Budget: Porto to Tui

Stage 4 of 5

126km

8 days

Budget

Popular time

may

Starting from

€700

Overall

Distance:

11.5 min | 25.2km average | 37.5 max

Ascent:

170 min |452m average | 923 max

Cardio:

2   4   5

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The Camino Portugues became an extremely popular route when the country gained its independence in the 12th Century. This section is the last section of the Camino you walk in Portugal as it moves from the coastal city of Porto north and inland, passing by traditional and historical villages including Barcelos and Ponte de Lima and crossing the Lima and then the Minho River, to the border with Spain and your destination, the town of Tui. This section is full of history, with the area of strategic importance to the Romans and then the Portuguese independence movement centuries later.

Porto

Porto

A vibrant coastal city in the north of Portugal, Porto has much to offer and is well worth an extra night to have the time to fully explore the city. Meander through the mediaeval streets of the Ribeira District, take a relaxing boat ride on the Douro river, or cross one of the many stately bridges to visit the southern side of the river, Vila Nova de Gaia, where the port wine houses are located. These offer tastings and tours of their cellars, as well as stunning views back to the city.

Barcelos

Barcelos

This delightful mediaeval town is perched on a hill above the Cavado River. Here you will find the oldest and largest outdoor market in the region. Held every Thursday, it sells not only food but hand woven linens and local pottery. One particular piece of pottery that you will see everywhere is the rooster of Barcelos. The legend goes that, with the intervention of St James, a dead chicken came back to life on the dinner table of a judge that had wrongly condemned a pilgrim to hang. After seeing this miracle the judge returned to the gallows and the man he had sentenced to hang was found alive. The rooster is now a widely recognised symbol of Portugal.

Ponte de Lima Bridge

Ponte de Lima Bridge

Ponte de Lima is one of the oldest towns of Portugal. This bridge, which the town derives its name from, supposedly marks the spot where the Romans crossed the river. The legend goes that the troops wouldn’t cross the river as they thought it was the river of forgetfulness, so one of the Generals crossed the river and then called each of the soldiers across by name dispelling the myth. Today, on the river bank you can see 24 wooden soldiers waiting to be called across.

Budget: Porto to Tui

Starting from € 700

PORTO

TUI

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

PORTO

The entire old city of Porto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and there’s plenty going on here to warrant that title. Set on the bank of the Douro River near the Atlantic Ocean, the city is perhaps best known globally for its famous Port wine, wine that goes down very well on the countless terraces and restaurants in Porto!

Day

2

23 km

PORTO FAJOZES

The terrain leaving Porto is generally flat and makes the first day of walking gentle. There are numerous ancient churches along the Camino and nearby, such as the 12th Century monastery, Mosteiro Leca do Balio, built on the exact spot a Roman temple dedicated to the god Jupiter once stood.

Day

3

11.5 km

FAJOZES ARCOS

From Fajozes, the Camino starts heading north-east, gradually moving away from the coastline. A little bit outside Fajozes the route crosses an incredible mediaeval bridge, Dom Zameiro. The first woodlands of this section also appear here, with pine and eucalyptus trees providing shade from the sun.

Day

4

20.6 km

ARCOS BARCELOS

Day 4 is a relatively short walk as the path leaves Arcos. Gentle woodland and charming villages alternate along the route, and there’s the option to visit the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, which provides panoramic hilltop views. Further on, you cross another well-preserved mediaeval bridge and soon arrive in the main square at the lively market town of Barcelos, complete with Renaissance fountain and one of the largest markets in Europe.

Day

5

33.5 km

BARCELOS PONTE DE LIMA

As we leave Barcelos, we start to feel Galicia approaching. The landscape begins to change, becoming both hillier and greener, offering pastoral views all day. This day is probably the most challenging section of this route as there aren’t many towns or villages to stop at, and there are a few steep inclines. However, it’s worth it for the scenery alone.

Day

7

37.5 km

PONTE DE LIMA TUI

Leaving Ponte de Lima you will be struck by the beautiful scenery on your way to Tui. Passing through vineyards and forest paths, today is a restful day of introspection for the soul. Arriving at the port in Tui, treat yourself to a glass of wine and some seafood!

Day

8

km

TUI

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. Before you depart, take a walk through the town’s picturesque streets, and 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.

How to Get There

Getting to Porto, Portugal

You can fly either to Porto in Portugal or Vigo in Spain, as several different airlines fly to both airports, directly from the UK, Ireland, and main cities in Europe.

Fly into Porto

Ryanair flies direct to Porto from several cities in the UK and Dublin. Several other airlines fly to Porto Airport, including British Airways, Iberia/BA and Lufthansa. From Porto Airport to Porto city centre, take either the Linea Violet Metro line or an urban bus.

    Fly into Vigo

    Several airlines fly to Vigo from main cities in the UK and main cities in Europe. From Vigo Airport, take the bus to Vigo’s main bus station. Then, you can take the bus to Porto city centre. Alternatively, you can catch a train (this will take 2 hours and 20 minutes).

      Getting home from Tui, Portugal

      At the end of your Camino it is best to fly out of Porto or Vigo airports.

      Fly from Porto

      Buses from Tui to Vigo’s main bus station depart regularly and take half an hour. From there, take a direct bus to Porto Airport (this will take around 45 minutes).

        Fly from Vigo

        Buses from Tui to Vigo’s main bus station depart regularly and take half an hour. Then take an urban bus to Vigo Airport (this will take 20 minutes).

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          Starting off gently from Porto the terrain get gradually hillier as you approach the border between Portugal and Spain to enter Galicia.
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