FROM TUI TO SANTIAGO: 5 STAGES (120km)
Turn your pet into a real pilgrim! Walk your dog along the Portuguese Way from Tui!
The Portuguese Way is the second most travelled pilgrimage route after the French Way. You and your dog will begin the adventure of this Portuguese Way in the town of Tui, Pontevedra, the gateway to Galicia from Portugal. You will cross the province of Pontevedra from south to north, discovering on your way agricultural areas of vineyards, orchards, cornfields and vast forests of diverse vegetation.
The Portuguese Way from Tui is one of the best routes to do with your dog, since the route is quite regular and there are no significant differences in level. So you know, who better to accompany you in this experience than your faithful dog friend?
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 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.
We recommend checking that you have everything you need to take care of your dog while you are in Tui. Remember also that when you pass by roads where there is road traffic or villages (however small), it is better to take the dog with the harness.
Tui – Redondela
This first stage is the longest and hardest stage of the entire route. We advise you to start early in order to be able to make several rest stops throughout the day, in which to offer the dog rest. This Portuguese Way with your dog will begin by leaving the town of Tui through the natural area of As Gándaras and the Louro River in the parish of Ribadelouro. We recommend you to take into account to make this section of the way until O Porriño by the natural route of the Louro, since the other option runs by an industrial estate. Later, you will cross the municipality of O Porriño to arrive to the chapel of Santiaguiño in Mos and to continue the route until the end of the stage, Redondela.
Redondela is a place of very old population, surrounded by spaces full of history, magic and symbolism. From deposits belonging to the Bronze Age, to remains of castrexa occupation, as Castro da Peneda or Castro de Negros, to places loaded with thousands of experiences and historical facts 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, two iconic things about this town are its viaducts, which cross the city, and its famous summer carnival, known throughout Galicia.
Redondela – Pontevedra
You will leave Redondela behind and begin the stage by entering the Arcade through the parish of Cesantes and its beautiful Camiño Real. You will leave the Arcade by crossing one of the most important bridges in Galicia, 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 will run 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 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 church of La Peregrina.
Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis
After crossing the River Lérez, the Way leaves Pontevedra along Rúa da Santiña, from where you will reach the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large wetland of 80 hectares that is home to hundreds of plant species and 123 different 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 that you make a half-kilometre detour 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 your stage, Caldas de Reis, the water will still be 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 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, you will enter the valley of Bermaña following the 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. You will continue your journey towards 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 kilometres you will find the end of the stage, Padrón, where the nave that carried the body of the Apostle Santiago stopped and a town famous throughout Spain for its delicious peppers.
In Padrón, you should 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 from Tui, so we recommend leaving early to enjoy the day in Santiago with your dog. Today you will find a great density of urbanized areas, which confirm that you are reaching the goal. The most outstanding feature of this stage, apart from the Cathedral of Santiago, is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, considered the first cathedral of Galicia in its early days 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 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 sealed your credentials in each stage, you will be able to pick up your deserved Compostelas. For your dog friend, there is also the canine Compostela!
We hope you will 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
Road completed. Once you have enjoyed your last day as pilgrims, it is time to pack up, go home and take stock of the journey. A road that has made you see things in a different way, from which you will take your backpack loaded with new friendships and wonderful and unforgettable moments with your dog, creating with him an unbreakable bond. We are sure that your travel companion is also happy to have shared this trip with you
**After leaving the accommodation our services will be finished.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 7 days / 6 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service
- Dog’s backpack transfer service
- Documentation: maps and useful information
- Credential (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Dog Credential
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Free cancellation insurance due to COVID
- Single room suppplement: 120 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 90€ double room / 70 € single room
- Transfer with dog from Tui to Santiago: 175€ (max. 4 pax)
- 395 € pax double room
We have selected for you and your pet the best dog friendly accommodations available on this route. You will stay in small family pensions where you will feel at home, rural houses in idyllic surroundings and hotels with all the comforts to guarantee you the maximum enjoyment on your Way of Saint James.