The Portuguese Way, although less known than the French Way, enjoys great prestige recently and it is now quite popular among pilgrims. Some of the most picturesque places that can be seen from Tui to Santiago de Compostela are:
In Tui we emphasise the International Bridge on the Miño river, obligatory crossing for pilgrims. The walled enclosure of the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the Cathedral of Santa Maria (mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles) as well as the Porta da Pia or Pescadería in the city centre. Between the bridge and the old town we can not miss the riverside walk along the Miño.
Redondela, located at one end of the estuary of Vigo, in which emerges the island of San Simón. We can contemplate a Roman milepost that welcomes the pilgrim as he passes through the town, as well as its two viaducts built in the second half of the nineteenth century. We highlight the shelter of pilgrims, the House of Petán or Santa Teresa (17th century), the Church of Santiago and the Convent of Vilavella.
In Ponte Sampaio it stands out its bridge with ten semicircular arches, as well as the Romanesque Church of Santa María, from the 12th century.
In Pontevedra we highlight the Ponte do Burgo, which the pilgrims cross to their exit of the historical centre. In the old town you can visit the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the city, with scallop floor plant; In its interior we emphasise the carvings of Santiago, San Roque and the Virgin with pilgrim habits.
In the Plaza de la Ferrería, which is entered through the Porta do Camiño, there is the San Francisco Convent next to the Plaza de la Estrella, with its Casa de Caras and the Gardens of Castro Sampedro.
At the entrance of Caldas de Rei, we find the Church of Santa María, of Romanesque origin. We also find the Church of Santo Tomas Becket, built in 1890, the Church of Santa Maria de Bemil, San Andrés de César and San Esteban de Saiar, all of Romanesque origin.
One of the great attractions that the town has is that it is bathed by the rivers Umia and Bermaña, which can be crossed by the pilgrims thanks to its Roman bridges. Its waters have therapeutic properties, so there are numerous spas in the locality. In the town's main square, it stands out the public fountain known as Las Burgas, which is a good place to stop to cool off in its medicinal waters.
In Padrón stands out the Church of Santiago, built in Neoclassical style from the 19th century, the seal of the church shows the scene of the arrival of the body of Santiago to the port of Padron. Underneath the high altar you can see "El Pedrón". According to legend, it was the stone that was the mooring place used by the boat bringing the Apostle James’ remains to the Galician coast from Palestine. It is, therefore, a symbol for many pilgrims.
The fountain of Carmen from the sixteenth century, next to the convent of the Carmen Convent.
The Church of St. Mary of Hebron, The Church of St. Anthony of Hebron.
The Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia.
The Hermitage of Santiaguiño. Its great attraction is to cross the Via Crucis with 136 steps to reach it. In its interior there is a stony image of the Saint, as well as a group of rocks where the Apostle preached. Under the hermitage there is the fountain that, according to tradition, sprang up water after the apostle hit it with his staff.
You can see the Cruceiro de Fondo da Vila from the 15th century.
We also highlight the bridge of Santiago and the Roman bridge.
The Paseo del Espolón is a good place for a leisurely stroll.
In the post about The arrival in Santiago de Compostela you can check the most relevant places that can be visited in Santiago de Compostela.
Once you have seen this final section of the Camino from Tui to Santiago, if you want to know what you can visit in the final stretch of the French Way with departure in the town of Sarria (Lugo), please click here.