Historic centres
On the Way of St. James


Tui - Pontevedra

42º 02' 46.7" N - 8º 38' 37.8" W

The Ways of St. James

Portiguese Route

Do not miss

The Festas de San Telmo, patron saint of the town and of sailors in general, held on 24 April, with a procession of the relics and image of the saint, with a floral offering. Declared as a Festival of Tourist Interest. During the festival a large number of cultural and religious events take place, including the Festa da Angula, one of the most singular gastronomic events in Galicia, held since 1968 with visitors enjoying eels from the River Miño in individual portions, served with garlic.

To know

The Cathedral dates from the twelfth to thirteenth centuries, at the point of transition between the Romanesque and Gothic styles, both found in the temple, which frequent wars between Spain and Portugal led to it being transformed into a fortified structure. It has three naves that were reinforced with flying buttresses after the Lisbon earthquake of 1775. Special mention should be made of its chapels, the cloister and all of its western façade, which has the finest iconographic composition of Galician Gothic ?Ogival? style, representing prophets, apostles, saints and kings, with a tympanum divided into three sections with scenes from the Annunciation, Nativity, Epiphany or Heavenly Jerusalem. The carvings of the Choir, by Canseco, are one of the finest examples of late Galician Baroque style. A climb to the tower is recommended, offering excellent views over the cathedral, the River Miño and the town. The Cathedral Museum contains a fine collection of religious gold and silver items. In turn, the Diocese Museum has excellent examples of Spanish and Hispano-American silverwork, together with other valuable archaeological remains. Without leaving the old quarter, a visit to the remaining segments of the town walls is recommended, as well as the Renaissance chapels known as the chapels of A Misericordia and the chapel of the Corpo Santo or San Telmo, with a beautiful façade of Portuguese influence, based over a crypt that formed part of the house of the saint from Tui; and San Francisco, the convent of the Monxas Clarisas Encerradas (Order of St. Clare), dating from the seventeenth century.

The Mendicant Church of San Domingos still conserves the abutments, cross and Gothic tombs from the fourteenth century, although the rest of the building is the result of subsequent reforms in Baroque and Neo-Classic style.

One of the essential points in the daily life of Tui?s inhabitants is the stone promenade known as the Paseo da Corredoira, a pedestrian walkway with green zones. It includes a lookout point at one end of the promenade, offering views over farmland in the valley and the River Miño.

Singular village

Close to the town is the first Natural Park to be declared in Galicia, Monte Aloia. Visitors may enjoy sweeping views over the River Miño and its estuary, with five special lookout points set up for this purpose; its flora and fauna, with fine examples of typical Galician tree species, and interesting archaeological remains from the hill-fort period.

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Last update: 04/05/2015