A picturesque surrounding of Pontedeume, a small town on the Camino Ingles in Spain
Camino de Santiago Spain

The Camino Inglés – a comprehensive guide & walking stages

The Camino Inglés or the English Way is one of the shorter routes of the Camino de Santiago network in Europe. This route is growing in popularity, every year more and more pilgrims choose this Camino, but it’s still far from being as busy and crowded as the French Camino. It’s considered that the English Way was established as a route in the 12th century when pilgrims from England and Northern European Countries arrived in A Coruña and some other Spanish ports by ship and continued on foot to Santiago de Compostela. According to the Pilgrims’ Reception Office in 2019, over 14 000 pilgrims completed the Camino Inglés which is only 4% of the pilgrims.

For us, the English Way was our 6th Camino de Santiago that we completed in a year and probably the easiest one due to its short distance.

Our pilgrimage on the English Way from Ferrol to Santiago

Camino Inglés route overview

  • Distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • The time required – 4-6 days
  • Starting point – Ferrol
  • Finishing point – Santiago de Compostela
  • Total ascent (in 5 days) – 2520 m
  • Total descent (in 5 days) – 2230 m
  • Walking surface – 82 km out of 116 km on asphalt
  • Route marking – distance poles, yellow arrows, and shells
  • Average cost – 25€ per person per day
  • Accommodation – public and private albergues, hotels

Route options on the English Way of St.James

There are two route options on the English Camino; the first starts in Ferrol, the total distance is 116 km, the second starts in A Coruña, the total distance is 74 km. We’ve walked only the route from Ferrol, but from what we’ve read the route from A Coruña is not well-marked, it’s tricky to find the way and you have to use GPS navigation sometimes. Both routes join at Hospital de Bruma and continue to Santiago together.

Two route options on the English Way: starting in A Coruña or in Ferrol
Two route options on the Camino Ingles: starting in A Coruña and in Ferrol

The route from A Coruña is shorter than 100 km (the required walking minimum to get the Compostela) for this reason pilgrims can’t get the Compostela for completing this route. There are two exclusions (we inquired about it at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in Santiago de Compostela); pilgrims who live in A Coruña and walk from there to Santiago can get the Compostela. Another reason is if you start walking let’s say somewhere in England, they arrive in Spain and continue walking from A Coruña and your total distance is more than 100 km then you can get your Compostela. If you just start in A Coruña and walk 74 km to Santiago you won’t be able to get the Compostela for this route.

A map of the route from A Coruña and Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela
A map of the Camino Inglés route from A Coruña and from Ferrol

Camino dictionary

Camino – “way” in Spanish.

Peregrino – “pilgrim” in Spanish.

Credential – a small paper book or a spreadsheet with your name on it and places for stamps, at every albergue or hotel you stay you get a stamp into your Credential.

Albergue – a special place where pilgrims can stay. There are two types of albergues; public and private, only pilgrims with Credentials can stay in public albergues, private albergues are more like hostels anybody can stay there.

Compostela – a certificate a pilgrim can get at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in Santiago de Compostela after walking at least the last 100 km of any Camino route finishing in Santiago de Compostela. To get the Compostela you have to show you Credential with stamps.

Our pilgrim's passports with different stamps collected on the Camino Ingles in Spain
Our Credentials with stamps from different albergues and bars on the Camino Ingles

Practical info for planning the pilgrimage

The English Way is the shortest Camino de Santiago route (except the Camino Finisterre which starts in Santiago de Compostela), it’s a great route for first-time pilgrims who want to get a taste of the Camino before doing one of the longer routes.

The Camino Inglés goes through one Spanish region – Galicia.

You have to carry your Credential with you and make sure you get stamped at every place you stay. To get the Compostela, it’s required to have 2 stamps per day for the last 100 km; one stamp you can get at an albergue/hotel and one at a restaurant/café or church along the way. The whole Camino Inglés is only 116 km basically you need two stamps for every day from the start on this route. We didn’t get two stamps on the first day and it wasn’t a problem for getting the Compostela.

The Camino is marked all the way with yellow shells and arrows painted on fences, poles, and trees as well as with milestones that indicated distance left to Santiago de Compostela.

A stone pole marking the Camino Ingles route with the distance to Santiago
A traditional milestone in the forest marking the Camino route and indicating the distance left till Santiago de Compostela

Though it’s a short route some parts of it can be quite challenging due to several ascends and descends on the way.

Having a local SIM card is almost necessary for this Camino to phone albergues, to find accommodation on the map, etc.

In Spain supermarkets and shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays.

What to pack for the English Way?

A great advantage of this route is its short distance, only 116 km, compared to the other Camino routes so you’ll need less than a week to complete it which means you can reduce your luggage to the minimum. We have a detailed Camino de Santiago packing list post where you can find packing tips for both men and women for different seasons.

Recommended books & guidebooks for the Camino Ingles

Luggage delivery service on the Camino Inglés

It’s possible to arrange luggage delivery for every stage of the Camino. You can arrange it before you start walking or along the route if after the first day you realize it’s too difficult to walk with a big backpack. If you use the shuttle service you don’t have to worry about packing your backpack light you can pretty much bring as much stuff as you want.

It works very easy you leave your luggage at the reception in the morning, the company picks it up and delivers it to your next accommodation place. Usually, by the time you arrive your backpack is already there. There are two companies that offer this service on the English Way: Correos and Camino Fácil. The price is between 5 and 6 Euro per backpack per stage.

It’s important to remember that public albergues don’t usually allow backpack delivery but we’ve seen some exclusions on this Camino route. The companies that do delivery will know for sure where it’s allowed and where it isn’t.

For getting the Compostela it makes no difference if you carried your backpack or you used the shuttle service, don’t worry about that.

The best months for walking

From our Camino experience in Galicia, you can be lucky or unlucky with the weather regardless of the season, we had some cold and rainy days in June and nice and sunny days in October but in general, it rains a lot here. Obviously, summer is the warmest time with the least rain and the sunniest days.

We always try to walk the Camino not in peak season, July, and August as it’s the busiest time. May, June, and September are good months for walking the English Way; warm but not too hot, not too much rain and not too many people. April and October can be nice as well if you’re lucky with the weather. Walking this Camino completely off-season (November – March) is quite risky as you might walk the entire route in the pouring rain.

A temperature graph showing low and high temperatures (in Celsius) in Galicia for every months
Average high and low temperatures in Galicia throughout the year
A temperature table with average high and low temperature in Galicia in Fahrenheit
Average high and low temperatures in Galicia throughout the year in Fahrenheit

We walked the Camino Inglés at the end of May – the beginning of June and were very lucky with the weather it was very hot for Galicia, about 30-32°C, we got light rain only one morning, the rest of the time it was sunny. I must say the year before we walked the Camino Primitivo at about the same time and it was totally different; cold and rainy for 10 days.

A graph with average rainfalls in Galicia for every month and a number of rainy days
Average rainfalls and number of rainy days in Galicia throughout the year

Camino Inglés cost

Accommodation. Public albergues cost between 6€ and 7€ per person. Private albergues/hostels 12-15€ per person. Hotels/guesthouses – from 29€ for a double and 20€ for a single room.  

Eating out. Traditional Menu del Día (a set meal with starter, main, bread, drink, dessert or coffee) is about 10-12€. A tapa (Tortilla, sandwich, etc.) from 1,5€. A cup of coffee from 1€. Breakfast (Tostada/croissant and coffee) from 2,5€. Beer/glass of wine – 1-2€.

Shopping (food). We bought stuff in supermarkets and made our food most of the time, our average shopping bill for two meals (dinner and breakfast) was about 7€ per person. It’s definitely cheaper to make your own food than to eat out.

Transport. Depending on where you come from your transport expenses (to get to Ferrol and back from Santiago) can be between 40 and 80 Euro. Buses from A Coruña (the nearest airport) to Ferrol cost 8€ per person. For more information on different transport options go to the paragraph “How to get to Ferrol?“.

Luggage transfer (optional). It usually costs between 5 and 6 Euro per backpack/suitcase per stage. More details on this topic you can find in the “Luggage transfer on the Camino Ingles” paragraph.

Our budget break down*

*5 days, 2 people

We stayed 3 nights in public albergues, 1 night in a hotel and 1 night in a private albergue. We cooked our own food most of the time though one day we had to eat out three times because it was Sunday and all the shops and supermarkets were closed. We often stopped for coffee, average twice a day, and sometimes went out for a beer or a glass of wine.

  • Accommodation – 97€
  • Eating out – 57€
  • Shopping (food) – 62€
  • Coffee – 20€
  • Transport (bus A Coruña – Ferrol) – 16€
  • Laundry – 5€

Total: 257€ or 25€ per person per day

We have a detailed post on the cost of walking the Camino de Santiago where you can find a lot of practical information and tips for planning your Camino budget.

Accommodation on the English Way

There are different accommodation options on the route from public albergues (the most budget options) to private albergues and hotels, which one to choose depends on your budget and preferences. On the Camino Ingles, we stayed 3 nights in public albergues, 1 night in a private albergues, and 1 night in a hotel. This Camino is quite short even if you stay in private every night it won’t ruin your budget. On longer Camino routes we book a private room in a hotel at least once a week.

Public albergues are exclusively for pilgrims. Having a credential is a requirement for staying there. Private albergues are more like hostels anybody can stay there but usually people who stay there are pilgrims. Private albergues are more expensive – 10-12 Euro per person but normally have better facilities and are more comfortable.

Comparing public and private albergues on the Camino

FeaturesPublic alberguesPrivate albergues
Only for pilgrimsyesno
The Credential is requiredyesno
Can be bookednoyes
Accept luggage deliverynoyes
Price6-7 Euro10-12 Euro
Accept credit cardsnousually
Facilities
Hot showeryesyes
Kitchenyesusually
Wi-fisometimesyes
Blanketssometimesusually
Washing machinesometimesusually
Comparing the features and the facilities of public and private albergues

Where to find public albergues on the English Way

Km 14
Neda
Km 28
Pontedeume
Km 40
Miño
Km 51
Betanzos
Km 63
Presedo
Km 76
Hospital de Bruma
Km 116
Santiago de Compostela
Places with public albergues for pilgrims along the route
A municipal albergue in an old renovated house in Galicia, Spain
Public albergue in Hospital de Bruma on the Camino Inglés

Travel insurance for the Camino Inglés

Walking like any other outdoor activity involves a risk of getting an injury or losing some of your gear. It’s always recommended to have travel insurance when you go away. The Camino Inglés is not a very demanding hike through remote areas but walking every day with a backpack is still challenging. Small injuries such as blisters, knee problems, or shin splints are quite common on the Camino having insurance is definitely a good idea. It’s great to have travel insurance if your trip gets canceled, a flight delay, or a gear loss as well. It’s less stressful to walk the Camino knowing that you’re covered in case of emergency.

Note! If you have a European Health Insurance Card you don’t need any other medical insurance for Spain.

Ferrol, the start of the route

Ferrol is a nice coastal city with a beautiful historical center and a charming harbor if you have time you can stay for an extra day to see more of the city.

How to get to Ferrol?

We arrived in Ferrol from Portugal for us it was a long bus journey with two switches; Lisbon – Vigo, Vigo – A Coruña (same bus ticket), and A Coruña – Ferrol. You can get to A Coruña or Ferrol from several Spanish cities. If you come from overseas the best option is to fly to Madrid and from there take a bus/train or another flight to Ferrol.

There is no airport in Ferrol, the nearest airports are in A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. You can fly to one of them and from there take a bus/train to Ferrol. A Coruña is a much better option it’s closer to Ferrol and it’s easier to get there.

From A Coruña there are many buses to Ferrol they leave every hour or so. The journey takes about 1 hour, the price is 8€ per person. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station just before departure. All buses leave and arrive at the same bus terminal in A Coruña it’s easy to switch buses there.

From Santiago de Compostela there is one direct train to Ferrol and a couple of trains with a connection in A Coruña. The direct train takes 2 hours, the price is 21 Euro.

Getting to Ferrol from Madrid

MadridFlightTrainBus
Daily departures4 direct flights to A Coruña
6 direct flights to Santiago de Compostela
1 direct train to Ferrol5 direct buses to Ferrol
StationBarajas AirportMadrid ChamartínEstación Sur
Barajas Airport T4*
Travel time1h20min.7h30min.7-8 hours
Pricefrom 32 Euro60 Eurofrom 25 Euro
CompanyIberia, Ryanair, AirEuropaRENFEALSA
*a night bus.

If you decide to take a bus from Madrid there is a night direct bus to Ferrol that departs from Barajas Airport T4.

Getting to Ferrol from Barcelona

The best way of getting to Ferrol from Barcelona is to fly to A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela. It’s possible to get there by train but it’s a very long and exhausting journey. There is no train to Ferrol, you’ll have to take a train to Santiago. We’ve done this trip once and it took us about 15 hours to get by train from Santiago to Barcelona. There are buses but it takes as long as by train, about 15 hours.

MadridFlight
Daily departures2 direct flights to A Coruña
4 direct flights to Santiago de Compostela
StationEl Prat Airport
Travel time1h50min.
Pricefrom 40 Euro
CompanyVueling

Where to stay in Ferrol?

There are no public albergues in Ferrol only private hostels and hotels. We stayed at Hotel Almendra, about 700 m from the bus station and 1 km from the port. The place was nice and clean, close to the restaurants and shops. The owners are very nice and friendly people.

More accommodation options in Ferrol

The Camino Inglés walking stages. Our 5-day itinerary

Day 1. Ferrol – Neda, 14 km

  • Time – 2h45min.
  • Ascent – 178 m
  • Descent – 160 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 10 km, basically most of the day though here and there you walk on the gravel road or boardwalk.
  • Walking on the road – 0 km
  • Difficulty level – 1 out of 5, very short and easy day
Elevation profile Day 1 of Camino Inglés, Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile Day 1; Ferrol to Neda. As you can see there are no significant ascends and descends on the route.
Camino Inglés starting point, Ferrol, Spain
The starting point of the Camino Inglés in Ferrol on Google maps

The Camino Inglés starts at the port of Ferrol, there is a route marking pole next to Sarga Tapas and Raciones restaurant (you can search in Google maps “Inicio del Camino Inglés a Santiago de Compostela” the spot is marked). We didn’t use any GPS or map to find the starting point just asked locals where the port (Puerto) is and once we got there we found the sign quite easily. From there on the route was marked well all the way to Neda.

We started walking quite late and for this reason, we decided to stop in Neda if you start early morning it might be better to continue walking but the next public albergue is 15 km away from Neda which means your first walking day will be 29 km.

A walking route from Ferrol to Neda marked on the map
Route map of the stage 1 of the Camino Ingles, walk from Ferrol to Neda

Highlights

  • The port and the historical center of Ferrol

Challenges

  • Nothing specific just a lot of walking on a hard surface 

Neda

Neda is a nice small town on the river.

Municipal albergue de peregrinos de Neda

A typical municipal (public) albergue, quite spacious, for 24 people. It’s situated very close to the route, in the quiet area close to the river. To get in you have to phone the hospitalero (host) and get a code to open a box with a key. The hospitalero arrives at 8 pm to do check-in. Price 6€ per person.

Facilities

  • Hot shower – yes
  • Kitchen – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Power sockets in the room – yes
  • Blankets – yes
  • Washing machine – yes, free of charge
  • Extra – washing lines, disposable bedding

More accommodation options in Neda

Day 2. Neda – Miño, 26 km

  • Time – 5h50min.
  • Ascent – 648 m
  • Descent – 641 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 19 km
  • Walking on the road – 700 m
  • Difficulty level – 4 out of 5, a relatively long walking day with a couple of very steep ascents and descents
Elevation profile Day 2 Camino Ingles, Spain
Elevation profile Day 2; Neda to Miño. Here start the hills.

It was a long and pretty challenging day but there were many places to stop on the way for coffee, lunch and rest. We stopped 3 times it made the walk nicer and easier. The first half of the day the route went through suburbial areas with not much to see. After that, the route became more scenic we got to walk through the beautiful forest from time to time.

Pontedeume is about halfway for the day, a great place to stop for coffee or lunch. If you have time you can walk around a bit and do some sightseeing. Another option is to stop here and continue walking the next day.

Note! In Pontedeume the route is marked with metal shells on the ground, don’t miss them.

The second stage of the Camino Ingles from Neda to Miño
Route map of the stage 2 of the English Way, a walk from Neda to Miño

Walking through the forest we saw several stands with shells (a traditional symbol of the Camino) that you could purchase for donation and two or three spots with cooler boxes with cool drinks, juices, and water – for donation as well, we haven’t seen it before on any other Camino route.

After Pontedeume the scenery became less urbanized, more walking through the forest and fields.

Highlights

  • The historical center of Pontedeume; Torreón de los Andrade, Puente de Piedra, Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago and a couple of other churches in the historical center of the town.
  • Beautiful lush green forest
  • Playa Grande de Miño, close to the albergue

Challenges

  • A couple of steep ascents in the second half of the day starting from Pontedeume.
  • A lot of walking on asphalt which makes your feet quite tired compared to walking on a footpath or gravel road.

Miño

Don’t miss the albergue sign in Miño, it’s on the opposite side of the Tourism information sign, pointing the same direction as the information office, after that there are signs on the righthand side of the road pointing to the albergue.  

Public albergue de peregrinos de Miño

A nice and new albergue for 20 people. It’s situated about 700 m away from the Camino in a quiet spot next to the river, close to a nice sandy beach. Price 6€ per person. Because we walked different stages from those that are suggested by the guidebooks (most pilgrims walk past Miño) we were the only pilgrims in the albergue.  

Facilities

  • Hot shower – yes
  • Kitchen – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Power sockets in the room – yes
  • Blankets – no
  • Washing machine – no
  • Extra – washing lines, disposable bedding

More accommodation options in Miño

Day 3. Miño – Presedo, 23 km

  • Time – 4h53min.
  • Ascent – 700 m
  • Descent – 556 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 21 km basically the whole day
  • Walking on the road – 4 km, the last 3 km to Presedo were on the road
  • Difficulty level – 4 out of 5
Camino Inglés Day 3 elevation profile. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile Day 3: Miño to Presedo

The first half of the walk to Betanzos went quick, we stopped in the town for about 1-1,5 hours to drink coffee and to do some sightseeing, there are many interesting places to see luckily most of them are on the route or not far away from it.

After Betanzos the Camino continued climbing up and down almost non stop which was fine till the last 3 km that we had to walk on the road, it wasn’t a very busy road but there were some trucks and buses driving by.  

During the whole day, we saw only four pilgrims but when we arrived in Presedo there were 6 other people in the albergue.

A walking route from Miño to Presedo on the map
Route map of the stage 3 of the English Way, walking from Miño to Presedon

Highlights

  • The beautiful forest outside of Miño
  • The historical center of Betanzos; Plaza of Irmáns García Naveira, Plaza de la Constitución, several churches, and historical buildings.

Challenges

  • Walking  on asphalt all day
  • Many steep ascents and descents
  • Walking on the road for the last 3 km
A picturesque town with red-roof on the English Way of Santiago
Entering Betanzos, a beautiful town on the Camino Ingles

Presedo

Presedo is not a town there is only an albergue and a restaurant, your food options are to eat in the restaurant (about 500 m away from the albergue) or to bring food from Betanzos and cook your own meal (the albergue has a kitchen). There are two or three big supermarkets in Betanzos (Lidl, Eroski, Gadis, etc.), about 100 m away from the Camino, at the exit from the city; at the roundabout turn right and go two or three blocks down the street.

Municipal albergue de peregrinos de Presedo

Albergue is located about 400 m from the restaurant and 200 m from the Camino route, there is a sign pointing the direction. There are 16 beds. If you arrive first you’ll have to phone the person in charge (Mari) and she’ll explain to you how to get the key to open the albergue, she comes at 7 pm to do check-in.  Price 7€.

Facilities

  • Hot shower – yes
  • Kitchen – yes
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Power sockets in the room – yes
  • Blankets – yes
  • Washing machine – no
  • Extra – washing lines disposable bedding

More accommodation options in Presedo

  • High-end | Rectoral de Cines (away from the Camino but according to the pilgrim’s reviews they offer free pick up and drop off) |

Day 4. Presedo – Sigüeiro, 37 km

  • Time – 7h40min.
  • Ascent – 673 m
  • Descent – 581 m
  • Walking on the asphalt – 22 km most part of the day
  • Walking on the road – 4 km
  • Difficulty level – 5 out of 5
English Way Camino de Santiago elevation profile Day 4
Elevation profile Day 4; Presedo to Sigüeiro

Note! We wanted to have one long walking day on this Camino, for this reason, we decided to walk two stages in one day if you’re not up for this it’s better to split this day into two stages; Presedo – Hospital de Bruma, 13 km and Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro, 24 km. A good thing about walking a short stage to Hospital de Bruma is that you’ll definitely arrive there before the majority of pilgrims (who come from Betanzos) which can guarantee you a spot. 

A walking trail from Presedo to Sigueiro on the English Way
Route map of the stage 4 of the Camino Ingles from Presedo to Sigueiro

The first 30 km went quick though the main ascend for the day was right in the beginning in the first 2 hours or so. As usual, we stopped for coffee several times, it was a nice day, part of the walk was through the forest nice and quiet scenery. The last 6-7 km were not that pleasant we started getting tired the route got very monotonous (walking next to the highway) and it was quite hot. We were very happy when we finally reached Sigüeiro.

Highlights

  • Beautiful Galician forest
  • At 16 km in front of the bar, there are several metal and stone sculptures of people and animals, the most impressive is a giant dinosaur.

Challenges

  • Walking on asphalt for most of the day
  • Very long distance  
  • Steep ascents in the first half of the day
  • The last 4-5 km to Sigüeiro next to the highway and then 1 km on the road (not very busy) past the industrial area of the town.

Sigüeiro

This town is a great stop before Santiago there are a couple of private albergues and several hotels though no public albergue here.

Albergue Camino Real

We stayed at the private albergue Camino Real. It’s a great place right on the Camino very easy to find just follow Camino signs through Sigüeiro and you won’t miss it. The albergue is for 18 people. It has very good facilities, it’s very comfortable, the location is perfect; close to the supermarket, ATMs, restaurants and right on the route.

Facilities

  • Hot shower – yes
  • Kitchen – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Power sockets in the room – yes
  • Blankets – yes
  • Washing machine – yes, 5 Euro for washing & drying
  • Extra – towels, shower gel, breakfast

More accommodation options in Sigüeiro

Day 5. Sigüeiro – Santiago de Compostela, 16,5 km

  • Time – 3h23min.
  • Ascent – 321 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Walking on asphalt – 10 km in the beginning and at the end of the day
  • Walking on the road – 0 km, no road walking today!
  • Difficulty level – 2 out of 5
Camino Ingles Day 5 elevation profile, Camino de Santiago
Elevation profile Day 5 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela

If you want to arrive in time for the pilgrims’ mass that takes place at 12 pm every day it’s better to leave early, at 8 am the latest, to have enough time to store your backpack and get a spot in the cathedral. Note! You’re not allowed to enter the cathedral with a backpack you can leave it in your hotel in Santiago if it’s not far or you can store it at the storage (2 Euro for up to 24 hours) for the time of the mass and pick it up later. The storage is about 200 m from Plaza Obradoiro in front of the Pilgrims’ Reception Office.

A walking route to Santiago de Compostela on the English Way of St.James
Route map of the last stage of the Camino Ingles from Sigueiro to Santiago de Compostela

Time went very fast we didn’t even notice how we got to the outskirts of Santiago, from there it’s about 5 km more to walk through the city to the cathedral. There is a church Parroquia de San Caetano on the way where you can get the last stamp before the cathedral. Out of all the Camino routes we’ve done the part of the English Way through the city is probably the best and the shortest.

A beautiful forest with bizarre trees on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
The enchanted forest on the last day of the Camino Ingles just before Santiago de Compostela

Highlights

  • Beautiful forest Bosque Encantado (Enchanted forest) in the middle of the day
  • Arriving in Santiago de Compostella – the highlight of the route, always a magical feeling of seeing hundreds of pilgrims coming from different directions to Plaza de Obradoiro.

Challenges

  • Several short ascents and descents
  • A part of the last 5 km to the cathedral the route goes through the industrial outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela, the end of the Camino route

If after finishing the English Way you feel like walking for a couple of more days the Camino Finisterre-Muxía is a great option. It starts from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and takes you through the Galician forest to the sea, to Finisterre Cape. If you don’t have enough time to complete the route or don’t feel like walking anymore you can always do a bus tour from Santiago and visit the cape and the surrounding area.

Tours and activities in Santiago

Where to stay in Santiago?

I’d like to mention one special place in Santiago that has been accommodation pilgrims for a couple of centuries – Hospedaria San Martín Pinario or Seminario Mayor. Nowadays it’s a hotel but they still have special rooms for pilgrims. Rooms can be booked over the e-mail [email protected] or over the phone (+34) 981 56 02 82. A double room with an attached bathroom is 40€, a single room – 25€. The rooms are small and quite basic but the location and the history of the place are truly amazing. I’d strongly recommend booking it beforehand especially in the peak season. We were there in June and it was booked two weeks ahead. They have renovated rooms (a bit more expensive but more comfortable) that can be booked online.

More accommodation options

How to get the Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office?

For many people it’ a must-do thing after finishing the Camino after the Camino Inglés we went for the first time to get the Compostela though we’ve walked 6 different routes, we could get the Compostelas for the previous Caminos that we walked last year as well.

The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is opened from 8 am to 8 pm but there are many people inside they might close the gate at 7 pm or even a bit earlier make sure to arrive early enough.

In our experience, the best time to go for the certificate is late afternoon/evening when there are the least people e.g. we went at 11 am, 1 pm and 6.30 pm and the latest time was the best there were only 10 people before us when the queue at the earlier times was about 60 people.

In the peak season when there are many pilgrims there is a number system that determines your position in the queue. Every pilgrim who comes to the office gets a number that he/she can track through a website or an app (you can get the URL address of the site at the office) to see when it’s the time to get back to the office. It’s a very easy and convenient system you don’t have to sit there for hours waiting for your turn. You can go back to your hotel, or walk around the city keeping an eye on the queue online.

To get your Compostela you’ll need a Credential with stamps and a passport or an ID document (sometimes they ask to show it if they are not sure about your name spelling in the Credential). The Compostela is free, you don’t pay anything for that. You can get the Certificate of Distance as well, it is similar to the Compostela but has more details on the route you walked like the starting point, total distance, etc., it costs 3€. To keep your Compostela safe you can buy a special tube card box tube for 5€. We had our Compostelas in there in our check-in luggage and they were like new without any damage after the flight.

As I already mentioned before, according to the new rules, you need two stamps a day for the last 100 km for any Camino route which basically means two stamps for every day of the English Way.

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21 Comments

  1. Hi guys! Thank you so much for the detailed infos about the routes.
    I have one question though… Having walked all the places along the Camino Ingles, would you have made different stops? I see that you liked the historical center at Pontedeume, for example, but you just walked through it. Thank you for your answer, a priori!! Sofia, Greece

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Sofia! Thank you for the comment! Originally we wanted to stop in Pontedeume but the only albergue in the town was closed for renovation and there were not many other budget-friendly accommodation options that’s why we had to shift our stages a little bit. If it wasn’t for that we would have stopped in Pontedeume it is a very nice town.
      Buen Camino!

  2. Geraldine Gunn

    Thank you so much for all this information! My husband and I would like very much to walk the entire Camino in 2023 but I am now considering breaking it down into chunks. This may sound daft but my big fear is of animals, particularly dogs in towns and at rural houses and as such I would prefer to do it when the Camino would be busy with other pilgrims, safety in numbers lol! Have you had any problems with animals en route? Many thanks, Ger

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Geraldine! Thank you for the comment! I’m not sure if you’re talking about breaking down the Camino Ingles or a different Camino route. The English Way is only 120km not much to break down. Or you mean the French Camino that is more than 700km? On the English Camino, we didn’t see any stray dogs, there might have been some dogs behind fences but they didn’t bother us at all. In fact, I don’t remember any dog-related problems on any Camino route, there are dogs they do bark sometimes but they all behind fences, no ways they can reach you or bite you. As for the season from May to September, all Camino routes are quite busy, the French and the Portuguese Caminos are the busiest Caminos with hundreds of people walking every day, you might consider walking the last 100km on any of these two instead of walking the quieter English Way.
      Buen Camino!

  3. Hello from Cape Town!
    What a treat to read about all your camino experiences and I am ever so thankful for all your efforts in making the information available – it is a treasure of information for all of us. My dream has been to do at least two weeks of the camino – albeit two different routes of one week each – and to combine possibly with a brief holiday thereafter.
    My concern is are these routes suited to beginner hikers? We do not do well on the inclines and that is kind of bothering me but then if we are not challenged then what is the point? LOL.
    And would it be safe for ladies to get around alone on the hikes? Would there be signage every where or are there some routes that are more easily marked than others?
    I am hoping to be ready by 2022.
    Thank you once again, I truly admire all your travels and wish you both all of the best!
    Regards
    Charms

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Charms! Thank you very much for your generous comment! Knowing that our posts are helpful is the best reward for us! The Camino Ingles is a good route for the beginners there are some hills most days you walk between 500m-600m up and down but usually, it’s not one steep ascent but several shorter hills. You can see elevation profiles for every day on the route in this post. If you think it’s a bit too much you can consider walking the last 100km on the Camino Frances from Sarria. Here is our detailed post on that route. It’s the most popular Camino to walk for the beginners with many albergues, hotels and restaurants along the route. Here is the post https://stingynomads.com/camino-frances-sarria-santiago-walk There are some hills on the route as well. The last 120km on the Portuguese Camino from Tui is another popular option to walk for the beginners.
      If you want to combine two Camino routes you can always do the Camino Finisterre-Muxia, it’s another 5-6 days. The route starts in Santiago de Compostela and finishes at the coast of the Atlantic ocean, it’s a popular route to walk after finishing one of the other Camino routes. You can combine it with Camino Ingles or the Camino Frances from Sarria. All mentioned routes are well-marked and easy to follow, no GPS or maps needed. As I said the Camino Frances from Sarria or the Portuguese from Tui are the most popular routes for first-time pilgrims but the Camino Ingles can be done as the first Camino as well.
      As for safety, walking through Spain and Portugal is quite safe, especially on the popular route where there are many other pilgrims. I’ve walked 800km on the Camino Frances alone and never had any problem or unpleasant experience. I used to travel alone to Spain and Portugal quite a lot in the past and have great memories of those trip. I hope it helps!
      Buen Camino!

  4. Sounds as if there was a great deal of pavement walking each day. . . Is this true? I would prefer to walk on natural substances.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Cathy! 82km out of 112km on the Camino Ingles is on asphalt. If you prefer walking on natural surfaces I’d suggest considering a different Camino route, e.g. the Camino Primitivo or Camino Finisterre-Muxia there is less asphalt on these routes.
      Buen Camino!

  5. Jasmin Dacio

    Hi there! We’ve been inspired by this entry and have decided to walk the Camino Ingles instead of walking from Saria.
    One question though if you don’t mind, if we walk the next 14 km from Neda to the next public albergue, that would take us to which city???
    Thank you very much for your inspiring blog, Stingynomads!!!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Jasmin! Thank you for the comment! If you walk 14km more from Neda you’ll get to Pontedeume. It’s a very nice town with a public albergues an several hotels. At the end of every day, there is a table with distances between the towns and facilities along the route.
      Buen Camino!

  6. Hello, My girlfriend and I have decided to do the walk and we are most excited. Your sites have been incredibly well done and so informative. Thanks for all of it.
    Can you please tell me what airport do we fly into to do the Ferrol hike?
    By the way, my husband is from South Africa and loves your sites too.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Pamela! Thank you for the comment! You can fly to A Coruña (1-hour bus ride to Ferrol) and out from Santiago or it might be cheaper to buy a return flight to Santiago and take a bus from there to Ferrol, about 2,5 hours by bus.
      Buen Camino!

  7. Heidi French

    Hi Stingy Nomads,
    I am a single woman wishing to walk the English Camino would you think it is safe or foolish?
    I have just read through you blog, just so inspired by it and so well recorded and written. Thank you so much
    Aad J.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Heidi! I just walked the French Camino alone and I never had any problem or felt unsafe. We did see single women on the Camino Ingles, I don’t think it’s foolish to walk it alone, there will be more people on the Camino you can always join somebody and walk together if you want or need, I’m sure people won’t mind.
      Buen Camino!

  8. Cherie Baker

    Where do you sign up for the Dual Pilgrimage? I will be completing the Kumano Kodo this year and would like to complete the Camino next year.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Cherie! As I’m aware there is not such a thing as a dual pilgrimage on the Camino at least not that I know about. We’ve walked 7 different Caminos and never signed up for anything, every Camino you walk is a separate pilgrimage and your previous experiences don’t count for anything. Maybe there is a local organization in your country that grants a special certificate for completing several pilgrimage routes but in Santiago de Compostela you get only the certificate for walking at least 100km to Santiago on any Camino route.
      Buen Camino!

  9. Thank you Stingy Nomads. I know this was a lot of work and we all appreciate it. I just finished your YouTube video on the same path.
    I have a week to kill in Europe the end of April. I’m thinking of walking this path at that time.
    Thanks again for the great info.

  10. Where in Ferrol do you get the paperwork that needs to be stamped on the way?

    • Hello, David! By paperwork do you mean the Credential (a Pilgrim’s passport)? If so I believe you can get at the Pilgrim and Tourist Attention Office at Paseo da Mariña in Ferrol.
      Buen Camino!

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