The route of the 11 medieval churches dating from the 12th/13th centuries begins in the historic centre of Viana do Castelo, where the Se Cathedral stands. The Church of Santa Maria Maior features the impressive Chapel of Mareantes with a series of sculptures and an entrance similar to the S. Martinho de Noya church, in Galiza.
Then, head on to Caminha to visit the 13th century Chapel of São Pedro de Varais. This is a late Romanesque construction with regional influences. Within, admire the remains of the 15th century frescos.
In Valença, visit the Church of São Salvador de Ganfei, a Benedictine Order monastery and the Church of Sanfins de Friestas, a 12th century Romanesque building.
And in Monção, enjoy the Matrix Church, Gothic in style but with a Romanesque entranceway.
Head onto Melgaço, where there are various testimonies to this period. The Church of S. Salvador de Paderne, the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Orada, the Church of Santa Maria de Fiães and the Matrix Church of Castro Laboreiro, are all Romanesque in style.
In Paredes de Coura, the Church of S. Pedro de Rubiães is a 12th century Romanesque place of worship with a 17th century tower. Within the mural paintings are impressive, particularly the portrayal of Saint Anton and the Archangel Michael triumphing over a demon.