Camino Inglés: From Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela
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The Camino Inglés: From Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela.
The name of this route, the Camino Inglés or the English way, refers to the first pilgrims taking this way since the 17th century; mostly coming from Northern Europe, Britain and Ireland.
The first data we have is from the year 1147 when a group of crusaders on their way to the Holy Land, passed by Santiago to visit the tomb of the apostle.
These pilgrims arrived not only in Ferrol but also in La Coruña. Some pilgrims still walk the Camino from the city of La Coruña, but only if you start your Camino in Ferrol you will be rewarded with a ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate, as you will complete at least the last 100 km on your way to Santiago de Compostela.
That’s why most of the pilgrims decide to start in Ferrol.
Day 1: Flight to Santiago de Compostela or La Coruña.
Transfer to Ferrol. Free time to visit the old town of the city.
Day 2: From Ferrol to Pontedeume, 25 km approx.
Walk around the city and opportunity to visit the Co-cathedral and the market of La Magdalena later on we start our Camino to Santiago de Compostela.
Passing by the square of Caranza and Naron’s City Council, we get to the convent of San Martiño de Xubia, dated back to the 12th century. Then we’ll pass by Neda where we can visit the church of Santa Maria de Fene before arriving in Pontedeume.
Day 3: From Pontedeume to Betanzos, 28 km approx.
We leave Pontedeume to first pass through the town of Miño, directly by the Atlantic Ocean. Then the camino mainly runs through eucalyptus ranges that will accompany us every day until we reach our destination. We arrive at the Pazo de Montecelo and the church of Pantaleón das Viñas. After passing through the village of Souto we have a nice view of the Ria de Betanzos and its wetlands. In Tiobre, we can visit the Romanesque church of San Martin before reaching Betanzos.
Day 4: From Betanzos to Bruma, 27 km approx.
Before leaving betanzos, there’s the opportunity to visit the Gothic churches of Santiago, San Francisco and Santa Maria de Azogue. Upon starting our walk, we’ll have a nice view of the coast and the we’ll pass by the interior villages of Cos, Presedo and Bruma.
Day 5: From Bruma to San Vicente de marantes, 28 km approx.
We leave Bruma and pass by the pretty church of Ardemil. We pass through the villages of Senra and A Calle before arriving in Casanova. Later we continue until the village of Sigüeiro, before getting to our accommodation in San Vicente de Marantes.
Day 6: From Vicente de Marantes to Santiago de Compostela, 14 km approx.
We have our last stage before us. If we start our walk early enough, we’ll arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago before 12 noon so as to attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass which is held every day at this time.
In the afternoon free time to visit the beautiful town of Pontevedra.
Day 7: In Santiago de Compostela
Free day to visit this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. We can visit the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum.
Possibility to arrange a guided trip along the coast, e.g. to Finisterre
Day 8: Transfer to the airport.
*There is the possibility to extend the stay in Santiago, if you are interested in it please don’t hesitate to contact Viajes Orbis. When extending your stay, apart from having more time to enjoy the city, we can arrange some excursions.
*It is also possible to combine various trips, e.g. follow the Way of Saint James until Finisterre.
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