The town of Tui contemplates its reflection on the calm waters of the river Miño. A border town chosen by thousands of pilgrims to begin their adventure on the Portuguese Way and reach Santiago de Compostela.

If you decide to become a pilgrim on this route you will walk through small rural villages surrounded by vineyards and fields. Halfway you will find an encouraging travel companion, the Atlantic Ocean, which will guide you for much of the route, giving you amazing views of the estuaries of Vigo and Pontevedra. An ocean that will leave you to give way to beautiful medieval bridges, chapels and thermal villas.

The Portuguese Way from Tui is also a journey for the senses; you will discover landmarks of Galician gastronomy. Impossible to resist the famous Arcade oysters, a portion of mussels washed down with an unmistakable Albariño wine or to discover if the real Padrón peppers are hot… or not.

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If you like multicultural places, you’ve just come to the perfect place. Tui is a border town with Portugal, from which it is only separated by the river Miño. In fact, Tui forms a Eurocity with Valença do Minho. Moreover, it is an amalgam of people because here pilgrims who, like you, begin the adventure, come together with the pilgrims who come walking from Portugal. Perfect for meeting people, listening, sharing experiences and preparing for the adventure you are about to start. Enjoy your Portuguese Way from Tui!

This is a stage of exuberant colours and vegetation, as several kilometres run through itineraries of the Natura 2000 Network of the Gándaras de Budiño. The walk is pleasant and gentle, so enjoy the surroundings and your first day as a pilgrim.

What better way to end the day than with a pleasant stroll through the historic centre of this welcoming town. It is a place totally closed to traffic and people of all ages and nationalities pass through it. It also has numerous shops and cafes located in the surrounding area. The perfect plan to enjoy a relaxing afternoon is to sit on one of the terraces of the town hall square and enjoy some delicious portions with a good Albariño wine.

Today you continue your journey and the reward of the effort will be to take the Ría de Vigo as a companion. Lately in Spain there is a tradition of putting benches with the title “The most beautiful bench in the world” in places with privileged views. Well, there should be a bench at every point that you are going to walk along during the journey. I think we don’t need to tell you more. The best views of the coast of southern Galicia will rise up before you today.

To round off this glorious day, where you’ll arrive ecstatic with so much natural beauty, what better way to finish off than by tucking into some good oysters in Arcade. It is not for nothing that this place is considered the capital of oysters. I assure you that you won’t have tasted anything like it. Of course, don’t forget to accompany your meal with a nice glass of Albariño, the best white wine in the area.

You will leave Arcade behind and start the stage crossing one of the most important bridges in Galicia in terms of history, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge that spans the river Verdugo and where, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought that led to the withdrawal of French troops in Galicia. After crossing the bridge you will wander among villages, pazos, hórreos and cruceiros until you reach the Brea Vella da Canicouva, an evocative path of large slabs along which the Roman road XIX used to pass.

Pontevedra is for many people one of the most beautiful cities in Galicia, and no wonder. A stroll through its cobbled streets and squares will be enough to realize the special charm it hides. After Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra is the place on the Portuguese Route from Tui with the largest number of heritage elements. You can visit, among other things, the Ruins of Santo Domingo in the Provincial Museum of Pontevedra, the Royal Basilica of Santa María la Mayor, and the symbol of the city: the church of La Peregrina.

After crossing the river Lérez the Camino leaves Pontevedra and will take you to the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large wetland of 80 hectares that is home to hundreds of plant species and 123 species of birds. The route runs along roads where there are many crossroads and level crossings, so you should take extreme caution. Once you get to Briallos, we recommend you take a detour of half a kilometre to visit the Cascadas del Barosa, a natural site of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful sixty-metre waterfall and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls.

At the end of your stage, Caldas de Reis, the water is still the protagonist as it is one of the most important thermal villages in Galicia, and we present the perfect plan to enjoy a pleasant afternoon: After a short walk through the botanical garden, sit on one of its terraces and enjoy the tranquility listening to the murmur of the river.

After saying goodbye to the thermal village of Caldas, you will enter the valley of Bermaña following the route through its forests of centenary trees, oak groves, cornfields and cruceiros. After a gentle ascent you will reach Santa Mariña de Carracedo, a village with a church, a rectory and a granary. The road continues towards Padrón passing through deep forests with water mills and leaving behind small villages until Pontecesures. After crossing the bridge of Roman origin a few kilometres away you will find the end of the stage, Padrón,

Today’s plan is about literature. On this day we introduce you to Rosalía de Castro, one of the most illustrious Galician women in history. In his House-Museum in Padrón, you will be able to know everything about his life and work.

Besides, Padrón is a famous town for more reasons. Related to pilgrimages, it is a mythical place because legend has it that it was there that the boat carrying the remains of the apostle St. James landed. You can visit the famous Pedrón that was used to moor the boat in the church of Santiago in the village. And how could it be otherwise, no one can leave without tasting its famous peppers.

Last day of the pilgrim experience! As we always say the ideal is to get up early to make the most of the day in Santiago de Compostela. Today’s stage will pass super fast between nerves and excitement of the imminent arrival. The jewel of this stage is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, which was the first cathedral in Galicia and in whose cemetery, under an olive tree, you will find the humble tomb of the famous writer Camilo José Cela. The route continues through the towns of Teo and Ames until you reach the Plaza del Obradoiro. Undoubtedly the most emotional moment of all your French Way from Tui.

You are in Santiago! Feel happy and proud to have completed your Portuguese Way from Tui. Now we just need to pick up the Compostela certificate and enjoy an incredible day getting to know the Galician capital.

Congratulations! You have completed your Portuguese Way from Tui. This last day you are in charge, you can go back home or enjoy one more day in Santiago. And how beautiful is Compostela.

Did you know that all roads end in Finisterre? If you have been left with the desire to walk and you have 5 days more, we encourage you to complete the 5 stages from Santiago to Finisterre. The most magical and spiritual route that hides real treasures such as Ponte Maceira, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain or the sunset of the Finisterre lighthouse, one of the most beautiful in the world.

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation

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Services included

8 days / 7 nights accommodation8 days / 7 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn private hostels from TuiIn hostels and pensions from TuiIn hotels and superior accommodation from Tui
BreakfastBreakfastConsult50€ per person55€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)Consult145€ per person165€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single roomConsult120€ per single room130€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de CompostelaExtra night in Santiago de Compostela25€ per person55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)70€ (sing. room) / 90€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Santiago to TuiTransfer from Santiago to Tui175€ (4-seater vehicle)175€ (4-seater vehicle)175€ (4-seater vehicle)
Transfer from Vigo to TuiTransfer from Vigo to Tui60€ (4-seater vehicle)60€ (4-seater vehicle)60€ (4-seater vehicle)
Breakfast Breakfast
In private hostels from Tui Consult
In hostels and pensions from Tui 50€ per person
In hotels and superior accommodation from Tui 55€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In private hostels from Tui Consult
In hostels and pensions from Tui 145€ per person
In hotels and superior accommodation from Tui 165€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In private hostels from Tui Consult
In hostels and pensions from Tui 120€ per single room
In hotels and superior accommodation from Tui 130€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de Compostela Extra night in Santiago de Compostela
In private hostels from Tui 25€ per person
In hostels and pensions from Tui 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
In hotels and superior accommodation from Tui 70€ (sing. room) / 90€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Santiago to Tui Transfer from Santiago to Tui
In private hostels from Tui 175€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hostels and pensions from Tui 175€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hotels and superior accommodation from Tui 175€ (4-seater vehicle)
Transfer from Vigo to Tui Transfer from Vigo to Tui
In private hostels from Tui 60€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hostels and pensions from Tui 60€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hotels and superior accommodation from Tui 60€ (4-seater vehicle)

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Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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