Camino Portugues - Section Short Days 115km
From Tui to Santiago de Compostela, Galician lush nature on the approach to Santiago
This Walking Holiday explores the Camino Portugues / Portuguese Way, following the iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the famous Way of Saint James.
This Camino, which was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal & Spain. The Camino Portugues gently winds along ancient tracks & paths, running through woodlands, villages, farmlands, vineyards & historic towns.
Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.
Tui – Start of your journey
You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of Tui. The rooms are en-suite. Take a walk through the picturesque streets of this town, then as you approach the Plaza de San Fernando, the silhouette of the west-facing facade of the 12th-century cathedral will provide you with a lasting memory.
From Tui to O Porrino (16km, 4h)
From the old port of Tui, the Camino winds its way up to the old town, following the so-called Camino da Barca. Then through the Tunel das Monxas, the Camino enters a very steep section and leads to the evocative bridge of San Telmo. From there, travelling over less abrupt terrain, we come to the town of O Porrino.
From O Porrino to Redondela (14km, 3h30)
The terrain becomes easier as we cross the Louro valley. Keeping the valley to the east, after a gentle climb you arrive at the chapel of Santiaguino de Antas; a pleasant place to take a rest. We now enter a wide expanse of woodland. Surrounded by pine trees, the Camino starts its descent to Redondela.
From Redondela to Arcade (8km, 2h30)
Leaving Redondela a short steep climb awaits but don’t worry there is a water font awaiting you at the top. Continuing through the eucalyptus woods views begin to emerge of the Ria de Vigo before you descend down to the seaside town of Arcade.
Day 5 From Arcade to Pontevedra (11km, 3h)
Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this bridge. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th century church of Santa Maria. Views of the Bay of Vigo are stunning! Pontevedra is the capital of the county and the province as well as the Riax Baixas in Galicia.
Day 6 From Pontevedra to Barro (11km, 3h)
Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, his staff pointing the way to proceed in the town of Barro.
From Barro to Caldas de Reis (12km, 3h15)
Crossing the River Barossa, a short section of the route will be passes through vineyards before arriving at the lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross. Shortly after, the Camino brings us to Caldas do Rei.
From Caldas de Reis to Padron (18km, 4h30)
Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we then cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.
From Padron to Rua de Francos (14km,3h30)
The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario, and couple of kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. Shortly after, we will arrive at the village green of Rua de Francos.
Rua de Francos to Santiago (13km, 3h45)
Leaving Rua de Francos the Camino goes through woodland. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the cathedral. Finally the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.
Santiago de Compostela, End of the Camino
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
Option 1 – Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aer Lingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).
The closest airport is Vigo. From airport to Tui you’re best option is to take a taxi, 15 mins or take 2 buses (about €15pp).
Santiago de Compostela
Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.