Ponte do Lima Travel Guide

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Ponte do Lima Things to Do

  • Santa Casa de Misericordia

    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...

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  • Capela do Anjo da Guarda

    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

    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

    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

    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....

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  • Igreja Matriz. Interior

    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....

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  • Igreja Matrish. The stain glass windows.

    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...

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  • Capela de Nossa Senhora das Pereiras

    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...

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  • Torre de Sao Paulo

    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...

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  • Torre da Cadeia

    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...

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  • Igreja da Santa Casa da Misericordia

    This church is from an institution of Mercy that is known in Portugal as Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa da Misericórdia). The actual church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries, being altered later by the development of the village and the new streets. This church is opposite to Parish church, so if you are visiting the later take also some...

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  • Igreja Matriz

    The Parish church dates (probably) from 1446 and it was ordered in 1425 by King D. João I. It was refurbished along the years, therefore the several styles that can be seen nowadays - Romanesque, Gothic and Neo-Classic. On top of the main door there is a beautiful detail that is clearly Gothic style and which can be found in some Portuguese...

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  • Square

    This square - Largo de Camões - is a landmark: here was the dividing point between the village (inside the defensive walls) and the river's sand. As the defensive walls were demolished in the 19th century, this square grew larger. It was later - in early 20th century - made higher (the ground was "elevated") so that the river floods wouldn't affect...

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  • Capela do Anjo da Guarda

    This chapel - Chapel of the Guardian Angel - dates from the 13th century and was refurbished in the 18th century after it was severely damaged by the river floods. It shows details of both Romanesque and Gothic styles. I find its shape particularly curious as a kind of shelter - in this chapel you may find an image of St Miguel.

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  • Igreja de Santo Antonio da Torre Velha

    This church was built in the 19th century as a result of the refurbishment of an Ermida. The tower (on the back of the church) was built later. On the outside of this church you will find some examples of Portuguese tiles - azulejos. This church is situated on the other side of the Bridge (opposite margin of the village) and near you will find the...

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  • River Lima

    Ponte de Lima is bathed by the River Lima. In sunny days like the one we visited Ponte de Lima, the river provides a pleasant view and a quiet place to take a stroll through the path that runs along the river. I even managed to see some ducks (when I was standing on the Bridge) playing in the water. :-)

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  • Walking through the bridge

    The bridge has a large pedestrian walking, so take a stroll along the bridge, you won't regret it. It will provide beautiful views over the town itself and over the other side of the river, where you will find some curious churches and nice parks.

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  • The Bridge

    The Roman Bridge names this lovely town. Ponte de Lima means something like Lima's Bridge. Lima is the name of the river that baths the city. This roman Bridge was originally built with 5 arches. Later, in the 14th and 15th centuries some other arches were added. The Roman bridge is the town's ex-libris and can be seen from far away (see the...

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Ponte do Lima Hotels

Ponte do Lima Restaurants

  • A food lover's choice!

    In the very center of historic Ponte de Lima, just off the main road along the riverside is this place serving really good food. It's obviously a restaurant worth driving many miles to, as the place was full, a big contrast to the others nearby which had only a handful of diners. Not a very big place, and the tables are packed closely, but what the...

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  • Good taste and good flavours

    This restaurant is located in the old town of Ponte de Lima. It’s an old looked place very well decorated with a great view to the Rio Lima. The speciality of this restaurant is the local best know plate, the Arroz Sarrabulho (Bloody Rice) is a kitchen plate typically Portuguese, of the area of Minho. It is made with several meat types (pig, cow...

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  • Open-air cafes in the square

    In the square (Largo de Camões) you can enjoy the cafes and sit for some time on any open air table, making it a most enjoyable time on any sunny day. In these cafes you may have a drink or even eat some light meal. The place is perfect for admiring the view, relaxing for some time or people watching.

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Ponte do Lima Transportation

  • Parking

    If you arrive by car like I did you can easily find a parking space on the road that runs along the river (at least during the week it was very easy). Parking spaces along that street are free, which isn't often to find in most Portuguese villages, since in last few years almost every City Hall adopted the park metres and paid parking.

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  • Driving to Ponte de Lima

    Ponte de Lima is about 50 miles away from Porto. Is a 1hour travel and worth the visit. Follow the signs that say Braga and when you're in the highway (A3) exit on the signs that says Mato, Rio Mau, Marrancos. Then follow the signs to Ponte de Lima.

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Ponte do Lima Local Customs

  • International Garden Festival

    Every year, Ponte de Lima hosts this event. In 2010, the 6th Festival Internacional de Jardins runs from 28 May to 31 October. This is an initiative by the municipality to promote appreciation and interest in gardens and gardening, and which is strongly connected to environmental protection and preservation of heritage. A theme is selected which is...

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  • Map

    Ponte de Lima is in Viana do Castelo district, on North Portugal. Ponte de Lima is about 25km away from Viana do Castelo, so if you are visiting this city and have a car you should go and enjoy this beautiful village.

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  • Azulejos

    In Ponte de Lima you have the chance of admiring the beautiful Portuguese azulejos. Azulejos are tiles, and these tiles from long gone years are hand painted, making them unique and most interesting. The tiles pictured in this photo are in the Tower by the Parish Church and depict some scene on which can be seen a man standing on a horse, probably...

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Ponte do Lima Off The Beaten Path

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    by tim76 Updated Oct 29, 2009

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    This small church is from the 12th century and is considered one of Portugal's best Romanesque churches. Especially noteworthy is the western portal. The arches are decorated with monkeys, pigeons and human figures. The tympanum is decorated with two worshipping angels, carrying Christ in Majesty in a mandorla. The columns are sculptured as well, one recognizes two humans and a great variety of animals. The portal is carried out in a rather crude style, but full of imagination.

    Opening hours: 8 - 19 (but we found the church closed)

    Directions: N203 in the direction of Ponte da Barca. About 10 km from Ponte de Lima.

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Ponte do Lima Favorites

  • Around Town

    Take a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee with friends along the riverbanks of the river Lima, such as Zohara and Natalina are doing here, you can see the tree lined street that borders the river.Afterwards take a walk up to the Capella de NOssa Senhora where you have a nice view over the city.Or just walk around downtown where you can find tile...

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  • Igreja de Santo Antonio

    Just across the bridge from the main town is the small Church of Santo Antonio with the adjacent gardens, a nice break to take a walk across the bridge and rest in the shade of the garden.

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  • Ponte de Lima, bridge over the Lima

    When visiting Ponte de Lima, the town, take time to walk across the Ponte de Lima bridge for which the town in named. There is a story about the Roman general and his first crossing of the river that you will hear when you are there.Some very nice views down this quiet river from the bridge, a pity that they made a huge parking lot just off the...

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