Camino Portugués: Final Stage - Tui to Santiago8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 22 reviews
- 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
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
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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.
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 and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which you can use to navigate. We strongly recommend using this App, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction. 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.
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.
A local breakfast is included each morning (except in Albergaria a Velha and Azambuja), 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.
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.
- 7 Nights in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
- Daily Breakfast
- Daily Baggage Transfers
- Return transfers from O Porrino to Tui.
- 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
- Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
- 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.
When To Go
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.
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.
Getting to the Start
Santiago de Compostela is the closest airport to Tui. 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.
Getting from the End
From Santiago City Centre to the Airport
From Santiago, you can arrange a private transfer through Macs Adventure, to ensure a smooth end to your Camino. Alternatively, a bus runs between the airport and Plaza de Galicia in Santiago, stopping at different points in the city (Pazo de Congresos, Capilla San Lázaro, the bus station, the railway station, Rúa da Rosa, and others). From the airport, the bus departs from 00:00 to 23:30, every half hour (duration 20 mins). Please see the Santiago Airport website for current timetables.
From Santiago to Madrid by train
If you would prefer to travel by rail, you can take a train (fast trains are available, 6h30 duration approx.) from Santiago to Madrid with RENFE.
By Bus within Spain
There are good bus connections from Santiago to other cities within Spain – see http://www.alsa.es for bus schedules.
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.
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.
Pilgrim's Passport & Compostela
The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, 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 and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk, in Santiago, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.
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.
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.
The average daily distance of the Portugués Camino is between 12 and 33 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and eight 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.
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 20kg.
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.
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Portugal/Spain will be more that happy to help.
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.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrive in Tui and Overnight
Separated from Portugal by the River Minho, the Galician town of Tui is a pretty, historic border town. Explore its attractive cathedral cloister, or take a wander over the International Bridge to Valenca do Minho in Portugal.
It is a small but cozy guesthouse in the historical center of Tui, starting point for the Camino de Santiago.
Leaving Tui head through the Louro valley onward 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.
Ascent: 40m / Descent: 58m
It is a small but cozy guesthouse in the historical center of Tui, starting point for the Camino de Santiago.
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 the 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.
Ascent: 347m / Descent: 364m
This hotel offers a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. It has 20 rooms equipped with private bathrooms, TV, WIFI and telephone. In addition the accommodation has a café, private parking and a garden terrace.
Enjoy wonderful views of the Bay of Vigo before heading to Ponteverda
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.
Ascent: 154m / Descent: 171m
This hotel is located in the financial and commercial centre of the city of Pontevedra, just 100 metres from the old town. Rooms have telephone, TV, minibar, WIFI, safety box, and private bathrooms. The hotel also has its own garage, café and restaurant.
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.
Ascent: 135m / Descent: 133m
Hotel O Cruceiro is a family establishment situated in the town of Caldas de Reis. It has 30 double rooms, all with private bathroom, TV and WiFi access. It also has spacious lounges, terraces, parking, a café and restaurant.
Enjoy your penultimate day's walk which takes you through river valleys.
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.
Ascent: 149m / Descent: 162m
This hotel is ideally located in Padron. Rooms are modern and functional, equipped with TV, central heating, telephone and private bathroom. The accommodation also features a café-bar, lounge, dining room, ample parking, room service, laundry service, WIFI and car rentals.
Start your final day of walking into Santiago, the walking is varied and there are some inevitable stretches along the main roads into the city.
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.
Ascent: 386m / Descent: 130m
Only 25m from the traditional market, this house retains its natural charm of stone, wood and light, combined with modern materials. There is an elevator, WIFI throughout the hotel, LCD TV, room service, hair dryer, reading room and lounge.
In the heart of Santiago de Compostela, this hotel combines modernity with tradition, offering a cozy and comfortable stay. Hotel rooms are equipped with every comfort: free WIFI, TV, private bathroom. The hotel also offers a 24-hour coffee shop.
The hotel is located in the heart of the city, just 800 meters from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way home.
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