PORTUGUESE WAY: FROM TUI TO SANTIAGO: 5 STAGES (120Kms)
The Portuguese Way is the second most popular Jacobean route after the French Way. You can choose between doing this route divided into 5 or 6 stages.
In any case, you will begin your journey in Tui, located at the border between Portugal and Galicia. You will cross the province of Pontevedra from south to north, passing through a multitude of small villages, natural and amazing landscapes. During your journey you will be able to experience how local people live as well as tasting local flavours and visiting cultural heritage. Let yourself be carried away by the beauty of its villages, the charm of its people and its exquisite gastronomy.
In the 5 stages modality, you will walk directly from Tui to Redondela and from Redondela to Pontevedra, eliminating the stops in O Porriño and Arcade, stops that are presented in the 6 stages modality.
Arrival in Tui
The passage of the Way of Saint James has left an indelible mark on Tui. Beyond architecture and heritage, the culture of the town has been transformed with the passage of thousands of pilgrims every year. If you decide to start your Camino from this place, you will be impressed to see the Cathedral of Santa María, whose fortified aspect dominates the panoramic views of the city. Its historical complex is one of the main attractions of the city and one of the most important in Galicia after Santiago de Compostela. A walk through its cobblestone streets will give you witness to history over the centuries, admiring emblazoned houses and monuments such as 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 road, and why not, the beginning of many. We hope that you enjoyed a unique experience in your live, full of emotions and new friendships, a journey that will be projected into your lives and help you to continue walking free towards your own goals. Congratulations pilgrims!
*After leaving the accommodation, end of our services.
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: 110 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago:35 € double room / 55 € single room
- Breakfast: 45 €/pax
- Half Board: 130 €/pax
- HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
- Single room supplement: 165 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago:45 € double room / 70 € single room
- Breakfast: 60 €/pax
- Half-Board: 155 €/pax
- PRIVATE TRANSFER (up to 4 pax)
- From Santiago airport to Tui: 125 €
- From Vigo airport to Tui: 60 €
- 220 € pax private shelters
- 335 € pax hostels
- 385 € pax Hotel or superior accommodation
We offer three options:
Private shelters 220 €
Hostels and Guesthouses 335 €
Hotels and superior accommodation 385 €
* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.
Alojamiento en albergues privados
Los Albergues privados, gozan de unas instalaciones perfectas para descansar. Las habitaciones suelen estar organizadas en literas de 8 a 10 plazas aproximadamente(dependiendo del albergue), los colchones son de buena calidad, y además nos proporcionan fundas, almohadas desechables, así como mantas si las necesitamos. Los baños y duchas se encuentran divididos por sexos y sus instalaciones cuentan con cocinas equipadas, lavandería ,salas de ocio,etc.
Alojamiento en hostales y pensiones
El alojamiento en Hostales o Pensiones cuenta con habitaciones dobles, triples o cuádruples, siempre con baño privado. Son habitaciones sencillas,confortables y sin grandes lujos, pero muy acogedoras, ideales para dormir y descansar.
** En el caso de una reserva individual tendría un suplemento.
Hoteles y alojamientos superiores
En esta tercera opción, nos alojaremos en Hoteles, Pazos o Casas Rurales. Al igual en los hostales o pensiones, son habitaciones dobles o triples , la única diferencia es la calidad del alojamiento, claramente superior
*En el caso de una reserva individual tendría un suplemento.