Camino Ingles - Ferrol at sun set

24 hours in Ferrol | Camino Inglés

Ferrol is a historic port city located in the northwest of Spain. With a rich maritime history and a charming Old Town, Ferrol is a great destination for a day trip. It is also the beginning of the Camino Inglés (English Camino) since traditionally English and Irish pilgrims arrived by sea at Ferrol.

Ferrol not only provides a convenient and scenic starting point for those embarking on the Camino, but it also offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Galicia.

Camino Inglés from Ferrol to Santiago
If you choose this route, you’ll discover the Coruña province. It will also take you to the beautiful medieval town of Betanzos.


One of the first things to do when visiting Ferrol is to take a stroll through the Old Town. This charming area is home to a number of historic buildings, including the 18th-century Naval Museum, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past as a major naval base. Other highlights include the Cathedral of San Doménico, the Convent of San Francisco, and the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

Next, head to the waterfront to see the city’s famous shipyards. The Astilleros del Ferrol shipyards have been in operation since the 18th century, and are still an important part of the local economy today. Visitors can tour the shipyards to see the massive ships being built. It is also a great place to learn more about the history of shipbuilding in the region.

Boats in the water on the Camino de ingles route

After taking in the sights and sounds of the shipyards, head to the beach. Ferrol has several beaches to choose from, including the popular Playa de Esteiro. These beaches offer a great opportunity to relax, soak up some sun, or dip in the Atlantic Ocean.


For lunch, head to one of Ferrol’s many seafood restaurants. BaceLo, Frank or Modesto are great choices if you’re looking for a fancy option. The sea heavily influences the local cuisine, and you’ll find a wide variety of seafood and fresh fish options.

In the afternoon, visit the Jardins de Pardiñas, a beautiful park located on the outskirts of the city. The park features a lake, a playground, and a variety of gardens, including a Japanese garden and a rose garden. It’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Paradores are always a great option to discover the traditional architecture of a city or region, and the are luxury accommodations that also offer great food and sometimes other activities. Head to the Parador de Ferrol for a coffee or just to enjoy the views.


Finally, in the evening, enjoy a drink or a meal at one of Ferrol’s many bars and restaurants. The city has a lively nightlife scene, with a variety of venues to choose from, including traditional Spanish taverns, modern bars, and trendy clubs.

Camino Ingles - Ferrol at sun set

Ferrol is a charming and historic city that offers plenty to see and do, even if you only have 24 hours to spend there. With its rich maritime history, beautiful beaches, and delicious seafood, Ferrol is a great destination for a day trip.

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