Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela

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7 days


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15.9 min | 22.8km average | 29 max


230.4 min |570.2m average | 834.5 max


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Traditionally, English and Irish pilgrims arrived by sea at the port town of Ferrol. The English Way starts by following the rugged hilly coastline, then moves inland to the lush, wooded countryside. Passing through the mediaeval village of Betanzos is like travelling back in time with its hill-perched marketplace. It is quieter than other routes so for those trying to get away from the more popular French Way, the Camino Ingles presents a great alternative to reach Santiago and get your pilgrim certificate within a week.



On your trip, there are endless opportunities to experience the culture of the Galician coast. In Ferrol, you might stumble across a procession celebrating the Holy Week in Ferrol or or civil servants giving out free rice pudding, the famous dessert tha the town is known for! Further down the road, you can enjoy a glass of local wine in the rustic establishments of Betanzos, easily recognised by a bay branch above the doors.

Natural landscape

Unique landscapes

Over 100km on the way to Santiago de Compostela you will be enchanted by the beauty of Galicia. From Mirador de la Ermita you can get the best viewpoint back at the gorgeous beaches of Ferrol. Walk through the natural park of Fragas do Eume in Pontedeume and enjoy the silence of trees around you. And, as you pass Betanzos, gaze over the charming Rías Altas estuaries, a distinctive sight in the Galician region, surrounding the town.



Passing by towns including Ferrol and Betanzos you may noticed distinctive streets or buildings. In the village of Magdalena you will find many charming mural paintings.Stroll through the streets of Bezantos and be awed by the white glass facades and the red-tiled roofs. On your journey you will see plenty of little chapels in the mediaeval style, which are a must-see, so you might want to consider doing a detour to see them and experience a spiritual quiet sought by centuries of pilgrims heading for Santiago.

Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela

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You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Ferrol. While you are in this charming port it is well worth learning about Ferrol’s maritime history at the Museo Naval, or taking a step back in time with a trip to Castillo San Felipe to see how Ferrol was defended by attacks from sea.



29 km


The English Way begins at the docks of Curuxeiras. After leaving Ferrol, the Camino rises to offer sweeping views of nearby towns Betanzos, Ares, and back to Ferrol. Cross a mediaeval bridge and follow the shoreline – an ever-present feature along the early stretches of the English Way. Gaze around you as you walk to see views of the Rias de Betanzos and its marshlands. If 29km is a bit much for you, you can split this section of the journey into two days, with a stop over in Neda.



19.9 km


After leaving Pontedeume (home to the beautiful natural park of Fragas do Eume), you will cross the single-arched mediaeval bridge over the Baxoi river. Then, the Camino leads to Mino by way of the Camino Real once again. Following the shoreline, we reach the wide estuary of the Lambre River. This stretch again offers lovely views of the Rias de Betanzos and its marshlands.



25.7 km


From the town of Betanzos you will depart on one of the longer walking days of this route. However, the walk is mostly simple, following gentle rural paths through lush Galician greenery. Your destination for the night is Meson Do Vento, Ordes, or Bruma (depending on the availability of accommodation).



23.5 km


Walking through the beautiful Galician countryside, today will be simple as you are mostly be heading downhill. Some of the main highlights of the day are the lovely historic Horreo you pass (a typical granary found in the northwest of Spain and Portugal), the 18th-Century Igrexa de San Paio de Buscas in A Rúa town, and the impressive colours of the forest all around you.



15.9 km


After crossing the Sigueiro Bridge over the Tambre River, we arrive into the municipality of Santiago. The Way continues along the river and leads to the ‘Fonte do Ingles’ (The English Fountain). You soon reach Meixonfrio, the site of an old inn where pilgrims and travellers would stop and rest. After passing a pre-Roman hill-fort, where, according to tradition, each passing pilgrim would lay a stone on the already existing pile, the Camino enters Santiago to reach its imposing cathedral.





After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you:
– Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre of Santiago.
– Continue with us along the wild Camino Fisterra (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the hotel in the lighthouse!
– Or take a bus to Fisterra to visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience. Buses depart from Santiago Bus Station at 9am and 10am. Buses return to Santiago at 4:45pm and 7pm. The journey takes 3 hours.

How to Get There

Getting to Ferrol, Spain

It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela. You will need to travel to A Coruna from Santiago yourself, or we can arrange a private transfer.

Fly into Santiago de Compostela

Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK and Ireland. Ryanair flies from Stansted, Iberia/BA operates from Gatwick and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin.

Santiago de Compostela can also be reached by a number of locations around Spain and Portugal, as well as major European cities. Iberia offers the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela returning to Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.

To reach Ferrol, you will have to take two buses. First, take the bus into the centre of Santiago de Compostela from Santiago Airport. Then, you can get a bus to Ferrol (this journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes). Alternatively, you can get a bus to A Coruna from Santiago Airport and then transfer to a bus onto Ferrol (it is 50 minutes from A Coruna to Ferrol).

    Getting home from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Fly from Santiago de Compostela

    Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport depart every 20 minutes.

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      Starting on the coastline this walk is predominantly uphill on quiet country roads and through forests.
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