Camino Portugues from Porto to Tui
Camino Portugues 4/5 – from Porto to Tui
The Camino Portugues became an extremely popular route when the country gained its independence – way back in the 12th Century. Today, some believe it to be the route richest in cultural and architectural curiosities. The Camino Portugues starts in Lisbon and crosses the Alentejo and the central and northern regions of Portugal. It moves into Spain then, to Tui, and continues north through Galicia and on to Santiago de Compostela.
Here’s how our itinerary makes the most of your Camino Portugues in seven days, including the best things to see and do.
The entire old city of Porto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and there’s plenty going on here. Set on the bank of the Douro River near the Atlantic Ocean, the city is perhaps best known internationally for its famous Port wine. A wine that goes down very well on the countless terraces and restaurants in Porto!
Porto to Fajozes (5h45, 22km)
The terrain leaving Porto is generally flat and makes the first day of walking a gentle one. There are numerous ancient churches along the Camino and nearby, such as the 12th Century monastery, Mosteiro Leca do Balio, built on the exact spot a Roman temple dedicated to the god Jupiter once stood.
Fajozes to Arcos (2hr45, 11km)
From Fajolez the Camino starts heading northeast, gradually moving away from the coastline. A little bit outside Fajolez the route crosses an incredible medieval bridge, Dom Zameiro. The first woodlands of this section also appear here, with pine and eucalyptus trees providing shade from the sun.
Arcos to Barcelos (5h15, 20km)
Day 4 is a relatively short walk asthe path leaves Arcos to reach the lively market town of Barcelos. Gently undulated woodland and charming villages alternate along the route, and there’s the option to visit the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, which provides panoramic views from the top of the hill. Further on, you cross another well-preserved medieval bridge and soon arrive in the main square at Barcelos, complete with Renaissance fountain and one of the largest markets in Europe.
Barcelos to Ponte de Lima (7h30, 32km)
As we leave Barcelos, we start to feel Galicia approaching. The landscape begins to change, becoming both hillier and greener, offering good views all day long. This day is probably the hardest section of this route as there aren’t so many towns or villages along to stop at, and there are a few steep parts, but it’s worth it for the scenery alone.
Ponte de Lima to Sao Pedro de Rubiaes (4h45, 18km)
Similar to the previous day, there is a good deal of ascent today along the Camino, with its highest point at Alto da Portela Grande (alt. 410m). There are also numerous chapels and wayside crosses where pilgrims to Santiago traditionally place stones to mark their passage.
Sao Pedro de Rubiaes to Tui (5h15, 20km)
Today is a special day as we start the walk in Portugal, and end up in Galicia, Spain! The landscape here is classic Galicia: green and hilly. So it’s no surprise the trail start by walking down towards Rio Coura before ascending into Alto Sao Bento da Porta Aberta. Then, another steep descent into Fontoura before continuing towards Rio Minho, the natural and modern border between Spain and Portugal. Once here you can head towards Tui – the last stop over of this section.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Do our Camino Surf and Turf
To Porto and from Tui: Porto airport with British Airways, Ryanair or Easyjet (can book return flights).
Second option from Tui: Santiago de Compostela airport with Aer Lingus or Ryanair.
Third option from Tui: Vigo Airport with Ryanair.
You can fly either to Porto in Portugal or Vigo in Spain, as several different companies fly to both airports, directly from UK, Ireland, and main cities in Europe.
Ryanair fly direct to Porto from several cities in the UK and Dublin. Several other companies fly to Porto Airport. www.ana.pt
Several companies fly to Vigo from main cities in the UK & Dublin. http://www.aena.es/
To the beginning of the trip: Porto
From Porto Airport to Porto city centre, From Porto Airport to Porto city centre, take either the Subway, linea violete (www.metrodoporto.pt), either an urban bus (www.stcp.pt). Regular departures all day long.
From Vigo Airport, bus to Vigo bus station. Then, bus to Porto city centre (Approx. 1hr), 4 departures a day on weekdays. http://www.autna.com/en/timetable-and-fares/
To Vigo Airport: Bus from Tui to Vigo bus station, regular departures (Approx. 30 min). http://www.ylogico.com/aguarda/buses.php. Then urban bus (C9a route) to Vigo Airport (Approx. 20 min). www.vitrasa.es
To Porto Airport: Bus from Tui to Vigo bus station, regular departures (Approx. 30). http://www.ylogico.com/aguarda/buses.php. Then direct bus to Porto Airport (Approx. 45min), several departures a day. http://www.autna.com/en/timetable-and-fares/
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