The English Way route of the Camino de Santiago or Camino Inglés was traditionally the preferred route for pilgrims coming from the British Isles and Ireland on their way to Santiago de Compostela, hence its name.
Pilgrims used to arrive by boat at the ports of Ferrol or A Coruña, and they would then continue their journey to Santiago on foot. They would follow a trail along the rugged coastline, passing historic towns such as Pontedeume and Betanzos, before continuing inland across the green countryside and woodlands of rural Galicia on their way to Santiago de Compostela and its famous cathedral.
The coastal city of Ferrol is also host to one of the most important Easter festivals in Galicia: Semana Santa de Ferrol (pictured). If you are travelling in Spring, make sure you catch some of the impressive processions taking place during ‘Holy Week’.
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VIEW TOUR SUGGESTIONS
- 7 days/ 6 Nights.
- Split – 8 days/ 7 Nights. This tour includes an extra walking day so we split the long first walking day (29km) into 2 days of 15km & 14km.
- Guided tours
Have a rest and a swim at A Magdalena beach
Admire the classic seafront balconies in lovely Pontedeume
Explore the old town and Romanesque churches in Betanzos
Claim your 'Compostela' pilgrim certificate in Santiago
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How to Get There
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A Coruña Airport 45km: In A Coruña, there is a bus connecting the airport and the train station (Line 443 stop: “Avenida A. Molina”) (departing every 30 min). See www.autoscalpita.com.
There is a direct train connection between A Coruña (main train station) and Ferrol (5 times/ day, 1h20). See www.renfe.com.
Santiago de Compostela Airport 85km: There is a shuttle bus from/to Santiago-Lavacolla airport to Santiago city, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com. There is a direct bus from Santiago (Bus Station) to Ferrol (Estación de Autobuses de Ferrol) (7 times/ day, taking 1h30). See: horarios.monbus.es.
Vigo Airport 180km: From Vigo airport you can take a local bus to Travesia de Vigo (every 30 min) and then take a bus to Ferrol (5 times a day) or a train from nearby Vigo Guixar train station to A Coruña (where you can take a train or bus from A Coruña to Ferrol) Approximate travel time is 4 hours. For train timetables see www.renfe.com and for bus information see: horarios.monbus.es.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.
Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).
A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.
Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.