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Camino Portugués Tui to Santiago
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Highlights

  • Experiencing a sense of timelessness and freedom amongst the ever changing landscape
  • Discovering the real Galicia as you walk through this stunning region of Spain
  • Monte Santiaguino where St James first preached in Iberia
  • Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago

This section covers the last 100km of the route which is the minimum required to get your Compostela certificate in Santiago. It takes you through the friendly region of Galicia in Northern Spain until you reach your final destination, Santiago de Compostela. Following quiet country roads and woodland paths you go through wooded valleys, follow gentle rivers and walk by the coast. Galicia welcomes you with its relaxed pace of life and draws you gradually towards your destination, the glorious Santiago de Compostela.

The Camino Portugués in general is quite flat and easy to navigate and with the route being a road less travelled, you will find it a lot quieter than the Camino Frances, but no less inspiring.

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Day 1: Arrive Tui

Separated from Portugal by the River Minho, the Galician town of Tui is a pretty, historical border town. Explore it’s attractive cathedral cloister, or take a wander over the International Bridge to Valenca do Minho, in Portugal.

Overnight: Tui


Day 2: Tui to O Porrino

Follow quiet country roads and woodland paths along the rio Louro valley to O Porrino. You will be collected from here to be transferred back to Tui for your overnight accommodation due to a lack of good standard accommodation in O Porrino.

Walk: 15km, 4 hours


Overnight: Tui


Day 3: O Porrino to Arcade

A short transfer will take you back to O Porrino, to continue your walk. A short, steep climb up the Road of the Knights is rewarded with views of the sea, before heading downhill to Redondela. Continue along the coast, then a brief climb up through wooded forest, before reaching the coast again at Arcade.

Walk: 23 km, 5-6 hours.


Overnight: Arcade


Day 4: Arcade to Pontevedra

Begin the day by climbing the ancient stone paths of the Verea Vella da Canicouva. Explore the 13th century Church of Santa Maria with it’s wonderful views over the Bay of Vigo before arriving in Pontevedra.

Walk: 12km, 3-4 hours 


Overnight: Pontevedra


Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Gentle paths take you through eucalyptus woods and along river valleys shared with the railway line today. Caldas de Reis is a spa town, its history linked to its thermal waters. Enjoy resting your feet in the hot spring on arrival.

Walk: 21km, 5 hours


Overnight: Caldas de Reis


Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padron

A lovely day of walking through two river valleys, the Bermana and the Valga valley. Padron is the starting point of James ministry in Spain, and where St James remains were brought to following his martyrdom in Jerusalem.

Walk: 17km, 4-5 Hours.


Overnight: Padron


Day 7: Padron to Santiago de Compostela

The route gets busier today as you head towards Santiago, but there are still pleasant sections through oak, pine and eucalyptus woodlands. You will soon spot the spires of the magnificent cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and relish that moment of walking into Santiago and completing your journey.

Walk: 22km, 5-6 Hours.


Overnight: Santiago de Compostela


Day 7: Onward Travel

Arrange extra nights in Santiago or enjoy breakfast then make your way to Santiago Airport.

Accommodation

The accommodation is a mixture of small family run hotels, guesthouses and larger hotels in the big cities. All with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Single rooms are available although a single supplement is payable.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Meals

A local breakfast is included each morning which usually consists of a coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.


Time of Year

The Camino Portugués is best enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year.  You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 12-23km. The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag
will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so
that you only need to walk with a day pack. There is a supplement
applicable for solo walkers on baggage transfers due to the fact that
the transfer costs are usually shared.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


For this section you are best to fly in and out of Santiago de Compostela. You can fly directly to Santiago from London Stansted with Ryanair


To get down to Tui, you will have to take a train with RENFE

which connects through Vigo. The total journey time for this is around 2.5 hours.

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Return transfers from O Porrino to Tui.

Excluded

  • Return travel to Spain/Portugal.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Options

Type Name Price From
Tour extra (general) No Baggage Transfers Required US$-85
Tour extra (general) Half Board Supplement (Tui to Santiago) US$190
Accommodation Extra Night in Santiago - Recommended (BB) US$55
Accommodation Solo Walker, Single Supplement (Tui to Santiago) US$245
Accommodation Single room supplement (Tui-Santiago) US$245
Accommodation Double Room Required (1 Double Bed) US$0
Accommodation Twin Room Required (2 Single Beds) US$0
Transport Santiago Airport to Tui (or vice-versa) Transfer US$215

Commiting to the Portugués Camino is a big commitment and you will undoubtably have a huge number of questions and queries. I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of this stage of the Portugués Camino is between 18 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and five hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit.

Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than happy to help.

What type of trails does the Portugués Camino follow?

The path follows quiet country roads and woodland paths, you go through wooded valleys, follow gentle rivers and walk by the coast. Wooden posts with a yellow shell symbol show the way and yellow arrows painted on many walls, wooden posts and tracks are there to follow. There will always be other walkers around incase you are looking for help.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Portugués Camino is extremely popular.  Numbers can rise by up to 100, 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfers are included. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. The maximum weight for a piece of luggage is 20kgs.

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Portugal will be more that happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.


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