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El Camino Portugués

The Camino from Tui to Santiago de Compostela

Camino Portugués desde Tui

Tour Description

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.

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Experience details

Included Services

Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

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Arrival in Tui, beginning of the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way.

Tui – O Porriño (18 km)

The route begins in Tui, which is a town located in the Spanish border with Portugal. Before you start the walk to O Porriño, we recommend you to visit the Cathedral, and bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.

O Porriño – Redondela (16 km)

This city marks approximately half of the route from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. Its historic center, characterized by its narrow cobbled streets and Romanesque and Gothic religious buildings such as: the Church of La Peregrina, dedicated to the Virgin of La Peregrina. A significant figure in the Jacobean culture; the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor; the Plaza de la Leña; or the Museum of Pontevedra and its large art collection and artifacts ranging from prehistory to contemporary art.

Redondela – Pontevedra (19,8 km)

You will leave Pontevedra crossing the Puente del Burgo, a medieval bridge that offers a spectacular view of the Lérez River and its surroundings. On the way to Caldas de Reis you can’t miss a visit to the Barosa River Natural Park, as you pass through the town of Barro. Its mills and waterfalls, deep in the Galician nature, will make you recover all your strength to finish the Camino and visit the Apostle tomb.

Pontevedra – Caldas de Rei (21,5 km)

Our way out of Pontevedra will lead us back to the rural side of Galicia, so we will be able to enjoy the woods and streams. Many pilgrims stop in Barro to see the Natural Park of the Barosa River with its cascades and mills. Finally, we will arrive in Caldas de Reis, a town which is famous for its thermal spring waters and spa resorts.

Caldas de Rei – Padrón (18,6 km)

Today, the Camino passes peacefully through small villages, with dispersed houses along the route. Padrón is known as the first place on land, spotted by the boat which carried the remains of Saint James the Apostle. Also, it is the birthplace of great authors like Rosalía de Castro or Camilo José Cela.

Padrón – Santiago (24,6 km)

The last stage is the longest of this itinerary, so we advise you to start early. At the beginning the path will take you through rural landscapes as in the previous days, but during the last kilometers, as we approach Santiago, the landscape becomes more urban. When you get to Santiago do not forget to go to the Pilgrim’s Office with your Pilgrim Passport if you want to get your “Compostela” (Pilgrim Certificate).

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Check out Santiago

Standard Category Accommodations on El Camino Portugués

1* and 2* hotels

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.

Hostels and pensions

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.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Touristic information

What to see and do on the Portuguese Way?

The Portuguese Way of St. James from Tui offers a unique and less traveled alternative to the French Way from Sarria, providing the opportunity to immerse yourself in an authentic journey through Portugal and Galicia.

Throughout the centuries, the Camino de Santiago has been a bridge that unites people of different nationalities and beliefs. The paths of this Camino will take you through charming rural villages, historic towns and magnificent natural landscapes. From the lush vegetation of northern Portugal to the rolling hills and vineyards along the border between the two countries, every step is steeped in culture and history.

If you are looking for an enriching experience that allows you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Portuguese Way of St. James from Tui awaits you with open arms.

Where does the Portuguese Way from Tui go?

The Portuguese Way of St. James from Tui is about 118 kilometers long. It runs through the province of Pontevedra from south to north, to enter the province of A Coruña through Padrón and end in Santiago de Compostela.

2 out of 10 pilgrims take this route, which is why it is considered the second most popular Jacobean route after the French Way. This is largely due to its good infrastructure of services and the diversity and scenic beauty of this route. These are some of the most important towns it passes through:

Tui

Tui on the Portuguese Way

On the other side of the Miño River, right on the border with Portugal, is Tui, a small town of just over 16,000 inhabitants. Its size did not prevent it from being a key piece in the history of Galicia, as it became the capital of the Swabian kingdom and one of the provinces of the Kingdom of Galicia.

As a starting point on the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago, Tui has been a place of passage for pilgrims for centuries. The city is the meeting point of two important routes of the Camino: the Portuguese Inland Way, which departs from Lisbon, and the Portuguese Coastal Way, which follows the coastline of Portugal. From Tui, pilgrims cross the Miño River and enter Spain, continuing their journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Tui is also famous for its cathedral, the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui is a magnificent example of medieval religious architecture and is considered one of the jewels of the Camino de Santiago. Many pilgrims stop here to visit the cathedral and receive a blessing before continuing their pilgrimage.

Redondela

Redondela, located in the province of Pontevedra, has an important place along the Camino de Santiago. Since the Middle Ages, this picturesque town has been a fundamental stopping point for pilgrims traveling the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela. In addition to its importance on the Camino, Redondela offers visitors an exceptional gastronomic experience.

Pontevedra

Pontevedra on the Portuguese Way
 

Pontevedra has been an important stopping point on the Camino de Santiago over the centuries. In the heart of the city stands the impressive Iglesia de la Peregrina, an iconic symbol that has witnessed the passage of pilgrims over the centuries on their way to Santiago de Compostela. This baroque church, dedicated to the Pilgrim Virgin, has a unique shell-shaped design, symbol of the Camino de Santiago, making it a prominent landmark for pilgrims and visitors alike.

Caldas de Reis

Caldas de Reis is a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants and is known for being one of the thermal villages par excellence in Galicia. In fact, at the time of Romanization it was called Aquae Celenis because of the quality of these waters. Its current toponym is due to the fact that in these lands was born Alfonso VII of Burgundy, who would end up being the king of the Leonese Empire.

In the Middle Ages, a pilgrims’ hospital was built in this village, which was owned by the Archbishopric of Santiago, and numerous Romanesque churches were erected, linked to the Portuguese Way of St. James, among them the one dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury.

Padron

The history of Padrón begins in 70 A.D., when it was still called Iria Flavia. In this year, Flavius Vespasianus granted it the Ius Latii (“Latin right”), which allowed it to prosper and urbanize. During the Roman Empire, Iria Flavia was a very important river port due to its location at the convergence of the rivers Sar and Ulla. It was also important during the Middle Ages, when it was also head of the Episcopal See suffragan of the Archdiocese of Braga.

Although later the Episcopal see would move to Santiago de Compostela, this city does not lose its relevance, because it is in this place where the Jacobean tradition begins. According to legend, the river beach of Iria Flavia was the landing place of the ship that transported the body of the Apostle Santiago from Palestine. Since the remains of the Apostle were transferred to Santiago de Compostela, Padrón became the beginning of the route for pilgrims arriving by sea.

Places and Monuments not to be missed on the Portuguese Way

Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui

Cathedral of Santa María de Tui

The Cathedral of Santa Maria is the highest artistic exponent of the city of Tui. This cathedral, the only one in the Rías Baixas, began to be built in 1120, although it was not completely finished until 1225. Its structure is Romanesque, although later several Gothic elements were added, such as its main facade, considered the first Gothic work of the Iberian Peninsula. On the other hand, its fortified appearance is given by its almond-shaped towers. It is also the only Galician cathedral that preserves a Gothic cloister.

Gándaras of Budiño (O Porriño)

The Gándaras de Budiño are located in Porriño, a small town in the province of Pontevedra. This natural ecosystem occupies an area of approximately 700 hectares and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its humidity make it a marshy area of great natural value for the environment. In its wetlands there are plant species such as willows, cattails or sundews. On the other hand, its fauna, and in particular the large number of migratory birds that have their breeding area at this point of the Rías Baixas, makes these wetlands a place of great scientific interest.

Church of the Virgen de la Peregrina

Church of La Peregrina

The Church of La Peregrina is a masterful example of 18th century baroque architecture. Its design is attributed to the Portuguese architect Antonio Souto, who created an elliptical scallop-shaped structure, unique in Galicia. The main facade stands out for its sculptural ensemble of the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the city, flanked by two elegant bell towers.

Alternative places to discover on the Portuguese Way

National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia

A spectacular maritime-terrestrial site composed of the islands of Ons, Cíes, Sálvora and Cortegada. It is a protected natural area, characterized by its crystal clear waters and white sand that attract about 300,000 travelers each year. They are the second most visited destination in Galicia, just after the Cathedral of Santiago. Rodas beach, in the Cíes Islands, is according to The Guardian newspaper, the best beach in the world. In addition, this maritime terrestrial complex stands out for its fauna, its dune systems and sea caves.

If you decide to venture to visit any of these islands, you can extend your stay in Vigo for an extra day and take a boat to the islands.

Combarro

This coastal town is only 7 kilometers from the city of Pontevedra. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Galicia, which stands out for its historic center, where the hórreos and cruceiros are the protagonists. It is one of the best villages to know the Galician rural architecture, where the stone houses of first floor prevail. The closest town to Combarro on the Portuguese Way is Pontevedra, which is 21 minutes away by car.

Valga

Belonging to the province of Pontevedra, Valga is a town internationally recognized for its traditional festival of the Rapa das Bestas. It has interesting monuments and historical buildings, such as the Church of Santa María de Valga and the Tower of Catoira, which was part of the defensive system of the region. In addition, its green landscapes and hiking trails will allow you to explore the Galician nature.

Frequent questions

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.

From Vigo Airport

  • Car or cab: It is 25km with a duration of approximately 20 minutes.
  • Bus: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to the Urzaiz stop (Estación / Cotomondongo wall). 30′ journey and frequency every 30′. Once there, take a bus to Tui (LINE XG883A – Lugove), with an approximate duration of 55 minutes. For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es and https://lugove.gal/es

From Santiago de Compostela Airport

  • Car or cab: 125km and 1h 20 minutes approximately.
  • Bus/train: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the bus station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 45′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then, we must take a bus (monbus) or train (renfe) to Vigo (journey time between 50 minutes to 1h and 30 minutes).  Once in Vigo, take a bus to Tui (LÍNEA XG883A – Lugove), with an approximate duration of 55 minutes. For timetables and more information visit: https://tussa.org/, www.monbus.es, www.renfe.com and https://lugove.gal/es 

From Porto Airport

  • Car or cab: It is 120km, with a duration of approximately 1h 10 minutes.
  • Bus: Take a bus (ALSA) from Oporto to Tui, with an estimated duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes. For schedules and more information visit: www.alsa.es

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Camino Portugués desde Tui

TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 128 Km
STAGES: 6 Stages
DURATION: 7 Nights
DIFICULTy: 3/5
START: Tui
PRICE: desde 605€

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