In English Way, Ferrol and A Coruña are the two main starting points thanks to their strategic location. Thanks to them, the Jacobean pilgrimage had great fame throughout medieval Europe, beginning in the XNUMXth century and reaching its highest peak in the XNUMXth century.
Scandinavians, Flemings, Scots, Irish and, mainly English, used the sea roads to reach the ports of Ferrol and La Coruña, as well as, to a lesser extent, Viveiro and Ribadeo, on the Lugo coast, to start their Camino de Santiago .
The Camino de Santiago Inglés is, after the Portuguese Way, one of the most popular routes, despite being the shortest route of all the Caminos de Santiago on the Iberian Peninsula.
Already in the XNUMXth century, pilgrims from Northern Europe traveled to the estuaries of the Coruña coast, such as those of Muros – Noia and Arousa, to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Likewise, they did Nobles and Knights Templar who were on their way to visit the remains of the Apostle, before their trip to the Holy Land.
In the thirteenth century, A Coruña It is consolidated as the destination of, almost all, of the pilgrims who begin to arrive regularly and in large numbers, to make your way.
It is the shortest of the Caminos of the Iberian Peninsula.
Thanks to its strategic location, Ferrol and A Coruña are the two main starting points of the English Way, especially from the Ferrol (118 Kms) since it is from this town where you can get " the Compostela” when going through, at least, the last 100 km. del Camino, a route they carry out in approximately one week.
However, due to the historical fact and great significance of the arrival of pilgrims to the port of A Coruña throughout centuries, It is possible, since 2016, to obtain “la Compostela” from this city (72 Kms), provided that certain requirements are met:
- For non-residents of A Coruña, having traveled previously in their place of origin and accrediting it, the rest of the Kms, until completing the required 100 Kms.
- For the inhabitants of A Coruña, visit Jacobean spaces in Santiago de Compostela and prove it.
the route from Ferrol is of great beauty, mainly in the early stages, until Betanzos because they travel parallel to, or very close to, the Ferrol, Ares and Betanzos estuaries, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and in full Rias Altas.
It runs through a typical "Galician" orography, with constant ups and downs, not very hard, except for the steep climbs at the exit of Puentedeume and from Betanzos to As Travesas, as well as a terrain that combines asphalt and dirt roads. compact, along small farming and ranching villages that are widely dispersed.
It is a route that, little by little, is reaching greater interest by pilgrims and that more and more people travel on their Pilgrimage Route, mainly for three reasons:
- It can be obtained " the Compostela” from Ferrol, within a week, approximately.
- It is very little crowded, compared to other paths, such as the French Way or the Portuguese
- Although it does not have the same accommodation infrastructure and services as other routes, it is increasingly being fed with more and better services, which is making it more attractive.
We are going to visit an area of great cultural, historical and gastronomic wealth, where it finds special relevance in the following locations:
La Coruna: Ancient city in which we stand out, the Tower of Hercules (Old Roman Lighthouse, from the XNUMXst century), declared a World Heritage Site and the fortified Plaza de María Pita.
Ferrol: arsenal, San Felipe Castle y Magdalena neighborhood.
bridgedeume: Stone bridge, which gives the city its name.
Torreón de los Andrade, Wall of the town, Old town, Fragas de Eume Natural Park (in the proximitys)
Betanzos: Historic helmet, declared a historic-artistic site, Church of Saint Mary of Azougue (XNUMXth century) and Iglesia de San Francisco both declared National Monuments.
Special mention, although it is not a "monument", is the famous “Betanzos omelette”, you can not pass by without trying it (but do remember that it does not curdle much, the liquid egg is its main hallmark)