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English Way

Ferrol to Santiago

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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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  • Standard
    • 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 

Trip highlights

  • 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

1 Ferrol

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Your trip starts in the seaside town of Ferrol, important port city, given its strategic military position. Take time to visit the nearby sandy beautiful beaches, where surf is a popular sport. If you travel in Spring, spend a couple of days before your Camino to witness its impressive Easter celebrations: Semana Santa de Ferrol.

2 Ferrol to Pontedeume - 29km

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7h30 | +506 m / -429 m
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. 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 and relax.

Easy Walking Option Stay in Neda - 15km & 14km

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3h30 | +253 m / -214 m
Split your long walking day above, Ferrol to Pontedeume, into 2 stages of 15km & 14km, with an overnight stay in the town of Neda. The lodging here is in a lovely 2* hotel in the middle of the town.

3 Pontedeume to Betanzos - 20km

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5h | +482m / -552m
From Pontedeume the trail climbs up to give spectacular views over Betanzos, 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 holds 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.

4 Betanzos to Bruma-Meson do Vento - 29km

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7h | +881m / -495m
During day 4 of the English Way 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 which is the site of a medieval hospital.

5 Bruma-Meson do Vento to Sigüeiro - 24km

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7h30 | +249 m / -434 m
The Camino leaves Bruma from the chapel and heads into the lovely green area of Ordes. You will then pass the church of San Xiao and the village of Casanova on your way to Sigüeiro.

6 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela - 16km

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3h | +283m / -254m
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. You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela!

7 Santiago de Compostela

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Take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Santiago de Compostela, 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.

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.

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 / Superior / Parador

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.

Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique properties and relaxing country homes.

Ferrol Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Ferrol

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.