The route enters Galicia via the International Bridge, which links the towns of Valença (Portugal) and Tui (Spain) across the powerful Miño River.
Stage Tui - O Porriño
Tui- Ponte das Febres
Length 7.8 Km
Estimated Duration 1h 35min
Portugal avenue lead into the historic district of Tui. The route soon comes to the Parador de Turismo, part of the state-owned hotel chain. A milestone indicates that it is 115.4 km to Santiago. The charms of Tui–one of the seven capitals of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia and declared an area of artistic and historical importance in 1967–make their presence felt in every street, alley and passageway of its fine historic district. Santa María Cathedral, with both Romanesque and Gothic elements, presides over the town’s medieval street plan. Bispo Maceira and Baixada or Arrabal de Freanxo streets lead to the church. The route continues along Travesía do Hospital, followed by Concello Square, the convent of the Sisters of St. Clare, and Tide and Antero Rubín streets. Before leaving the city, the route follows Coengo Valiño and Calzada streets to San Bartolomé Park, where is located the preromanic church of the same name.
1886 International Bridge over the Miño River, linking Galicia (left) and Portugal
International Bridge over the Miño River from Galicia, opened in 1886
View of the historic quarter of Tui
Tui’s Gothic cathedral
Aerial view of Tui
Ponte das Febres- As Gándaras de Budiño
The route passes A Virxe do Camiño Chapel, Paredes de Abaixo and iconic San Telmo Bridge, also known as As Febres Bridge. After this, it runs through a dense wood known as A Ribeira before coming to the small village of A Magdalena. The Louro River, which separates the municipalities of Tui and O Porriño, flows beside the trail. The next population centre is Orbenlle. In the distance, it is possible to make out the granite quarries to which this spot owes its fame (known as ‘pink granite’, it is exported to such countries as the United States and Japan).