Alminhas (direct translation: small souls) are wayside shrines, typical of Catholic European and Latin American countries. It said, “wayside shrines are located along roads and pathways, where travelers stop and offer prayers, turning heart and mind to God in thankfulness for safe travel.”
This tradition is to be found more in northern Portugal than in the central or southern part of the country. They usually depict a saint and are tended with flowers by the local. Many are centennial. While trekking I always look upon them with awe and a certain mystical feeling of fear.