The Camino Portuguese from Tui

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The Camino de Santiago from Tui

Distance: 120 Km

Duration: 8 days / 7  nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 505€ per person

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The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) from Tui to Santiago is the last leg of the Camino Portugués (The Portuguese Way): This stage starts in the beautiful town of Tui. Tui is the bordering town between Spain and Portugal, both countries are divided by the Miño River and you can travel from one country to the other by crossing the International Bridge.

From Tui to Santiago we will walk through large forests, traditional farmlands and small villages and rural towns, in addition to historic cities.

We will arrive at the Galician coast in Arcade, a city famous for its oyster festival that takes place every year. We will also have the opportunity to visit Pontevedra and its classic old town, which has wonderful architecture.

In the Lower Rias we will get the chance to taste the famous Albariño white wine, typical of this area of Galicia.

We will also visit Padrón, the hometown of the most famous Galician poet of all times, Rosalía de Castro.







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Tui

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Tui

Tui is a beautiful Galician town. You should take some time to explore its streets, in particular the San Fernando Square where we can get a look at the magnificent Cathedral of Tui that dates back to the 12th century. We can also cross the international bridge over the Miño River that separates Spain and Portugal.

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From Tui to O Porriño - 16km

We will start this route from the port in Tui heading in the direction of Camino de Barca. From this point we will cross through the Tunnel das Monxas and begin climbing a steep hill to the San Telmo bridge, nicknamed “Bridge of Fevers”. We will continue on our route until arriving at O Porriño.

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From O Porriño to Arcade - 22km

Once we leave O Porriño we will continue to walk through the Louro Valley. After climbing a small hill, we will reach the hermitage of Santiaguiño de Antas, an ideal and charming place to rest and give our legs a well-deserved break. Afterwards, we will continue the route through pine forests until arriving at the village of Setefontes, after which we will reach Arcade.

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From Arcade to Pontevedra - 11km

Along today’s route we will cross the Verdugo River in Ponte Sampaio. On this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered their greatest defeat in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio we will continue on our way along a paved road that will take us to the Church of Santa Maria from the 13th century. From here we can take in breathtaking views of the Vigo Bay while en route to Pontevedra.

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From Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis - 24km

Once we leave Pontevedra, the route will take us through pine and eucalyptus tree forests until we reach the town of Ponte Cabras, where we recommend visiting the parish house of Santa María de Alba. In Lombo da Maceira we can also visit a famous statue of the pilgrim Saint James with his walking stick showing him the way.  Before reaching Caldas de Reis we will cross through Tivo, famous for its beautiful fountain and public washhouse.

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From Caldas de Reis to Padrón - 18km

After leaving Caldas de Reis, we will come across the Umia River. The town of Caldas de Reis has been famous since Roman times for its hot springs. We will continue our route through forests then walk uphill to the village of Santa Mariña. Once we’ve reached the town, we will begin the descent until we cross the Fontenlo River, ultimately ending up in the town of Padrón. Legend has it that when the body of Santiago was transported to Compostela by boat, Padrón was the first to make it to land.

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From Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - 24km

Our route from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela will pass through several small towns until we reach the historical sanctuary of A Esclavitud. From there we can see the imposing Castro Lupario fortress. We will see many crosses all along the route as we continue on our way. From Agros dos Monteiros we can see the towers of the Cathedral of Compostela. We will then walk by the ruined Castle of A Rocha Vella as we approach Santiago de Compostela. Once we arrive in Santiago, we will have the chance to admire its rich local architecture and let ourselves be captivated by its historic center, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We should make sure to arrive to Santiago in time to participate in the Pilgrim’s Mass.

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Optional: From Padrón to Santiago de Compostela spending the night in Teo - 12km and 12 km

We can divide the route from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela in 2 sections. The first goes from Padrón to the small town of Teo where we will spend the night, and the second route goes from Teo to Santiago de Compostela. This option will give us more time to enjoy the different attractions and landmarks that we will find along the Camino.

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Santiago de Compostela

The Portuguese Way ends in Santiago de Compostela. We recommend thoroughly visiting the city center before returning home, so please feel free to ask about additional nights or tours in the city’s historic centerTrips to Finisterre or the Cíes Islands are also recommended.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Tui

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Services from Tui

INCLUDED SERVICES

Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Luggage transport between stages.

Complete itinerary of the route.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.

Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional single room: €160 per person.

Extra night in Santiago: €55 per person.

Transfer from Santiago (includes airport) to Tui: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €12 per person.

About the Camino Portugues from Tui

We would like to present a guide of the Camino Portugues from Tui. It is one of the most interesting routes that we can undertake as pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.

Therefore, we will offer you all the information related to the profile of your stages and to different aspects that have to do with their characteristics and that make the Camino Portugues from Tui one of the most beautiful options for the Camino de Santiago. We hope it helps you.

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Why choose the Camino Portugues from Tui?

1.- History: As we will tell you in the section of its origin, the Camino from Tui to Santiago is full of history. It is an excellent opportunity to revive it by passing through its most emblematic and representative places. We could say that it has played a very important part in Portuguese history in relation to Spanish history and that, as we will see, there are monarchs involved in it.

More specifically, a Queen who behaved exactly like any other pilgrim.

2.-Heritage: The way from Tui to Santiago has been surrounded by a series of monuments that you cannot miss. Among them, the most notable are monasteries and cathedrals such as Santa María, from the 12th century. In general, it possesses a rich and varied historical heritage of different epochs like the Romanesque and Gothic.

It is a general review of the history of European art in a very short distance by taking a tour of all the main architectural movements of an era especially rich in this: The Middle Ages and also the later modern movements.

3.-Climate: One of the most important reasons to choose the Camino from Tui to Santiago is the climate. This Camino Portugues from Tui has mild but slightly rainy winters and temperatures that never have extreme temperature changes.

In fact, throughout the year, including the summer and winter, the temperatures will be pleasant, not surpassing 20 º C and not lower than 8 º C.

4.-An unbeatable natural environment: one of the most powerful reasons to complete the Camino de Santiago from Tui is its landscapes. We will cross the corners of a beautiful country in itself that, for the Camino de Santiago from Tui reserves its greatest jewels, for example, Las Gándaras de Budiño or the Island of San Simón.

Enclave de las Gandaras de Budiño

5.- It is not as crowded as other routes: another reason to choose the Camino Portugues from Tui is that it is not as crowded as other routes of the Camino de Santiago. In fact, it will be much easier to find accommodation and enjoy some places in solitude.

Also, it should be noted that the infrastructure that the Camino Portugues has along its route from Tui at its beginning to the end in Santiago is unbeatable. All the more reason to choose it. During any time of the year, we will be able to take advantage of its great beauty and in this wonderful experience.

Information on the route of the Portuguese way from Tui

The Camino Portugues from Tui has a total distance of 119 kilometres. Normally, it's designed to be covered in 5 or 6 days. This time depends on the rhythm and some circumstances that we will detail later in the section on how long it takes to complete the Camino de Santiago from Tui.

Vista del Puente de Tui

The Camino from Tui is one of the most chosen routes by the pilgrims in a large part because of its simplicity in comparison with the Camino Frances.

It is a good alternative also for those who want to do it by bike and, therefore, later we will give you some guidelines and information to be able to make the Camino from Tui by bike.

The most reserved routes on the Camino Portugues from Tui

The Camino de Santiago from Tui has a single possible route, although it is connected to other sections of the route. It starts in the city of Tui and arrives in Santiago de Compostela, crossing countless landscapes of great beauty. The road is divided into 5 or 6 stages depending on the rhythm of each person.

In the case of cycling, they are usually reduced to 3 stages. Anyway, and if you decide to do it with Santiago Ways, we want you to know that you will benefit from several advantages. The first one is that we will make sure that your accommodation is of the highest quality and offers you the best care and attention.

Vista del Camino de Santiago en bicicleta

On the other hand, you can book all year round and do it with the option of breakfast or breakfast and dinner.

Route of the Camino Portugues from Tui

Route maps of the Camino Portugues from Tui

Below, we enclose the maps of the route from Tui to Santiago so you can make your own plan and continue, at the same time, the plan we propose to you from Santiago Ways.

Tui - O Porriño

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Map stage from Tui to O Porriño

O Porriño - Redondela

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Map stage from O Porriño to Redondela

Redondela - Pontevedra

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Map stage from Redondela to Pontevedra

Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

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Map stage from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Caldas de Reis - Padrón

Caldas de Reis a Padron

Map stage from Caldas de Reis to Padron

Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Padron a Santiago de Compostela

Map stage from Padron to Santiago de Compostela

Profile of the Camino Portugues from Tui

We want to talk now about the profile of the Camino de Santiago from Tui: For this reason, we will talk about its altitude along the route, its difficulty and infrastructure.

This will evaluate the difficulty involved and if, at the same time, it is advisable for those who want to start the adventure of the Camino de Santiago.

In this sense, it must be said that the Camino Portugues to Santiago from Tui is a simple and affordable route for almost everyone. In fact, it has few sections of special difficulty and is perfect both for its length and its characteristics for all those people who want to start without complications on the Camino de Santiago.

Tui - O Porriño

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Profile stage from Tui to O Porriño

O Porriño - Redondela

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Profile stage from O Porriño to Redondela

Redondela - Pontevedra

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Profile stage from Redondela to Pontevedra

Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

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Profile stage from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Caldas de Reis - Padrón

Perfil Caldas de Reis a Padron

Profile stage from Caldas de Reis to Padron

Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Perfil Padron a Santiago de Compostela

Profile stage from Padron to Santiago de Compostela

Stages on foot

Stage from Tui to O Porriño

Stage from O Porriño to Redondela

Stage from Redondela to Pontevedra

Stage from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Stage from Caldas de Reis to Padrón

Stage from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela

How long does the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Tui take?

We will now answer the question of how long it takes to make the Camino from Tui. The length of the Camino de Santiago from Tui can be between 5 or 6 days.

Everything depends on several circumstances: the pace we take during the hike or our bike ride or any other means of transportation we choose.

At the same time, the climate which, for example, can slow us down in our path also influence our progress. Finally, there is always the possibility that we like a particular place very much and we want to spend some time in it. It will all depend on how you want to manage your time.

The best time to do the Camino from Tui to Santiago de Compostela

Although in many cases, it will depend on the tastes of each person choosing one time or another to make the Camino de Santiago from Tui, we must say that each season has its advantages and its disadvantages. To make it easier to choose when to make the Camino from Tui we will talk about each season and what are its advantages and disadvantages:

Spring

Spring is an ideal season to make any stretch of the Camino de Santiago for several reasons. The first is that we avoid the extreme temperatures of summer and winter. This, however, must be adjusted for some routes: it is especially interesting for interior or mountain routes.

However, in the case of the route from Tui to Santiago de Compostela, it does not have much influence because it is a region near the ocean. That makes the temperature very mild all year round. However, it is true that during the spring there is more instability. Good planning is the key to combat it.

Summer

Summer is the favourite time for most pilgrims to make the Camino de Santiago in general and the Camino Portugues from Tui, in particular. They choose it because it is the time of year when they usually have several days available. On the other hand, it's when there's more daylight.

El Camino de Santiago en verano

At the same time, it is when warm weather accompanies us but with milder temperatures. However, it is true that it is also the time when more pilgrims are there.

If you make your pilgrimage with Santiago Ways, this will not be a problem: we take care that you have accommodation and that they are always the best available.

Autumn

Autumn is another great time to make the Camino de Santiago in general. It is true that there will be more instability, but avoiding extreme temperatures and, at the same time, we will benefit from the beauty of the scenery with its pleasant tones of this season.

Winter

In the case of some routes that travel through very inland areas or mountain areas, it is not advisable to make the Camino de Santiago in winter because of the cold and the potential snowfalls.

This drawback does not exist however for a route like that of the Camino de Santiago from Tui. The temperature will be mild even if the rainfall increases.

Guide to the places you can’t miss on the Camino Portugues from Tui

We wanted to include in this guide the Camino de Santiago from Tui the main places of interest, as well as the best places to sleep and eat.

Places of interest

Catedral de Santa María

Erected in the 12th century, this Romanesque-style cathedral is one of the architectural jewels of the history of Spain, which, over time, also has developed gothic elements.

Iglesia de San Telmo

It is a very unique construction to be from the Baroque period and to be of the Portuguese style despite being built in Galicia. This church is said to have been built on the site where Saint Telmo died.

As we see, it is possible on the Camino de Santiago from Tui to come across practically all the architectural styles in only a few kilometres.

La Capilla de San Telmo en Tui

Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor

Located in Pontevedra, this 15th-century church is considered one of the great jewels of Galician art and architecture, and its own style that mixes features of the Portuguese style and other tendencies of the Renaissance imported into Spain.

Where to sleep – The best lodgings

In Santiago Ways, we take great care of the places where you stay. We do this not only taking into account the care and attention with which you have to be treated but also other aspects such as quality of service and environment. Here are the best lodgings on the Camino from Tui to Santiago.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Tapería "La de Manu": it is an excellent place to taste some of the specialities from all over Portugal and in particular of this region. You cannot miss the seafood, octopus and other products from the sea.

Entrada Tapería La de Manu

O Vello Cabalo Furado: If you are looking for an establishment in Tui that has a good value for money and simple cooking, but very rich and attached to the land, you cannot pass by this restaurant.

Rio Tinto: If you are looking for a restaurant with a little more upmarket cuisine for a night or a more special occasion, stop by this restaurant where you will find what you are looking for.

Origin of the Camino Portugues from Tui

The Camino Portugues from Tui to Santiago is full of history. Although it is a road that goes through the country of Portugal, it has fundamental importance also in the history of Spain. It was Saint Elisabeth of Portugal, who was the wife of King Don Dinis who made the first pilgrimage in the year 1325 to Santiago.

Since then, there have been many pilgrims who have followed. So much so that in fact a street in Santiago de Compostela bears the name of the Queen. It is said that it was in fact on this street where she herself stayed: as if she were just another pilgrim.

So then, the Camino from Tui makes it clear to us that the tradition and history of the Camino de Santiago are also linked to Portuguese history. In fact, it is more of a historical and cultural event that has to do with the whole Iberian Peninsula.

And it is not just due to its simple beginnings as a religious route, on the contrary, it was also a commercial route where the famous Silk Road finished its route in Europe, concretely in Spain. Therefore, since the very same year 813, when the remains of the Santiago the Apostle were discovered, the Camino from Tui to Santiago has been enormously important.

Imagen del apostol Santiago el Mayor

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Other users’ opinions about the Camino Portugues from Tui

So that you know what other people who have made the Camino Portugues from Tui to Santiago with us think about their own experience, here we leave their comments.

Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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