PORTUGUESE WAY: FROM TUI TO SANTIAGO: 5 STAGES (120Kms)
The last section of the Portuguese Way is the second most travelled route, you will start your journey from Tui, on the banks of the Miño River, and cross the province of Pontevedra from south to north, leaving behind you with each step small rural villages surrounded by vineyards and farmland. The sea will accompany you during most of the trip, giving you spectacular views of the Vigo and Pontevedra estuaries. And not only that, medieval bridges, thermal villages and the best gastronomy await you on an unforgettable journey.
Arrival in Tui
For years the passage of the Portuguese Way has left an indelible mark on Tui. Beyond the architecture and heritage, the culture of the village has been transformed by the passage of thousands of pilgrims every year. If you decide to start your Way from this place, you will be impressed by the sight of the Cathedral of Santa Maria, whose fortified appearance dominates the panoramic views of the city. Its historical site is one of the main attractions of the city and one of the most important in Galicia after that of Santiago de Compostela. A walk through its cobbled streets will make you witness to history over the centuries, admiring emblazoned houses and monuments among which the Diocesan Museum, the old pilgrims’ hospital, the chapel of San Telmo or the Convents of the Poor Clares and Santo Domingo.
Tui – Redondela
Your way will begin leaving the town of Tui towards Ribadelouro. We recommend you to follow the Louro route until O Porriño. Then you will cross the municipality of O Porriño to reach the chapel of Santiaguiño in Mos and continue the route until the end of the stage, Redondela.
Redondela is a place of ancient population, surrounded by spaces full of history, magic and symbolism. From sites belonging to the Bronze Age, to remains of castrexa occupation, such as Castro da Peneda or Castro de Negros, to places full of thousands of experiences and historical events such as the Island of San Simón and the Strait of Rande.
In the city itself, the church of Santiago Apóstol, dating from the 12th century, and the Pazo de Agrelo, a work from the 18th century, stand out. And without a doubt, two iconic things about this town are its viaducts that cross the city, and its famous summer carnival, known throughout Galicia.
Redondela – Pontevedra
You will leave Redondela behind and begin the stage by entering Arcade through the parish of Cesantes and its beautiful Camiño Real. You will leave Arcade crossing one of the most important historical bridges in Galicia, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge that crosses Verdugo river and in which, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought that meant the withdrawal of the French troops in Galicia. After crossing the bridge, the path will run between villages, pazos, hórreos and cruceiros until it reaches Brea Vella da Canicouva, an evocative ancient Roman road.
Pontevedra is one of the most beautiful cities in Galicia. A walk through its cobbled streets and squares will give you a glampse of the special charm that hides. Pontevedra is full of historical heritage elements. You can visit, among others, 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.
Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis
After crossing the river Lérez, the Way leaves Pontevedra by the Rúa da Santiña, from where you will arrive at the observatory of the Alba Marshes, a large wetland of 80 hectares that houses hundreds of plant species and 123 species of birds. The route runs along roads where a multitude of crossroads converge so you should be extremely careful. Once you arrive at Briallos, we recommend you to take a detour of half a kilometre to visit Barosa Waterfalls, a natural place of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful jump of sixty metres and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls. Once you arrive at Caldas de Reis you will continue enjoying water since this is one of the most famous thermal villas in Galicia.
A place that dates back to prehistoric times, Caldas de Reis is now a place widely visited for the medical properties of its thermal waters. In fact, one of the main attractions of the city is the water route, a circular route 9 km long in which you can see waterfalls and natural spaces bathed by water. As for its architectural heritage, the churches of Santa María de Caldas, Santo Tomás and San Andrés de César stand out. We also reccommend to visit to the Botanical Garden Park, declared a Picturesque Site and Historical Garden.
Caldas de Reis – Padrón
After leaving the thermal village of Caldas, you will enter the Bermaña valley following the route through its forests of centenary trees, carballedas, cornfields and crosses. After a gentle ascent you will reach Santa Mariña de Carracedo, a village made up of a church, a rectory and a granary. You will continue your way towards Padrón passing through deep forests with water mills and leaving behind small villages until you reach Pontecesures. After crossing the bridge of Roman origin a few kilometres away you will find the end of the stage, Padrón, the place where the ship that led the body of the Apostle Santiago stopped and a town famous throughout Spain for its delicious peppers.
In Padrón, you must stop to visit the famous Pedrón, in the Church of Santiago, which according to legend was used to moor the boat that transported the Apostle upriver to the place.
Padrón – Santiago de Compostela
Last stage of the Portuguese Way, we recommend to start walking early to take advantage of the day in Santiago de Compostela. Today you will find a high density of urbanized areas, which confirm that you are reaching your goal. The most outstanding of this stage, besides the Cathedral of Santiago, is the beautiful church of Iria Flavia, considered the first cathedral of Galicia. In its cemetery, under an olive tree, you will find the humble tomb of Camilo José Cela. The path continues through the municipalities of Teo and Ames until the entrance to Santiago de Compostela through the southern part of the city. Once in the city enjoy your last steps until the long awaited Plaza del Obradoiro.
Congratulations! You are in Santiago de Compostela. After having stamped your credential in each stage now is the time to collect your Compostela at the pilgrim office.
We hope you will enjoy strolling through the historic centre, drinking a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liqueurs, among a thousand of other things that this small but great city has to offer.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. On the last day you will wake up with one more road in your life, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships; a journey that will be projected throughout your life and will help you keep walking freely towards your own goals.
You have completed the Portuguese Way that you started a week ago from the town of Tui.
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THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 7 days / 6 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- PRIVATE SHELTERS
- Extra night in Santiago: 25 €/pax
- Single room supplement: 90 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ single room
- Breakfast: 45 €/pax
- Half Board: 130 €/pax
- HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
- Single room supplement: 120 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 90€ double room / 70€ single room
- Breakfast: 50 €/pax
- Half-Board: 145 €/pax
- PRIVATE TRANSFER (up to 4 pax)
- From Santiago airport to Tui: 175 €
- From Vigo airport to Tui: 60 €
- 220 € pax private shelters
- 345 € pax hostels
- 395 € pax Hotel or superior accommodation
The perfect choice if you are travelling alone, have a small budget or feel like experiencing the Camino 100%. The hostels are the perfect accommodation to meet other pilgrims. They have mixed rooms organized in bunk beds, bathrooms separated by sexes, equipped kitchens, laundry and common areas where you can relax and rest. It is the most authentic option if you want to do the Portuguese Way from Tui.
Guesthouses and Rural Hotels
The option most demanded by our pilgrims. If what you are looking for is intimacy and a familiar treatment we recommend this option. Rooms with private bathroom, simple, comfortable and without great luxuries, but very cozy. You can choose between double, double, triple or even quadruple rooms for those who travel with their families. This is our personal recommendation if you want to do this Portuguese Way from Tui.
High Quality Acommodation
Do you want a quality bonus? We put at your disposal the best hotels and rural houses in which we assure you the maximum rest and comfort after each stage. You can choose between single, double or triple rooms. Some have a swimming pool, garden and large common areas. A plus of comfort if you want to do the Portuguese Way from Tui.