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El Camino Portugués

The Camino from Tui to Santiago de Compostela

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Organized pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
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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
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

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.

Superior category

3*, 4* and 5* Hotels

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.

Hoteles Boutique

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*.

National Paradores of Spain

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 tourism lodgings

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 accommodation” despite of the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.

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

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€

Why book with Galiwonders?

Taylor-made Camino

We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all services for you. You enjoy the road.

We are on the Camino

Galicia is our home. We have traveled all the routes of the Camino and we have direct contact with the service providers on the Camino.

We are also travellers

We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience organizing trips for people from all over the world.

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Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of traveling with us. We want you to be one of them. And that is why we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

If you have any questions or want to plan your Camino de Santiago trip, our team will assist you in a personalized way!

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