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The first section of the Portuguese Way in Galicia crosses the River Miño from Valença through the international bridge towards Tui. In the past, pilgrims coming from Portugal had to reach Galicia by crossing the river on a boat, but after the construction of the bridge in 1884, they could finally cross it on foot. 

Tui was the capital of a province in the Old Kingdom of Galicia and that glorious past has left some impressive buildings, such as the Cathedral. It was begun in the 12th century, during the Romanesque period, although it has a Gothic façade, one of the first in this style in the Iberian peninsula. The cloister is also of Gothic style; it is the only original one still extant in any Galician cathedral. You can visit it from 10:45 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 from September to May and until 20:00 from May to June and until 21:00 from June to September. The ticket costs 3 Euros with an audio guide and you may get a discount for groups, students or children. The route continues along the Praza do Concello, the Convent of As Clarisas and the church of Santo Domingo.  

If you leave Tui, once you go past the temple of San Bartolomeu de Rebordáns, the route goes towards O Porriño, through the bridge of San Telmo, over the River San Simón.

Once you reach A Madalena, pilgrims continue to Ribadelouro, cross an industrial park to arrive at O Porriño proper. The walk along the industrial park is a bit complicated, especially during the summer months, as this is a straight stretch of 4 km without any shade and along an asphalt road. Some pilgrims decide to take the alternative Camino through As Gándaras and the River Louro to avoid crossing the industrial park. You will also find yellow arrows directing you to the municipal hostel of O Porriño. To choose this Camino you have to take a detour onto a footpath leaving to your left in Orbenlle, after you go past the first houses. This is a stretch with native flora, bridges and river landscapes, 500 metres longer than the traditional one that runs along the N-550.  

In O Porriño, you should visit the town hall, a 19th-century building by the renowned architect Antonio Palacios, made of local granite (this municipality is famous for its granite quarries, especially the pink variety, which is actually called “Rosa Porriño Granite”). The old town is full of cafeterias, supermarkets and all sorts of shops, and every Tuesday there is a street market. 

Some pilgrims choose to continue walking and complete the next section in one day.

How to get to Tui

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.

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. 
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.
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.

Tips from our postmen and women

What to do and see in Tui?

Mª José Uris
Mª José Uris Correos Tui

"If you have time in Tui, you can climb Mount Aloia, some 4 km away. It is a natural park with great views over Tui, the bridges, Cathedral and Portugal. It has a visitors' centre, hiking routes, and some prehistoric and Roman remains"


What to do and see in O Porriño?

Demetrio Otero
Demetrio Otero Correos O Porriño

“In the municipality of O Porriño, in the area of Budiño, there is a lake formed by the River Louro, where you can find migratory birds which come here to breed. There is an ornithological centre there as well as a visitors' centre for bird watching". 


Accommodations Tui - O Porriño

Image gallery

Vistas de Tui, inicio del Camino Portugués
Vistas de Tui, inicio del Camino Portugués
Puente Internacional de Tui, inicio del Camino Portugués
Puente Internacional de Tui, inicio del Camino Portugués
Catedral de Tui en la primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Catedral de Tui en la primera etapa del Camino Portugués
El pueblo de Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
El pueblo de Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Palco de la Música de Tui, inicio del Camino Portugués
Palco de la Música de Tui, inicio del Camino Portugués
Pasaje en Tui, parte del Camino Portugués
Pasaje en Tui, parte del Camino Portugués
Salida de Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Salida de Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Iglesia Virgen del Camino, Camino Portugués
Iglesia Virgen del Camino, Camino Portugués
Cruz en Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Cruz en Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Peregrino en Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Peregrino en Tui, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Flechas amarillas en Tui marcan el Camino Portugués
Flechas amarillas en Tui marcan el Camino Portugués
Señales en Tui indican el Camino Portugués
Señales en Tui indican el Camino Portugués
El Camino Portugués en su paso por el Río Louro
El Camino Portugués en su paso por el Río Louro
Peregrinos haciendo el Camino Portugués a caballo
Peregrinos haciendo el Camino Portugués a caballo
Ayuntamiento de O Porriño, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
Ayuntamiento de O Porriño, primera etapa del Camino Portugués
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