Vila Grande is the seat of the parish of Dornelas, former seat of the archbishopric of Braga created by D. Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal. It was until the constitution of the county of Boticas seat of county.

Its toponym “Dornelas” means small dorna.

Its toponym “Dornelas” means small dorna that represented the measure of honey or wax that the parish gave annually to the Cathedral of Braga as contribution. At the door of the parish church, located in Vila Grande is a copy of these dornas.

Sheltered in a corner of one of the main streets of Vila Grande, a sixteenth-century style pillory is conserved, testimony of the autonomy that Couto de Dornelas once enjoyed, dating back to the twelfth century. It is classified as Property of Public Interest.


At 22.7 km (32 minutes by car) from Boticas county, route R311 (direction Salto).

Sources: Barroso da Fonte 1998, Dicionário dos mais ilustres Transmontanos e Alto Durienses, Editora Cidade Berço, Guimarães; Unidade de Arqueologia da Universidade do Minho 2016, Boticas o Espírito dos Lugares, Boticas.