FROM TUI TO SANTIAGO (120km)
Turn your pet into a real pilgrim!
The Portuguese Way is the second most travelled route in Saint James after the French Way. You and your pet will start the adventure in the Pontevedra town of Tui, gateway to Galicia from Portugal, and you will cross the province of Pontevedra from south to north, discovering on your way agricultural areas of vineyards, orchards, cornfields, large forests of pine and eucalyptus, letting yourself be carried away by the beauty of its villages, the charm of its people and its exquisite cuisine. What an adventure awaits you on this Camino de Santiago with Dog from Tui!
Arrival in Tui
The Camino de Santiago has left an indelible mark on Tui for you to walk with your dog. 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 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 is characterized by being smooth and comfortable, alternating paths with asphalt tracks and roads, following the course of the Louro River. The beauty of the stage is only obscured 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, you will have all the services for pilgrims, among the emblematic buildings that you can visit are 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 big 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 by its paved streets and its squares will be enough to realize you the so special enchantment that hides.
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 that you make 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.
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, carballedas, 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 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 kilometers away you will find the end of the stage, Padrón, the place where the nave that carried the body of the Apostle Santiago stopped and a town famous throughout Spain for its delicious peppers.
Padrón – Santiago de Compostela
The last and the most exciting of the stages, after 6 hard days walking we will finally arrive to our goal, Santiago de Compostela.
The shortest stage but one of the most exciting. We highly recommend to start walking early in order to arrive to Santiago as soon as possible to enjoy the rest of the day in the city.
Monte Do Gozo its a strategic point, located just 4 km from the Cathedral. Once there we will observe in the distance the towers of the long-awaited Cathedral of Santiago and we will feel a great personal satisfaction. We must let ourselves be guided downhill, the end of our Camino is near. We will arrive at Obradoiro Square, where the Cathedral is located.
Santiago de Compostela
Mission completed. After sealing our credential at every stage and collecting our Compostela, we deserve this great reward. A good opportunity to get to know the city, enjoy its culture, people and gastronomy, after all the effort invested you’ve earned it.
This is how you get to the last point of the Camino de Santiago with Dog from Tui. The one to return home.
** After leaving the accommodation our services will be concluded.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days / 7 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
- Single room suppplement: 135 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 90€ double room / 70 € single room
- Transfer with dog from Tui to Santiago: 175€ (max. 4 pax)
- 420 € pax double room
DOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation in Hotels and Hostels
We have selected for you and your pet the best dog friendly accommodations available on this route. You will stay in small family-run boarding houses where you will feel at home, rural houses in idyllic surroundings and hotels with all the comforts to guarantee you maximum enjoyment on your Way of Saint James. This is our personal recommendation to do the Camino de Santiago with Dog from Tui.