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English Way Guided

Ferrol to Santiago

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The English Way route of the Camino de Santiago or Camino Ingles is a great alternative to the French Way and was traditionally the preferred route for pilgrims coming from the British Isles and Ireland on their way to Santiago de Compostela. On this 7 night guided tour, you will follow this path as countless pilgrims have done in the past from the coastal town of Ferrol in North Western Spain.

Stroll along the rugged coastline and through the luscious green Galician countryside in the company of your group and our friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide who will give you an in depth insight into the unique history of the Camino, information on the sights you see as well as on the unique flora and fauna of Galicia. Relax in the knowledge that your dinner each night, luggage transfers, accommodation and airport transfers to and from Santiago airport are all looked after by us and included in this package.

This guided tour departs on specific dates only and you will have to select this start date when booking.

Unfortunately we have no available upcoming dates for our English way guided tour.

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Trip highlights

  • Friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide.
  • Admire the classic seafront balconies in lovely Pontedeume
  • Explore the old town and Romanesque churches in Betanzos
  • Claim your 'Compostela' pilgrim certificate in Santiago

1 Ferrol

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Your trip starts once you get picked up at Santiago airport and brought to the seaside town of Ferrol.  At dinner this evening you will meet the other members of your group and also your guide, who will discuss the line-up for the coming few day and answer any questions you may have.  You will begin your Camino the next morning after breakfast from the lovely town of Ferrol.

 

2 Ferrol to Neda - 15km

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Ferrol was always an important port city, given its strategic military position. This region of Spain is home to plenty beautiful sandy beaches, where surfing is a popular sport. Each Easter the town witnesses impressive Easter celebrations: Semana Santa de Ferrol.

The original port of Curuxeiras dates from the 9th century and it is from here that the English Way starts. As you leave the town you will pass the 8th century San Martino de Xubio monastery, along a coastal path, finishing up your walk today in the town of Neda.

3 Neda to Pontedume - 14km

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After breakfast the next day you will continue on your Camino from Neda.  From here the track continues to meet the Way of O Salto and at the banks of the Eume estuary you will join the Camino Real or Royal Way. There is a lovely beach at A Magdalena, which is a great spot to rest for a few moments if ye have time.  Stay tonight in the town of Pontedeume.

4 Pontedeume to Betanzos - 20km

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After breakfast once again, you will leave Pontedeume and the trail climbs up to give spectacular views over Betanzos in the distance aswell as, Ares and Ferrol. The trail continues on to Miño by way of a medieval stone bridge over the Baxoi river and the Camino Real once again. You will then travel along the coast to the wide estuary of the Lambre river, on a path that gives beautiful views of the Rias de Betanzos and the surrounding marshlands. The town of Betanzos has some of the most interesting and artisitic, historical buildings in Galicia and you will stay tonight in the town.

5 Betanzos to Bruma-Meson do Vento - 29km

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After breakfast, leave Betanzos and you will cross the Mendo River by way of the ancient bridge of As Cascas. From here the trail passes the villages of Matino and Boucello. You will pass the hermitage of San Paio, which is abandoned and travel through agricultural lands to the village of Bruma and the adjoining Meson do Vento which is the site of a medieval hospital.  You will break here for the night before resuming your Camino tomorrow.

6 Bruma-Meson do Vento to Sigüeiro - 24km

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After breakfast this morning, your group will leave Bruma, following the Camino route from the chapel and then heading into the lovely green area of Ordes. You will pass the church of San Xiao and the village of Casanova on your way to Sigüeiro, which will host ye tonight.

7 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela - 16km

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Tonight is the last day of walking on your Camino and thankfully is not too challenging.  Once again after breakfast you will leave the town of Sigüeiro by crossing the bridge over the Tambre river. The path follows the river and you will come to the English Fountain of ‘Fonte do Inglés’. From here you will pass Meixonfrío which was at one time a popular place of rest for pilgrims. You will soon come to pre-Roman fort where legend holds that passing pilgrims should lay a stone on the pile. The Camino soon enters Santiago and finishes at the magnificent cathedral and Praza Obradoiro.  Congratulations you made it.  Make sure to visit the beautiful cathedral, the pilgrims museum and don’t forget to receive your Compostella certificate. Explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant, Santiago de Compostela has a UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. Here you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and glasses of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

 

8 Santiago de Compostela

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After breakfast tomorrow, depending on your flight time you may have some time in the morning to buy some last minute souvenirs.  Your guided tour will then end once you arrive back at Santiago International Airport.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and staff friendliness and hospitality. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort and price. Please note accommodation is subject to availability.

Ferrol - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino Inglés for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Neda - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Pontedeume - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Betanzos - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Meson do Vento - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Sigueiro - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Ferrol Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

Getting to Ferrol:

Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (85km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from/ to Dublin; Ryanair from/ to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from/to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Seewww.skyscanner.com.

Alternative Option (a): A Coruña airport (45km)
Some international routes are served from this airport: London (Heathrow) and Amsterdam (only seasonal) with Vueling Airlines and Lisbon with TAP Portugal. Connecting flights via Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative option (b): Vigo Airport (180km)
Direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

Getting back from Santiago:

Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from/to Dublin, Ryanair from/ to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from/ to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), easyJet from Geneva and Basel. Most cities are reachable with indirect connections via Madrid or Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative Option: Porto airport (210km)
Porto airport serves many airports all over Europe and a lot of airlines offer flights from/ to Porto, e.g. London (Gatwick) with easyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from/ to New York (Newark) and with Air Transat from/ to Toronto (Pearson International). See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (45km)
Some international routes are served from this airport: London (Heathrow) and Amsterdam (only seasonal) with Vueling Airlines and Lisbon with TAP Portugal. Connecting flights via Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative Option: Vigo Airport (90km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

TO and FROM Airports

Your will be picked up from Santiago International Airport.