TVAP / Villages Route

Located at the foothill of the Pindo Mountain, the village of Ardãos manages one of the broadest agricultural alveolus in the northwest area of the Terva riverhead. Villagers continuously exploit the land as their main economical agro-pastoral resource. Simultaneously, Ardãos is located on the trajectory of an old transport road in the Barroso highlands, corresponding to the layout of the XVII Roman road connecting Bracara Augusta (Braga) to Asturica Augusta (Astorga) via Aquae Flaviae (Chaves).

The urban setting preserves the houses of traditional architecture that shape narrow and sinuous streets converging into public squares and still maintaining the medieval model.

To visit São Roque Chapel, Santo António Chapel, Parish Church, Senhora das Neves Sanctuary, Communal Furnace, Diving Fountains, Stone Cross, Traditional Housing.

Source: Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2014, Rotas do Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Terva, Câmara Municipal de Boticas, Boticas. / Photography: TR