→ 3.40 → São Pedro de Rates → 6.50km → Pedra Furada

Altitude
50
To end of camino
202.30
ATM
Yes
Bar
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes
Pharmacy
Yes

Directly at the entrance to town sits the most Romanesque church in all of Portugal, the Igreja Românica de Rates. It, and a bell tower, are all that remain of the Benedictine monastery that stood here. Adjacent to the church is the church museum. 

Notice

At the start of town the camino splits. Keep to your right, following the arrows along The Central Way. The other variation will take you west to join The Coastal Way.

Fiesta

Saint Peter of Rates is celebrated on his feast day, the 26th of April.

History

São Pedro de Rates’ designation as an important stop along the Portuguese way to Santiago is attributed to the legendary namesake of the town, Saint Peter of Rates. He is also known as Saint Peter of Braga as he was the first bishop of Braga, ordained as such by Santiago himself. The two were contemporaries, and both met the same headless fate. The similarities don’t end there as both were rediscovered, by means of a light in the sky, a full 800 years later. A church was built to house his remains, which became the subject of pilgrimage as well.

The fountain here was used by Peter and as a result it (allegedly) has the miraculous properties of curing sterility in anyone who drinks from it.

Accommodation in São Pedro de Rates

Comments

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

Experience a welcoming and friendly albergue run by volunteers. Very helpful and we would definitely stay here again! Nice courtyard.

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

5 mins walk from the municipal albergue, the Ritual Restaurant pilgrim menu for €9 provides bread, soup, main course, fruit, and coffee. Nicely cooked and a friendly welcome. Recommend you try it. Address is R. Tomé Sousa 149

michael

On the previous recommendation, I too booked this and am not disappointed. Beautiful modern renovation, even a room with a balcony - great for drying the washing. Bathroom has separate bath and shower. Spotlessly clean. Worth every euro.

michael

I also am staying in a private room at Casa Anabel and it’s lovely. I have a private balcony and en suite, and it feels luxurious after a day of walking

michael

Besides municipal hostel, there is also private accommodation available. I stayed in Casa Anabela, which is relatively new and is not listed here. I stayed in a private room, which was very clean and comfortable and the breakfast is included. Ms Anabela was an amazing hostess. Highly recommend!
Casa Anabela is around100 m before the municipal albergue.