If you choose to do the Portuguese Way from Tui, your pilgrimage will begin in this old border town at the foot of the river Minho that separates Galicia from Portugal. In Tui you will discover the history of a bishopric that extended beyond the border for centuries. Walk through the valleys that form the famous Rías Baixas, land of the sea and Albariño wine, and enter the historic towns and villages of Galicia's most humanised coast, such as Pontevedra or Padrón and Iria Flavia, cradles of the Xacobean phenomenon. When you start the Portuguese Way from Tui, 114 km separate you from Santiago, the final goal of the Jacobean pilgrimage. On arrival, you will have fulfilled the requirements of the Compostela, the document that accredits those who make the pilgrimage on foot to the tomb of the apostle.
▌Day 1. Arrival in Tui
To do the Camino de Santiago from Tui, the first thing to do is to get to this border town. You can do it on your own, or hire the transfers that we offer as an optional service.
The first day is for sightseeing in this small town that was once one of the capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia. If you are lucky enough to arrive in time, Tui has a lot to offer.
You can visit the cathedral of Saint Mary, a building that imposes with its militarised western façade and that immediately reveals traces of the past of a bishopric that extended for centuries beyond the river Miño, in what is now part of Portugal and was once a county within the Kingdom of Galicia. And why not go there?
You can also cross the border over the bridge that connects the city with Valença do Minho, where you can visit its fortress full of life and local commerce.
▌Day 2. Stage Tui - O Porriño
Distance: 16.1 km. Duration: 4 hours. Accommodation: O Porriño
You will start your walk in Tui, on the banks of the river, perhaps joining the pilgrims who have already been walking for days from Oporto, from Braga or even from Lisbon.
After crossing the historic street you will begin a gentle ascent towards Ribadelouro, passing by the sanctuary of San Bartolomeu, one of the oldest in Galicia.
From there, you'll descend towards O Porriño, capital of the municipality of the same name, which is in the metropolitan area of Vigo, the largest city in Galicia.
To get to O Porriño, when you reach the village of Orbenlle you have two well-signposted options: you can take the official road, which crosses the industrial area of As Gándaras, or the alternative route through the natural area of As Gándaras de Budiño and Río Louro. Our recommendation is to opt for the latter, because it avoids the asphalt and the industrial area and, in addition, both variants are 7.9 km long.
▌Day 3. Stage O Porriño - Redondela
Distance: 15.6 km. Duration: 3:45 hours. Accommodation: Redondela
On leaving O Porriño you will quickly pass the town hall of Mos.
The route crosses the small village that serves as the capital, passing by the church of Santa Eulalia and the manor house of the Marquises of Mos, and then begins the climb to the top of Enxertade. There you can find the Roman milestone of Vilar de Infesta and follow the old Roman road XIX that linked Braga and Astorga.
From there you reach the town of Redondela, another of the towns in the Vigo metropolitan area, known for the enormous railway viaducts that cross the town between its houses, and a perfect place to spend the night.
If you are lucky and your visit to Redondela coincides with the Corpus Christi festivity, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent festival of the coca, which has been celebrated since the Middle Ages as a pre-Christian reminiscence, and that brings to the streets of the town a being from Galician mythology in the form of a dragon or serpent that inhabits rivers and seas.
▌Day 4. Stage Redondela - Pontevedra
Distance: 19.1 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Pontevedra
After leaving Redondela, a new effort will take you to the top of O Viso, which offers one of the best views over the famous Vigo estuary - the one portrayed by Jules Verne in his Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, where Spanish galleons loaded with gold from America rest on the seabed.
After a gentle descent, you will reach Arcade, a town famous for the oysters produced on its banks. Further on, you will cross the historic Roman bridge over the river Verdugo and start your descent towards Pontevedra, a town with an impressive historic quarter that is well worth a visit, taking advantage of the shorter-than-usual stage design.
In addition, you can't miss the church of the Pilgrim Virgin and discover its history. Take a look at the ground plan of the building and you will see that it stands on an unusual but very appropriate scallop shape.
▌Day 5. Stage Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
Distance: 21 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Caldas de Reis
On the fifth day of your experience on this Portuguese Way from Tui you will leave Pontevedra by the historic bridge of Burgo, where the river Lérez turns into an estuary. This stage of the Portuguese Way of Saint James is for nature lovers. You will be accompanied by wonderful landscapes dotted with small villages that will allow you to enjoy the charms of the Rías Baixas.
You can have lunch at the Barosa River Nature Park, enjoy the thermal waters of Caldas de Reis or do a wine tasting of D.O. Rías Baixas as part of this section. Just ask us and we will prepare it for you.
The end of the day will be in Caldas de Reis, a thermal village on the banks of the Umia river, perfect for recharging your batteries.
▌Day 6. Stage Caldas de Reis - Padrón
Distance: 18.5 km. Duration: 4:30 hours. Accommodation: Padrón
After leaving Caldas, the Portuguese Way continues through rural areas, with small towns and villages. Almost reaching the end of the stage, you will cross the Ulla River, one of the most important rivers in Galicia and one of the main waterways of the largest and most productive estuary in Galicia: the Ría de Arousa.
On the other side of the bridge, you will find Padrón, the point where, according to tradition, the boat carrying the body of the apostle St. James docked when his disciples Theodore and Athanasius brought him back to Gallaecia.
In Padrón you can also discover that the "national poet" of Galician literature is a woman: Rosalía de Castro.
▌Day 7. Stage Padrón - Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 22 km. Duration: 5:15 hours. Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela
You are approaching the finish line. Passing through small villages, always climbing moderately, you will reach Santiago passing through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric of Teodomiro was located at the time of the discovery of the apostle's tomb.
You will also pass through O Milladoiro, which today functions as a dormitory town for the capital of Galicia, but whose name probably comes from the Latin humiliatorium - a clear reference to the pilgrimage and to the fact that from its top it was finally possible to see the towers of Santiago Cathedral.
Keep walking and you will enter the city from the south, through the Porta Faxeira of the old wall and the rúa do Franco, a name related to the pilgrims, who were called francos indistinctly, even if they came from Portugal or from the south of Galicia. Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached your goal. The journey continues.
▌Day 8. Santiago de Compostela and more
After a well-deserved rest, you finally have time to visit the city that you have reached on foot after more than a hundred kilometres. Its historic centre, its university, its market and its countless parks, its surroundings...
And, if you have time, the End of the World awaits you. We bring it to you on a full day trip to Muxía, Fisterra and the Costa da Morte.
During the Camino, good night's sleep and rest are essential. Here are images of the types of accommodation we use to book on this route.
Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish each stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 20 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 8:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "I want to book my Camino".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
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