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Camino Portugues from Tui to Santiago de Compostela

Camino Portugues from Tui to Santiago de Compostela map

From Tui to Santiago de Compostela, Galician lush nature on the approach to Santiago

This walking holiday explores the Camino Portugues, or Portuguese Way, of the iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the 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 and Spain. The Camino Portugues gently winds along ancient paths, running through woodlands, villages, farmlands, vineyards and historic towns.

Every day during the walk you’re 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

6

days of walking

difficulty level

Trip Highlights

Tui Cathedral

The Cathedral in the town of Tui, the starting point of this section of the Camino Portugues, shouldn’t be missed! Dating back to the 11th century, the cathedral displays stunning Romanesque architecture.

Padron

On your sixth day, you’ll arrive in the town of Padron – famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St James. While you are here, make sure to taste the world-famous Padron peppers!

Itinerary

Day 1

Tui
(Arrival)

You’ll be booked into a hotel in the heart of Tui. The rooms are en-suite. Take a walk through the town’s picturesque streets, 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 long-standing 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 historic bridge of San Telmo. From there, travelling over a less abrupt terrain, we come to the town of O Porrino.

Day 3
22km

O Porrino
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 through the hamlet of Setefontes and arrives in Arcade.

Day 4
11km

Arcade
to
Pontevedra

From here you will cross a Romanesque bridge which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence. Arriving into Pontevedra you will head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Of interest to pilgrims is also the Capela da Peregrina which although it appears round is actually in the shape of a scallop.

Day 5
24km

Pontevedra
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. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.

Day 6
18km

Caldas de Reis
to
Padron

From 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 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 St James.

Day 7
28km

Padron
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.A few kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it’s now possible to see the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. Finally, the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.

Day 8

Santiago

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Tui
to
O Porrino

You’ll be booked into a hotel in the heart of Tui. The rooms are en-suite. Take a walk through the town’s picturesque streets, 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
Arcade

From the long-standing 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 historic bridge of San Telmo. From there, travelling over a less abrupt terrain, we come to the town of O Porrino.

Section 3

Arcade
to
Pontevedra

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 through the hamlet of Setefontes and arrives in Arcade.

Section 4

Pontevedra
to
Caldas de Reis

From here you will cross a Romanesque bridge which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence. Arriving into Pontevedra you will head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Of interest to pilgrims is also the Capela da Peregrina which although it appears round is actually in the shape of a scallop.

Section 5

Caldas de Reis
to
Padron

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. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.

Section 6

Padron
to
Santiago

From 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 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 St James.

Map

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.



What you get with us

Included

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

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

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Earn Certificate of Completion upon reaching Santiago de Compostela

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8 days

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8 days

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