El Camino Portugués

Portuguese Way Easy

Tour Description

The Portuguese Way Easy, walk at your own speed

Did you know that we can split some walking days of the Portuguese Way in two, so you can take your time, relax, and enjoy the walk?

If you feel that walking 25 km in one day is too much (from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela, for example) we can split that walking day in two.

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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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Tui, starting point of the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way.

Tui – O Porriño (16 km)

The last 100 km start in Tui, where we can visit the Cathedral and the bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.

O Porriño – Redondela (15 km)

Stage of higher difficulty than the rest, but compensated by the views of the Atlantic Ocean. Many pilgrims prefer to walk 9 km more to Arcade, given the limited accommodation offer in Redondela.

Redondela – Arcade (9 km)

From Redondela to Santiago the traditional Portuguese Way joins the Portuguese Coastal Way, so you may encounter more pilgrims from this point onwards. Don’t forget to try the delicious oysters from Arcade!

Arcade – Pontevedra (12 km)

The Way to Pontevedra will take you through rural areas, forests and streams. Pontevedra is a city worth stopping in, and enjoy its spectacular old town. Don’t forget to visit the Peregrina Church.

Pontevedra – Barro (11 km)

This is a quiet stage, without major complications in terms of terrain, which runs mainly through rural areas.

Barro – Caldas de Reis (12 km)

The beginning of the stage will pass through rural areas, and the landscape will become more rural as we enter Caldas de Reis. Once in Caldas, we recommend to enjoy its thermal waters (it is a place known for its spas).

Caldas de Reis – Padrón (18 km)

The longest stage of this Easy Portuguese Way, but without major difficulties, except for a slight climb.

Padrón – Rúa de Francos / Faramello (12 km)

Today the Camino takes us through Teo, already at the gates of Santiago. Despite the rural nature of the stage, the bustle of the city is already beginning to be felt in the distance.

Rúa de Francos / Faramello – Santiago de Compostela (12 km)

As in the previous days, the trail will initially take you through rural areas, but during the last kilometers, as we get deeper into Santiago, the landscape will become more urban. Upon arrival in Santiago do not forget to ask for the Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office, you will simply have to show your Pilgrim’s Credential.

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

History of the Portuguese Way Easy

The Camino de Santiago originated in the 9th century when the remains of the Apostle were discovered in Santiago de Compostela. The news quickly spread around the world, becoming an important pilgrimage centre.

The city of Tui was one of the seven capitals of the Old Kingdom of Galicia. With an extensive monumental and natural heritage, it has become one of the main starting points chosen by pilgrims to undertake the Way to Santiago de Compostela.

During the Middle Ages, Tui acquired great importance as an episcopal see and religious centre. In the 12th century, it was fortified and its cathedral was built, a masterpiece of Galician Romanesque architecture that dominates the city’s skyline.

Today, Tui is an important cultural and tourist centre. Its well-preserved old town, cathedral and medieval charm attract visitors from all over the world, making Tui a popular tourist destination in Galicia.

Towns that you will visit on the Portuguese Way Easy

Redondela

Charming village located in the province of Pontevedra, at the mouth of the river Verdugo, in a privileged natural environment. It has a rich historical and cultural heritage, which makes it a destination where you can discover the beauty and authenticity of Galicia.

Pontevedra

Pontevedra on the Portuguese Way Easy
With its charming old town, lively squares and delicious gastronomy, Pontevedra invites you to immerse yourself in a world of tradition and modernity.

With its charming historic centre, lively squares and delicious gastronomy, Pontevedra invites you to immerse yourself in a world of tradition and modernity.
Also known as ‘Boa Vila’, Pontevedra is a city with a long maritime and mercantile tradition that preserves one of the most important and elegant historic centres in Galicia. With a close relationship with the Camino de Santiago, Pontevedra is considered the Capital of the Portuguese Way.

Caldas de Reis

The municipality of Caldas de Reis is located on the banks of the River Umia and is noted for one of the few areas in which signs of human presence have been found since prehistoric times. It has a large number of monuments and points of interest, including its Botanical Garden, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, and the 12th century church of Santa María.

Padrón

Located 22 km from Santiago de Compostela, this town is linked to the apostle St. James, as his remains came from Jerusalem to this city. It is also known for being the home of two important writers: the poet Rosalía de Castro and the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela.

Places of interest on the Portuguese Way Easy

Island of San Simón

Island of San Simón on the Portuguese Way Easy
San Simón Island is a paradisiacal enclave of great heritage and environmental value located in the Vigo estuary.

At the end of the Vigo estuary is the island of San Simón, with a past surrounded by enigmas and mysticism. It was a refuge for Templar knights and Benedictine monks during the Middle Ages, attacked by pirates in the 16th century and a concentration camp during the Civil War. This island, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, although not directly on the Portuguese Way, many pilgrims choose to approach and visit this impressive place for its historical importance and cultural beauty on their way to Pontevedra.

Most important monuments on the Portuguese Way Easy

Cathedral of Santa María de Tui

Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral of Santa María is one of the most important buildings on the Portuguese Way.
Despite being predominantly Romanesque in style, it has Gothic influences, with its entrance standing out, considered to be the first Gothic sculptural ensemble on the Iberian Peninsula. It also has a medieval cloister, the only one of its kind preserved in Galicia.

Ponte Sampaio

Ponte Sampaio on the Portuguese Way Easy
The Ponte Sampaio Bridge is of great historical relevance as it witnessed the Battle of Ponte Sampaio, during the Spanish War of Independence in 1809.

This bridge of Roman origin crosses the Verdugo River at its mouth and joins the towns of Soutomaior (Arcade) and Ponte Sampaio. Its architecture stands out, characterised by an elongated construction of 10 arches between which there are cutwaters.

The famous Battle of Ponte Sampaio was fought here, which was decisive in the Spanish War of Independence in 1809, putting an end to 5 months of French occupation.

Church of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra

The church of the Pilgrim Virgin is one of the most symbolic and relevant buildings in the city of Pontevedra. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and an Asset of Cultural Interest, it combines late Baroque elements with Neoclassical forms, such as its main altarpiece, erected in the 18th century. It is dedicated to the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the province of Pontevedra and of the Portuguese Way, who guided the pilgrims from Baiona to Santiago; its peculiar scallop-shaped ground plan, symbol of excellence of the pilgrims on the Way of St. James, in which a cross is inscribed, stands out.

What to do on the Portuguese Way Easy?

Taste the local gastronomy

Taste the delicious Galician gastronomy in the different towns and cities along the Way. You can taste traditional dishes such as octopus á feira and stew in Galicia.

Explore the culture of the Camino

Along the Camino, you can visit a wide range of cultural and historical heritage such as churches, cathedrals and monasteries. You can learn about the history, architecture and culture of each region.

Frequent questions

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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TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 117 Km
STAGES: 10 Stages
DURATION: 11 Nights
DIFICULTy: 1/5
START: Tui
PRICE: desde 840€

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