Roman Roads and Medieval Pathways
The fourth stage of the Route begins in Tamel (S. Pedro Fins, Barcelos), at the Parish Church, and ends in Rates at the Church of St. Peter. It is 26 km long. The altitudes range from 15 m to 185 m, whereby it is between an easy and very easy level of difficulty.
During the day you will walk through the Municipalities of Barcelos and Póvoa do Varzim, following, for much of the way, ancient Roman roads and medieval footpaths; these provided the foundation for the settlement of this territory and ensured its connection with the world beyond. Like the previous stage, the majority of the walking follows local roads and rural footpaths with fields on either side, and it passes through the villages scattered across the region, as well as historic towns.
We suggest that you organise your day into two phases: an initial walk, in the morning, up until you reach the River Cávado, where you can stop in the city of Barcelos; and a second phase of walking from there until the end of the day’s pilgrimage. The river played a defining role in the configuration of these natural and urban landscapes and today it is a key element in this walk. A stop-off in Barcelos, the city on the river, is recommended. Despite being an urban centre it is peaceful and very beautiful. It offers a striking setting, in which nature and history come together in harmony.