Tui Hostel is more than a tourist accommodation; it’s a friendly place for getting to know the city from a unique location. As it is in the heart of downtown, and only 50m from the Camino de Santiago, this newly rehabilitated hostel would allow you to get different services, such as restaurants, a medical center, a bus station and so on and so forth in, less than five minutes.
Tui Hostel is set on the banks of the Miño River, which separates Spain and Portugal. The surrounding area is ideal for hiking, cycling and canoeing. Not forgetting to mention the outstanding Cathedral de Santa Maria, only 250m from the hostel.
We offer accommodation for pilgrims, backpackers and any other kind of traveler; hostel facilities are not luxury as in a hotel but it would be more than suitable for spending two or one night.
Friendly, English/French/Portuguese speaking international staff provides tourist information for all the sights you must not miss around town.
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Stage 1: Tui - O Porriño (18.1 Km)
– Length: 18.1 Km.
– Difficulty: Low.
– Estimated duration: 3h 40 min.
The first stage of the Portuguese Way in Galicia crosses the Miño river from Valença do Minho (PT), through the International Bridge, to Tui (SP). Back in the day, pilgrims who were coming from Portugal entering Galicia crossing the river by boat, but since the construction of the bridge in 1884 pilgrims started to cross it by foot.
Tui was one of the seven capitals of the Old Kingdom of Galicia and, in that sense, its patrimony gives a good account of the historical brilliance of what it was once protagonist to, with the astonishing Cathedral as a key point. The construction of the cathedral began in 1120, but it was not constructed until 1225 under the reign of Alfonso IX. It looks like a fortress because of its crenelated towers. Its structure is clearly Romanesque and later diverse decorative Gothic elements were added. From the Romanesque period, there are the capitals that top the interior columns, and from the Gothic period there is the portico of the main entrance. Visitors can tour the Cathedral for 4€, nonetheless there are discounts for for children, young people, senior citizens over 60 years of age, and groups of twenty or more people.
For consulting the updated visiting hours, please click on the hyperlink; visiting hours.
This section of the Camino Portugués, Tui – O Porriño, makes its way up through the old town along the Camino de Barca. From here you will pass through the Túnel das Monxas, the Iglesia de San Bartolomé de Rebordáns and begin a sharp climb up to the pretty bridge of San Telmo. After this, the terrain becomes slightly easier on the way to O Porriño.
For a more detailed information about Tui’s cultural attractions, please click on the hyperlink; cultural highlights.
Once you get A Magdalena, pilgrims continue their way towards Ribadelouro, crossing the industrial estate and ending up in Porriño downtown. Please note: an alternative route through As Gándaras de Budiño (The wetlands of Gándaras de Budiño) has been signposted in 2013 to bypass the industrial estate in the outskirts of town. For taking this pathway, which is much more worthwhile than the other, a detour is required at the height of Orbenlle. This patway it’s an alternative that allows you to walk through bridges, watercourses, banks and slopes all surrounded by lush, autochthonous vegetation, providing cool shade.
In Porriño, its city council is the most notable piece of architecture, a building of the 19th century. A work of the renowned architect Antonio Palacios made with granite from the surrounded area (O Porriño is well known for its granite quarries, especially one kind of granite that even bears its name “Granito Rosa Porriño”). In the urban area you can find bars, supermarkets and establishments of all kinds, on tuesdays the market is celebrated in its streets.
Nevertheless, some pilgrims come to the decision of continuing the camino and perform the next stage on the same day.
Stage 2: O Porriño - Redondela (15km)
– Length: 15 Km.
– Difficulty: Low.
– Estimated duration: 3h 05 min.
From O Porriño you continue your Camino journey along the Louro valley. On your way to Redondela you will spot the bay in the distance. A short climb takes pilgrims to the chapel of Santiaguiño (Little St James) de Antas, a lovely place where you can rest your legs and feet for a while. After the chapel, the Camino route enters pine forests. Before you reach Arcade, famous for its oysters, you will pass the village of Setefontes.
On your way to Redondela, along the camino, you will be the onlooker of pretty good views of the Ría de Vigo (Vigo’s estuary), with the stunning Rande bridge crossing it – a cable-stayed bridge that rises above the mussel farmers’ rafts – and the Cies Islands in the background. In the middle of the “Ría”, there’s what is considered a pearl, The island of San Simon. The archipelago is made up of four separate islands and it is found in the middle of the ría. Although small in stature, these collections of islands have seen more than their far share of history and they have had a documented human population for over fifteen hundred years.
For a more detailed information about the San Simon Islands, please click on the hyperlink; The Islands of San Simon
Once you get Redondela you will find some attractions, such as for example, the Vilavella Convent, the church of Santiago and the shocking railway line viaduct.
Stage 3: Redondela - Pontevedra (18km)
– Length: 18 Km.
– Difficulty: Mediud.
– Estimated duration: 4h 30 min.
This stage of the Camino starts at the Convento de Vilavella, following the yellow arrows Redondela will be left behind. On your way you will cross the national highway N-550 moving forward 2Km until reaching Cesantes. On the left, to the east, is the spectacular Ria of Vigo. The islands of San Simón and San Antón still emerge from centre of the ria, beneath whose waters lie the remains of the galleons of the Battle of Rande (1702). Once you get the parish of Cesantes you will find Santa María’s chapel and from there the path just goes till Arcade, in the municipality of Soutomaior. It’s worth to mention that Arcade it’s a well-known town because of the oyster banks and mussel culture, becoming an important place for enjoying every bit of shellfish and a glass of Albariño (praised white wine).
Right after, the camino enters Pontesampaio, a parish that belongs to the municipality of Pontevedra. Its bridge of ten archs, from the Romanesque era, cross the Verdugo river and it played an important role during the battles against the French occupation back in the XIX century. Near you could find a river beach and some goods viewpoints to admire the Ría de Vigo.
Next the city of Pontevedra, with the Lérez river crossing it. This town is object of numerous recognitions and international awards of urbanism, basically because of the renovation that its streets suffered over the past few decades, prioritizing a more pedestrian usage. Pontevedra’s old town is considered the second most important in Galicia, after the one in Santiago de Compostela.
Stage 4: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22.8 km)
– Length: 22.8 Km.
– Difficulty: Medium.
– Estimated duration: 5h 40 min.
From this point on, it is necessary to pay close attention to signs, as the route meanders and encounters a number of other paths, with the N-550 a constant presence and a new high-speed rail line that has altered the landscape. The route leaves Pontevedra via A Santiña Street, after crossing the Lérez River on O Burgo Bridge, till reaching a parish called Alba, where a Romanesque church stands. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass through A Portela and Briallos, getting back on track through the national highway. Once you leave behind Agra river, Caldas gets closer.
Caldas de Reis is a spa town where the pilgrim will find all the necessary amenities and you could enjoy the long tradition of thermal and curative that comes from the Romanesque era. At the square’s gateway, where the Real Street starts, you could see a Romanesque bridge over Bermaño’s river. Near, the Dávila spa/health resort from the XVIII century.
At Caldas you can also visit some churches such as the Santa María church and the Santo Tomás Becket one, the only Galician church built in honour to the archbishop of Canterbury.
Stage 5: Caldas de Reis - Padrón (18.7km)
– Length: 18.7 Km.
– Difficulty: Medium.
– Estimated duration: 4h 40min.
From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.
This marks the beginning of the A Coruña province, Padrón is home of the Jacobean tradition, a lovely historic town crossed by the Sar River where you could eat its internationally famous Pimientos de Padrón (green peppers from Padrón). The route enters town through the fairground, then follows Paseo do Espolón. In the historic centre stands Santiago de Padrón Church, where O Pedrón–a Roman altar stone to which a carving of a cross is said to have been added by the disciples of St. James the Apostle–is kept.
In Padrón you can also visit the Rosalía de Castro House Museum (except Mondays, which remains closed), the house where the most important Galician romanticist writer and poet lived, preserving its original structure and photos and memories of the poetess.
Stage 6: Padrón - Santiago de Compostela (24.9km)
– Length: 24.9 Km
– Difficulty: Low.
– Estimated duration: 5h.
This is your last stage walking the Camino Portugués route. The Camino passes through the church of Santiago towards the Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia, in whose outer cemetery is buried the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela, whose Foundation is located right in front of. The Foundation organizes guided tours from 10h a.m. to 14h p.m. and from 16h p.m. to 19h p.m. with a price of 4 euros.
Right after, the Camino will take you past a number of small villages on your way to the sanctuary of A Esclavitude with its baroque church, and then exit to the Rúa de Francos, where is the oldest “cruceiro” in Galicia.
Nearby on a hilltop sit the ruins of a fort known as Castro Lupario. Shortly after this you will see some of the oldest wayside crosses (cruceiros) in Galicia. As you make your way towards Agro dos Monteiros you will be able to spot the spires of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. As you approach Santiago, you will pass the ruins of A Rocha Vella castle.
A Rocha and Conxo are Santiago de Compostela’s outskirts and the entrance to city, which is accessed by its hospital area, to the Rosalía de Castro Street, which leads to the old area. Right there, O Franco Street (Rúa do Franco), emblematic for its many bars and restaurants, will lead the pilgrims to Praza do Obradoiro.