From Tui to Porrino wasn't too long of a walk, about 19.5km. However, getting into the city of Porrino was very confusing and at times difficult. The Camino has been going the same way for so many years and benefiting the people of the towns that the pilgrims walk through. These small towns were rarely visited by tourists before the Camino became so popular to walk and the businesses are doing so well because of it. However, there was some controversy on this section of the walk and we were warned in our guidebook to be aware. The original Camino would take you through industrial parts of the towns, however, a detour was made to make the journey more enjoyable. The problem though is that the businesses in these small towns would not be visited if the pilgrims took the detour. So there is this sort of 'war' going on by painting over the arrows to the detour in hopes that the pilgrims will visit the cafes along the side of the road. Because of this you have to remain very aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the arrows you do see as to not get lost.
We finally arrived for lunch in the town of Porrino at the first cafe we saw. We were very hungry and trying to figure out where our hotel was. We had a quick sandwich before moving on to find our hotel. However, as the town was small and not many people spoke English we found it very difficult to find when we looked at our maps. We ended up walking and wandering around for an hour! Not something you want to do after walking 19.5km on a hot day. We finally found our hotel, which was on the outskirts of the town. We didn't realize this when we booked or else we would have definitely booked something different. When we arrived there was no one in the hotel and it was like going back in time, I am not exaggerating. It was a really bad hotel and I would never suggest anyone to stay there again, I read reviews about it when we arrived and quickly realized it was not well liked on the internet either. My favourite comment was comparing it to the Bates motel from the movie Psycho and I couldn't have agreed more.
After a rest at the 'Bates' motel we found pastries and fruit to take on the next journey of our leg. I was very excited because I love fruit and pastry so much, especially while in Europe! We went for a pilgrim's meal that evening, I wasn't that impressed by the food but I overall was not impressed with the town as a whole. It had a very industrial feel to it and I'm glad we didn't have to spend too much time in it. If I were suggesting this route to someone I would say to skip over this leg and go to the next town if it was an option for them. Our next day was a shorter day once again, however, we had to prepare for a very steep climb up and down at the end of it. We had a very early night to be sure to get up and go get breakfast before we set out the next morning!