How to visit the historic center of Tui in one day and its Cathedral

Do you want to know what to see in Tui? In the south of the province of Pontevedra and on the banks of the River Miño is the city of Tui, the gateway to Spain on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago and one of the cities with the most history and the most beautiful in Galicia.

The medieval structure of the old town of Tui, together with its narrow streets and beautiful monuments, have earned it consideration as a historical-artistic complex.

Here we are going to tell you about a tour visiting the most important things to see in Tui.

A walk to enjoy the best things to see in Tui

1. Visiting the historic center of Tui

Tui - Old Town

A walk through Tui can start in the lower part of the city, where you can park if you go by car.

In the Glorieta de Vigo there is a very curious sculpture, the Monument to the Wild Horse, made of bronze and from where there are beautiful views of the Cathedral and the River Miño.

From there we can walk to the center along the Paseo de la Corredera, full of shops and restaurants, where the Church of San Francisco is.

It is located at the foot of the historic center, which we will reach at the end of the street, beginning to climb through its narrow and steep streets until finally reaching the Cathedral of Tui, which we will talk about in the next section.

2. The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui

Tui - CathedralThe Cathedral of Santa María is the most well-known and representative monument of Tui.

The structure of the Cathedral of Tui is Romanesque, the architectural style that prevailed at the time but later Gothic elements were added.

Of the Romanesque part of the cathedral we must highlight its transverse nave, as well as the north portal and especially the Chapter House, which dates from 1138 and is considered the largest chapter house in Spain.

galicia-tui-cathedral-cloisterFrom the Gothic part we must highlight the Main Door formed by different statues of biblical characters and scenes of the Nativity with the Birth, the Adoration of the Magi or the Annunciation to the Shepherds. This façade is considered to be the first Gothic sculptural complex in Spain.

The cloister, in Gothic style, is another highlight. It dates from the 13th century although it has undergone subsequent modifications. In any case, it is the only preserved medieval cloister of the Galician cathedrals.

We must also recommend a climb to its tower, from where you have great views of Tui and its surroundings and visit the Cathedral Museum.

3. Convent of Santo Domingo

The walk continues towards the Miño, beginning to descend from the upper part and admiring on the descent the Church of San Telmo, in Portuguese Baroque style, built in the house where the saint lived and which stands out, in addition to its impressive facade, its dome and its main altarpiece.

From there we can walk to the Convent of Santo Domingo with its late Gothic-style church, passing through the old walls that served to defend the city.

You can find more information about what to see in Tui on the official Tui tourism page.

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