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PONTE DA BARCA TOURISM GUIDE

A pretty riverside town



Ponte da 
Barca The pretty riverside town of Ponte da Barca derives its name from a fine arched bridge built in 1543 that crosses the Lima River.

There is an old belief that an expectant mother should ask the first person who crosses the bridge after midnight to baptize her belly with water from the river in order to safeguard her unborn child.

Ponte da Barca houses East of the bridge is the old town center with noble mansions from the 16th and 17th centuries, and on the main square stands the lovely 15th century Parish Church. It is worth a visit along with the huge market held every Tuesday and the parks along the river.

Bravaes church The town is a possible starting point for a tour of the nearby Peneda-Gerês National Park or to visit BRAVÃES, a small town 4km (2.5 miles) to the east. It is the site of one of the country's finest Romanesque churches, with a plain façade offset by outstanding doorways swathed in remarkable carvings and an interior with frescoes of St. Sebastian and the Virgin.

Buses stopping near the bridge connect the town to nearby Ponte de Lima and the cities of Braga and Viana do Castelo.

Places Nearby

Ponte de Lima - Manor houses; a mythical festival
Gerês National Park - Early human vestiges within a magnificent national park
Viana Do Castelo - Elegant architecture; folklore
Braga - The city of Baroque; the Portuguese Episcopal capital; a monumental staircase
Guimarães - A medieval World Heritage center; a fascinating Celtic archeological site
Barcelos - One of Europe's largest markets; birthplace of a national symbol



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
AROUND LISBON
AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
Arrábida
Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
Albufeira
Faro
Lagos
Sagres
Silves
Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
Bragança
Chaves
Vila Real

THE ISLANDS
Azores
Madeira