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Portuguese Way Last 100km

Tui to Santiago

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The last section of the Portuguese Way starts in the cathedral town of Tui, in Galicia; separated from Portugal only by the River Minho and its iconic International Bridge. From Tui to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino trail takes pilgrims across tranquil woods, farmland and peaceful hamlets, as well as historic towns and cities.

On this section of the Portuguese Way you will reach the Atlantic coast in Arcade, a seaside town famous for its oyster festival; and the lovely city of Pontevedra with its classic Galician old town, superb architecture and lively pedestrian centre. Being in the heart of the Rías Baixas region, make sure you sample its famous white wine, Albariño. On your way to Santiago, you will also stop in Padrón, hometown of Galicia’s most acclaimed poet, Rosalía de Castro, and reputedly the place where St James first landed in Galicia.

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VIEW TOUR SUGGESTIONS

  • Standard:
    • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • Split – 7 walking days/ 8 nights. This tour includes an extra walking day to split the last day into two walking days of 10km & 15km.
  • Superior
    • Superior Collection: Stay in the best accommodation available along the way, including Parador heritage hotels and other unique properties. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.
    • Country Cottage: Stay in boutique properties in rural settings. Pick up included.

Trip highlights

  • Admire Tui's Romanesque cathedral
  • Sample Arcade's famous oysters with a glass of Albariño
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Pontevedra Old Town
  • Claim your 'Compostela' in Santiago

1 Tui

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Your Camino trip starts in the cathedral town of Tui, by the Minho River. We highly recommend you go for a stroll down the cobbled streets and head to the Plaza de San Fernando, where you will enjoy fantastic views of the magnificent 12th century cathedral. If you have time the day before starting your Camino, you should cross the International Bridge over to Valenca do Minho, in Portugal.

2 Tui to O Porriño - 15km

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4h | +155m / -161m
This section of the Camino Portugues starts from the old port of Tui and makes its way up through the old town along the Camino de Barca. From here you will pass through the Túnel das Monxas and begin a sharp climb up to the pretty bridge of San Telmo. After this, the terrain becomes slightly easier on the way to O Porriño. Please note: an alternative route has been signposted in 2013 to bypass the industrial estate in the outskirts of town.

3 O Porriño to Arcade - 24km

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5h30 | +429m / -429m
From O Porriño you continue your Camino journey along the Louro valley. On your way to Redondela you will spot the bay in the distance. A short climb takes pilgrims to the chapel of Santiaguiño (Little St James) de Antas, a lovely place where you can rest your legs and feet for a while.  After the chapel, the Camino route enters pine forests. Before you reach Arcade, famous for its oysters and your stop for the night, you will pass the village of Setefontes.

4 Arcade to Pontevedra - 13km

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3h | +220m / -235m
Today, you will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. It is in this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio the Camino continues along a cobbled road taking pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra.

5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis - 22km

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6h | +244m / -241m
Today, starting in the city of Pontevedra, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras, take a minute to admire the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira you will spot a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. You will be staying in the spa town of Caldas de Reis for the night.

6 Caldas de Reis to Padrón - 18km

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4h30 | +268m / -285m
From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

7 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - 25km

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6h | +448m / -202m
Today is your last day walking the Camino Portugués route. The Camino will take you past a number of small villages on your way to the sanctuary of A Esclavitude. Nearby on a hilltop sit the ruins of a fort known as Castro Lupario. Shortly after this you will see some of the oldest wayside crosses (cruceiros) in Galicia. As you make your way towards Agro dos Monteiros you will be able to spot the spires of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. As you approach Santiago, you will pass the ruins of A Rocha Vella castle.

Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

Easy Walking Option Stay in Teo - 10km

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3h | +224m / -101m
Split the long walking day above, Padrón to Santiago de Compostela, into two stages of 10km & 15km, staying in the village of Teo for a night.

8 Santiago de Compostela

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Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored and be discovered on foot but always vibrant and lively. Wander the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town, go for a stroll in the Alameda Park and discover regional flavours in the local market (Mercado de Abastos) and the many restaurants and bars.

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

Tui - Standard / Superior / 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.
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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

O Porrino - Standard / Superior / Country Cottage

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.
Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Arcade - 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.

Pontevedra - Standard / Superior / 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.
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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Caldas de Rei - Standard / Superior / Country Cottage

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 guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Padrón - Standard / Superior / Country Cottage

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.
Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / 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.
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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Tui Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Tui

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

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.

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.

 

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.