Tui is a beautiful city in the Pontevedra Province , located in the south of Galicia. The first settlements in this region date back to the Paleolithic and over the centuries it has been influenced by different cultures that contributed to the development of its identity and its rich cultural heritage. Its strategic geographical location at the banks of the Miño River and at the Portuguese borders has turned this town into a strategic enclave for trade and the subject of territorial disputes between the kingdoms of Galicia and Portugal.
During Roman times, Tui was known as “Tude” and became an important settlement in the region. The Romans built a bridge over the Miño River – today the International Bridge over the Miño River – which helped to strengthen Tui’s strategic position as a center of trade and communication between Galicia and Portugal. It is also a fundamental place of passage for pilgrims traveling the Inland Portuguese Way from Lisbon along the entire Northern Portugal.
Tui’s greatest age occurs from the twelfth century, after the fall of the Roman Empire. In 1071, after the Normans sacking, the King of Galicia D. García decided to establish in Tui the episcopal see in the Monastery of San Bartolomé de Rebordáns, thus promoting a period of growth and prosperity that would lead Tui to become the capital of the Province of the ancient Galician Kingdom.
To this economic and cultural development was added the construction of the Romanesque and Gothic style Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui. Consecrated in 1225, it was considered an outstanding symbol of the city and shows the religious and cultural importance that Tui had during the Middle Ages in the society and in the pilgrimage of the Jacobean route.
Historically, Tui has been a place of passage and rest for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui has played an important role in the pilgrimage, since the pilgrims who stopped by received a blessing before continuing their journey.
During the Modern Age, Tui witnessed territorial disputes between Spain and Portugal due to its border location. The city changed hands several times and suffered the ravages of wars and conflicts. However, despite the challenges, Tui managed to maintain its historical and cultural heritage.
One of the major attractions of the Portuguese Inland Camino de Santiago is to enjoy the beauty of the Galician region and experience the local hospitality and culture. Tui is a quiet town, where history and modernity merge. Pilgrims can explore Tui old town, enjoy its gastronomy and immerse in the history and spirituality that surrounds the Camino de Santiago.
These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.
These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.
Typical in the large cities along the El Camino. They can be family hotels or international hotel chains. They are perhaps the most expensive alternative, although you can find different price levels according to the category and services they offer.
These are small accommodations characterized by having few rooms and providing personalized attention. They are hotel concepts with a modern style and their own character. They can be between 1* and 5*.
This is a public hotel chain that manages a network of almost 100 charming hotels distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The establishments are located in buildings of cultural interest and great historical value, and stand out for their scenic, artistic or natural interest (including ancient palaces, monasteries, fortresses, convents, fortresses…).
Rural houses, pazos, inns, rectories, castles, monasteries, farmhouses… These are historic buildings of great architectural and patrimonial value. So much so, that this characteristic sometimes gives them the status of “luxury lodging” despite the fact that they are
“luxury accommodation” despite the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.
Yes, to obtain the Compostela you only need to walk the last 100 kilometers of any official route. In the case of the Inland Portuguese Way from Tui you will walk 118km, so you will get your Compostela when you arrive in Santiago.
Yes, all our itineraries are flexible. You will be able to choose the dates you want to travel as long as we find availability in the accommodations.
If you hire this service you will not have to walk with your backpack in the saddlebags. Every morning at 8 am the transport company will pick up your luggage at your accommodation and transport it to your next accommodation.
Our recommendation is to make the journey Tui- Santiago de Compostela by foot in 6 stages. However, you can adapt it to your preferences. People in good shape can do the Inland Portuguese Camino from Tui on foot in 6 days. While other pilgrims prefer to walk at a more relaxed pace and complete the route in 8-10 days.
To make a reservation the first thing you have to do is contact the Galiwonders team. A travel agent will help you solve all your doubts and help you choose the route and services (accommodation, transport, insurance, etc) that best suit your needs, preferences and budget. Once you have decided the itinerary of the Camino you want to do and confirm the reservation, we will reserve all the services for you.