Walk the final stage of the Camino Portugués from the medieval town of Tui to the magnificent cathedral in Santiago de Compostela at a leisurely pace in nine walking days*. The 116-km journey will take you through gorgeous forests, fields and villages in the Galician countryside of Northern Spain.
With stage lengths ranging from 7 to 18 km per day, you will have plenty of time to explore the beautiful villages along the route, the local culture and the Galician cuisine. Sample delicious tapas, fresh tortilla, succulent seafood and Padrón peppers. Stop to taste the oysters or relax on the sandy beach in the riverside town of Arcade, enjoy the vibrant historical centre of Pontevedra, soak your weary feet in the thermal springs in the spa town of Caldas de Reis.
*The classic 8-day version of the tour is available here.
Day 1: Arrive Tui
Arrive in the town of Tui and meet with our local team member. Separated from Portugal by the River Minho, the Galician town of Tui is a pretty, historical border town. Visit the Impressive Gothic cathedral and buy some fish-shaped almond biscuits from the nuns of Convento de las Clarisas.
Day 2: Tui – O Porriño
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: 17 km, 4-5 hours
- Overnight in a 2-star hotel in O Porriño (Hostal Expo or similar)
Day 3: O Porriño – Redondela
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.
- Walking for the day: 15 km, 4-5 hours
- Overnight in 3-star hotel in Redondela (Alvear Suites or similar)
Day 4: Redondela – Arcade
Enjoy the shortest walking day of your Camino. Walk uphill through a beautiful forest then down to the small coastal town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters. Over one hundred years old stone houses clinging to green hills that plunge into tranquil bays, ancient Roman bridges, cobblestone streets and narrow lanes that pass up and down through old time neighborhoods with traditional horreos on almost every home.
- Walking for the day: 7 km, 2-3 hours
- Overnight in 2-star hotel in Arcade (Duarte or similar)
Day 5: Arcade – Pontevedra
This is one of the most beautiful stages 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: 13 km, 3-4 hours
- Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Pontevedra (Avenida, Virgen del Camino or similar)
Day 6: Pontevedra – San Mauro
Excavations, a replica milestone, the reconstructed Ponte do Burgo bridge and the ancient Via Romana XIX are all visible Roman heritage on today’s journey. Continue uphill through the woods to the café at San Mauro.
Afternoon transfer back to your accommodation in Pontevedra.
- Walking for the day: 10 km, 3 hours
- Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Pontevedra (Avenida, Virgen del Camino or similar)
Day 7: San Mauro – Caldas de Reys
Morning transfer Pontevedra – San Mauro.
Pick up your Camino where you left off the day before to head downhill, past fields and vineyards and numerous stone crosses to the thermal waters awaiting you in the ancient spa town of Caldas de Reis.
- Walking for the day: 12 km, 3-4 hours
- Overnight in a 2-star hotel in Calas de Reys (Acuña, Roquiño or similar)
Day 8: 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 in Padrón (Pazo de Lestrove, Casa Antiga do Monte, Scala or similar)
Day 9: Padrón – Teo
See the beautiful carvings on the Romanesque church of Iria Flavia shortly after leaving Padrón and walk through more villages and woodland to reach the ancient oak grove and stone cross in Parada da Francos.
- Walking for the day: 11 km, 3-4 hours
- Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Teo (Casa Parada de Francos or similar)
Day 10: Teo – 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: 13 km, 4 hours
- Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Santiago (Lux, Pombal, Capitol or similar)
Day 11: 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.
Accommodation is 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.
Sample hotels: Villa Blanca, A Torre do Xudeu, Hostal Expo, Alvear Suites, Duarte, Avenida, Virgen del Camino, Acuña, Roquiño , Pazo de Lestrove, Casa Antiga do Monte, Scala, Casa Parada de Francos, Lux, Pombal, Capitol.
*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.
Breakfast is included (usually buffet breakfast). 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.
You are best to fly in and out of Santiago de Compostela.
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
To get down to Tui, you will have to take a bus or train which connects through Vigo. The total journey time is around 3 hours. For further information, timetables and tickets, visit ALSA.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, however private transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.
All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 15 kg per person). When arriving at your accommodation, 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.
Difficulty Grade: Easy
This trip is suitable for walkers with average levels of fitness and who are in general good health. The terrain is mostly flat – a combination of small country roads, stone footpaths and well maintained compact dirt tracks with no really steep climbs or treacherous descents. Daily walks of 7-18 km (13 km per day on average) (read more about difficulty grades).
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 early March to mid 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.
You can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants or hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago de Compostela, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100 km finishing in Santiago).
Important: Due to the large influx of pilgrims during summer, and to avoid long waiting times, the Pilgrim Office in Santiago has installed a numbered ticket system for issuing pilgrim certificates (the Compostela). This new system allows pilgrims to collect their ticket and, using a QR Code, to check the status of the queue and estimated waiting time to obtain the Compostela. However, the number of tickets per day is limited so on days with high numbers of pilgrims arriving, there is a possibility that not all pilgrims will be able to collect their certificate on the day of arrival and will have to return for it on the following morning.
Therefore, if obtaining a pilgrim certificate is important to you, and if you plan to undertake the Camino between April 15th and October 15th, we recommend that you arrange the return travel in such a way that you will be in Santiago de Compostela during the morning after your arrival. Better still, we encourage you to book a second night in Santiago so that you can collect the certificate without rush and enjoy the charms of the city!
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)
- 10 nights of accommodation in private en-suite rooms (mostly 3-star)
- 10 breakfasts
- Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel on all walking days (up to 15 kg per person)
- Transfer San Mauro – Pontevedra – San Mauro
- Roadbook explaining the highlights of the Camino de Santiago
- Detailed journey documentation and practical information
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative
- 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
- 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 bookable upon request
- Airport transfers