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Camino Ingles: Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 665 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 945 Euro (EUR)

Traditionally, English and Irish pilgrims arrived by sea at Ferrol. The English way starts following the rugged hilly coast line, and then moves inland to the lush, wooded countryside. Every day during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk including numerous cultural highlights.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Ferrol. You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the town of Ferrol. The rooms are en-suite.

Day 2: Ferrol to Pontedeume (7.5 h, 30 km). The English Way begins at the docks of Curuxeiras, in the neighborhood that has sprung up on the site of the 9th Century medieval port. Leaving the town behind, the Camino follows the coast passing the monastery of San Martino de Xubio (founded in the 8th Century). The Camino continues on until it merges with the Way of O Salto, and couple of kilometers later joins the road known as the "Camino Real" (Royal Way), on the banks of the Eume estuary. The beach of A Magdalena offers relaxation. If you wish to take your time, we can split this walking day in 2 (18 km and 12 km), staying overnight in the bustling town of Neda. Here you will stay in a very nice 2* hotel in the center of the town.

Day 3: Pontedeume to Betanzos (5 h, 20 km). After leaving Pontedeume, the Camino rises to an elevation offering sweeping views of Betanzos, Ares and Ferrol. After crossing the single-arched medieval bridge over the Baxoi river, the Camino leads to Mino by way of the Camino Real once again. Following the shoreline, which is an ever-present feature along the early stretches of the English Way, we reach the wide estuary of the Lambre River. This stretch offers lovely views of the Rias de Betanzos and its marshlands.

Day 4: Betanzos to Bruma-Meson do Vento (7 h, 29 km). After leaving the city behind, the Camino Ingles reaches the old bridge of As Casca, spanning the Mendo River. It then passes the tree-covered villages of Matino and Boucello. Coming to the abandoned hermitage of San Paio, the Camino passes through farmlands until it comes to Bruma, the site of a medieval hospital.

Day 5: Bruma-Meson do Vento to Siguero (7.5 h, 29 km). From the chapel of Bruma, the Camino leads to the lush municipality of Ordes. A tree-lined path leads pilgrims to the church of San Xiao and the lovely village of Casanova. Along this stretch there are meadows with a myriad of springs, which at times render the Camino impassable.

Day 6: Siguero to Santiago (3 h, 11.5 km). After crossing the Sigueiro Bridge over the Tambre river, we continue into the municipality of Santiago. The Way continues along the river and leads to the "Fonte do Ingles" (English's fountain). The way soon reaches Meixonfrio, site of an old inn where pilgrims and travelers would stop and rest. After passing a pre-Roman hill-fort, where, according to the tradition each passing pilgrim would lay a stone on the already exiting pile, the Camino enters Santiago to reach its imposing cathedral!

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela. After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are high/low season-dependent.

Price Includes:
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Room(s) en-suite
- Half-board during the hike (except in Sarria and Santiago)
- Detailed walking notes, maps and pilgrim passport.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Insurance (recommended)
- Drinks
- Dinners in Ferrol and Santiago
- Transfers to/from airport.

Options at extra cost: single rooms, airport transfers, picnics, additional nights, split day.