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Portuguese Way from Tui in 8 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
114 km
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6 stages
8 days
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220 €

Bridge of Pontesampaio, in the middle of the Portuguese Way to Santiago
If you choose to do the Portuguese Way from Tui, your pilgrimage will begin in this old border town at the foot of the river Minho that separates Galicia from Portugal. In Tui you will discover the history of a bishopric that extended beyond the border for centuries. Walk through the valleys that form the famous Rías Baixas, land of the sea and Albariño wine, and enter the historic towns and villages of Galicia's most humanised coast, such as Pontevedra or Padrón and Iria Flavia, cradles of the Xacobean phenomenon. When you start the Portuguese Way from Tui, 114 km separate you from Santiago, the final goal of the Jacobean pilgrimage. On arrival, you will have fulfilled the requirements of the Compostela, the document that accredits those who make the pilgrimage on foot to the tomb of the apostle.
Walk the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way
Discover the city of Pontevedra and its magnificent historic centre.
Touring the Galician Rías Baixas
Bridge of Pontesampaio, in the middle of the Portuguese Way to Santiago
Camino Portugues
PT02

Portuguese Way from Tui in 8 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
114 km
●●○○○
6 stages
8 days
Walk the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way
Discover the city of Pontevedra and its magnificent historic centre.
Touring the Galician Rías Baixas
from 220 €
If you choose to do the Portuguese Way from Tui, your pilgrimage will begin in this old border town at the foot of the river Minho that separates Galicia from Portugal. In Tui you will discover the history of a bishopric that extended beyond the border for centuries. Walk through the valleys that form the famous Rías Baixas, land of the sea and Albariño wine, and enter the historic towns and villages of Galicia's most humanised coast, such as Pontevedra or Padrón and Iria Flavia, cradles of the Xacobean phenomenon. When you start the Portuguese Way from Tui, 114 km separate you from Santiago, the final goal of the Jacobean pilgrimage. On arrival, you will have fulfilled the requirements of the Compostela, the document that accredits those who make the pilgrimage on foot to the tomb of the apostle.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

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Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

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24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Starting the Portuguese Way from Tui

To do the Camino de Santiago from Tui, the first thing to do is to get to this border town. You can do it on your own, or hire the transfers that we offer as an optional service.

The first day is for sightseeing in this small town that was once one of the capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia. If you are lucky enough to arrive in time, Tui has a lot to offer. From its historic centre and its promenade on the banks of the Miño river to the cathedral-fortress of Santa María, epicentre of a bishopric that extended for centuries beyond the Miño river, in what is now part of Portugal and was once a county within the Kingdom of Galicia.

And why not come closer? Only the river separates you from Valença do Minho and its magnificent fortress full of life.

Hostel: Pilgrim Ideas or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Villa Blanca or similar
Charming accommodation: A Torre do Xudeu or similar
Premium accommodation: Tui Parador or similar

Day 2. Stage Tui - O Porriño

Distance: 16.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: O Porriño

On the second day the adventure begins. The Camino starts from Tui, on the banks of the river, perhaps joining the pilgrims who have already been walking for days from Oporto, Braga or even Lisbon. After crossing the historic streets you will begin a gentle ascent towards Ribadelouro, passing by the sanctuary of San Bartolomeu, one of the oldest in Galicia. From there you'll descend towards O Porriño, capital of the municipality of the same name, which is in the metropolitan area of Vigo, Galicia's largest city.

To get to O Porriño, when you reach the village of Orbenlle you have two well-signposted options: you can take the official road, which crosses the industrial area of As Gándaras, or the alternative route that runs through the natural area of As Gándaras de Budiño and Río Louro. Our recommendation is to opt for the latter, because it avoids the asphalt and the industrial area and, in addition, both variants are 7.9 km long.

Hostel: Senda Sur or similar
Standard accommodation: Accommodation Central or similar
Charming accommodation: Casa Rural O Corzzon or similar (with transfer)
Premium accommodation: Tui Parador (with transfer) or similar

Day 3. Stage O Porriño - Redondela

Distance: 15.6 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Redondela

The second stage of your Portuguese Way to Santiago, which begins by turning your back on O Porriño and passing quickly into the town of Mos. The path crosses the small village that serves as the capital, passing by the church of Santa Eulalia and the manor house of the Marquises of Mos, and then begins the climb to the top of Enxertade in a hard but short climb. There you can find the Roman milestone of Vilar de Infesta and follow the old Roman road XIX that linked Braga and Astorga.

From there you reach the town of Redondela, another of the towns in the Vigo metropolitan area, known for the enormous railway viaducts that cross the town between its houses, and a perfect place to spend the night.

If you are lucky and your visit to Redondela coincides with the Corpus Christi festivity, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent festival of the cokeThis festival, which has been celebrated since the Middle Ages as a pre-Christian reminiscence, brings to the streets of the town a being from Galician mythology in the form of a dragon or serpent that inhabits rivers and seas: the coca.

Hostel: Hostel Santiago de Vilavella or similar
Standard accommodation: A Marisma Hostel or similar
Charming accommodation: Alvear Suites or similar
Premium accommodation: Torres Agrelo Manor House or similar

Day 4. Stage Redondela - Pontevedra

Distance: 19.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Pontevedra

After leaving Redondela, this third stage of the Way of Saint James from Tui will take you to the top of O Viso, which offers one of the best views over the famous Vigo estuary - the one portrayed by Jules Verne in his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and on whose seabed lie Spanish galleons laden with gold from America.

After a gentle descent, you will reach Arcade, a town famous for the oysters produced on its banks. Further on, you will cross the historic Roman bridge of Pontesampaio over the river Verdugo and begin your descent towards Pontevedra, a city with an impressive historic quarter that is well worth a visit, taking advantage of the shorter-than-usual stage design.

In addition, you can't miss the church of the Pilgrim Virgin and discover its history. Take a look at the ground plan of the building and you'll see that it stands on an unusual but very appropriate scallop shape.

Hostel: Acolá Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Avenida or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Boa Vila or similar
Premium accommodation: Parador de Pontevedra or similar

Day 5. Stage Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

Distance: 21 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Caldas de Reis

On the fifth day of your experience on this Portuguese Way from Tui you will leave Pontevedra by the historic bridge of Burgo, where the river Lérez turns into an estuary. This stage of the Camino is for nature lovers. You will be accompanied by wonderful landscapes dotted with small villages that will allow you to enjoy the charms of the Rías Baixas.

You can have lunch at the Barosa River Nature Park, enjoy the thermal waters of Caldas de Reis or do a wine tasting of D.O. Rías Baixas as part of this section. Just ask us and we will prepare it for you.

The end of the day will be in Caldas de Reis, a thermal village on the banks of the Umia river, perfect for recharging your batteries.

Hostel: GBC Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel O Cruceiro or similar
Charming accommodation: Via XIX Hotel Accommodation or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Torre do Río or similar

Day 6. Stage Caldas de Reis - Padrón

Distance: 18.5 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationPadrón : Padrón

After leaving Caldas, the Portuguese Way continues through rural areas, with small towns and villages. Almost reaching the end of the stage you will cross the river Ulla, one of the most important rivers in Galicia and one of the main channels of the largest and most productive estuary in Galicia: the Ría de Arousa.

On the other side of the bridge, you will find Padrón, the point where, according to tradition, the boat carrying the body of the Apostle James docked when his disciples Theodore and Athanasius brought him back to Gallaecia.

In Padrón you will also discover that the "national poet" of Galician literature is a woman: Rosalía de Castro.

Hostel: Murgadan Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Rosalia or similar
Charming accommodation: Garden Guesthouse or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Pazo de Lestrove (with transfer) or similar

Day 7. Stage Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 24.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

You are approaching the finish line. Passing through small villages, always climbing moderately, you will reach Santiago passing through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric of Teodomiro was located at the time of the discovery of the apostle's tomb.

You will also pass through O Milladoiro, which today functions as a dormitory town of the capital of Galicia, but whose name probably comes from the Latin humiliatorium - a clear reference to the pilgrimage and to the fact that from its top it was finally possible to see the towers of Santiago Cathedral.

Keep walking and you will enter the city from the south, through the Porta Faxeira of the old wall and the rúa do Franco, a name related to the pilgrims, who were called francos indistinctly, even if they came from Portugal or from the south of Galicia. Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached your goal. The journey continues.

Hostel: The Last Stamp or similar
Standard accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Costa Vella or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Monumento San Francisco or similar

Day 8. Santiago de Compostela and more

After a well-deserved rest, you finally have time to visit the city that you have reached on foot after more than a hundred kilometres. Its historic centre, its university, its market and its countless parks, its surroundings...

And, if you have time, the End of the World awaits you. We bring it to you on a full day trip to Muxía, Fisterra and the Costa da Morte.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This programme along the last kilometres of the Portuguese Way is for you if you are looking for one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago, with more services and more human contact. The profile is very accessible, in general, with few slopes, so it is perfect for people of all fitness levels. This route also offers a magnificent opportunity to visit historic towns and villages such as Tui or Pontevedra, and a spectacular gastronomy.
The Portuguese Way between Tui and Santiago de Compostela is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, because temperatures are usually mild, but in this case you should expect more people on the Camino and there may be a certain saturation in the last stages.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. If you need transport to get to Tui from Vigo airport or any other airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: hostels, standard accommodation, charming accommodation and premium accommodation. You can find more information about the categories of accommodation we use on Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.