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The Portuguese Camino from Tui, walking the last 100 km

Tui is a Spanish town on the Central Route of the Portuguese Camino, one of the most popular Camino de Santiago routes. It’s situated 119 km/74 mi from Santiago de Compostela. Though the Portuguese Camino starts in Lisbon many people start walking it in Porto or Tui. Tui is a popular starting point for walking the last 100 km on the Camino to Santiago.

The Portuguese Camino from Tui is the second most popular route for those who want to walk the last 100 km to Santiago. The Camino Frances from Sarria is the most popular one. According to the Pigrim’s Reception Office, in 2023 30,9% (131 128 people) of all pilgrims who arrived in Santiago walked the Camino from Sarria vs 7,7% (32 855 people) on the route from Tui.

The Fortress of Tui and the Cathedral, Spain
A view of Tui Fortress from the bridge over the Minho River

The Portuguese Camino from Tui route overview

  • Distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • Number of days – 5-7 days
  • Total ascent – 1907 m
  • Average cost – from 30 euros per person per day
  • Route marking – yellow shells and arrows, stone distance poles

Places to stay on the Camino from Tui (PDF file)

PDF file with places to stay on the Portuguese Camino from Tui

How long is the Portuguese Camino (Central Route) from Tui?

It is 119 km/74 mi from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. Despite the distance being a bit longer Tui is the most popular starting point of the last 100 km on the Portuguese Camino. It takes between 5 and 7 days to complete the route depending on your daily distances.

If you want to walk only the last 100 km (not 119 km) you can start in Porriño. It’s a town 103 km from Santiago de Compostela which means you reduce your walk by 16 km. An advantage of starting in Porriño is that you skip walking for 5 km through a large industrial area between Tui and Porriño. 

Where in Tui does the Camino start?

You can start from the Cathedral de Santa Maria de Tui, San Fernando Square. There are yellow arrows indicating the way. Before walking, you can stamp your Credential (a pilgrim’s passport) at the Cathedral.

The façade of the Cathedral in Tui, Spain
The Cathedral of Santa Maria is the beginning of the Portuguese Camino from Tui

Can I walk the last 100 km on the Coastal Route?

Yes, it’s possible to walk the last 100 km to Santiago following the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino. In that case, you can start your walk in Vigo, a Spanish city on the Coastal Route which is exactly 100 km from Santiago. The route from Vigo to Santiago is 19 km shorter than from Tui. The difference between the last 100 km on the Coastal vs the Central Route is one stage. The first stage; Vigo – Redondela on the Coastal Route and Tui – Redondela on the Central Route is different. Both routes merge in Redondela and continue to Santiago following the same trail. 

Why the last 100 km to Santiago?

Walking the last 100 km to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Santiago is a minimum requirement for getting the Compostela certificate. You can get it for free at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in Santiago de Compostela after completing the Camino. To do so you’ll need to demonstrate your Pilgrim’s Passport (Credential) with stamps that you collect along the route). For the last 100 km, you have to collect 2 stamps per day. You can get stamps at your accommodation places and most restaurants and bars along the Camino.

Note, for cycling it’s the last 200 km to Santiago.

How hard is the walk from Tui?

The Camino from Tui is a challenging walk like any other long-distance route especially for people who have never done long-distance walking before. There are hilly parts on the route particularly the part between Porriño and Redondela and the last stage from Padrón to Santiago.

My advice is to take it easy, walk shorter distances, and stop every couple of hours for rest, coffee, etc. You don’t have to follow the standard itinerary you can break the last 100 km into 7 or even 10 stages whichever works best for you. 

Is it easy to find the way?

Yes, it’s easy to find the Camino route. The stretch between Tui and Santiago is well-marked with yellow arrows painted on the ground, walls, trees, rocks, etc. In Galicia, they put small stone poles with distances left to Santiago. It doesn’t just mark the route but gives you an idea of how far you’ve already walked and how far you still have to go. 

A traditional Camino route marker on the route from Tui
One of the stone signs with a distance on the Portuguese Camino just outside Tui

Where to get the Credential in Tui?

If you start in Tui you can get your Credential or Pilgrim’s Passport at the Cathedral, Plaza San Fernando, around the corner from the public Albergue. It costs 2 euros. The Credential is a small paper book for collecting stamps along the Camino route. Every pilgrim needs it to stay in public albergues and to get the Compostela certificate at the end of the Camino in Santiago.  

The Spiritual Variant, an alternative route

If you want to add some mountain and coastal scenery to the Camino from Tui you can walk the Spiritual Variant. It’s an alternative route of the Portuguese Camino that takes pilgrims to the coast and offers spectacular scenery. On the way, you get to visit the small charming town of Combarro, one of our favorite towns on the Portuguese Camino.

The Spiritual route consists of 2 walking days and 1 day on a boat. The route splits in Pontevedra (3 km outside the town) and merges with the main Portuguese Camino in Pontecesures. It’s a challenging trail due to a steep ascent on the first day and a steep descent on the second day.

You can find more information in our detailed post on the Spiritual Variant.

The cost of the Portuguese Camino from Tui

How much you spend on the Camino depends on several factors. You can walk it on a tight budget if you stay in albergues, cook for yourself, and carry your backpack. In this case, you can expect to spend 20 euros per day on average. 

If you stay in private rooms, eat in restaurants, and use a luggage delivery service your daily expenses will be around 60 euros per person per day. 

The cost of accommodation on the Camino from Tui

  • Public albergues – 10 euros per person on average
  • Private albergues – 15 euros per person on average
  • Private rooms – from 25 euros per person (for a double room), from 30 euros per person (for a single room)

The cost of food

  • Food shopping – 8-10 euros per person per day
  • Breakfast in a cafe – 3-5 euros
  • A set lunch (Menu del Peregrino) – 10-12 euros 
  • Dinner at a restaurant – from 15 euros per person

Extras

  • Luggage delivery – 7 euros per backpack/suitcase per stage
  • Laundry – 4-5 euros per load

When is the best time for walking?

Weatherwise May, June, and September-mid-October are the best months for walking the Portuguese Camino from Tui. May and September are the most popular months on the Camino. 

If you want to walk the Camino in summer, escape crowds, and don’t mind the heat then July and August are the good months. These are the peak holiday months in Europe but not on the Camino.

In the second half of April, the weather is usually sunny and warm.

Winter months from the second half of October to March are quite rainy and chilly. There are very few pilgrims on the route and some albergues close for the off-season.  

A small stone chapel in the historical center of Tui
Capela (chapel) de Misericordia in Tui near to the Cathedral and public Albergue

What is the accommodation like on the route from Tui?

There are plenty of places to stay along the last 100 km of the Portuguese Camino. One can find anything from public albergues (the most budget accommodation) to private Albergue/hostels and hotels. Where to stay depends on your budget and preference.

Albergues

If you’re on a tight budget public or municipal Albergues are your best option. The average cost is 10 euros per bed in a dormitory. Private albergues are a bit more expensive but usually have better facilities and are smaller. Expect to pay 15 euros per bed on average. Albergues have dormitory rooms with bunk beds (usually), a shared bathroom, and a common kitchen. A kitchen is great if you’re on a special diet or want to save money on eating out. 

Private accommodation

Private rooms in hotels are more expensive. Expect to pay 25-30 euros per person for double occupancy and 35+ euros per person for single occupancy. 

There are some rental apartments and even houses along the route. If you’re a family or a group of people walking together it might be a good alternative.

A metal bridge over a river between Spain and Portugal
A bridge over the River Minho that connects Portugal (Valença) and Spain (Tui)

How to get to Tui?

The two nearest airports are in Vigo 28 km from Tui and Porto 120 km from Tui. You can fly to any other of these cities depending on where you’re coming from. From both places, you can get to Tui by bus and/or train.

Getting to Tui from Vigo

Vigo International Airport is the nearest airport to Tui. It operates direct flights from Barcelona, Madrid, and London. You can get to Vigo with one connection from several European cities. 

You can get to Tui from Vigo by direct bus or train. Vigo bus station and Vigo Urzáiz train station are located next to each other. There are many buses from Vigo to Tui and two daily trains. Tickets can be purchased at the stations (2,5 euros – bus, 4 euros – train). It takes 1 hour by bus and 45 minutes by train to get from Vigo to Tui.

Getting to Tui from Porto

If you come from outside of Europe flying to Porto is the best option. It’s a much bigger airport with more flights. 

There are more transport options from Porto to Valença do Minho, a Portuguese town on the opposite side of the river, across the bridge from Tui. The distance between the two towns is about 1,5 km. You can walk or take a taxi. When checking for buses and trains put your destination Valença if you can’t find anything to Tui. 

You can get from Porto to Valença do Minho/Tui by bus or train. There are direct buses from Porto Airport to Valença do Minho/Tui. You can find the timetable and buy tickets online. It might be the easiest option if you don’t have much time and want to start walking the Camino as soon as you land. The journey from Porto Airport to Tui takes 1h45min. The price is 19 euros.

There are direct buses from the city of Porto to Valença.

Direct trains to Valença leave from Porto Campanha train station. The journey takes 2-2h30min. Tickets are between 11-15 euros. Find more information online.

Where to stay in Tui?

A Camino sign in the forest on the Portuguese route
A traditional Camino sign with the distance to Santiago on the Portuguese route

What to pack for the walk?

Below you can find some of the most important items to pack for the Camino. More packing tips can be found in our Camino de Santiago packing post.

The most important item to pack for the Camino is shoes. Which shoes to choose depends on your preferences. We like walking the Camino in light hiking shoes. Some prefer running shoes or sneakers. The important thing about your shoes is that they have to be worn. You can find more recommendations on footwear in our post on the best shoes for the Camino de Santiago.

A backpack is another important Camino item if you plan to carry it yourself. Don’t buy a big backpack because you’ll end up filling it with unnecessary stuff. From our experience, a 30-35L backpack should be enough for a 5-6-day walk on the Camino. Find more information in our detailed post on the best backpacks for the Camino. 

Merino wool socks are something that we always use when hiking. In our experience, these socks are the best for long walks in any weather. They don’t absorb odors, help to prevent blisters, and dry very quickly. We have a detailed post on the socks for the Camino.

Backpack delivery service on the Camino from Tui

Several companies offer luggage delivery service on the Portuguese Camino from Tui. Your luggage is delivered every day to your accommodation place. You can walk the Camino with a daypack and the rest of your luggage will be transferred by car. The average price is 7 euros per backpack/suitcase per stage. TuiTrans, Pilbeo, and Correos are the main companies offering luggage delivery on the route from Tui.

Tui to Santiago de Compostela route map

An infographic of the walking stages of the Portuguese Camino from Tui
Walking stages of the Portuguese Camino from Tui

The Portuguese Camino from Tui walking stages

Stage 1 (Stage 6 from Porto). Tui to Redondela, 31,5 km/19,5 mi

  • Distance – 31,5 km/19,5 mi
  • Time – 7-8 hours (moving time) 
  • Ascent – 445 m
  • Descent – 477 m
  • Walking surface – 27 km/17,3 mi – asphalt, 4,5 km/2,7 mi – gravel/footpath
  • Walking on the road – 2 km/1,2 mi 

Another long and challenging day on the Central Route of the Portuguese Camino that you can split into two stages: Tui to Porriño – 15,5 km and Porriño to Redondela – 16 km. To be honest it is my least favorite day on this Camino route and one of the least favorite on any of the nine Camino de Santiago routes that I’ve walked. The main reason is walking along busy roads and through a large industrial area. 

It’s important to remember that to get your Compostela certificate after completing the Portuguese Camino route you have to collect a minimum of 2 stamps per day for the last 100 km. It’s not difficult to do one stamp you can at the place you stay and the second at a bar/restaurant along the route, most of the places have stamps. Usually, you don’t have to order anything just ask for a stamp.

An elevation graph with ascents and descents on the walk from Tui
Elevation profile of the walk from Tui to Redondela

Challenges

  • A long walking day of over 30 km
  • Walking through a large industrial area with many factories between 9,5 km and 13,5 km
  • Walking next to a busy road between 13,5 km and 15,5 km
  • At 18 km there is a dangerous road crossing. It’s a busy road with no traffic light or pedestrian crossing you have to run across the road. 
  • A steep ascent between 21 km and 25,5 km, over 170 m up
  • A steep descent between 25,5 km and 29 km, over 170 m down

Highlights

  • Walking through the forest at the beginning of the day.
  • The picturesque town of Mos. 
  • Walking through the forest in the last part of the day.
  • The historical center of Redondela.

Stage 1(stage 6). Route description

The first 3 km/1,8 mi are through the town, fields, and forest.

3,3-5,3 km/2-3,2 mi on/along the road

6,8 km/4,2 mi – guesthouse Clarevar, cafe Ultreia

7 km/4,3 mi – guesthouse Casa Celia

8,7 km/5,4 mi – a route split. Make sure to take the alternative route it goes through the natural area. The main route goes through a vast industrial area.

9,2 km/5,7 mi – Albergue Casa Alternativo

9,5-13,5 km/5,9-8,3 mi – a big industrial area with many factories and storage facilities

13,5 km/8,3 mi – a restaurant

13,5-15,5 km/8,3-9,6 mi – walking next to a busy road

14,5 km/9 mi – a restaurant, a bar

15-17 km/9,3-10,5 mi – Porriño, a town with many restaurants, shops, guesthouses, and a private Albergue Rincon del Peregrino at 16 km. 

18 km/11 mi – a dangerous road crossing

19,5 km/12 mi – Veigadaña, a Municipal Albergue and a bar

21,3 km/13,2 mi – a vending machine with cool drinks and snacks

22 km/13,6 mi – the small town of Mos. If you’re thinking of stopping earlier it’s a perfect place. There is an albergue, a couple of bars, a restaurant, and a chapel. The long and steep ascent starts from the town.

22-25,5 km/13,6-15,8 mi – a steep ascent through the forest

25,5-28 km/15,8-17,3 mi – a descent through the forest

26,7 km/16,5 mi – a cafe

27,1 km/16,8 mi – a bar

28-29 km/17,3-18 mi – a very steep descent, 120 m down over 1 km

28,6 km/17,7 mi – Albergue/bar Corisco

31,5 km/19,5 mi – Redondela

A small bridge in the forest in Galicia, Spain
Beautiful forest scenery on the way to Porriño just outside Tui

Allternative. Tui to Redondela in 2 days

Tui to Porriño, 15,5 km/9,3 mi

  • Distance – 15,5 km/9,3 mi
  • Time – 3-4 hours (moving time) 
  • Ascent – 171 m
  • Descent – 185 m
  • Walking surface – 12,5 km/7,7 mi – asphalt, 3 km/1,8 mi – gravel/footpath
  • Walking on the road – 2 km/1,2 mi

Porriño to Redondela, 16 km/10 mi

  • Distance – 16 km/10 mi
  • Time – 3-4 hours (moving time) 
  • Ascent – 274 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Walking surface – 14,5 km/9 mi – asphalt, 1,5 km/0,9 mi – gravel/footpath
A beautiful street with old stone houses in the fortress of Tui
The historical center of Tui, Spain

Stage 2 (stage 7). Redondela to Pontevedra, 20,6 km/12,8 mi

  • Distance – 20,6 km/12,8 mi
  • Time – 4-5 hours (moving time) 
  • Ascent – 425 m
  • Descent – 400 m
  • Walking surface – 13 km/7,4 mi – asphalt, 7,5 km/4,6 mi – footpath/gravel
  • Walking on the road – 500 m/0,3 mi 

It was a pleasant walking day with beautiful forest scenery, and many places to stop for coffee and rest including several spontaneous stalls in the middle of the forest where you can get snacks, coffee, cool drinks, and a stamp leaving a donation. 

Elevation profile of the second stage of the Camino from Tui
Elevation profile of the Camino route from Redondela to Pontevedra

Challenges

  • A steep ascent between 1,7 km and 4,7 km, around 140 m up
  • A steep and short descent between 4,7 km and 6 km, around 100 m down
  • Another steep ascent between 10 km and 12 km, around 130 m up

Highlights

  • Walking through a beautiful forest throughout the day
  • The Medieval Bridge de Pontesanpaio over the River Verdugo with spectacular views
  • The historical center of Pontevedra

Stage 2 (stage 7) route description

The first 4 km/2,4 mi are through a quiet countryside

2 km/1,2 mi Cesantes, a town with a private Albergue

4-5,5 km/2,4-3,4 mi the route goes through the forest

6,5-9,6 km/4-6 mi – walking through several towns with several albergues, hotels, restaurants, and shops. 

8,6 km/5,3 mi – Medieval Bridge de Pontesanpaio. It’s a beautiful bridge with spectacular views. It’s a good place to stop for lunch or coffee. There are a couple of cafes and bakeries before the bridge.

9,6-11,6 km/6-7,2 mi – walking on a footpath through the forest

15,5 km/9,6 mi – a bar, a shop, and a small chapel where you can get a stamp

15,8 km/9,8 mi – a split on the Central Route. Most people take the complementary route because it goes through the forest instead of the “official” route along the road.

16-19 km/10-11,8 mi – walking on the footpath through the forest

19 km/11,8 mi – an albergue/cafe

19,5 km/12,1 mi – the outskirts of Pontevedra

20,6 km/12,8 mi – the historical center of Pontevedra

A beautiful bridge and old stone houses with orange roof in Galicia, Spain
The Medieval Bridge of Pontesanpaio and its spectacular surroundings

Detailed information on the last 3 stages of the Portuguese Camino from Tui will be added soon.

Stage 3 (stage 8). Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis, 21 km/13 mi

  • Distance – 21 km/13 mi
  • Time – 5 hours (moving time) 
  • Elevation gain – 227 m

Stage 4 (stage 9). Caldas de Reis to Padrón, 19 km/11,8 mi

  • Distance – 19 km/11,8 mi
  • Time – 4-5 hours (moving time) 
  • Elevation gain – 280 m

Stage 5 (stage 10). Padrón to Santiago de Compostela, 24 km/15 mi

  • Distance – 24 km/15 mi
  • Time – 6 hours (moving time) 
  • Elevation gain – 530 m
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Mai

Sunday 31st of March 2024

Hello! I'm so glad I found your page. Thank you for all the detailed info. I'm planning to walk my first camino in the second half of September. Due to time and physical constraints, I decide to do the last 100 km of the Portuguese camino. I originally thought to start in Tui, but after reading your page I see that I can start from Porriño or Vigo (especially since the part from Tui to Porriño seems to be a boring one). My question is: if I start from Porriño or Vigo, will I qualify for a Compostela?

Mai

Thursday 4th of April 2024

@Stingy Nomads, thank you for getting back to me. After reading your pages on the different routes of the Portuguese Camino, I've come up with the following itinerary and would love the hear your opinion: 1. Vigo to Redondela (coastal route) - 16.3 km 2. Redondela to Pontevedra (coastal route) - 21 km 3. Pontevedra to Combarro (spiritual variant) - 11 km 4. Combarro to Armenteira (spiritual variant) - 10 km, short but all uphill 5. Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa (spiritual variant) - 23.6 km 6. Vilanova de Arousa to Padrón (spiritual variant) - 30 km including boat ride 7. Padrón to Santiago de Compostela (central/coastal route)- 24 km

What do you think? Does it make sense to you? I'm thinking of doing it the 3rd or 4th week of September and hoping it won't be too crowded.

Stingy Nomads

Monday 1st of April 2024

Hello Mai. Thank you for the comment. Both Porriño and Vigo are just over 100 km from Santiago de Compostela. If you don't skip any stages and start from either of these towns you should be able to get your Compostela Certificate. Just remember to collect 2 stamps per day. It's required for the last 100 km. Buen Camino

Beth

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Hello! I plan to do the last 100km on September. Can I book the public albergues ahead of time or is on a first come first serve basis?

Stingy Nomads

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Hello Beth. Public albergues can't be booked in advance. You can book private albergues ahead online or over the phone. Buen Camino

siobhan o carroll

Thursday 29th of February 2024

Can I book a trip from TUI to Santiago with you guys the stingy nomads? We are looking at about June 10th walking 119km? Walking the last 100km. We are tow women just 60 a twin room is fine, luggage service and simple hotels is good .... Could you let me know as we are looking for the keenest price. I have done Sarria before and hiked in Japan. Thank You.

Stingy Nomads

Sunday 3rd of March 2024

Hello. Thank you for the comment. Unfortunately we don't offer tours we're not a company. The cheapest way will be booking your accommodation and luggage service online. Any company that does it for you will charge you extra for their service. Buen Camino

Marieke

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Hi, Any idea when you will afd detailed information on the last 3 stages of the Portuguese Camino from Tui? You've been such a help on my first camino from Sarria!

Thanks!

Marieke

Sunday 28th of January 2024

@Stingy Nomads, that's great! I won't be there until May so I'll be glad to see it before then. Buen camino to you too!

Stingy Nomads

Friday 26th of January 2024

Hello Marieke. We're planning to add the last 3 sections of the Camino from Tui in March after we walk it again. Buen Camino

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