Delve into the past in this medieval border town, where characterful narrow lanes comprise the historic center and coats of arms decorate ancient walls.
Sitting on the edge of the Río Miño, with Portugal within view on the far side of the water, the former town of Tui has long held an important position for the Galicians. Learn about the town’s history, wander the atmospheric core and marvel at the fabulous views of the river and the bridge that connects Spain to Portugal.
Note that the city of Tui has stood here for centuries, beginning as a Roman settlement before becoming part of the Galician Kingdom. At various times in its history it has been at war with Portugal. The neighboring states, both of which are in EU countries, are now very much at peace, with free movement allowed between the two.
Stroll along the Paseo Fluvial, a pleasant riverside path leading from Tui, for the best views of the Tui International Bridge. The 19th-century iron bridge, which connects Tui to Valença in Portugal, has two levels: one for trains and another for road traffic.
Wander around the narrow lanes of Tui’s atmospheric Old Town. Look for coats of arms emblazoned upon centuries-old mansions and visit the 12th-century Catedral de Santa Maria, which features a Gothic cloister and gorgeous gardens overlooking the river.
Next to the cathedral, visit the Museo Diocesano. Housed in an attractive 18th-century building that has been used to host both pilgrims and the poor, this museum now showcases various artworks, archaeological artifacts and a collection of garments worn by prisoners during the Spanish Inquisition.
Many visitors use Tui as a base from which to explore the nearby Parque Natural Monte Aloia. Hike along scenic trails to reach panoramic lookout spots on the slopes of the 2,300-foot-tall (700-meter) Monte Aloia.
Find Tui in the Pontevedra region of northwestern Spain. The nearest airport is in Vigo and serves mostly flights from Spain and Portugal as well as seasonal flights from other European cities, including London. Tui-bound buses depart from Vigo and A Guarda.