Vila de Boticas

The town stretches along the banks of the Fontão stream, a tributary of the right bank of the Terva river, on a gentle slope facing south. In Boticas begin a leisurely stroll along the banks of the river, a stage for religious commemorations in honor of Our Lady of the Livração. During these festivals it is customary to place the image of St. Christopher in the water mirror of the brook. According to legend, this saint passed people on shoulders, from one margin to the other.

The Nadir Afonso Arts Center houses about 80 works by the artist in permanent exhibition. In the same space is located the Store of Interactive Tourism.

The village’s green spaces are free museums in which rural buildings are exhibited, such as a mill and ‘carral’ door, as well as traditional agricultural utensils whose operation only remains alive in the memories of the elderly.

In the town square you will not be indifferent to the replica of the statue of the Galaico or Castrejo warrior, one of the main symbols of Boticas – You can learn more at CEDIEC, European Center for Documentation and Interpretation of Castreja Sculpture, about 10 minutes on foot. Next, be sure to visit the Rural Museum. A space where it is intended to preserve and spread the natural, social and cultural heritage of Barroso, showing the full potential of the region.

 

Source: Associação de Municípios do Alto Tâmega 2007, Atlas/ Guia das Rotas do Alto Tâmega, Chaves. / Photography: TR (except Nadir Afonso Arts Center: Fernando Guerra/ Fundação Nadir Afonso).

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