Easter is a popular and very special time of the year to walk the Camino de Santiago. During Easter Week or ‘Holy Week’ you will be a witness to centuries-old traditions full of emotion along the way, many of them unique to each town.
One of the most important Easter festivals in Galicia take place in the coastal city of Ferrol, starting point of the Camino Inglés or English Way. The English Way was the route traditionally taken by pilgrims from the North, mainly Britain and Ireland, on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Having travelled by boat to Northern Galicia, they would continue their journey on foot to complete their Camino.
Starting on Palm Sunday and finishing on Easter Sunday, impressive processions take place most days during ‘Holy Week’. However, the most important dates in the Easter calendar remain Holy Thursday and Holy Friday (Good Friday), also holiday in most of Spain.
Start your Easter on the Camino journey in Ferrol and take part in some of the most spectacular Easter processions in Galicia before setting off.
Arriving in Ferrol on ‘Holy’ Thursday, you will have the opportunity to attend the evening procession. Spend Good Friday in Ferrol to experience the dramatic ‘Holy Encounter’, the striking ‘Procession of the silent ones’ at midnight or any of the other eight events taking place today, the most important date of the Easter calendar.
Having spent two nights in Ferrol to witness its classic Easter festival, you will start your Camino de Santiago journey on the Camino Inglés, following in the footsteps of many Irish and British pilgrims who have taken this trail since Medieval times.
The first couple of walking days to Pontedeume and Betanzos will offer you great views of the Bay of Ferrol. You will be staying in Pontedeume and Betanzos, two lively towns with charming historic centres and their own Easter celebrations and traditions. After Betanzos, you will head inland towards a more rural area of Galicia on your last stretch towards Santiago de Compostela, where you will be able to apply for your ‘Compostela’ pilgrimage certificate.
When and price:
Spend 7 nights on the English Way from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela from only €712pps.
Price includes: 7 nights accommodation on half-board basis, luggage transfers from hotel to hotel and holiday pack with practical information for your trip.
Price does not include: Flights, transport or insurance.
Optional: Airport transfers, hotel upgrades.
Travel: April 2015.
Holy Week 2015 takes place from 29th March to 5th April, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Offer is subject to change and availability. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
*Images courtesy of Semana Santa de Ferrol.