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Camino Potugues: Tui to Compostela

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 680 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1000 Euro (EUR)

This Camino, which was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal and Spain. El Camino Portugues gently winds along ancient tracks and paths, running through woodlands, villages, farmlands and historic towns. Every day during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk including numerous cultural highlights.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Tui. You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the town of Tui. The rooms are en-suite. A leisurely walk through the quaint streets of this city always rewards the visitor. As you approach the Plaza de San Fernando, the silhouette of the west-facing facade of the 12th Century cathedral will leave you breathless.

Day 2: From Tui to O Porrino (4 h, 16 km). From Tui's old port the Camino winds its way up to the old town, following the so-called Camino da Barca. Then through the Tunel das Monxas, the Camino enters a very steep section and leads to the evocative bridge of San Telmo. From there, traveling over a less abrupt terrain, we come to the town of O Porrino.

Day 3: From O Porrino to Arcade (5.5 h, 22 km). The terrain becomes easier as we cross the Louro valley. Keeping the valley to the east, after a gentle climb you arrive at the chapel of Santiaguino de Antas; a pleasant place to take a rest. We now enter a wide expanse of woodland. Surrounded by pine trees, the Camino starts its descent through the hamlet of Setefontes and comes to Arcade.

Day 4: From Arcade to Pontevedra (3 h, 11 km). Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence, Napoleon's army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this bridge, at the hands of the armed populace. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Views of the Bay of Vigo are fabulous!

Day 5: From Pontevedra to Caldas do Rei (6 h, 24 km). Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, a statue of Saint James the pilgrim with its stick shows us the way. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, bring us to Caldas do Rei.

Day 6: From Caldas do Rei to Padron (4.5 h, 18 km). Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that had lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we then cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James the Greater from Haifa (Palestine).

Day 7: From Padron to Santiago (6 h, 24 km). The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque Sanctuary of A Esclavitude, where miracles took place. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hill fort Castro Lupario, and couple of kilometers later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the cathedral. Finally the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.

Day 8: Santiago de Compostela. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are high/low season-dependent.

Price Includes:
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Room(s) en-suite
- Half-board during the hike (except in Tui, Padron and Santiago)
- Detailed walking notes and maps and pilgrim passport.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Insurance (recommended)
- Drinks
- Dinners in Tui, Padron and Santiago
- Transfers to/from airport.

Options at extra cost: single rooms, airport transfers, picnics, additional nights, split day.