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Camino Portugues - Section Short Days 115km

Camino Portugues - Section Short Days 115km map

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.

Trip Stats

115km

distance to walk

9

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Tui
(Arrival)

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.

Day 2
16km

Tui
to
O Porrino

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.

Day 3
14km

O Porrino
to
Redondela

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.

Day 4
8km

Redondela
to
Arcade

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
11km

Arcade
to
Pontevedra

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
11km

Pontevedra
to
Barro

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.

Day 7
12km

Barro
to
Caldas de Reis

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.

Day 8
18km

Caldas de Reis
to
Padron

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.

Day 9
14km

Padron
to
Rua de Francos

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.

 

Day 10
13km

Rua de Francos
to
Santiago

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.

Day 11

Santiago

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Tui
to
O Porrino

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.

Section 2

O Porrino
to
Redondela

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.

Section 3

Redondela
to
Arcade

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.

Section 4

Arcade
to
Pontevedra

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.

Section 5

Pontevedra
to
Barro

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.

Section 6

Barro
to
Caldas de Reis

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.

Section 7

Caldas de Reis
to
Padron

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.

Section 8

Padron
to
Rua de Francos

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.

Section 9

Rua de Francos
to
Santiago

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.

 

How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aer Lingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).

Option 2 – Vigo
Vigo Airport with Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Vigo from the UK.



Starting Point

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).

1 -Santiago airport to Vigo (1hr), See web in English:
2- Vigo to Tui (30mins). There are several buses a day until late. See www.monbus.es and look for “Horarios”(timetables) on the left


Getting Home

Santiago de Compostela
Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.



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Included

  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

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For pilgrims who would rather not rush, and instead go at their own pace and take in the scenery.

13km

per day (average)

11 days

(10 nights/9 walking days)

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