The English Way receives this name because it used to be the favorite route for those pilgrims coming from England, Ireland and other Northern European countries.
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Let’s discover an alternative path, starting from A Coruña instead of Ferrol. It is not a new route as the port of A Coruña was the preferred harbor for those pilgrims coming from Northern Europe since 13th century. This city was the starting point for those travelers who wanted to reach Santiago de Compostela.
Nowadays, this path is not very well known, but it became very popular on the Middle Ages. In fact, it has an amazing historic heritage due to the relevance of all the events the took place around the trail (wars, attacks from pirates or even commercial activities in the Atlantic Ocean).
But the fact that you have to walk at least a hundred kilometers in order to obtain the Compostela, seems to be a downer for most pilgrims planning to do this Camino. Nevertheless, an interesting option do exist for those who want to get into this path.
If you want to depart from A Coruña but you would like to get the Compostela (Pilgrim Certificate), you should know that you have two possible options:
You can walk the 25 km stretch in your own country, or place of origin, until completing the 100 kms
You can visit some of the places related to St. James, for instance the famous Tower of Hércules, the church of Santiago, the collegiate church of Santa María del Campo or the door Puerta de O Parrote, among others.
From A Coruña we can find an urban route, although it’s a peaceful track just like the one from Ferrol. So, if you want to combine urban and beautiful rural landscape from the Northwest of Galicia, this will be the perfect path.
We will discover the ancient city of A Coruña visiting the Romanesque streets, squares and medieval churches, as we start a way that skirts the Bay of O Burgo towards the inner side of the Province.
At Galiwonders we will help you to explore an unforgettable Camino, with our know-how and experience in tailor-made trips.
If you want to add extra nights, upgrade your accommodation, add or remove meals, stay on a specific place… or change anything on the itinerary, please do not hesitate to let us know. We offer tailor-made tours!
Arrival in A Coruña, starting point of the alternative English Way.
Day 2: A Coruña – Hospital de Bruma (33 km)
The first stage of this Camino is also the longest. However, the sea breeze will provide us a breath of fresh oxygenated air, helping us to walk through the promenade at the Bay of O Burgo.
We highly recommend to discover the historical center of A Coruña. Remember, if you want to obtain the Compostela, you can visit some of the St. James places on this town. For instance, the door Puerta de O Parrote or the church of Santiago, which is the starting point of this route.
As we start to follow the Camino path, it will become more rural, crossing fields, small villages and even farms. Finally, we will reach the Hospital de Bruma, the next stop on the way.
Day 3: Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro (24 km)
As a meeting point for the routes from Ferrol and A Coruña, Hospital de Bruma is a famous pilgrim stop on the Camino Inglés. This little town was the only place in this inner way that had a hospital for pilgrims. From Bruma to Sigüeiro,, the path follows rural roads and green areas.
Day 4: Sigüeiro - Santiago de Compostela (16 km)
Only 16 kilometers away from Santiago, we will cross the bridge over the river Tambre and continue from Sigüeiro to Compostela. After that, we will be able to contemplate the great city from far away. The route is becoming more urban as we reach the capital.
Once in Santiago, don’t forget to go to the Pilgrim Office, bringing your credential to obtain the Compostela.