SCHOOL TOUR: PORTUGUESE WAY FROM TUI
Under the perspective of “learning by doing” and the conviction that nowadays education is not only limited to schools, but that it can happen at any time and in any place, the Way of Saint James offers multiple educational possibilities, symbol and pretext to mobilize the students and to extend their competences within an interdisciplinary, cooperative, coeducational and environmentally sensitive educational proposal. That is why we recommend this option of the Portuguese Way from Tui if you are trying to organize school trips in schools or institutes.
Arrival in Tui
On this first day of arrival in Tui, the place from which your journey will begin, students will start to share their first group experiences. There will be a small welcome meeting where the teachers and/or monitors will explain to the students how the dynamic of the trip will be throughout the week. During this meeting, the credentials and commemorative gifts of the experience will also be given. It is the perfect moment to inform the students about the route of the Way of Saint James from Tui in these school trips.
After the meeting there will be time to make a short visit to Tui and tour its main points of heritage interest, before going to bed to rest and start with strength the first stage the next day.
Tui – O Porriño
Every day, before starting to walk, monitors and teachers will give the students the relevant information about the stage.
This first stage is characterized by being smooth and comfortable, alternating roads with asphalt tracks and roads, following the course of the river Louro. We recommend taking the section between the municipality of Tui and O Porriño along the alternative route of the natural space of As Gándaras and the river Louro, in order to avoid the original route that crosses an industrial estate.
Once you arrive at O Porriño, in addition to all the services for pilgrims, you can visit the Town Hall, the Fonte do Cristo, the Metro de Madrid Templete and the Botica Nova, among others; and share group reflections on this first stage of the route.
This stage from Tui to Porriño is a wonderful start to exemplify this school trips along the Portuguese Way
*The route taken during this stage is perfect for dealing with students on environmental issues related to the environmental conservation of river environments and economic issues related to secondary or industrial activity, apart from the heritage issue, which will be present throughout the entire Way.
O Porriño – Arcade
In this stage you will alternate asphalted sections with paths, passing by wooded places with autochthonous and foreign vegetation. In some sections you will find steps with big stones that will help you to save streams, they are the famous corredoiras gallegas. In this way you will reach Redondela, an important fishing village located in the middle of the Vigo estuary, known as the “villa de los viaductos” (viaduct village) because of the numerous bridges that characterize it. Redondela, it is worth stopping to visit and contemplate the panoramic view of the Vigo estuary, the parish church of Cedeira, the Vilavella Convent and the Meirande Museum. After walking a little more than 5 kilometres you will reach your destination, Arcade, the capital par excellence of oysters in Galicia.
*In this stage a good topic to deal with students will be the production of mollusks in batea in the estuary of Vigo. The important work of primary production that is developed in this estuary and the pollution associated with it.
Arcade – Pontevedra
You will leave Arcade behind and start the stage crossing one of the most important bridges of Galicia at historical level, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge that crosses the river Verdugo and in which, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought that meant the withdrawal of French troops in Galicia. After crossing the callejeis bridge you will cross 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 passed.
Already in Pontevedra there will be time to rest and discover the city. For many, Pontevedra is one of the most beautiful cities in Galicia, and not for the least. A stroll through its cobbled streets and squares will be enough to realise the special charm it hides. After Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra is the place on this route with the most 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.
*It is a perfect stage to deal with historical themes about the multitude of historical events that took place throughout the years in the Vigo estuary, specifically in the island of San Simón, and in Ponte Sampaio.
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 and level crossings 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 the Barosa Waterfalls, a natural place of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful jump of sixty metres and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls. At the end of your stage, Caldas de Reis, water will continue to be the protagonist as it is one of the most important 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. And of course, a visit to the Botanical Garden Park, declared a Picturesque Site and Historical Garden, is a must.
*At this stage, taking advantage of the visit to the botanical garden, a good topic to discuss with students will be the autochthonous and allochthonous vegetation, referring to the eucalyptus plantations as an economic means of timber production and the environmental impact this creates in the soils for the autochthonous species of Atlantic vegetation.
Caldas de Reis – Padrón
After leaving the thermal village of Caldas, in this stage you will enter the valley of Bermaña following the route through its forests of centenary trees, oak groves, 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 drove the body of the Apostle Santiago stopped and a town famous throughout Spain for its delicious peppers, and for Galician literary figures as important as Camilo José Cela or Rosalía de Castro.
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.
*This stage will be perfect to deal with the theme of the Traslatio legend and to learn a little about the Galician literary cultural movement from the Rosalía de Castro Museum.
Padrón – Santiago de Compostela
Today you will make the last stage, so we recommend leaving early to take advantage of the day in Compostela. During this stage you will find a high density of urbanized areas, which confirm that you are reaching the finish line. The most remarkable part of this stage, besides the Cathedral of Santiago, is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, considered the first cathedral of Galicia in its beginnings and 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 path continues through the municipalities of Teo and Ames until the entrance to Santiago de Compostela through the southern part of the city and the arrival at the long awaited Plaza del Obradoiro.
As you get closer to the city, the blisters, lesions, fatigue, etc. will disappear until they vanish completely in the most magical moment of all the way: the entrance to the Plaza del Obradoiro. Hugs, tears, joy for arriving and sadness for ending, a unique moment that will remain engraved in the memory of all forever. So just enjoy it.
After hugging the Apostle, don’t forget to pick up your Compostelas at the Pilgrim’s Office after handing over the credentials that you have been stamping all along the Way. This is the Diploma of effort, deserved by all.
Finally, you can take advantage of the afternoon to walk through the majestic old town and enjoy your last day as pilgrims.
Santiago de Compostela
A day of farewells, the end of a road and the beginning of many, is what we always say to our pilgrims. Today girls and boys will dawn with one more road in their lives; but not a road of miles, but a road of experiences. A way in which they collected emotions and feelings at every step they took, a way that invited them to stop and see everything that goes unnoticed in their daily lives; and it taught them to see what can be improved, to reflect and to be better people. A path that will be projected in their lives and will give them the opportunity to continue walking free towards their own goals.
This is our farewell, and as it happens in all school trips, it is time to cry because we are leaving, and because we have met friends who will last longer than we think on this Portuguese way that started in Tui.
*After leaving the lodging, end of our services.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days / 7 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Half board (breakfast and dinner)
- Support vehicle between stages
- Informative dossier and route maps
- Credential (Pilgrim’s passport)
- “Vieira” (Camino Shell) and T-shirt as a gift
- One teacher travels for free for every 20 students
- Travel assistance insurance
- Extra Night in Santiago: 20 €/pax
- 7 picnics supplement: 55 €/pax
- 7 meals supplement: 70 €/pax
- Professional Tour Guide: check prices
- Transport from the school: check prices
- 350 € pax private shelters
Our accommodation will be in private shelters. This type of accommodation consists of shared rooms organized by bunk beds (rooms for 8 to 20 people). Bathrooms and showers are divided by gender and have common areas such as kitchen, laundry or meeting spaces for conferences and activities.
Private Shelters 350 €
* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.
Accommodation in Private Shelters
The private hostels have perfect facilities to rest. The rooms are usually organized in bunk beds for 8 to 10 people approximately (depending on the hostel), the mattresses are of good quality, and they also provide us with covers, disposable pillows, as well as blankets if we need them. The bathrooms and showers are divided by gender and the facilities include equipped kitchens, laundry, leisure rooms, etc. They are the most authentic experience, and the most recommended for the option of school trips on the Portuguese way from Tui.
Accommodation in Private Shelters
The private hostels have perfect facilities to rest. The rooms are usually organized in bunk beds for 8 to 10 people approximately (depending on the hostel), the mattresses are of good quality, and they also provide us with covers, disposable pillows, as well as blankets if we need them. The bathrooms and showers are divided by gender and the facilities include equipped kitchens, laundry, leisure rooms, etc. They are the most authentic experience, and the most recommended for the option of school trips on the Portuguese Way from Tui.