The Portuguese Way

From Tui (Pontevedra) to Santiago de Compostela. 5 sections. 113 kilometres.

The Portuguese Way is steeped in tradition; it was regularly supported by the Portuguese Crown and there are records of pilgrims walking this Camino to Santiago de Compostela already since the 11th century. Six hundred kilometres separate Lisbon from your destination, and it is precisely the Portuguese capital that becomes the most relevant starting point for this Way. There is no single route from Portugal, there are many alternative routes from this country to Santiago, going through the interior, the centre and along the coast of Portugal. 

Most pilgrims, however, walk along the route going through Santarem, Coimbra, Porto and Valença to cross the border and enter Galicia through Tui. The international bridge over the Miño links both countries and it is the preferred starting point for those who decide to take this route combining sea and mountains along Galicia. 

From the border, there are 120 kilometres that are covered in 6 or 5 days until you reach Santiago Cathedral, depending on your time needs and taking you through Tui, O Porriño, Redondela, Pontevedra and Padrón. All these are lively places and the route does not really go through any uninhabited areas, therefore, pilgrims have many options for leisure and services to make their walk lighter.

There are no particularly strenuous stretches on this road, so the walk is pleasant most of the time – maybe the reason why so many pilgrims opt for this route as well as for the many interesting sights and attractions, in particular, the Rías Baixas that accompany you all along the way.


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How to get to the starting point?


These are the options to reach Tui, the first call on the Portuguese Way in Galicia:

- How to get to Tui by train: The railway station for Tui is in Guillarei, 5 kilometres away from the town proper, which you can access by bus or taxi.

You can reach this station from Madrid (with trains going past Segovia, Medina del Campo, Zamora, Ávila, Valladolid, Palencia, León, Astorga, Ponferrada or Ourense), Barcelona (with trains going past Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza, Logroño, Burgos, Palencia, León, Astorga, Ponferrada or Ourense), Alicante and Bilbao. You may obtain further information at Renfe and at (0034) 902 320 320. 

Besides, there is the Vigo-Porto train with stops here - you can check the timetables from both cities.


- How to get to Tui by bus: You need to get to Vigo first. There are buses with AvanzaBus (Madrid and Valencia), Alsa (Madrid-Barajas, Bilbao, Seville) or Vibasa  (Barcelona, Bilbao).

From Vigo, you can take a bus to Tui with ATSA (0034) 986 610 255, at different times.

You can also reach Tui from Pontevedra with Monbus, from O Porriño with Empresa Ojea and with Alsa from A Guarda. 

- How to get to Tui by car: The toll highway (autopista) AP-9 from Coruña reaches Tui after going past Vigo. You can also use the toll-free highway (autovía) A-55 that then joins the A-52 towards the centre of Spain.

- How to get to Tui by plane: The closest airport is Peinador, in Vigo, with direct flights from several Spanish and European cities. From Peinador, you have city buses to Vigo city centre with Vitrasa.










Confraternity Sites


 
Fundación Ruta Xacobea do Mar de Arousa e Ulla
Campo do Souto, s/n
Padrón, 15900
fundarousaulla@gmail.com

 
Asociación "Amigos de los Pazos"
C/ Velázquez Moreno 9, 5º, oficina 504
36202 Vigo,
Teléfono: 986 434 914
info@amigosdelospazos.com
 

 
Asociación Amigos de la Ruta Marítima del Apóstol Santiago a Galicia
Rúa San Miguel, 1 - Baixo
Bouzas- Vigo, 36208
info@rutamaritimadocabaleiro.com

 
Associação Espaço Jacobeus
Rua das Oliveiras, 26 (Edificio Junta Freguesia de S. Vicente)
4710-302 Braga
geral@jacobeus.org

 
Associação dos Amigos do Caminho de Santiago de Viana do Castelo
Rua General Luís do Rego, nº 149-151 Monserrate
4900-344 Viana do Castelo
Teléfono: (00351) 968 523 593
aacs_viana@hotmail.com
 

 
APAAS - Associação Portuguesa dos Amigos de Apóstolo Santiago
Rua Júlio Andrade, 3 Centro Galego de Lisboa
1150-206 Lisboa
Teléfono: (+351) 967100810 / 966426851
apaas.portugal@gmail.com
 

 
Associação de Peregrinos "Via Lusitana"
Rua Acácio de Paiva, 3, 3º Esq.
1700-003 Lisboa
Teléfono: (+351) 915 595 213
info@vialusitana.org
 
 

 
Associação ACB - Albergue Cidade de Barcelos
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 36
4750-320 Barcelos
geral@alberguedebarcelos.com

 
Transfer Rucksack
Send Bicycle
Luggage Transfer
Lockers Santiago
Send Parcels
Prepaid Card
Stamping Credencial
Correos Offices

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Way

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from accommodation to accommodation!! In this way, you can walk more comfortably, unburdened, and enjoying every step of the Way. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any of our Correos offices. Once you finish the Way you can again go to the nearest post office and send it back home. We send your bicycle neatly packaged and insured in a way that you need not disassemble it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point in the Camino -hostel, hotel, Correos office, etc. - so that your stuff is there when you arrive. This way you can have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you take for your walk. You can also send back whatever you may have in your rucksack for the Camino that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

In Correos we have a prepaid card that is not linked to any bank account. In this way, you can do the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You will only have to top it up with the money you need and then top up again if you run out of balance. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credencial

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Correos offices along the Way stamp your Credencial or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of them display a significant tourist attraction of that particular place for you to keep as a souvenir.

 

 

Sending parcels on the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to come to our Correos offices!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred CORREOS offices located along the Way and from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodations from where you can send parcels any time you want. This service will help you get rid of the content of your luggage that you no longer need, buy some souvenirs, typical products... without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike, trekking pole... before you go into the Cathedral or to visit Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Offices

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 Correos offices along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.