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Portuguese Way – Porto to Tui 4/5

Walking Section 4 of 5

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The fourth section of the Portuguese Way Camino route begins in the centre of Porto, the relaxed and stunning UNESCO World Heritage city home of Port wine.

A wide range of landscapes await on this section of the Camino, as pilgrims make their way from Portugal into Galicia: from the banks of the Douro River to green rolling hills and tranquil forests. This Camino route also passes many lovely rural villages with magnificent Baroque churches and interesting historic towns, such as Barcelos and Ponte de Lima.

You will finish your Camino adventure walking across the International Bridge over the River Minho that separates Valença do Minho, in Portugal, from Tui, in Galicia, your final destination for this stage.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard – 8 days/ 7 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
  • Taste of Portugal Short Break – 5 days/ 4 nights. This tour includes two nights in magnificent Porto and two walking days on the Portuguese Way to give you a taste of the Portuguese Camino. Let us know if you would like us to organise a Port cellar trip, dinner or a guided visit in Porto.

Trip highlights

  • Take in the bright colours of Porto's UNESCO riverfront
  • Explore Barcelos, home of the famous Portuguese 'Galo'
  • Hop from Portugal to Galicia across the 19th century international bridge
  • Enjoy great views from Tui's Romanesque cathedral

1 Porto

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Porto old town has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. Sitting pretty on the banks of the Douro River, near the Atlantic Ocean, there is plenty to see, do and taste in this fantastic city. Take time to explore the streets of old Porto and of course, learn about the history of its most international produce: Port wine. There are plenty of lovely bars, cafes and restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine and of course a glass of Port!

Taste of the Portuguese Camino: For our short break you will stay two nights in Porto.

2 Porto to Fajozes - 26km

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6h | +303m / -299m
As you start your Camino from Porto, we recommend you take the metro to Maia (not included), so you can skip the suburbs of the city (walking 11km). If you choose to walk from the centre of town, you will walk 25km. From Maia, you will be walking on a quiet country route with many interesting churches along the way, for instance the 12th century monastery: Mosteiro de Leca do Balio. Your stop for the night is the village of Fajozes.

3 Fajozes to Arcos - 11km

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3h | +172m / -165m
Today’s walking day on Camino starts in Fajozes and heads North East, away from the coast. Shortly after the start you will cross the magnificent Dom Zameiro bridge and enter lush pine and eucalyptus woods, offering plenty of shade.
Taste of the Portuguese Camino: This is your last walking day.

4 Arcos to Barcelos - 20km

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3h30 | +321m / -349m
This stage of the Camino takes you across gentle rolling hills, woodland and lovely little villages. If you like, you can climb up to the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, at 290m, to enjoy the fantastic views. You will cross an old stone bridge as you make your way to the market town of Barcelos, famous for its ‘galo’, the iconic Portuguese cockerel.

5 Barcelos to Ponte de Lima - 33km

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8h15 | +518m / -555m
After you leave Barcelos, the landscape will start to change gradually, as you approach Galicia and green hills become more prominent. Today is the most challenging walking day on this Camino section, mainly due to the shortage of villages along the way, as well as some short, sharp climbs. The scenery is fantastic however, so your effort will be rewarded with wonderful views.

6 Ponte de Lima to San Pedro de Rubiães - 18km

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4h45 | +534m / -294m
There is a fair amount of climbing to be done again today, with the highest point being Alto da Portela Grande, at 410m. However once again you will be rewarded with fantastic views. The Camino de Santiago also takes you past a number of small churches and crossings with cairns, where pilgrims to Santiago have traditionally placed stones to mark their journey and remember their loved ones.

7 San Pedro de Rubiães to Tui - 19km

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5h | +285m / -480m
Today is your last walking day on the Portuguese Way, it is also time to leave Portugal and cross the River Minho into Galicia. Your day will kick start with a descent to the Río Coura, across lush green hills; then followed by a long, gradual climb to Alto Sao Bento da Porta Aberta. From here there is a sharp descent to Fontoura and the Rio Minho, separating Portugal and Spain. You will cross the international bridge from Valença do Minho to your final destination: Tui, in Galicia.

8 Tui

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Before you travel back home, take time to explore the charming town of Tui, overlooking the River Minho. Stroll down the lovely streets to the Plaza de San Fernando, where you’ll get fantastic views of the magnificent 12th century cathedral. Ask the team if you’d like to upgrade to a Parador or if you would like to book additional nights to explore this beautiful part of Galicia.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Porto - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Fajozes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Arcos - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Barcelos - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Ponte de Lima - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Rubiães - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Tui - Standard / Parador

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Porto Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Tui Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Porto:
Best Option: Porto airport (10km)
Porto airport has many direct flights from Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are also a few direct flights from New York (Newark) with TAP and from Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Tui:
Best Option: Porto airport (105km)
Porto airport has many direct flights to Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are also a few direct flights to New York (Newark) with TAP and Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (110km)
Aer Lingus has direct flights to Dublin; Ryanair to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet to Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Vigo airport (25km)
Direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers TO and FROM Airport

How to get to Porto:
From: Porto airport (10km)
The easiest way to get from Porto airport to the city centre is by metro. The purple metro line (line E) departs every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.

How to get back from Tui:
To: Porto airport (105km)
You can take a train from Tui to Porto-Campanha (main train station) twice a day (travel time approx. 2h15).
Valenca do Minho is only across the river from Tui (2km, a short taxi ride) and has regular trains to Porto. See schedule: http://www.cp.pt
The easiest way to get to Porto airport from Porto-Campanha is by metro (purple line line E, every 5-9 minutes). See: www.metrodoporto.pt/en.
To: Santiago de Compostela airport (110km)
There are 2 daily train connections between Tui and Santiago, one with a change in Vigo Guixar (departing close to noon), the other one with a change in Redondela (departing in the late evening). Both of them take approx. 2h30. See www.renfe.com.
There is a direct bus to Santiago bus station from Tui (4 per day) taking approximately 2 hours. See www.alsa.es for schedule.
From Santiago train station and bus station you can take the shuttle bus to the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. See http://www.empresafreire.com.
To: Vigo airport (25km)
There are 2 daily train connections between Tui and Vigo, with a travel time of approx. 40min. See www.renfe.com. There are also buses connecting Tui and Vigo, see: http://atsahorarios.com/.
From Vigo train station (Estación de Ferrocarril), you can take a bus (C9A) to the airport. See www.aena-aeropuertos.es

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €925
    Double/Twin Room
    €746
  • Stay 2 nights in Porto and walk 2 sections of the Portuguese Way: 23km to Fajozes and 11km to Arcos. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €505
    Double/Twin Room
    €393

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rentals