The Tui – Mos stage is divided into 3 different stages, with different terrain characteristics. It is also important to remember that in Spain it is one hour ahead of Portugal!
In Tui, we are welcomed by the Galician vegetation. The woods along the way in Spain are filled with people – pilgrims and others -, making the trip a nice meeting of languages and faces and “buen camino” for the day. Sometimes we can find musicians playing and commerce settles in the spaces where the green combines with main roads. This route is simple, as there are no major climbs to record. Just the natural beauty of this region.
This is until we reach Porrinõ, a city that is divided between pilgrims and its industrial dynamics. With a road path crowded with trucks, there are monuments and pieces of art scattered throughout the town center. For those who wish to end their day here, there are lodging options available.
As we leave, we find the tarmac again. Cars, trucks and long roads with narrow sidewalks. You can’t be too careful until just before the climb to Mos.
From here on, we completely leave the bustle of the city, with the drowsiness of the heat and the shelter of the low population density. Ever uphill, Mos is a lost village with a nice church that is not shy when it rings its bells. The perfect village to rest until the next day.
Tui is not only the starting point from Spain, but also the town where the Spanish woods begin. Pay attention to the sounds. Sometimes there are local musicians playing for the pilgrims, like a parade.
The first stopping point is a little after arriving at Ponte das Febres. A space totally dedicated to the pilgrims and with several pieces of artwork running along the wall.
Today the outskirts of the city of O Porriño are more industrial. So whenever there is an opportunity, take the alternative route. However, getting to the center is an important step on the way, as on every street there is something closely connected to Santiago.
Just outside Porriño, hidden on a hill, is the first of many benches for pilgrims to rest. All are identified with the phrase “We are Mos” and are scattered all along the way from that point on.
Mos é uma povoação entre Porrinõ e Redondela, quase no topo da colina. À chegada somos recebidos por várias casinhas em pedra e ruas romanas preservadas ao longo do tempo. É o sítio indicado para uma noite descansada, já que a próxima etapa vais passar por duas grandes cidades.
No. None of the stages should appear unnecessarily dangerous. If you feel any kind of insecurity, turn back or retrace your steps.
Yes. The Camino is adaptable for anyone. So, if you still have energy, just keep moving forward. There are hostels along the entire route.