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Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

Camino Portugues Final Stage: Tui to Santiago

Overview

Walk the last 100 km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela (the minimum required to earn your Compostela) in six walking days. 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 historic towns and cities.

Highlights

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Valença (or 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, historic border town. Dine at one of Tui’s many restaurants and spend an overnight in Valença or Tui.

Day 2: Valença/Tui – O Porriño | 20 km

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 birdlife. Reach the city of O Porriño with its magnificent Gothic town hall building.

  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hostal Expo or similar

Day 3: O Porriño – Arcade | 22 km

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
  • Accommodation: Hotel Duarte or similar

Day 4: Arcade – Pontevedra | 13 km

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 historic city centre and its numerous tapas bars.

  • Walking for the day: 13 km, 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel Avenida or similar

Day 5: Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis | 22 km

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
  • Accommodation: Balneario Acuna or similar

Day 6: Caldas de Reis – Padrón | 19 km

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.

Day 7: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela | 25 km

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.

Day 8: Departure

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

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodation is in nice 2-star and 3-star hotels and guesthouses. They all 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.

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*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 en route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available at the restaurant of your accommodation or the towns where you overnight.

Difficulty & terrain

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. The routes are well waymarked, and in general, the itinerary is very easy to follow. However, please be careful 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 until the end of October. The best months to visit are April – June and September – October as in summer months it may become too hot. 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.

Getting there

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By plane

Our recommended arrival & departure airport for this tour is Santiago de Compostela.

By train or bus

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.

Inclusions

Included

  • 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 (1 pc up to 15 kg per person)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches and dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Local tourist tax & entrance fees (payable on the spot)
  • Personal expenses
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘Included’ in the programme

Options, extras & supplements

  • Supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room / single use of a double room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Extra nights

Compostela/Pilgrims Passport

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!

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Raymond

Did the second part of the Portuguese Camino from Valencia to Santiago in last week September 2021. First we spend few days in amazing Bilbao and rented a car to drop off in Vigo airport.

We had very good introductory meeting for the start of our Camino, although we hardly needed the guide books afterwards as the walks are excellent marked. All the hotels we stayed in were very nice and seemed to be well picked. We will definitely do more walks and caminos soon!

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