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Portuguese Way – Tui to Santiago 5/5 FINAL SECTION

Walking Section 5 of 5

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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.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • 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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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Tui:
Best option: Porto airport (105km)
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.
Other Option (a): Santiago de Compostela airport (110km)
Aer Lingus has direct flights from Dublin; Ryanair from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss from Zurich; Turkish Airlines from Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights from Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other Option (b): Vigo airport (25km)
Direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Santiago de Compostela:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
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: Porto airport (210km)
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. Seewww.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Vigo airport (96km)
Direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: A Coruña Airport (70km)
Direct flights to London (Vueling), Lisbon (TAP), Madrid and Barcelona.

Transfers TO and FROM Airport

How to get to Tui:
From: Porto airport (105km)
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.
From Porto-Campanha (main train station), there is a train to Tui twice a day (travel time approx. 2h15). See www.cp.pt.
Another option is to take a train to Valenca do Minho (across the river from Tui) and has regular trains from Porto. Then take a taxi to Tui (2km, a short taxi ride away). See schedule: http://www.cp.pt
From: Santiago de Compostela airport (110km)
From Santiago airport you should take the shuttle bus to the train station, departing every 30 min. See http://www.empresafreire.com.
There are two trains daily from Santiago city to Tui, one with a change in Vigo Guixar, the other one with a change in Redondela. Both of them take approx. 2h30. See www.renfe.com.
There is a direct bus from Santiago bus station to Tui (4 per day) taking approximately 2 hours. See www.alsa.es for schedule.
From: Vigo airport (25km)
From Vigo airport you can take a bus (L9A) to Travesia de Vigo, close to the train station. From here, there are two daily train connections between Vigo and Tui, with a travel time of approx. 40min. See www.renfe.com.

How to get back from Santiago de Compostela:
To: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
There is a shuttle bus from the city (Praza de Galicia, train station and bus station) to Santiago airport, departing every 30min. See www.empresafreire.com.
To: Porto airport (210km)
There is a direct bus from Santiago (Estacion de Autobuses) to Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.
To: Vigo airport (96km)
From Santiago you can take a bus or train to Vigo Guixar station and then the bus (L9A) from Travesia de Vigo (nearby) to Vigo Airport. Total travel time is approximately 1hr and 45 min.
To: A Coruña 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.

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


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Most popular with selected accommodation, all rooms are en-suite. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €925
    Double/Twin Room
    €746
  • This tour includes an additional walking day, splitting the last 24km into two days: walking 12km each day. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1065
    Double/Twin Room
    €860
  • Stay in the best accommodation available along the way, including Parador heritage hotels and country cottages. Price pp, half board. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

    Single Room
    €1261
    Double/Twin Room
    €995
  • Stay in boutique properties in rural settings. Pick up to your accommodation is included. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1030
    Double/Twin Room
    €816

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

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

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful info
  • Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)