The main road connections to the region of Tâmega and Sousa are the following motorways (A) or main itineraries (IP):
- A4/IP4 (A28 / Matosinhos / Maia / Valongo / Paredes / Penafiel / Marco de Canaveses / Amarante / Vila Real / Bragança);
- A7 (A28 / Póvoa de Varzim / Famalicão / Guimarães / Felgueiras / Celorico de Basto / Fafe / Vila Pouca de Aguiar / A24);
- A11 (A28 / Esposende / Braga / Guimarães / Felgueiras / Lousada / Penafiel / A4);
- A24 (Chaves / Vila Real / IP4 / Resende / Cinfães / Viseu / A25);
- A41 (Matosinhos / Maia / A3 / Valongo / A42 / Paredes / A4 / Espinho);
- A42 (A41 / Alfena / Paredes / Paços de Ferreira / Lousada / A11 / Felgueiras);
- Castelo de Paiva: A4 / Penafiel Sul / N106 / N224 (IC35) or A1 / A32 / Canedo – Feira / N222 or A1 / Santa Maria da Feira/ EM 504 / N222.
If you are coming from the North of Portugal and Galicia (Spain) on the A28 (Caminha/Porto), the A3 (Valença/Porto), the A7 (Vila Pouca de Aguiar/Póvoa de Varzim) or the A24 (Chaves/Viseu) enter the Tâmega and Sousa by the A41 CREP, by the A42, by the A11 or by the A4/IP4.
If you are coming from the Centre or South of Portugal on the A1 (Lisboa/Porto) or on the A29 (Albergaria-a-Velha/Vila Nova de Gaia) choose the A41 / Este / A41 CREP. Then turn to the A4 (Vila Real) or, should you prefer to enter through the north of the Tâmega and Sousa, the A42 (Felgueiras). If you prefer the A24 (Viseu/Chaves), in Vila Real take the IP4/A4 heading towards Porto.
From the city of Porto, the national road N108 offers you the opportunity to discover some of the most stunning belvederes of the Tâmega and Sousa, covering the beautiful road along the banks of the Douro River across Paredes, Penafiel, Marco de Canaveses and Baião. On the south bank of the Douro and from Vila Nova de Gaia, the national road N222 plays the same part, crossing the municipalities of Castelo de Paiva, Cinfães and Resende.
The International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, in Porto, is located just 20 minutes away from the Tâmega and Sousa. From the Airport take the A41 CREP (Felgueiras).
A valid alternative to get to the Tâmega and Sousa would be making the most of the Douro railway line, using the Urban Line from Porto "Caíde/Marco de Canaveses" or the Regional Line "Porto/Régua - Pocinho". Then, disembark in one of the multiple stations/stops: Recarei-Sobreira, Cête, Paredes, Penafiel, Meinedo, Caíde, Livração, Marco de Canaveses, Mosteirô, Ermida, among others (see timetables attached).
You may also travel by the river, thus discovering magnificent places. Travel up the river Douro and disembark on one of the many piers for tourist and recreational vessels: Pedorido or Castelo, in Castelo de Paiva; Rio Mau or Entre-os-Rios, in Penafiel; Torrão, Bitetos, Alpendorada or Rampa da Seara, in Marco de Canaveses; Escamarão, Rampa de Mourilhe or Porto Antigo, in Cinfães; Pala, Estação de Aregos or Ermida, in Baião; Caldas de Aregos or Mogueira, in Resende.
Find out the best way of getting to the Tâmega and Sousa and have a nice and safe journey!
Signalling of the Route of the Romanesque
The Route of the Romanesque, like its main accesses, is properly signalled throughout the region.
Along the course, you shall find in the proximities of road intersections (intersections, junctions and roundabouts) signs that inform you whether you should go ahead, turn right or, as in the following example, turn left:
After the aforementioned intersections, the identification sign of the Route of the Romanesque will confirm if you have made the right decision:
Close to the monuments of the Route of the Romanesque, you will find the directions for each one of them. That is the case, for example, of the Mosteiro de Paço de Sousa [Monastery of Paço de Sousa]: