There are many pilgrims who walk to Santiago de Compostela every year through the different routes that lead to the Cathedral. Today at ALBERGUES DEL CAMINO we bring you one of the most famous routes: the Portuguese Way from Tui.
Tui is a very famous place for being the border town that separate Spain and Portugal, but it’s also very popular within the Jacobean route. It is the starting point to travel the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way and to get the Compostela.
The Camino de Santiago from Tui is the route most chosen by pilgrims after the Camino Frances from Sarria, since it’s a 119 km route that can be done in 6 stages and does not have many difficulties.
Next, we are going to see the stages of the Camino de Santiago from Tui.
Stage 1. From Tui to Porriño. (16.6 km)
The Portuguese Way reaches Spain in Tui, a town on the banks of the Miño.
The most characteristic element of Tui is the Cathedral of Santa María. Mixing Romanesque and Gothic, the temple sits in the highest area of the town next to a set with a certain aspect of Fortress thanks to being made up of defensive towers, paths and passageways.
This stage is quite simple. You will leave Tui through its historic streets to begin the ascent on your route to the north, and then you will continue with a descent that will take you to O Porriño.
Stage 2: from O Porriño to Redondela (15.2 km)
You will leave Porriño behind to continue up the Val da Louriña towards Redondela. From here you can contemplate the views of the Vigo estuary. Then you will go down again to reach Rendondela.
If you like seafood in Redondela you will have the opportunity to enjoy a good seafood platter, since this town is well known for its high quality seafood, and particularly for oysters.
Stage 3: from Redondela to Pontevedra (19.6 km)
Leaving Redondela you will cross the Roman bridge of Pontesampaio, known for the battle that the neighbors planted against the Napoleonic invasion, and in which the French army was defeated. Next, you will arrive in Pontevedra, whose historic center will leave you speechless.
Stage 4: from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (21.1 km)
To leave Pontevedra, cross the O Burgo bridge. Continue through native and eucalyptus forests and small streams.
Upon arrival in Caldas de Reis you can take a walk through this beautiful town, famous for its hot springs. If you like spas in Caldas de Reis you will find a true paradise.
Stage 5: from Caldas de Reis to Padrón (18.6 km)
The penultimate stage of this route is quite comfortable. In it you can immerse yourself in the Galician rural environment.
After Caldas de Reis we arrive at Valga, with the surprising Mount Albor, and at Pontecesures, where the province of Pontevedra says goodbye to receive that of La Coruña.
The end in Padrón, and the subsequent visit to Iria Flavia, make the Camino Portugues special, just for the fact of stepping on these places, where according to the Jacobean legend the disciples landed with the body of the Apostle Santiago.
Stage 6: from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela (23.7 km)
A great density of small population centers announces the presence already close to the goal. Shortly after starting this stage you will arrive at the town of A Escravitude, with its beautiful Marian sanctuary. The road continues uphill towards Santiago and you will soon see the towers of the cathedral.
Upon arrival in Santiago de Compostela, you will be able to obtain your «Compostela» certificate and visit its beautiful old town, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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