The Jacobean pilgrimage had great fame throughout medieval Europe, beginning in the twelfth century. Scandinavians, Flemings, English, Scots and Irish used with great intensity the roads of the sea to reach Ferrol and A Coruña, enclaves that, thanks to its strategic location, are the two starting points of the English Way.
Stage 1: Ferrol - Puentedeume (28.5 Kms)

Ferrol stands out for its sailor past. We can enjoy its monuments walking through its narrow and irregular medieval streets.

Its most important monument is the Castillo de San Felipe, of granite architecture from the XVIII century. It is a very good experience to cross it and appreciate the beautiful view of the estuary.

The neighborhood of La Magdalena can visit the Church of San Julián, dedicated to the patron saint of the city, as well as the Fuente de San Roque and the Jofre Theater.

In  Narón highlights the Monastery of San Martiño de Xubia O couto, dates from the eighth century; the portico and the belfry of the s. XVIII. The Church consists of three floors with three naves, on the outside it highlights the profane sculpture of the corbels (heads of monsters, bovine asses ...)

In Neda highlights the Church of Santa Maria of the eighteenth century, the pilgrims hospital of the santi spiritus of the fifteenth century, whose remains are attached to the town hall, as well as the clock tower and the Church of St. Nicholas of the XIV century.

In Cabanas, visit the Church of San Martiño do Porto, where its Baroque style portal stands out. We can also take a walk along the Magdalena Beach.

In Pontedeume, there is the convent of Santo Agostiño, the Chapel of As Virtudes, the keep of the castle of Andrade (14th century), the Church of Santiago and the Town Hall.

Stage 2: Puentedeume - Betanzos (21 Kms)

Highlight, near Baxoi, the medieval bridge over the river of the same name. Leaving Miño, we find the Church of San Pantaleón das Viñas, where its Romanesque-style façade stands out. Near Betanzos highlights the Romanesque church of San Martiño de Tiobre. In Betanzos, the Pazo de Bendaña, the Pazo do Concello and the Church of Santiago from the 15th century stand out.

Stage 3: Betanzos - Bruma (28 Kms)

In Bruma we can see the remains of the old pilgrim hospital, of medieval origin, which is linked to the Hospital de Santiago (which is now Hostal de los Reyes Católicos).

Also highlight the Capela de Bruma,  modest masonry building.

Stage 4: Bruma - Sigueiro (24.8 Kms)

In Sigüero, the Church of San Paio de Buscás and the Church of San Xiao de Poulo stand out, both of Romanesque origin. The Ponte de Sigüero, on the Tambre river, of possible medieval origin.

If we have the opportunity to taste the greens of Ordes, they are reputed to be of excellent quality.

Stage 5: Sigueiro - Santiago (16.5 Kms)

In Santiago de Compostela we find the most important monument of our entire route, the Cathedral of Santiago, dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. It was consecrated in the year 1128 and is a good example of a pilgrimage church. Romanesque style, with later Renaissance and Baroque elements of the s. XVIII. Of Romanesque plant of Latin cross, counts on three ships divided by means arcs point, rostrum, cruise and ambulatory. Highlight, the teacher Matthew, the Portico de la Gloria, the best example of Spanish Romanesque.

As a tradition, every pilgrim who wants and can, attends the mass of 12  In the cathedral. In it, with a little luck, you can contemplate the magnificent botafumeiro in action. Another tradition is the embrace of the image of the Apostle James and the visit to his crypt. It is a must visit the museum of the same, as well as the visit to the roofs of the Cathedral.

The Monastery of San Martín Pinario, in front of the Plaza de la Azabachería.

The Cover of the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, in the Plaza del Obradoiro, which was founded as a pilgrim hospital.

The whole old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing it to the medieval era. In  he is the market of Supplies of Santiago.

The whole old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing it to the medieval era. In  he is the market of Supplies of Santiago. On the other hand you can also know the vicinity of Santiago and perform excursions organized by Costa da Morte and Rias Baixas.

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