Located on the left bank of the Selho River, about 5km from Guimarães is São Torcato, a predominantly rural community whose natural charm and cultural heritage are of great tourist potential to the District.
The saint who gives his name to the town was one of the first men to spread Christianity to the Iberian Peninsula in the 7th century. According to tradition, after his martyrdom, his remains were found here and a chapel then erected, called the Chapel of Fonte do Santo (the Saint’s Fountain).
A community with strong links to rural life and devotion to St. Torcato, this town is rich in cultural and ethnological events that translate into festivals and processions throughout the year:
The Feast Day of the 27, (Festa dos 27) on the 27th of February
The Great Procession (Romaria Grande) of São Torcato, in July, one of the most popular in the Minho province
The Agriculture Fair , (Feira da Terra) in July
The Linen Festival, (Festa do Linho) in July
The Harvest Festivals, (Festa das Colheitas) in October
The monuments of São Torcato also testify to the faith of the local people: the imposing granite Sanctuary where the body of the saint (naturally mummified) is preserved intact, the Chapel of Fonte do Santo and the Town Museum of São Torcato.