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Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago, Camino Portugues Final Stage Tui to Santiago

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Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

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Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago, Camino Portugues Final Stage Tui to Santiago
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Country
Portugal, Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - November

Itinerary

Day 1: Valença/Tui
Day 2: O Porriño
Day 3: Arcade
Day 4: Pontevedra
Day 5: Caldas de Reis
Day 6: Padrón
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

Walk the last 100 km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela (the minimum required to earn your Compostela). This final section of the walk takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever.

The central Camino Portugués route is relatively flat and easy to navigate and it is a great alternative to the French Camino. Spend one unforgettable week walking through stunning Galician countryside and villages and exploring fascinating historical towns and cities.


Itinerary for Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

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Day 1: Arrive Valença/Tui

Arrive at the fortress town of Valença do Minho in Portugal. Separated from Portugal by the River Minho, the Galician town of Tui is a pretty, historical border town. Dine at one of Tui’s many restaurants and spend an overnight in Valença or Tui.

  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Valença or Tui

Day 2: Valença/Tui – O Porriño

Before you leave Tui, spend some time visiting its famous Gothic cathedral. From Tui, you’ll follow the Louro valley, walk along a forest track and across a stone slab bridge into a wetland area where you should spot plenty of bird life. Reach the city of O Porriño with its magnificent Gothic town hall building.

  • Walking for the day: 19 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel

Day 3: O Porriño – Arcade

Leave O Porriño and make your way through the forest of Chan das Pipas. A short, steep climb up the Road of the Knights is rewarded with amazing seascapes. You will reach Redondela, where the central route and the coastal route merge. Finish this stage in the coastal town of Arcade, a small town renowned for its oysters.

  • Walking for the day: 22 km, 5-6 hours
  • Overnight in a 2-star hotel

Day 4: Arcade – Pontevedra

This stage is one of the shortest and most beautiful of the Camino Portugues. Climb the ancient stone paths of the Verea Vella da Canicouva and explore the 13th century church. When you arrive at Pontevedra, don’t miss the historical city centre and its numerous tapas bars.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 3-4 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel

Day 5: Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis

Leave Pontevedra through pleasant countryside. This stage to Caldas de Reis is fairly long but not demanding and you will have the opportunity to rest your tired feet in Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs.

  • Walking for the day: 22 km, 5-6 hours
  • Overnight in a 2-star hotel

Day 6: Caldas de Reis – Padrón

Today’s route leaves Caldas de Reis and takes you on a soft climb to the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see many churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón and take in the Bermana and Valga river valleys. Padrón is the place where St James remains were brought to following his martyrdom in Jerusalem.

  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 4-5 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel

Day 7: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela

Your final stage! You will walk mostly through rural settings but there are still pleasant sections through oak, pine and eucalyptus woodland. Enter the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and relish the end of your journey at the Cathedral.

  • Walking for the day: 23 km, 5-6 hours
  • Overnight in a 3-star hotel

Day 8: Departure

Arrange extra nights in Santiago or enjoy breakfast then make your way to Santiago Airport. If you have time, explore the old city of Santiago de Compostela before you leave.

Hotels for Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

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Accommodation is mainly on a bed and breakfast basis using nice, mainly 3-star hotels. All of them have private en-suite rooms and offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour. Please note that many rooms with en-suite/private facilities have a shower rather than a bath, usually because of limited space.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included (usually buffet breakfast / coffee and toast/bread/croissant). When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before.

Travel for Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

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You are best to fly in and out of Santiago de Compostela. To get down to Valenca / Tui, you will have to take a bus or train which connects through Vigo. The total journey time is around 3 hours.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports


Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, however private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost, including a transfer back to Porto after you finish your holiday.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 15 kg per person). When arriving at hotels, sometimes your luggage will have been taken to your room awaiting your arrival. However don’t be surprised if in some places your luggage is waiting for you at the reception desk. Please politely ask someone from the staff if you need assistance to bring it to your room.

Country Info

Up-to-date travel advice on Portugal is available here. Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here.

Trip Info for Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 12-22 km (19 km per day on average); the terrain is mostly flat (read more about difficulty grades). You will follow a mixture of dirt roads, woodland paths, minor roads (1/3 of the route) and some busier roads close to the bigger towns and cities.

Route Navigation

The routes are well waymarked, and in general the itinerary is very easy to follow. Please take care however at intersections where there may be a choice of several different alternative routes. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from mid March till early November. Best months to visit are April – June and September – October as in summer months it may become too hot (and crowded). The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 15 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

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  • 7 nights in hotels in private en-suite rooms (mostly 3-star)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell)
  • Roadbook explaining the highlights of the Camino de Santiago
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 15 kg per person)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; as costs are not shared, there is a solo traveller supplement to the standard price.

To see the price of the holiday for your desired dates, including the cost of different options and supplements, please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights along the trail bookable upon request
  • Airport transfers

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