Compostela Trail - Tui to Santiago
Whilst the vast majority of pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela follow the French route across northern Spain, a lesser known, but equally impressive route, approaches the cathedral from the south. This is the Portuguese pilgrim trail, which is considered to be the 'inspired' way. The sheer humble beauty of the paths and countryside provided many of its medieval walkers with inspiration for songs and verse. Today this trail is hardly ever used, so overcrowding will not be a problem. As the trail from Tui is more than 100km you will qualify for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival in Santiago.
DAY 1 Arrive Tui DAY 2 Walk to Porrino along quiet country roads and woodland paths (4-5hrs) DAY 3 To Arcade on the coast via Monte Cornedo and Redondela (5.5-6hrs) DAY 4 A shorter walk to the old town of Pontevedra with ample time to explore the beautiful historical centre (3-4hrs) DAY 5 Walk through woodland and gentle river valleys before reaching the spa town of Caldas de Reis (6-6.5hrs) DAY 6 Via the river valleys of Bermana and Valga to Padron (5-5.5hrs) DAY 7 Through Galician villages to Santiago (6.5hrs) DAY 8 Free day in Santiago with option of attending the pilgrims mass in the cathedral DAY 9 Trip concludes
*8 breakfasts, 6 dinners *8 nights in mainly 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *luggage transfer (max 15kgs per person) *information pack including route notes & maps *emergency hotline