de Lima Tranquility on the river banks outside the town
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    Largo de Camões

    by King_Golo Written Jun 2, 2014

    Largo de Camões is Ponte de Lima's main square and as such a popular place to sit on one of the benches or to have a coffee in one of its numerous cafes. As it was quite cold when we were there, we chose the latter and enjoyed some very good pastelaria in Cafe A Tijuca, a typical down-to-earth neighbourhood cafe. Apart from having coffee, the square is probably the best spot for people watching as everybody will pass by here when in town. Portuguese old men do this all the time - we watched a couple of them watching others for about 45 minutes!

    Three men on a square: Largo de Cam��es The same three men on the same bench 40min later

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    The Plane Tree Boulevard

    by King_Golo Written Jun 2, 2014

    Avenida dos Plátanos is one of the loveliest boulevards I've seen in my life. Giant plane trees with an even larger canopy line a pedestrian boulevard of some 300m just next to River Lima. It's the perfect spot for a romantic stroll with your loved one or a nice break on one of the many benches underneath the centenarian trees. We came there in spring with the canopy in soft green, but it must be similarly wonderful to see the trees in their majestic golden autumn looks or in wintertime with their gnarly branches stretching out into the grey skies. In any case, if you happen to be in Ponte de Lima, this is THE place to be.

    Avenida dos Pl��tanos Taking turns: street lamps and plane trees
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    Fairytales might come true...

    by King_Golo Written Jun 2, 2014

    ... in Ponte de Lima's very own strange, but somehow appealing fairytale castle. Located near the centre, this house is a private mansion, but apparently owned by somebody who doesn't have the money to maintain it. Its slightly run-down character makes it appear even more mysterious. Who is living there? What do they do? Are they real princes and princesses or just wannabes? And why, for crying out loud, did they build so many turrets and towers and even a fake cave? Villa Belmira is a mystery, and seems to have been one for quite some time. Here is a blogspot entry that lists it as a lost and forgotten monument, the home of some Dr. Freitas in 1906. A long Google search didn't lead to any useful results, but maybe someone from the VT community knows more about it? I'd be interested to know.

    Villa Belmira aka Ponte de Lima's mystery castle
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    Ponte de Lima's partly Roman bridge

    by King_Golo Written Jun 2, 2014

    Ponte de Lima's main sight is its partly Roman bridge across River Lima. Apparently, a few of the arches date back to Roman times, i.e. just a few centuries AD. The larger part, however, was built later, but is still very old. With its arches just a few feet above the water, the bridge appears way too low, but this somehow adds to its picturesque character. It's a pedestrian bridge and consequently very popular with locals and tourists alike.

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    Santa Casa de Misericordia

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 18, 2013

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    The Santa Casa de Misericordia or the Holy House of Mercy of Ponte de Lima dates back to 1530. The church of that religious institution was built in the seventeenth century. The chancel dates from 1638.
    Unfortunately church was closed and I had no chance to get in. But I photographed excellent statues of almsgiver with special big purse and pilgrim.

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    Capela do Anjo da Guarda

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 18, 2013

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    Capela do Anjo da Guarda or Chapel of Angel the Guardian is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel and dedicated back to XIII century. It is an open vaulted structure with interesting motifs located on the riverbank and adjoins the Chapel of Santo Antonio da Torre Velha. It was reconstructed several times in XVI and XVIII centuries.

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    Chapel of Santo Antonio da Torre Velha

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 18, 2013

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    That chapel was built in XIX century. It situated on the Northern bank of the river Lima and you have cross the river over the medieval stone bridge to get that church. There is nothing special inside, although church has the very light interior. So, now at least you can decide would you like to visit that place or not.

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    Medieval stone bridge

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 18, 2013

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    This stone bridge was rebuilt in 1368 on the ancient Roman foundation during the rule of King Pedro I. The length of that bridge is three hundred meters and it is four meters wide. That bridge situated on the Camino Portuguese or Portuguese way of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and modern pilgrims still use it.

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    Igreja Matriz

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 15, 2013

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    Igreja Matriz is the parish church of Ponte de Lima. It was built by the King of Portugal John I. Construction started in 1425 and it is thought to have been completed in 1446. Over the centuries the church itself has undergone several reconstructions. That’s why several different styles such as Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-classics are mixed there.
    Altars are the products of XVII-XVIII centuries baroque.
    There are several beautiful stain glass windows in the church. For of them show four Evangelists: Lucas, Mathew, Marc and John. Another stain glass window shows the scene with the coronation of the God’s Mother. Although all these stain glass widows were made in XX century they are looking very nice.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.

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    Igreja Matriz. Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 15, 2013

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    Igreja Matriz is the parish church of Ponte de Lima. It was built by the King of Portugal John I. Construction started in 1425 and it is thought to have been completed in 1446. Over the centuries the church itself has undergone several reconstructions. That’s why several different styles such as Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-classics are mixed there.
    Altars are the products of XVII-XVIII centuries baroque.
    There are several beautiful stain glass windows in the church. For of them show four Evangelists: Lucas, Mathew, Marc and John. Another stain glass window shows the scene with the coronation of the God’s Mother. Although all these stain glass widows were made in XX century they are looking very nice.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.

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    Igreja Matrish. The stain glass windows.

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 14, 2013

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    There are several beautiful stain glass windows in the church. For of them show four Evangelists: Lucas, Mathew, Marc and John. Another stain glass window shows the scene with the coronation of the God’s Mother. Although all these stain glass widows were made in XX century they are looking very nice.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.

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    Capela de Nossa Senhora das Pereiras

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    Hidden in a small street, this beautiful chapel dates from 1525 and the Baroque details that might be seen nowadays were added in the 1818 refurbishment. The owners of the chapel donated it to the City Hall in 1979 and it was severely damaged then; it went through another refurbishment recently being that the belfry is still not finished - this might be said to be a curious characteristic of this chapel as the belfry was left unfinished in every refurbishment made along its almost 500 years.

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    Torre de Sao Paulo

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    Torre de São Paulo - Tower of St Paulo - was named after an image/statue of St Paulo that was formerly situated on the adjacent wall. When this tower was built on the 14th century it was part of the walls that surrounded the village with defensive purposes. It has a panel that is worth seeing because it is made in azulejos (Portuguese tiles). This tower has 2 "marks" that represent the point to which the river grew during two major floods that damaged the village.

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    Torre da Cadeia

    by micas_pt Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    Torre da Cadeia Velha could be translated as Tower of the Old Jailhouse; it is also known as Torre da Porta Nova - Tower of the New Door. The actual tower comes from the refurbishment made to the old walls and existing tower then (that date from the 14th century and that surrounded the village with defensive purposes). That refurbishment was concluded in 1511 and had the purpose to install a Jailhouse in this village - therefore, the name given to the tower. In the late 19th century a door was "opened" in the tower, and this explains why the tower is also known as the Tower of the New Door.

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