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Camino Portugués Tui to Santiago


  • Walk the final 100km of the Camino Portugués
  • The charming spa town of Caldas de Rei and coastal town of Arcade
  • Monte Santiaguino where St James first preached in Iberia
  • Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago

Walk the last 100km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. This final section of the walk takes you from Tui through the friendly region of Galicia in Northern Spain.

Following country roads and woodland paths, you pass through wooded valleys, follow gentle rivers and walk along the coast. Explore the peaceful coastal town of Arcade and the charming spa town of Caldas de Rei. And as you near Santiago, enjoy the fantastic camaraderie with fellow pilgrims.

Please Note - Due to restoration works on the interior of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the Pilgrim Mass has been moved to an alternate location in 2019. For more information please read our blog post - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration 2019

Day 1: Arrive Tui

Separated from Portugal by the River Minho, the Galician town of Tui is a pretty, historical border town. Explore its 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. As the final section of this walk is along roads with limited shade we recommend starting early in the day to try and avoid the worst of the heat. 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. Whilst leaving O Porrino does feel quite industrial, you are soon heading into the countryside again and paths through pine and eucalyptus trees. 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.

Arcade is a wonderful little place to explore with the beautiful medieval bridge of Pontesampaio and the charming promenade being real highlights.

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 its wonderful views over the Bay of Vigo before arriving in Pontevedra.

Pontevedra is the most “city-like” town on the route aside from Santiago and a bustling place with a great atmosphere.

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. Approaching Caldas de Reis you do hop on and off the main road but only for very brief sections. 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. There are just two brief sections of road walking today as you leave Caldas and then enter Padron. 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: 26km, 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.


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.


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.


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 weather on the Camino Portugues can be quite varied as it passes through several different regions. We recommend walking between March and October to get the best weather for walking. July and August can be extremely busy on the Camino and very hot (temperatures have reached up to 40 degrees) so we tend to recommend avoiding these months.

As some of the route passes close to the coast, this can cool down the temperatures but it can also cause storms and high winds.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

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

Grade & Terrain

The Camino Portugues is graded moderate overall and involves daily walks of between 12-33km. It is suited to regular walkers who enjoy long distance walking. You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, woodland paths, minor roads (one third of the route) and closer to the bigger towns and cities, some busier roads. It should also be noted that on the section out of Porto there is a busy road network but there are some alternatives to avoid this. Much of this route is flat, but there are a few days that are long and some sections on cobbled pavements which can be tough so a good level of fitness is recommended.

Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections where there may be a choice of several different alternative routes, particularly in the latter half of the route from Porto to Santiago. Navigation can become trickier when leaving the busier cities and towns such as Lisbon, Porto and Tui and you will need to pay close attention to your route notes for these sections. We also provide a guidebook which can be very helpful to use at confusing intersections.There are usually 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. This tour also has access to the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App - we highly recommend using it, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction.

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.


  • 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.
  • GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App
  • Return transfers from O Porrino to Tui.


  • 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.


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

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.

Amazing experience


It was my first camino or any walking trip.I enjoyed it so much and looking forward to do more walking trip.




Trip of a lifetime!


Awesome experience. The scenery was interesting and beautiful. We met great people from all over the world.




This was a fine trip!


This is a great way to organize a trip on the Camino. You handled all of the details and we spent our days walking and enjoying the Spanish countryside.

Jan and Cleve

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Great trip, good hotels & logical walking distances


Great walking trip - hotels were organised in the more interesting towns & logically. Good to have luggage moved & know we had back up available if needed. We added an extra night in near the end so we had a short walk to Santiago arriving at midday & could enjoy being there - I would definitely recommend doing that or staying an extra day in Santiago as its a great place. We bumped into other walkers in Santiago we meet on the way & some were really tired when they got there early evening and missed getting their Compostela certificate as they were flying home the next morning.

Ali W



A wonderful adventure!


Everything was wonderful- except we found the accommodation in Pontevedra to far from town. If we had of known the extra distance we would have stopped as we walked through town. After a long walk we did not feel like walking back to town. Just a minor issue.

Can I go again?



Great experience


Well organised a great experience




Santiago here we come!


It was a great experience and MAC Tours did an excellent job - info and guides, emergency contacts, comfortable accommodation. While the self guide gave a sense of adventure, knowing I had emergency phone numbers was a welcome security. More detailed maps to local hotels would be good - was this up to local partner? At the end of a day's walking when you think you have arrived at your destination it wasn't great to then have difficulties finding accommodation.




Tui to Santiago


This is my 4th walk with Macs Adventure and I can't fault them from the first enquiry to the plane coming home. I take a long time to make up my mind and they never get impatient tailor making your trip to suit your needs exactly. The accommodation is always of a high standard and the luggage transfers never fail. This really makes the trip a breeze. The grades are accurate in terms of fitness levels and altitudes climbed etc. The scenery on this walk was amazing and although you meet people along the way it is not crowded and you have time and quiet to reflect on your own walk.

Sharon Lotz

South Africa


Camino walk a 2nd time around. Just gets better!


Mac does a great job and is incredibly organized and helpful. They took care of my many, many calls with professionalism and good cheer. I will definitely use them for my next adventure.


Incline Village, NV


Yes, I would buy this again


Everything worked very smoothly - our bags were always waiting for us and we always had beds to fall into at the end of a satisfying day's walk.




Camino Portugués: Final Stage - Tui to Santiago

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