PORTUGUESE WAY – VIP ACCOMMODATION (120 kms)
Experience the Camino de Santiago in the most exclusive accommodation with all the comforts!
On this trip you will stay in sophisticated five-star inns, imposing Galician pazos and emblazoned houses that are the buildings with the most emblematic architecture of the different towns along the Portuguese Way.
A trip designed to enjoy all the magic of the Way without giving up the comfort offered by luxury facilities in incomparable natural and urban settings. Perfect for honeymoons, celebrating anniversaries or for all those who want to indulge themselves.
Arrival in Tui
The passage of the Way of Saint James has left an indelible mark on Tui. 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 Camino 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 Santiago de Compostela.
A walk through its cobbled streets will make you witness of the history throughout the centuries, admiring emblazoned houses and monuments among which the Diocesan Museum, the old pilgrims’ hospital, the San Telmo chapel or the Clarisas and Santo Domingo Convents stand out.
Tui – Redondela
The path will begin by leaving the town of Tui through the natural area of As Gándaras and the river Louro in the parish of Ribadelouro. We recommend you to take into account to do this section of the path to O Porriño by the natural route of the Louro, since the other option runs through an industrial area. Later, it crosses the municipality of O Porriño to arrive until the chapel of Santiaguiño in Mos and to continue the route until the end of stage, Redondela.
Redondela is a very old town, 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, or places loaded with thousands of experiences and historical facts such as the Island of San Simón and the Strait of Rande. Already in the city itself, the church of Santiago Apóstol, dated from the 12th century, and the Pazo de Agrelo, built in the 18th century, stand out. But without a doubt, the most outstanding features of this town are its viaducts, which cross the city, and its famous summer carnival, known throughout Galicia.
Redondela – Pontevedra
The stage begins by entering the Arcade through the parish of Cesantes, along its beautiful Camiño Real. The route leaves Arcade crossing one of the most important bridges in Galicia at a historical level, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge which crosses the Verdugo River and on which, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought which led to the withdrawal of the French troops from Galicia. After crossing the bridge, the path goes through villages, pazos, hórreos and cruceiros until it reaches the Brea Vella da Canicouva, an evocative path of large slabs along which the XIX Roman road used to run.
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 church of La Peregrina.
Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis
After crossing the River Lérez, the path leaves Pontevedra along Rúa da Santiña, from where you reach the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large wetland of 80 hectares that is home to hundreds of plant and bird species. The route runs along roads where a multitude of crossroads and level crossings converge, so extreme caution should be exercised. Once in Briallos, we recommend that you make a detour of half a kilometre to visit the Barosa Waterfalls, a natural site of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful sixty metre waterfall and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls. At the end of the stage, water will still be the protagonist in Caldas de Reis, one of the most important thermal villages in Galicia.
A place that dates back to prehistoric times, Caldas de Reis is currently a widely visited place due to the medical properties of its thermal waters. In fact, one of the main attractions of the city is the water route, a 9 km long circular route where you can see waterfalls and natural spaces bathed by water. As far as its architectural heritage is concerned, 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, the route enters the valley of Bermaña, following a route through its forests of centennial trees, oak groves, cornfields and crossroads. After a gentle climb, you will arrive at Santa Mariña de Carracedo, a village composed of a church, a rectory and a hórreo. The road continues towards Padrón passing through deep forests with water mills and leaving behind small villages until it reaches Pontecesures. After crossing the bridge of Roman origin that separates Pontecesures from Padrón, a few kilometres away is the centre of Padrón. This is the place where the ship that carried the body of the Apostle Santiago stopped and it is famous throughout Spain for its delicious peppers.
In Padrón, you can 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. For literature lovers, a visit to the House Museum of Rosalía de Castro will be an added value to the trip.
Padrón – Santiago de Compostela
This is the last stage of the Portuguese Way, so we recommend leaving early to make the most of the day in Santiago de Compostela. Today the stage runs between places with a high density of urbanised areas, which confirms that the finish line is near. The highlight of this stage is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, considered the first cathedral of Galicia at the beginning, which currently holds the title of second cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In its 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 the entrance to Santiago de Compostela in the southern part of the city and the arrival at the longed-for Plaza del Obradoiro.
You are in Santiago de Compostela, “the city where rain is art”. After having stamped your credentials on each stage and having collected the Compostela, after all the effort involved in enjoying the city, you have earned it.
We hope you will enjoy strolling through the historical centre, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liquors, among the thousand and one 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. The last day will dawn with one more journey in your lives, but not a journey of miles, but of experiences, of emotions and of new friendships; a journey that will be projected into your lives and will help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
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THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 7 days / 6 nights in VIP accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Transfers included in the itinerary
- Single room supplement: 195 €/pax
- Breakfast: Included
- 6 Dinner supplement: 235 €/pax
- Transfer From Santiago airport to Tui: 185 € (max. 4 pax)
- Transfer From Vigo airport to Tui: 60 € (max. 4 pax)
- Extra night in Santiago: ask for prices
- 745 € pax double room