(* Remember that the check-In date is the night before starting walking)
This first stage of the Portuguese Camino in Galicia begins in Tui, on the banks of the Miño River that separates Spain and Portugal. After visiting the cathedral and all the monumental part of Tui we go across the bridge over the Louro river. We will follow the course of the river for a long time in this stage. In the last part of today, we will cross the industrial area of A Gandara before arriving in Porrino, where we can see monuments and buildings of the well-known architect Antonio Palacios, such as the Town hall.
We leave Porriño across the old town and after a little walk we will find the polychrome cross of Os Cabaleiros. We begin the climb to the Alto do Inxertado, where you will find the chapel of Santiaguiño das Antas. From the top, we have a wide panoramic view of the area and we begin a continuous descent which will take us up to Redondela. We will come in Redondela by the district of Padrón.
After browsing around Redondela, we set out towards Pontevedra to admire the beauty of the Ria de Vigo and the bridge of Rande. The Portuguese Camino enters the municipality of Soutomaior by Arcade, famous for its oysters and we soon arrive at Ponte Sampaio and Verdugo River; place of a historic defeat of Napoleon´s army in the War of Independence. Among paved roads and some wooded stretch, we arrive at Pontevedra through Virxe do Camiño.
This stage begins visiting the beautiful city of Pontevedra: Peregrina Church, Praza da Ferrería, San Francisco Convent and Ponte do Burgo by where we leave the city and we set out towards Caldas. After walking for a while, we find the Marshes of Alba and then the villages of Barro and Portas. Finally, we will go across the Umia river to get to Caldas de Reis. This town is quite famous because its thermal water that we can try in Fonte das Burgas.
This stage is quite confortable along the rural inside of Galicia with no great ups and downs. We leave Caldas by the chapel of San Roque. We go across some vineyards and set out towards Santa Mariña de Carracedo and San Miguel de Valga. Once in Pontecesures, we will go across the Ulla river and we will have arrived in the province of A Coruña. The end of this stage is the Jacobean town of Padrón. Padron receives us with open arms and it represents the last stop before facing the last stage towards Santiago.
According to the tradition, this last stage goes through the same places as the Apostles when carrying the body of Santiago from Padron to Santiago. The first kilometers are quite flat, walking through paths around the road N-550. We will be soon in Iria Flavia with its collegiate church and Esclavitud with its Marian shrine. From there we will visit many villages up to get to O Milladoiro and finally to Santiago de Compostela. We enter the city by Porta Faxeira until arriving at Praza do Obradoiro and the Cathedral; the end of our route.