Tui on the Mino River

We spent our last two nights in Spain at Tui on the Mino River, which is also the border with Portugal.

The Parador in Tui

The Parador is a modern hotel built in the style of a Pazo, and like all the other Paradors was clean and comfortable, with very good food. The hotel has a quiet and peaceful setting overlooking the Mino River and my camera and I walked along the river each evening.

Parador in Tui
Parador in Tui

History of Tui

Tui was originally a Roman settlement called Tude, perched on top of a hill beside the Mino River and looking across to Portugal on the far bank. And because of its strategic position it has been conquered and controlled by Romans, Visigoths, Suevi, Arabs, and finally taken by the Spanish. It has all the characteristics you would expect to find in an old town – narrow and winding streets, walls, fortifications, and plenty of churches! And this is a stop on the camino from Portugal to Santiago.

In the town

I walked along the river and then up a narrow cobbled street past the ruins of a prison where old walls were clearly visible. There were apparently two sets of walls: those of the 12C and another set built in the 15C. This was an important town, with impressive mansions and many plaques or coats of arms on the walls.

Walkway along the Mino river in Tui
Walkway along the Mino River
A street in Tui on the Mino River
Rua Obispo Castanon in Tui
Walls and ruins of a prison in Tui on the Mino River
Town walls and ruins of a prison

Churches in Tui

The Cathedral of Tui is extraordinary but there were also other churches, convents, and monasteries, of which we only caught a glimpse.

Cathedral in Tui on the Mino River
Cathedral in Tui

The Chapel of St Telmo

The Chapel of St Telmo, built on the site of the house where the saint died in the 13C, is the only example of Portuguese Baroque architecture in Spain. St Telmo was a high-ranking priest and is now the Patron Saint of sailors

Convent of Santa Clara

The Convent of Santa Clara (the Poor Clares) was founded in 1524 and today’s buildings date from the 17C-18C. The Convent remains a closed order which is why it is also known as ‘Las Encerradas’. The ‘Tunnel of the Nuns’ was also a gateway into the town in the 12C.

Church and Convent of Santa Domingo

The Franciscans built the original Church and Convent of Santa Domingo in the 14C outside the walls of the town. Today’s buildings date from 15C and the buildings are inside the walls. Some of the old wall remains alongside the Convent, with a gate. This church was the mausoleum for important families in the town.

Church of Santa Domingo
Church of Santa Domingo
Monastery of Santa Dominto in Tui on the Mino River
Monastery of Santa Domingo
Church and Monastery of Santa Domingo on the Mino River
Church and Monastery of Santa Domingo

The Church and monastery are in a small park which overlooks the river and it is very pleasant.

The Mino River

The River from the gardens of the Church of Santa Domingo in Tui on the Mino River
Mino River from the gardens of the Church of Santa Domingo

Tui on the Mino River is a fascinating small town and we should have spent more time there!

Further information
Tui and here and here (in translation) and here
A little article about one of the gates – you will need a translator!

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