THE ESSENCE OF THE PORTUGUESE ROUTE: TUI – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
The Portuguese route from Tui is the second most popular route and keeps growing year after year thanks to its scenery, gastronomy and cultural heritage. Discover with us this route, also called the ‘Central Portuguese Route’, in 6 easy stages, staying in the best accommodation specially selected by our team.
DAY 1: ACCOMMODATION IN TUI
It’s worth visiting this city on the banks of the river Miño whose most representative monument is the Cathedral of Santa María, which stands out for its fortress-like appearance. However, other places that you shouldn’t miss are the old town and its riverside side walk on a beautiful reclaimed bank next to the river Miño.
DAY 2: FROM TUI – O PORRIÑO
17km, 4-5Hrs DIFFICULTY: EASY
This is, for many, one of the best stages on this route. It’s a day with few inclines, littered with lush vegetation and typical features of the Galician heritage.
DAY 3: O PORRIÑO – REDONDELA
15km, 3-4Hrs DIFFICULTY: EASY
This is another comfortable day, like the previous. The gentle profile is only interrupted by the approximately 3 km climb from Mos to the Santiaguiño chapel. Pine and eucalyptus forests will play a starring role until you reach the estuary in Vigo.
DAY 4: REDONDELA – PONTEVEDRA
18km, 4-5Hrs DIFFICULTY: MODERATE
We say goodbye to Redondela crossing the railway bridge, designed by Eiffel, to begin a short day with few inclines in a mainly urban environment. Your destination, Pontevedra, offers many attractions. Those worth mentioning are its market, old-town and riverside walk along the banks of the Lérez.
DAY 5: PONTEVEDRA – CALDAS DE REIS
23km, 5-6Hrs DIFFICULTY: EASY
On leaving Pontevedra, you will pass the Church of the Virgin Pilgrim which is shaped like a scallop shell. It is considered to be one of the symbols of the city. This is an easy stage with few inclines and includes various crossing with the main road N-550. Caldas de Reis, with its restorative thermal baths, will be your reward at this midway point of the route.
DAY 6: CALDAS DE REIS – PADRÓN
19km, 4-5Hrs DIFFICULTY: MODERATE
There is only a distance of 19 km between the spa town of Caldas de Reis and Padrón so you will experience an easy day’s walk in which you will once again immerse yourself in rural Galicia. Cornfields, oak woods and hundred year old forests accompany you until you reach your goal. Padrón is an area which has a lot of history with the Camino. As legend has it, it is where the disciples moored the boat that was bringing the body of the apostle.
DAY 7: PADRÓN – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
25km, 5-6Hrs DIFFICULTY: MODERATE
This stage has few difficulties except a constant but increasing ascent into the capital of Galicia. You will enter Santiago via ‘O Milladoiro’ (The Shrine), where the pilgrims would kneel after sighting the cathedral for the first time. Once inside the holy city, it’s worth wandering around its historic centre, enjoying its gastronomy in the ‘Mercado de Abastos’ or taking a walk in the Alameda park.
DAY 8: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
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