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Camino Portugues Light (Tui-Santiago)

(Stage 6-10): 8 days, 117 km's pilgrimage (73 miles).

The Portuguese Way, also called Camino Portugues, has become the second most frequented pilgrimage route of all. Almost 20% of all pilgrims arrive in Santiago in this way.

The starting point of this route is Tui, at the boarder between Portugal ans Spain. The Camino Portugués consists of an ideal mix of exiting culture, beautiful and varied natural landscapes, big cities, history, beaches, hilly woodland, rivers and idyllic villages.

This is an exciting and historic journey that every pilgrim will enjoy.

On this Pilgrimage hike on you will experience stages 6 to 10 of the 10 Camino-Portugués stages to Santiago.

Make your trip personal! Spain is More offers and guarantees the following on this trip:

✔ Daily Departures from April to October.

✔ Hotel-to-Hotel Baggage Service is optional.

✔ Your personal Pilgrim's Passport.

✔ Specially Selected Hotels - always with private bathroom - selected for best location, service and authentic charm.

✔ Spain is More Camino Guidebook (which you will receive some weeks before departure) contains practical pilgrim information, suggestions for packing list, recommended restaurants, maps of all cities along The Camino- and hotel location, Pilgrim's Passport/Credential, advice and guidance, service phone numbers and much more, all to make your trip on The Camino an experience of a lifetime!

✔ Dividing stages: Yes, always!

✔ Day trip to Finisterre.

Camino Portugués/Camino Portugues by the Coast
  • Price
    From 780 EUR/pers.
  • Km
    116
  • Days
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Difficulty
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    ? NOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!

    1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.

    2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.

    3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
Description

More information on Túi - Redondela

After getting to Redondela, the terrain provides slightly more incline than during the previous section. But, you will never climb higher than about 200m. After Ponteveda, you will find some stretches through the beautiful and green Galician woodland. Here the terrain rises and falls while you continue towards Santiago. It's an amazing section of the trip, where you will often pass by Galician vineyards.

More information on Redondela - Santiago

Detailed itinerary
Detailed itinerary (view all days )
Day 1.- Arrival to Tui

You will arrive to Tui by bus from Porto, Vigo or Santiago Airport. Discover this beautiful and historic city on the fontier between Spain and Portugal.

Day 2.- Tui - Redondela32 Km

A relatively long stage with only single (but still somewhat difficult) climb en route.
Nevertheless, the stage is within reach of most people. There are very few alternative overnight accommodations half-way which is why it is difficult to cut this stage into two.

On the other hand, this stage is probably the most beautiful of all of the Portuguese Way, particularly the way through the valley of Rio Louro.

Distance: 32 Km

Day 3.- Redondela - Pontevedra18 Km

Today you will have a few climbs on your way to Pontevedra, but you will also be walking through the very heart of Galicia! Along the way you will get to see the famous stone crosses (Cruceiros), which for centuries have guided and protected pilgrims on their way to Santiago. Several of these small masterpieces are dated back to the 15th century. When you reach Pontevedra, you can visit various churches, monasteries and monuments of the city, go shopping in the city's old quarter (Casco Viejo), or enjoy the vibrant nightlife and the many excellent restaurants - and of course, taste a glass of the local Albariño white vine.

Distance: 18 Km

Day 4.- Pontevedra - Caldas de Reys22 Km

After leaving Pontevedra's Old Town Centre, the route quickly takes you to one of the most beautiful sections of this part of the Camino. Among other things, you will pass the area of Barro with absolutely wonderful waterfalls, and later Briallos, the latter leading you through scenic vineyards of Galicia. In Caldas de Reis you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the many thermal baths which Galicia is famed for.

Distance: 22 Km

Day 5.- Caldas de Reis - Padrón19 Km

Today you arrive at Padrón, the next most important pilgrimage city after Santiago de Compostela. According to ancient legend, the Apostle Saint James is said to have preached on the Iberian Peninsula. The tradition has that after being beheaded in the year 44 AD, the body of Saint James arrived by boat to the Galician coast navigated by two of his disciples from the city of Jaffa in Palestine. From here, his corpse was carried to Padrón, because the Apostle James is said to have preached at Monte de Santiaguiño. In Padrón, a long and very beautiful stairway leads along the Mosterio Convento do Carmen to this sacred place that is definitely worth a visit. The route to Padrón is as beautiful as the former pilgrimage route, and there is an overall special atmosphere in the small town of Padrón, with its mere 3,000 inhabitants.

Distance: 19 Km

Day 6.- Padrón - Santiago de Compostela.25 Km

This is the last of your 13 pilgrim’s stages towards Santiago de Compostela. Whether it is your first pilgrimage, or you have done it several times, you will undoubtedly notice a very unique contrast of excitement while feeling an unexplained serenity throughout your body, both at the same time the closer you come to Santiago. The route from Padrón to Santiago starts with some walking along the road, but soon you get back to the small and charming paths and dirt roads, which you know so well from the previous days. About seven kilometres from Santiago, you can see the Cathedral's two iconic spires for the first time, and from here there is only path to reach your goal of arriving to Santiago. When you enter the Plaza de Obradoiro in front of the Cathedral, which may already be filled with happy, tired and redeemed pilgrims, you will most likely see some others you have met on your way to Santiago. Perhaps, you have made new friends along the way, and maybe, you will find that these friendships will grow stronger and evolve over time – Buen Camino!

Distance: 25 Km

Day 7.- Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre

True pilgrims continues further and finish their journeys in Finisterre. The tour goes by bus with an English-speaking guide from Santiago to Finisterre in the morning and returns mid-efternoon to Santiago. Just off the stunning, rugged coastline and the fabled “Costa de la Muerte” (Death Coast), a reef filled with shipwrecks and tales of legends captures a raw, natural beauty. On the coast’s westernmost point is Finisterre – meaning the world’s end. Romans named this coast because it was literally the end of the known world. For many pilgrims this is the symbolic endpoint of the pilgrimage. 

The evening is spent in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 8.- Departure
 
What is included in this trip?

From 780 EUR/pers. Per person in a double room.

Single room supplement:180 EUR

It includes
  1. 7 nights in a double room - always with private bath/toilet.
  2. 7 x breakfast.
  3. Bus from Oporto airport or Santiago busstation to Tui.
  4. The price includes 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking for 20€ per copy, or 30 euros per copy if the request is less than 6 weeks prior to departure.
  5. Pilgrim Passport / Credencial.
  6. Guided Tour to Finisterre.
  7. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  8. Taxes.
Not included
  1. Some short local bus or taxi journeys, e.g. from airport to bus or train station in the same city.
Optional
  1. Personalise your Camino: Extended stays, divide stages, transportation to startingpoint from anywhere in the world and back. Please ask us, we will be happy to assist you.
  2. Baggage Transport on the pilgrim route can be purchased. If you buy a luggage service your bag / suitcase will be transported from hotel to hotel on the scheduled days of hiking. Price 60 €/unit of max 20 kg.
  3. The price include 1 Spain-is-More-Travel Guidebook per every 4 travellers. More copies can be purchased when booking (20€/copy).
  4. Cancellation insurence: 6% of total price (can be added when ordering).

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