OUR PATRON OF PILES
EXCERPT FROM EUROTRIPPING ©JR DAESCHNER
If Portugal's São Gonçalo can cure warts, then why not acne and haemorrhoids?
In Bunheiro, villagers have an unorthodox cure for these afflictions: dropping their trousers in front of the saint.
Inside, the Chapel of São Gonçalo, the saint's icon occupies the central alcove above the altar. Appropriately enough, his painted face-all wide eyes and raised eyebrows-looks vaguely shocked, as if-well, as if someone's just flashed their arse at him.
'People here say the saint is naughty-a prankster,' laughs António Amador, a spry, lively man who likes a joke himself. 'They say he likes to see backsides!'