Day Nineteen on the Central Route of the Camino Portugués ~ Rubiães to Tui, 19 Km (11.8 Miles)

COVID ~ 19 and the Camino

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I am digilantly updating my webpages and eBooks, trying to bring you as current information as I can. If you plan to walk this year, your expenditures will be higher that pre-pandemic, as the municipal albergues are still closed, necessitating private accommodations. When they do re-open, they will be at reduced capacity, as are currently any open, private albergues. 

It would be prudent to pre-book your accommodation as much as possible, to ensure a place, especially if you are walking the more popular routes. Also, call ahead if you are planning a more remote walk, as not all accommodations have re-opened.

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Good luck and Buen Camino!!

Day nineteen on the central route of the Camino Portugués was another fabulous walk through the Portuguese countryside, then a tour through the medieval city of Valença with its amazingly preserved fortress walls, an international crossing on the Minho River to Spain and the grand finale in the medieval Spanish city of Tui. For what more could a pilgrim ask?

"Believe in Love's infinite journey, for it is your own! For you are Love, Love is Life." ~ Rumi

Team Magdalena was in full force today, lifting everyone's spirits as we moved together through day nineteen on the Portuguese Way, along the central route. It was a day of Love, Fun and Laughter!

Map and Stats of Day Nineteen on the Central Route of the Camino Portugués

Here is our google map, created from our GPS tracks, with accommodation, cafés, grocery stores and other useful landmarks, to aid you in your planning for the day. 

The mileage is from our Albergue Ninho, only 1/4 mile down the road from the municipal albergue to the cathedral in Tui, so you will need to add this amount to your total if you are starting at the municipal albergue. You will also need to add an additional 500 meters if going onward to the Albergue Santo Domingo or other accommodation to the north in Tui.  Of course, if you are landing at an accommodation in Valença, it will be less. 

The elevation profile is very doable, with lovely uphill sections initially, on cobblestone, followed by a downhill cruise on old Roman roads and villages through the countryside toward the River Minho. 

Elevation Profile for Day Nineteen, Central Route, Camino Portugués, Rubiães to TuiElevation Profile for Day Nineteen, Central Route, Camino Portugués, Rubiães to Tui

Photo-Rich Travelogue of Day Nineteen, Central Route of the Camino Portugués

All of our Camino group decided to meet in front of the Albergue Ninho to walk together. We decided the night before that Magdalena, our wheelchair-bound friend would join us, despite long sections off pavement. All of the strong and able-bodied men agreed they would join in, taking turns during the rougher sections. We set off, down the N201 in the early morning light. 

Leaving on the N201 from the Albergue Ninho on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoLeaving on the N201 from the Albergue Ninho

In only a few meters, the Camino turns sharply left onto a narrow cobblestone lane, shown below. 

Michal and Magdalena Navigate on the Cobblestone Lane on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoMichal and Magdalena Navigate on the Cobblestone Lane

We all had our breakfast in our albergues, but the map shows you several cafés at the start of the day, if you need them. 

Within just about 650 meters, we came to this charming old Roman bridge, crossing the Rio Coura. 

Roman Bridge Over the Rio Coura, near Rubiãs on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoRoman Bridge Over the Rio Coura

A few meters after the bridge, the Camino turns right onto another cobblestone lane and in about 200 meters more the lane meets the N201 and crosses it here at this signpost, directing the pilgrimage traveler toward the next town of Cossourado. Here is Matt hamming it up when I asked him to stand beside the waymark!

Matt at the Waymark to Cossourado on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoMatt at the Waymark to Cossourado

There is a café right by the sign above, to the right of it, on the N201, if you need it. There is another café about another 150 meters to the left of the sign, also on the N201, if the first is closed.

Follow this lovely narrow cobblestone lane and within only 150 meters or so, this waterfall on the Rio Coura is reached. One-by-one we stopped here to take it in. It is a serene and lovely place, perfect for a photo opportunity. 

The Team at a Waterfall on the Rio Coura on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoThe Team at a Waterfall on the Rio Coura

Pictured below, is the attractive Via Romana waymarks that you encounter along the way, letting you know that this indeed is the way that the Roman roads once took. It is fabulous to be reminded of this historical fact. 

Via Romana Waymark on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoVia Romana Waymark

As the way steepened, Magdalena needed more assistance to keep up with us. The guys were up to the task and quickly figured out to tag-team it. 

Matt, Borut and Rich on Push-Pull Shared DutyMatt, Borut and Rich on Push-Pull Shared Duty

We followed this rugged cobblestone lane for a total of 1/2 kilometer. 

For the first half of day nineteen on the Camino Portugués via the central route, the Way essentially traces the path of N201, weaving around it to the east or west. Shortly after the above cobblestone section, the Camino joins the N201 for about 1/4 kilometer, then turns off to the right, on a paved side road. Then several hundred meters later, turns left and joins the dirt road, shown below. 

Camino Team Walking on Rural Lane on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoCamino Team Walking on Rural Lane

This country lane goes on for over one kilometer, and just before it ends at a T-intersection, below, the team celebrates their arrival together, thus far.

At the T-intersection we took a right turn onto a narrow paved road and we walked toward the next town of Pecene. Within 300 meters or so, the small chapel with Borut standing by it, caught my eye, shown in the picture below. This chapel is right next to the Casa da Capela, a rural hotel right along the Camino, not pictured.

Borut by the Capela in Pecene on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoBorut by the Capela in Pecene

Continuing on the paved road, in another 1/2 kilometer, we entered the next town of  São Bento da Porta Aberta. At the first intersection in town is the Café Castro, at the high point of the day, where we had our first break at only about 4.0 kilometers into our day nineteen on the central route of the Camino Portugues.

Here we are, milling around outside as we drank café con leite with lots of sugar!

Café Castro, at 4.0 Kilometers, São Bento da Porta Aberta on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoCafé Castro, at 4.0 Kilometers, São Bento da Porta Aberta

The town church is just opposite the café, where we joined the N201 once again and walked north, turned off it to the left almost immediately and just after the church which dominates the center of town.

After the left turn, the road is made of cobblestone initially and then quickly turns into this ancient Roman road, shortly after town.

Ancient Roman Road Once Again near São Bento da Porta Aberta on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoAncient Roman Road Once Again

The gentlemen hovered over Magdalena, during this section, assisting her as needed, as you can see in the next photos. It was so sweet to see! At least it was downhill!

The Guys Checking Out the WheelchairThe Guys Checking Out the Wheelchair
Rich and Borut Guide Magdalena Through the RutsRich and Borut Guide Magdalena Through the Ruts
Matt Takes a Turn with the Tipping TechniqueMatt Takes a Turn with the Tipping Technique

After about 1.15 kilometers, we emerged from the forest and were back on the "easy" cobblestone on the way to Gontomil. 

Easy, Downhill Cobblestone Road to Gontomil on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoEasy, Downhill Cobblestone Road to Gontomil

In about 100 meters we joined the M1063 on nice downhill pavement. 

Magdalena Smiles as She Cruises on the Paved RoadMagdalena Smiles as She Cruises on the Paved Road

The easy breezy pavement was short lived, and after only a few hundred meters, the Camino turns right onto the Rua dos Limas. Here Magdalena is working her way up the hill on the narrow cobblestone road. She was doing amazingly well on day nineteen of the Portuguese Camino on the central route.

Right Turn Onto the Rua dos LimasRight Turn Onto the Rua dos Limas

Farther up the hill it just got too steep for her to make much progress, so Rich and Magnus assisted her in her efforts. Fortunately, this section was only a brief 150 meters or so. 

Steep Cobblestone on the Rua dos LimasSteep Cobblestone on the Rua dos Limas

Then it was a left turn onto another steep and downhill dirt lane (not pictured) for about 1/3 kilometer, before we joined the Rua da Pereira, shown below, for a long, paved downhill run toward Fontoura.

Long, Paved Downhill on the Rua da Pereira on the Road to Fontoura on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoLong, Paved Downhill on the Rua da Pereira

It was about here that I decided to walk ahead of the Camino group with Miriam agreeing to join me. Many weeks prior, Rich and I had agreed to meet our Camino friend Glyvia, in Valença at 2:00 in the afternoon on day nineteen of the central route on the Portuguese Way.

I realized that all this difficult terrain was slower going than I had expected. If I were to meet our friend, I needed to get going! We had less than three hours left to make the remaining 9.0 kilometers to Tui. Sounds quite easy, but I wanted to be sure. 

Miriam and I left the group to walk faster. The Rua da Pereira was easy to negotiate on long downhill pavement and at about 2/3 of a kilometer later, we were directed to the right, onto this narrow path along a canal lined with a grape arbor. 

Miriam on the Canal Walkway on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoMiriam on the Canal Walkway

The lovely 200 meter shortcut along the canal dropped us out onto the M512, shown below, where the Camino turns to the right to walk into Fontoura. If you did not take this shortcut, you would come to the Quinta de Real, on the south side of town along the M512.

Walking Into Fontoura on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoWalking Into Fontoura on the M512

There are several cafés along the M512 in town, and the town chapel is the landmark for the recommended, private albergue called the PilgerPause, just across the street. The church and albergue are at about 7.2 kilometers total for the day.

Chapel in Fontoura on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoChapel in Fontoura

After about 3/4 kilometer more, we left the M512, turning to the left, for this cobblestone road.

Northward from Fontoura on Cobblestone Road on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoNorthward from Fontoura on Cobblestone Road

We followed the road as it turned into a dirt lane en-route to the next town of Paços, below, on day nineteen on the central route of the Portuguese Camino.

Miriam on the Road to Paços on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoMiriam on the Road to Paços

After walking another 3/4 kilometer, we crossed the N201 for the final time, staying straight on. If  you were to follow the N201 to the left and west, you would encounter a café and several grocery stores if needed. 

In less than another one-half kilometer, you encounter this intersection, below, in the town proper of Paços.

Entering the Town of Paços on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoEntering the Town of Paços

The Camino crosses over the pavement, shown above and picks up a narrow cobblestone lane to the left. 

We stayed on the cobblestone lane for about 1/4 kilometer, turning right onto a paved road at the next intersection, and then an immediate left onto this lovely arbor-lined road, shown below. 

Picking Up Another Dirt Lane Through Countryside, leaving Paços on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoPicking Up Another Dirt Lane Through Countryside North of Paços

In only another 100 meters, we arrived at the next landmark, the Café and Albergue Quinta Estrada Romana, shown below. This place looked very inviting and if not for my time constraints I would have stopped for coffee and a treat! We were at 9.75 kilometers total for the day.

Café and Quinta Estrada Romana on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoCafé and Quinta Estrada Romana
Onward on Tree-Lined Cobblestone Road to Pedreira on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoOnward on Tree-Lined Cobblestone Road to Pedreira

The Camino continues on the cobblestone lane, staying on it all the way to the Ponte Romana da Pedreira,  shown below, 650 meters or so from the Albergue Estrada Romana. The bridge is at about the halfway point for the day, and old town Valença is only six kilometers away.

Miriam and the Ponte Romana da Pedreira on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoMiriam and the Ponte Romana da Pedreira
Looking Back at the Roman Bridge, the Ponte Romana da Pedreira on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoLooking Back at the Roman Bridge

Just after the Roman bridge, on the right is the Albergue and Hotel Quinta do Caminho, yet another country estate where you can spend the night. 

After the Quinta, the Camino crosses over the paved M1057, and continues directly northward, through the countryside on dirt and cobblestone lanes, staying straight on at every intersection for the next two kilometers. 

Country Roads to Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoCountry Roads to Valença

Just before the industrial buildings appear on the outskirts of Valença, you will see this "Welcome to Valença" sign, shown below! You are at about 12.2 kilometers total at this sign.

Welcome to Valença Sign on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoWelcome to Valença Sign

Shortly after the Welcome to Valença sign, the route becomes quite a bit more industrial-looking, turns right and joins the N13, where you can find lots of cafés if needed.

After a few meters at the first large roundabout, below, find the nice side road to the left, the Rua da Veiga, 2nd photo below. 

Left at the Roundabout on the N13 on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoLeft at the Roundabout on the N13
Rua da Veiga towards Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoRua da Veiga towards Valença

The Rua da Veiga parallels the busy N13 to the west to walk into Valença proper. After a bit more than 1/2 kilometer, turn left at this chapel, the Capela do Sr. do Bomfim.

Turn Left at the Capela do Sr. do Bomfim on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoTurn Left at the Capela do Sr. do Bomfim

After making the turn, you encounter the Arão sign on day nineteen on the central route of the Portuguese Camino, pictured below. 

Welcome to Arão Sign on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoWelcome to Arão Sign

We walked westward on the Rua do Eido de Cima, another 400 meters or so, to the next chapel, shown below, where the Camino turns right onto the Rua do Regueiro, back to the northerly direction. The Casa do Diogo, (+351 251 823 926), a pilgrim's accommodation, is on the left hand side before the turn, just before this chapel. You can see it in the photo, to the left. It is the white building. 

Right Turn at Capela onto the Rua do Regueiro on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoRight Turn at Capela onto the Rua do Regueiro

Walk about another 300 meters, and turn right at this cruzeiro, below, on day nineteen on the central route of the Portuguese Camino. The total kilometers at this cross, thus far is fourteen. 

Turn Right at Cruzeiro on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoTurn Right at Cruzeiro

A one kilometer long stretch on paved road, shown below, eventually brings you to a T-intersection, where you turn right, walking for another 1/4 kilometer, then turning right onto the Av. Sá Carneiro at a large roundabout and finally turning left onto the northward-bound N13 again.

Valença High Rises Ahead on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoValença High Rises Ahead

If you were to turn right on the N13, an economical hotel, the Hotel Valença do Minho is about 250 meters to the south. 

Going northward instead, on the the Camino, about another 1/2 kilometer on the N13 brings you to this roundabout in the heart of Valença on day nineteen on the central route of the Portuguese Camino.

Roundabout in the heart of Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoRoundabout in the Heart of Valença, with the Flower Wheel to Greet You

As you walk to the left side of the roundabout, a large sign directing you left to the municipal Albergue São Teotónio in Valença greets you, just before this Camino waymark, below. Consult our map above for its precise location. The striking flower wheel at the roundabout is unmistakable.

The albergue is about 300 meters westward on the N101. On the way to the albergue you would pass by three more accommodations, all economical, outside the old fortress walls; the Residencial S.Gião, the Hotel Val Flores and the Hotel Lara

117 Km to Santiago, and Valença Flower Wheel on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese Camino117 Km to Santiago, and Valença Flower Wheel

But Miriam and I continued on the Camino, walking north on the Avenida dos Combatentes da Grande Guerra toward the fortifications.

Toward the Fortifications of Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoToward the Fortifications of Valença

The fortress walls of Valença rise in front of you as you walk down the Avenue. They are well-preserved pieces of Gothic and Baroque military architecture.

The Fortified Walls of Valença Rise Ahead on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoThe Fortified Walls of Valença Rise Ahead

According to Wikipedia, "The first walls were built in the 13th century. It was upgraded during the 17th and 18th centuries forming the present bulwarked system. It is placed on top of two small hills and it is formed by two polygons (the Recinto Magistral and the Coroada) separated by a ditch and with four doors (Coroada, Gaviarra, Fonte da Vila and Sol). The main entrance is the Porta do Sol (Sun's door). This door was damaged during the Napoleonic invasions."

While Miriam and I were admiring the fortress walls, and I was texting my friend, I received a text from Rich, stating that they were also already in Valença. He and the others were having a beverage at the Café Mané, where we had passed by minutes ago! We re-traced our steps to join them. As it turned out we made no better time than they did!

After a break at the café, nearing 2:00 o'clock, Rich and I set out to find our friend, Glyvia. We walked back to the fortress, to go inside the walled city to meet our friend. 

Here is the East door, the Porta do Sol, pictured below, where we entered the old city at approximately 16.3 kilometers for the day.

Elle at the Porta do Sol, entering the old city of Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoElle at the Porta do Sol

We followed the Camino through this door and walked up the street and right to the Praça da República, the main hub of the medieval city. Not having seen Glyvia, we stopped at the Café Cantinho, shown here, in the square to have a sandwich. We knew she would eventually walk this way.  

Praça da República, Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoPraça da República, Valença

And sure enough, we saw her walking down the street within a few minutes. We waved her our way, and she joined us for a drink. It was a joyful reunion for us since we had not seen her since last year when we walked the Coastal Route right by her house. Here we are, posing, at the wall. 

Rich, Glyvia and Elle on Valença's Rampart Walls on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoRich, Glyvia and Elle on Valença's Rampart Walls

If your day were to end here inside the fortress walls, to the south of the Republic Square is the economical Hostel Bulwark and the Residencial Portas do Sol. To the north is the mid-range Alojamento da Vila and the expensive Casa do Poco de Valença (+351 251 010 094) and the Pousada Valença. It would have been lovely to spend more time here to explore this medieval city! (In fact, later, after our Camino, we returned to Valença as tourists and thoroughly enjoyed staying in the heart of the old city, at the wonderful and friendly Alojamento da Vila.)

Soon the rest of the group came through the square, and we all gathered together to explore the old city. Then we continued on together from the Republic Square, heading northward through the streets of Valença on the Rua de Mousinho de Albuquerque, past the shops and an old church on the Camino de Santiago, shown below. 

Past the Shops of Valença on the Camino thru the Medieval City on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoPast the Shops of Valença on the Camino thru the Medieval City
Through the Streets of Valença on the Rua de Mousinho de Albuquerque on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoThrough the Streets of Valença on the Rua de Mousinho de Albuquerque

The Camino takes a glorious path through the medieval city and through the rampart walls. I had Mira, from Korea, who had joined our group the previous day, stand by the northern door, the Porta da Gabiarra, as we exited Valença shown below.

Exiting Valença Through the Ramparts on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoExiting Valença Through the Ramparts
Mira at the Porta da Gabiarra, leaving Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoMira at the Porta da Gabiarra
Path to the Outer Ramparts of the Medieval City of Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoPath to the Outer Ramparts of the Medieval City
Camino Yellow Arrow on the Outer Ramparts of Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoCamino Yellow Arrow on the Outer Ramparts
Final Look-Back at the Impressive Rampart Walls of Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoFinal Look-Back at the Impressive Rampart Walls

After leaving the walls on the hill, we did the final descent to the Avenida de Espanha on long steps, shown below, on day nineteen of the central route on the Portuguese Camino. 

Steps Leading to the Rio Minho on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoSteps Leading to the Rio Minho

A left turn onto the street at the bottom of the steps, the Avenida de Espanha, led us to the Ponte Internacional, or the international bridge between Portugal and Spain. This bridge was built in 1879 when Portugal and Spain agreed to construct a bi-functional (road and train) bridge. The bridge is still in use although a new bridge was built south of the older one.

Ponte Internacional Tui-Valença on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoPonte Internacional Tui-Valença - Lower Level for Cars

By the time you reach the international bridge at 17 kilometers into the day, you can see the prominent Cathedral of Tui on the hill ahead. It is only about 2.0 kilometers away. 

Tui Cathedral on the hill ahead as seen from the international bridge, on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoTui Cathedral on Hill Ahead

The train tracks are on the upper level of the bridge, along with the pedestrian walkway. 

Pedestrian Walkway on the International Bridge from Portugal to Spain on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoPedestrian Walkway on the International Bridge from Portugal to Spain

There is a spot in the middle of the bridge where the country boundary is crossed. I decided to put one foot in Portugal and one in Spain, in the typical fashion. One-by-one everyone wanted a photograph of this. And before long, the clowns took over with their antics. Who could resist taking a silly picture???

Matt, Borut, Michal, Magnus and Rich with One Foot in Portugal, One Foot in Spain

After walking over the bridge, the Camino turns right to follow the N-551, where a large España sign greets you. I was happy and sad at the same time. No more Nata - boo hoo! No more hobblestone - yeah! 

Turn Right onto the N-551 in España on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoTurn Right onto the N-551 in España

After about 400 meters on the N-551, you turn right onto the Camiño Tenencia. Here is a photo of the street, as Borut and Magdalena walked by the entrance to the Parador de Tui, shown on the left, below. Hmmm, if only!

Borut and Magdalena on the Camiño Tenencia on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoBorut and Magdalena on the Camiño Tenencia

The Camiño Tenencia stays right at the Parador and descends back down to the Rio Minho in about 300 meters. Below is a wonderful view back to Valença and its fortifications, from the river banks in Tui. There are five churches in Valença and you can see at least four of the steeples in this photo. 

View of Valença's fortifications from Tui and the Minho River, with the international bridge between Portugal and Spain on the right on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoView of Valença's Fortifications from Tui and the Minho River Bank

From the Minho River waterfront, take a hard left here, by the Welcome to Tui sign and onto the Rúa Barca.  

Welcome to Tui sign on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoWelcome to Tui

Follow the Rúa Barca back up the hill, as it bends around to the right, with the cathedral looming above you.

Catedral de Tui Looms Above on the Rúa Barca on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoCatedral de Tui Looms Above on the Rúa Barca

Follow the Rúa Barca for about another 1/4 kilometer, as it enters the medieval city. Come to a T-intersection. Turn left onto the Praza Manuel Caramés, continuing the steady climb.

After reaching the N-551 on your left side, take a hard right and onto the Rúa Piñeiro and climb steeply onward, shown below. 

Staying on the Rúa Piñeiro for 150 meters, the next turn is to the left onto the Rúa Sanz for the final push to the Catedral de Tui, pictured here. 

Walking Up the Rúa Piñeiro in Tui, toward the cathedral on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoWalking Up the Rúa Piñeiro, Left Turn Ahead

Here is team Magdalena, getting up the Rúa Sanz. They finally got smart and picked up two pieces of twine they found along the way, to use as pulling handles! Here is Matt, Michal, Magdalena and Magnus. 

Four-Person Drive Up the Rúa Sanz Towards the Catedral de Tui on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoFour-Person Drive Up the Rúa Sanz Towards the Catedral de Tui

150 meters later and you pop out onto the Praza de San Fernando, take a right turn and walk another 30 meters, and the Catedral is before you to your right, shown below. It is a wonderful sight! Unfortunately, it was closed for siesta when we arrived. 

The Catedral de Tui on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoThe Catedral de Tui at the Top!

The fact that the cathedral was closed did not squelch our cheer. Here is our salute to Magdalena, and her accomplishment with the team thus far. I am not sure which of the gentlemen thought of this idea, but it was fun!

After hanging out on the square, from the cathedral steps we walked around to the north side of the cathedral, and headed northward, winding through the streets of Tui, following the yellow arrows (see day twenty) toward our albergue.

The municipal albergue, the Albergue De Peregrinos De Tui, is just a few more steps behind the cathedral to the East. There are many, many private albergues in Tui, as it is a starting point for many pilgrims, at the 100 kilometer mark.

There is the Albergue San Martín, Ideas Peregrinas, Jacob's Hostel Tui, Albergue Santo Domingo (see below), Albergue Convento Del Camino, Hostal Albergue Villa San Clemente, and the Albergue Buen Camino all clustered near the cathedral. Farther north and west of the Camino are yet two more private albergues, the Albergue Pallanes and the Hostal San Telmo.  

If you desire a hotel for Tui, and there are plenty of those, you can do it through Booking.com, by clicking here

Eventually we turned east and down the hill, back toward the Minho River. A left turn at the bottom of the hill, onto the Rúa Antero Rubin, and within meters we came to our albergue for the night, the Santo Domingo.  

Albergue Santo Domingo in Tui on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoReaching the Albergue Santo Domingo

The Santo Domingo, a private albergue, is a wonderful private home, converted into a pilgrimage haven. They gave us real sheets, fluffy towels and blankets. The showers were new and lovely. Most of us were assigned to the large room shown below with eight beds. Others in our group were lucky enough to get a room with only three beds!

Bunk Room in the Albergue Santo Domingo on day nineteen on the Central Route of the Portuguese CaminoBunk Room in the Albergue Santo Domingo

For 12 Euros, a wonderful continental breakfast was also included. Coffee and tea were available at all times. The hospitalera will do your laundry for you for only 5.0 Euros.

There is a large dining room, a large living area and kitchen. Here we are having our happy hour before dinner, in 1/2 the dining room space. I would highly advise you to make a reservation for this place, if you want to stay here, by clicking here, because it fills up quickly. 

Happy Hour at the Albergue Santo DomingoHappy Hour at the Albergue Santo Domingo

We had a lovely dinner in a restaurant in the center of town for 8 Euros for the pilgrim's menu, to top off an already wonderful day!

Reflections on Day Nineteen, Central Route of the Camino Portugués

Today, we worked like a team, walking together, at times, even looking like a pack! I said to Magnus, "You know, you could be walking much faster if you weren't with all of us. Does this bother you?" He answered, "I would much rather be together with all the fun!" His words reflected the theme of our day nineteen on the central route of the Portuguese Way. 

We were moving together, helping one another, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We were Love. We were Life!

Salutation

May your own day nineteen on the central route of the Camino Portugués be full of Love and Life itself as you are building the community that surrounds you! Love is all around you. All you have to do is look. Ultreia!



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And the Journey Continues:

~ Lisbon to Porto

~ Porto to Santiago Via the Coastal Route and/or the Sendal Litoral

~ Porto to Santiago Via the Central Route


Have Peace of Mind on Your Next Camino!

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