We welcome you to the English Way from Ferrol, which was born as a pilgrimage route for the journeys of English, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian, Flemish and other countries' devotees who arrived by boat to this historic Galician port. The recovery of this route has defined, at present, two possible starting points: Ferrol or A Coruña. A short, pleasant and well signposted itinerary, which is gaining more and more walkers every year and to which we welcome you from now on. In total 113 km to cover in 5 comfortable stages while you discover the landscapes, history, gastronomy and popular culture of Galicia.
▌Day 1. Starting the Way of Saint James from Ferrol
The ancient pilgrims from the sea arrived in Ferrol at the historic pier, known as Peirao das Curuxeiras, where they disembarked to continue their pilgrimage on dry land. You will have to get to Ferrol on your own to start the English Way, or by means of one of our optional transfers.
You will discover a city that lives from the sea, not only for its fishing and commercial port, but also for its historic civil and military shipyards. You can visit the historic quarter, the co-cathedral of San Xulián and the church of San Francisco, or stroll through the rationalist neighbourhood of A Magdalena and admire its modernist houses.
Don't miss the defensive constructions that protected this historic arsenal from maritime incursions during the reign of Philip II: the Castles of San Felipe, A Palma and San Martiño.
And if you have an extra day or you already know Ferrol, we offer you a visit to the Caaveiro Monastery to discover the spectacular surroundings of the Fragas do Eume.
▌Day 2. Stage Ferrol - Pontedeume
Distance31 km (or 20 km over the As Pías bridge) Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Pontedeume
This section, which begins at the Curuxeiras quay, at one end of the old town of Ferrol, has its origin marked with a small milestone indicating the beginning of the English Way.
This stage, although long, is really nice and quiet. Many pilgrims choose to cross the Ferrol estuary over the As Pías bridge, which has a pedestrian lane and saves 11 km, taking you directly to Fene. However, we do not recommend it, because of the heavy traffic on this road and because it would prevent you from enjoying the interior of the estuary and the most outstanding element of the stage: the Monastery of San Martiño de Xubia or O Couto.
From Fene, the ascent to the peninsula that separates the Ferrol and Eume estuaries begins. On reaching the latter, in Pontedeume, you can visit the Andrade family tower, the church of Santiago or the Plaza Real with the 17th century clock tower.
▌Day 3. Stage Pontedeume - Betanzos
Distance: 21 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Betanzos
Today's stage is much shorter than the previous one and runs mainly in the rural surroundings of the Betanzos estuary. However, it is marked by constant ups and downs.
The English Way will take you past the Church of San Pantaleón das Viñas, a 12th century Romanesque church in rural Romanesque style, and the pazo of Montecelo, whose façade bears the coat of arms of the Andrade family.
Just over 6 km away, and close to the end of your stage, Betanzos, you will find the Romanesque church of San Martiño de Tiobre, also from the 12th century, which is located on the site of an earlier Swabian temple. Around this church are a series of single-family houses known as the Casas de Tiobre or also O Betanzos Vello. This is the original centre of Betanzos, which was abandoned for its current location, in the vicinity of the estuary of the estuary, by a royal order in the 13th century.
The town of Betanzos is one of the seven capitals of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia and, as such, it preserves one of the best medieval quarters in the whole of Galicia.
▌Day 4. Stage Betanzos - San Paio de Buscás
Distance: 34 km. Duration: 8 hours. Accommodation: You are looking for
The route of this third stage of the English Way is the hardest, although it is not the longest. Moreover, as it runs mainly through rural areas, it is almost devoid of intermediate towns and, therefore, of services. We recommend that you prepare your rucksack well. In fact, from Betanzos to the village of Cos there are 7.5 km totally rural.
In Presedo you can take a break along the way and regain your strength because there is no other town until you reach Hospital de Bruma. During the Middle Ages, this was the only pilgrims' hospital on this route. Today, however, only its documentary reference remains.
In 1124 there is mention of the existence of thieves' caves in these parts that were dedicated to robbing pilgrims. In order to put an end to this situation, this hospital was created, promoted by the church of Compostela and the local nobility. It is believed that in 1520 King Charles I spent the night in the hospital on his way from Santiago de Compostela to A Coruña.
▌Day 5. San Paio de Buscás - Sigüeiro
Distance: 22 km. Duration: 5 hours. AccommodationSigüeiro : Sigüeiro
Unlike the previous stage, today's section is not very difficult. The slopes are not very steep and you will walk on tarmac and dirt tracks. The English Way crosses the region of Ordes, mainly along the old Camino Real. After the first few kilometres you will pass by the church of San Paio de Buscás, a church of rural Romanesque origin, which hides one of the most violent religious images, known as the "beheaded saint".
On your arrival at A Baxoia you will have to choose whether to continue along the official route, close to the road, or whether you prefer to take the variant that runs along a forest track. On your arrival in Sigüeiro you will have to cross the bridge that spans the river Tambre. It is a bridge of medieval origin that has been altered and adjusted to the needs of the time over the years.
▌Day 6. Stage Sigüeiro - Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 18 km. Duration: 4:30 hours. Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela
In this last stage, although more than half of it runs through pleasant rural and wooded areas, as we enter Santiago we will cross approximately 5 km of industrial area and urban route.
You will enter the city through the neighbourhoods of San Caetano and Basquiños, finally reaching the old town. Here the cathedral and the spectacular old town await you, full of places to visit.
Not only the aforementioned cathedral, which is a must-see, and for which we offer expert guides, but also other places such as the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario, the second largest in Spain; the Hostal dos Reis Católicos and its wonderful Renaissance architecture; the University - the fifth oldest in Europe -, its market, etc.
Welcome to Santiago and congratulations: you have completed your Camino.
▌Day 7. Discover Santiago de Compostela
After a well-deserved and refreshing rest, you will have the whole day free to explore the Holy City: its Cathedral and the rest of its monumental complex, as well as the places of interest outside it. If you wish, we can also help you with this.
And, if you have time, we have some complementary activities that may be of interest. For example, you can reach the End of the World with our full day visit to Fisterra. You will not be disappointed.
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Overnight stay in the type of accommodation of your choice
During the Camino, good night's sleep and rest are essential. Here are images of the types of accommodation we use to book on this route.
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Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish your stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 15 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 9:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "Book now".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to make a reservation for this programme, click the button I want to book my Camino. When you do so, you will be taken to a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The final price of the booking is shown in the top right-hand corner, according to the options you indicate. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Add to cart". Once you have done this, we will ask you for your personal details and to select the method of payment. You can pay by bank card or by Bizum (both are secure payments and we will not have access to your bank details).
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
I have done part of the Camino de Santiago with Proguías, specifically from Roncesvalles to Logroño. My Camino has been a unique, emotional and unforgettable experience. I am very grateful to Proguías and especially to Alba for helping me to prepare it, with great enthusiasm, and for feeling accompanied throughout the journey. Next spring, without a doubt, I will do it again with them, from O Cebreiro to Santiago. Thank you very much!
We would like to thank Proguías (specifically Alba, as she was the permanent contact, even in hours and days out of hours), the attention, kindness, empathy and ability to work to make us feel at home. We started to enjoy the route from the first day we contacted you, it was all very easy and uncomplicated.
The experience was great in every way. The accommodation was perfect, the luggage transport, the contact and follow up with you all ideal. The weather was unbeatable and the trail very easy to walk, with clear signage and beautiful at every turn.
It is impressive what a small agency like this can do. Fluid and direct communication, without promising the impossible and always with the truth up front. Some bigger companies could learn something.
Juana Bermúdez Cea
The wonderful organization of the trip has greatly enhanced the experience of our journey. Any problems that have occurred (which have been minimal) have been solved quickly and efficiently. I have travelled with peace of mind. The experience with you has been 10 out of 10 and I will recommend it, and of course I will count on you for my next trip.
My experience has been very good. You have been very attentive at all times. The accommodation was very good and very close to the way itself. I can't say anything bad about it. A hug and thank you for everything.
Manuel Fernández Doallo
I wanted to do the Camino de Santiago, but I didn't want to walk so many kilometres. So I contacted Proguías and they took care of everything with professionalism and exquisite treatment.
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