FROM TUI TO SANTIAGO: 6 STAGES (120km)
The last section of the Portuguese Way in 6 stages is the second busiest route from the beautiful town of Tui to Santiago de Compostela. You will start your journey in Tui, on the banks of the river Miño, and you will cross the province of Pontevedra from south to north, leaving in your wake 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
The passage of the Portuguese Way of Saint James has long left an indelible mark on Tui and the next 6 stages. Beyond the architecture and heritage, the culture of the town has been transformed by the passage of thousands of pilgrims every year. If you decide to start your Way from this village, 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 of the history along the centuries, emblazoned houses and monuments among which the Diocesan Museum, the old pilgrims’ hospital, the San Telmo chapel, the Clarisas Convent and the Santo Domingo Convent stand out.
Tui – O Porriño
This first stage of the 6 stages of the Portuguese Way, starting from the town of Tui, is characterized by being smooth and comfortable, alternating paths with asphalt tracks and roads, which follow the course of the Louro River. The beauty of the stage only darkens when you cross an industrial area a few kilometers from Tui, which you can avoid by taking the alternative that takes you through vineyards and trees to a paved track that will only increase the stage by half a kilometer.
Once you arrive at O Porriño, besides having all the services for pilgrims, you can visit the Town Hall, the Fonte do Cristo, the Templete del Metro de Madrid and the Botica Nova.
O Porriño – Arcade
In this stage you will alternate stretches of road with dirt and stone tracks, passing through oaks, pines and eucalyptus trees that comfort the pilgrims. In some sections you will find steps with large stones that will help you to save the streams, crossing the famous Galician corredoiras. This way you will reach Redondela, an important seafaring town located in the middle of the Vigo estuary, known as the “town of the viaducts” because of the many bridges that characterize it. It is worth stopping to see the panoramic view of the Vigo estuary, the parish church of Cedeira, the Vilavella Convent and the Meirande Museum. After walking a little over 5 kilometers, you will reach your destination, Arcade, the capital of oysters in Galicia par excellence.
Arcade – Pontevedra
You will leave the Arcade behind and start the stage by crossing one of the most important bridges in Galicia at a historical level, Ponte Sampaio. This is a colossal stone bridge that crosses the Verdugo River and on which, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought that led to the withdrawal of the French troops from Galicia. After crossing the bridge you will walk through the streets between villages, pazos, hórreos and cruceiros until you reach the Brea Vella da Canicouva, an evocative path of large slabs along which the XIX Roman road ran.
Pontevedra is for many one of the most beautiful cities of Galicia, and it is not for less. A walk through its cobbled streets and squares is enough to realize the special charm that it hides. After Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra is the place on this route with the most heritage elements. You will be able to 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 Pilgrim’s Church.
Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis
After crossing the river Lérez, the Way leaves Pontevedra along Rúa da Santiña, from which you will reach the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large wetland of 80 hectares that is home to hundreds of plant species and 123 bird species. The route runs along roads where a multitude of crossroads and level crossings converge, so you should exercise extreme caution. Once you arrive at Briallos, we recommend you take a half-kilometer detour to visit the Barosa Waterfalls, a natural site of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful sixty-meter 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.
A place that dates back to prehistoric times, Caldas de Reis is currently 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 of 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 are worth mentioning. And of course, a visit to the Botanical Garden-Park, declared a Picturesque Site and Historical Garden, is a must.
Caldas de Reis – Padrón
After leaving the thermal village of Caldas, you will enter the valley of Bermaña following the route through its forests of centennial trees, oak groves, cornfields and cruceiros. After a gentle climb you will arrive at Santa Mariña de Carracedo, a village composed of a church, a rectory and a hórreo. You will continue your way to Padrón passing through deep forests with water mills and leaving behind small villages until you reach Pontecesures. After saving the bridge of Roman origin a few kilometers you will find the end of the stage, Padrón, where the ship that carried 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
This is the last stage of the Portuguese Way, so we recommend leaving early to take advantage of the day in Compostela. Today you will find a great density of urbanized areas, which confirm that you are reaching the finish line. The highlight of this stage, besides the Cathedral of Santiago, is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, which was the first cathedral of Galicia and in whose cemetery, under an olive tree, you will find the humble tomb of Camilo José Cela. The route continues through the municipalities of Teo and Ames until it reaches the longed-for Plaza del Obradoiro.
You are in Santiago de Compostela, the city where the rain makes magic on the wet stones. After having sealed your credentials in each stage and having collected your Compostela, after all the effort you have to enjoy the city, you will have earned it.
We hope you enjoy walking around the historical center, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of their traditional liquors, among other thousand and one things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships, a journey that will be projected in your lives and will help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
You have completed the Portuguese Way that you started eight days ago from the beautiful town of Tui in 6 stages.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days/ 7 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: 120 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ single room
- Breakfast: 50 €/pax
- Half Board: 145 €/pax
- HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
- Single room supplement: 130 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 90€ double room / 70€ single room
- Breakfast: 55 €/pax
- Half-Board: 165 €/pax
- PRIVATE TRANSFER (up to 4 pax)
- From Santiago airport to Tui: 175 €
- From Vigo airport to Tui: 60 €
- 250 € pax private shelters
- 395 € pax hostels
- 450 € 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 for this Portuguese Way from Tui in 6 stages.
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 for the Portuguese Way from Tui in 6 stages.
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 quality in your Portuguese Way from Tui in 6 stages.