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The Camino Inglés – detailed information & strolling phases

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The Camino Inglés or the English Method is likely one of the shorter routes of the Camino de Santiago community in Europe. This route is rising in reputation, yearly increasingly more pilgrims select this Camino, nevertheless it’s nonetheless removed from being as busy and crowded because the Camino Francés. It’s thought-about that the English Method was established as a route within the 12th century when pilgrims from England and Northern European Nations arrived in A Coruña and another Spanish ports by ship and continued on foot to Santiago de Compostela. In line with the Pilgrims’ Reception Workplace in 2019, over 14 000 pilgrims accomplished the Camino Inglés which is simply 4% of the pilgrims.

For us, the English Method was our sixth Camino de Santiago that we accomplished in a yr and doubtless the best one attributable to its quick distance.

Our pilgrimage on the English Method from Ferrol to Santiago

Camino Inglés route overview

  • Distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • The time required – 4-6 days
  • Place to begin – Ferrol
  • Ending level – Santiago de Compostela
  • Whole ascent (in 5 days) – 2520 m
  • Whole descent (in 5 days) – 2230 m
  • Strolling floor – 82 km out of 116 km on asphalt
  • Route marking – distance poles, yellow arrows, and shells
  • Common price – 25€ per individual per day
  • Lodging – private and non-private albergues, motels

Route choices on the English Method of St.James

There are two routes on the Camino; the primary begins in Ferrol, whole distance 116 km, the second begins in A Coruña, whole distance 74 km. We’ve walked solely the route from Ferrol, however from what we’ve learn the route from A Coruña is just not well-marked, it’s difficult to search out the best way and you need to use GPS navigation typically. Each routes be a part of at Hospital de Bruma and proceed to Santiago collectively.

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

The route from A Coruña is shorter than 100 km (the required strolling minimal to get the Compostela) for that reason pilgrims can’t get the Compostela for finishing this route. There are two exclusions (we inquired about it on the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace in Santiago de Compostela); pilgrims who reside in A Coruña and stroll from there to Santiago can get the Compostela. One more reason is that if you begin strolling let’s say someplace in England, they arrive in Spain and proceed strolling from A Coruña and your whole distance is greater than 100 km then you will get your Compostela. In case you simply begin in A Coruña and stroll 74 km to Santiago you received’t have the ability 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 – “approach” in Spanish.

Peregrino – “pilgrim” in Spanish.

Credential – a small paper e-book or a spreadsheet along with your title on it and locations for stamps, at each albergue or resort you keep you get a stamp into your Credential.

Albergue – a particular place the place pilgrims can keep. There are two kinds of albergues; private and non-private, solely pilgrims with Credentials can keep in public albergues, non-public albergues are extra like hostels anyone can keep there.

Compostela – a certificates a pilgrim can get on the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace in Santiago de Compostela after strolling not less than the final 100 km of any Camino route ending in Santiago de Compostela. To get the Compostela you need to present you Credential with stamps.

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

Sensible information for planning the pilgrimage

The English Method is the shortest Camino de Santiago route (besides the Camino Finisterre which begins in Santiago de Compostela), it’s an incredible route for first-time pilgrims who wish to get a style of the Camino earlier than doing one of many longer routes.

The Camino Inglés goes by means of one Spanish area – Galicia.

It’s important to carry your Credential with you and ensure you get stamped at each place you keep. To get the Compostela, it’s required to have 2 stamps per day for the final 100 km; one stamp you will get at an albergue/resort and one at a restaurant/café or church alongside the best way. The entire Camino Inglés is simply 116 km principally you want two stamps for day-after-day from the beginning on this route. We didn’t get two stamps on the primary day and it wasn’t an issue for getting the Compostela.

The Camino is marked all the best way with yellow shells and arrows painted on fences, poles, and timber in addition to with milestones that indicated distance left to Santiago de Compostela.

A stone pole marking the Camino Ingles route with the distance to Santiago
A standard milestone within the forest marking the Camino route and indicating the space left until Santiago de Compostela

Although it’s a brief route some elements of it may be fairly difficult attributable to a number of ascends and descends on the best way.

Having a native SIM card is sort of needed for this Camino to telephone albergues, to search out lodging on the map, and so forth.

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

What to pack for the English Method?

A terrific benefit of this route is its quick distance, solely 116 km, in comparison with the opposite Camino routes so that you’ll want lower than per week to finish it which implies you possibly can scale back your baggage to the minimal. Now we have an in depth Camino de Santiago packing checklist submit the place you could find packing ideas for each women and men for various seasons.

Beneficial books & guidebooks for the Camino Ingles

Baggage supply service on the Camino Inglés

It’s potential to rearrange baggage supply for each stage of the Camino. You possibly can organize it earlier than you begin strolling or alongside the route if after the primary day you notice it’s too troublesome to stroll with a giant backpack. In case you use the shuttle service you don’t have to fret about packing your backpack gentle you possibly can just about convey as a lot stuff as you need.

It really works very straightforward you allow your baggage on the reception within the morning, the corporate picks it up and delivers it to your subsequent lodging place. Often, by the point you arrive your backpack is already there. There are two firms that provide this service on the English Method: Correos and Camino Fácil. The value is between 5 and 6 Euro per backpack per stage.

It’s essential to do not forget that public albergues don’t normally permit backpack supply however we’ve seen some exclusions on this Camino route. The businesses that do supply will know for certain the place it’s allowed and the place it isn’t.

For getting the Compostela it makes no distinction should you carried your backpack otherwise you used the shuttle service, don’t fear about that.

Finest months for strolling

From our Camino experience in Galicia, you will be fortunate or unfortunate with the climate whatever the season, we had some chilly and wet days in June and good and sunny days in October however usually, it rains lots right here. Clearly, summer time is the warmest time with the least rain and the sunniest days.

We all the time attempt to stroll the Camino not in peak season, July, and August because it’s the busiest time. Could, June, and September are good months for strolling the English Method; heat however not too sizzling, not an excessive amount of rain and never too many individuals. April and October will be good as properly should you’re fortunate with the climate. Strolling this Camino fully low season (November – March) is kind of dangerous as you may stroll all the route within the pouring rain.

A temperature graph showing low and high temperatures (in Celsius) in Galicia for every months
Common excessive and low temperatures in Galicia all year long
A temperature table with average high and low temperature in Galicia in Fahrenheit
Common excessive and low temperatures in Galicia all year long in Fahrenheit

We walked the Camino Inglés on the finish of Could – the start of June and have been very fortunate with the climate it was highly regarded for Galicia, about 30-32°C, we bought gentle rain just one morning, the remainder of the time it was sunny. I need to say the yr earlier than we walked the Camino Primitivo at about the identical time and it was completely completely different; chilly and wet for 10 days.

A graph with average rainfalls in Galicia for every month and a number of rainy days
Common rainfalls and variety of wet days in Galicia all year long

Camino Inglés price

Lodging. Public albergues price between 6€ and seven€ per individual. Non-public albergues/hostels 12-15€ per individual. Accommodations/guesthouses – from 29€ for a double and 20€ for a single room.  

Consuming out. Conventional Menu del Día (a set meal with starter, important, bread, drink, dessert or espresso) is about 10-12€. A tapa (Tortilla, sandwich, and so forth.) from 1,5€. A cup of espresso from 1€. Breakfast (Tostada/croissant and low) from 2,5€. Beer/glass of wine – 1-2€.

Purchasing (meals). We purchased stuff in supermarkets and made our meals more often than not, our common procuring invoice for 2 meals (dinner and breakfast) was about 7€ per individual. It’s undoubtedly cheaper to make your individual meals than to eat out.

Transport. Relying on the place you come out of your transport bills (to get to Ferrol and again from Santiago) will be between 40 and 80 Euro. Buses from A Coruña (the closest airport) to Ferrol price 8€ per individual. For extra data on completely different transport choices go to the paragraph “Tips on how to get to Ferrol?“.

Baggage switch (optionally available). It normally prices between 5 and 6 Euro per backpack/suitcase per stage. Extra particulars on this matter you could find within the “Baggage switch on the Camino Ingles” paragraph.

Our funds break down*

*5 days, 2 individuals

We stayed Three nights in public albergues, 1 evening in a resort and 1 evening in a personal albergue. We cooked our personal meals more often than not although sooner or later we needed to eat out 3 times as a result of it was Sunday and all of the retailers and supermarkets have been closed. We regularly stopped for espresso, common twice a day, and typically went out for a beer or a glass of wine.

  • Lodging – 97€
  • Consuming out – 57€
  • Purchasing (meals) – 62€
  • Espresso – 20€
  • Transport (bus A Coruña – Ferrol) – 16€
  • Laundry – 5€

Whole: 257€ or 25€ per individual per day

Lodging on the English Method

There are completely different lodging choices on the route from public albergues (probably the most funds choices) to non-public albergues and motels, which one to decide on relies on your funds and preferences. On the Camino Ingles, we stayed Three nights in public albergues, 1 evening in a personal albergues, and 1 evening in a resort. This Camino is kind of quick even should you keep in non-public each evening it received’t smash your funds. On longer Camino routes we e-book a personal room in a resort not less than as soon as per week.

Public albergues are completely for pilgrims. Having a credential is a requirement for staying there. Non-public albergues are extra like hostels anyone can keep there however normally individuals who keep there are pilgrims. Non-public albergues are dearer – 10-12 Euro per individual however usually have higher amenities and are extra comfy.

Evaluating private and non-private albergues on the Camino

Options Public albergues Non-public albergues
Just for pilgrims sure no
The Credential is required sure no
Might be booked no sure
Settle for baggage supply no sure
Worth 6-7 Euro 10-12 Euro
Settle for bank cards no normally
Services
Scorching bathe sure sure
Kitchen sure normally
Wi-fi typically sure
Blankets typically normally
Washer typically normally
Evaluating the options and the amenities of private and non-private albergues

The place to search out public albergues on the English Method

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
Locations with public albergues for pilgrims alongside the route
A municipal albergue in an old renovated house in Galicia, Spain
Public albergue in Hospital de Bruma on the Camino Inglés

Journey insurance coverage for the Camino Inglés

Strolling like every other out of doors exercise includes a danger of getting an harm or shedding a few of your gear. It’s all the time beneficial to have journey insurance coverage whenever you go away. The Camino Inglés is just not a really demanding hike by means of distant areas however strolling day-after-day with a backpack continues to be difficult. Small accidents resembling blisters, knee issues, or shin splints are fairly widespread on the Camino having insurance coverage is unquestionably a good suggestion. It’s nice to have journey insurance coverage in case your journey will get canceled, a flight delay, or a gear loss as properly. It’s much less disturbing to stroll the Camino figuring out that you simply’re coated in case of emergency.

Be aware! You probably have a European Well being Insurance coverage Card you don’t want every other medical insurance coverage for Spain.

Ferrol, the beginning of the route

Ferrol is a pleasant coastal metropolis with a stupendous historic middle and an enthralling harbor you probably have time you possibly can keep for an additional day to see extra of the town.

Tips on how to get to Ferrol?

We arrived in Ferrol from Portugal for us it was an extended bus journey with two switches; Lisbon – Vigo, Vigo – A Coruña (identical bus ticket), and A Coruña – Ferrol. You will get to A Coruña or Ferrol from a number of Spanish cities. In case you come from abroad the best choice is to fly to Madrid and from there take a bus/practice or one other flight to Ferrol.

There’s no airport in Ferrol, the closest airports are in A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela. You possibly can fly to considered one of them and from there take a bus/practice to Ferrol. A Coruña is a significantly better possibility it’s nearer to Ferrol and it’s simpler to get there.

From A Coruña there are many buses to Ferrol they depart each hour or so. The journey takes about 1 hour, the value is 8€ per individual. Tickets will be bought on the bus station simply earlier than departure. All buses depart and arrive on the identical bus terminal in A Coruña it’s straightforward to modify buses there.

From Santiago de Compostela there may be one direct practice to Ferrol and a few trains with a connection in A Coruña. The direct practice takes 2 hours, the value is 21 Euro.

Attending to Ferrol from Madrid

Madrid Flight Practice Bus
Each day departures Four direct flights to A Coruña
6 direct flights to Santiago de Compostela
1 direct practice to Ferrol 5 direct buses to Ferrol
Station Barajas Airport Madrid Chamartín Estación Sur
Barajas Airport T4*
Journey time 1h20min. 7h30min. 7-Eight hours
Worth from 32 Euro 60 Euro from 25 Euro
Firm Iberia, Ryanair, AirEuropa RENFE ALSA
*an evening bus.

In case you determine to take a bus from Madrid there’s a evening direct bus to Ferrol that departs from Barajas Airport T4.

Attending to Ferrol from Barcelona

One of the best ways of attending to Ferrol from Barcelona is to fly to A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela. It’s potential to get there by practice nevertheless it’s a really lengthy and exhausting journey. There isn’t a practice to Ferrol, you’ll must take a practice to Santiago. We’ve finished this journey as soon as and it took us about 15 hours to get by practice from Santiago to Barcelona. There are buses nevertheless it takes so long as by practice, about 15 hours.

Madrid Flight
Each day departures 2 direct flights to A Coruña
Four direct flights to Santiago de Compostela
Station El Prat Airport
Journey time 1h50min.
Worth from 40 Euro
Firm Vueling

The place to remain in Ferrol?

There aren’t any public albergues in Ferrol solely non-public hostels and motels. We stayed at Resort Almendra, about 700 m from the bus station and 1 km from the port. The place was good and clear, near the eating places and retailers. The house owners are very good and pleasant individuals.

Extra lodging choices in Ferrol

The Camino Inglés strolling phases. Our 5-day itinerary

Day 1. Ferrol – Neda, 14 km

  • Time – 2h45min.
  • Ascent – 178 m
  • Descent – 160 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 10 km, principally a lot of the day although right here and there you stroll on the gravel street or boardwalk.
  • Strolling on the street – zero km
  • Issue stage – 1 out of 5, very quick and simple day
Elevation profile Day 1 of Camino Inglés, Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile Day 1; Ferrol to Neda. As you possibly can see there aren’t any vital ascends and descends on the route.
Camino Inglés starting point, Ferrol, Spain
The start line of the Camino Inglés in Ferrol on Google maps

The Camino Inglés begins on the port of Ferrol, there’s a route marking pole subsequent to Sarga Tapas and Raciones restaurant (you possibly 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 search out the place to begin simply requested locals the place the port (Puerto) is and as soon as we bought there we discovered the signal fairly simply. From there on the route was marked properly all the best way to Neda.

We began strolling fairly late and for that reason, we determined to cease in Neda should you begin early morning it could be higher to proceed strolling however the subsequent public albergue is 15 km away from Neda which implies your first strolling day shall be 29 km.

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

Highlights

  • The port and the historic middle of Ferrol

Challenges

  • Nothing particular simply a whole lot of strolling on a tough floor 

Neda

Neda is a pleasant small city on the river.

Municipal albergue de peregrinos de Neda

A typical municipal (public) albergue, fairly spacious, for 24 individuals. It’s located very near the route, within the quiet space near the river. To get in you need to telephone the hospitalero (host) and get a code to open a field with a key. The hospitalero arrives at Eight pm to do check-in. Worth 6€ per individual.

Services

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Washer – sure, freed from cost
  • Additional – washing traces, disposable bedding

Extra lodging choices in Neda

Day 2. Neda – Miño, 26 km

  • Time – 5h50min.
  • Ascent – 648 m
  • Descent – 641 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 19 km
  • Strolling on the street – 700 m
  • Issue stage – Four out of 5, a comparatively lengthy strolling day with a few very steep ascents and descents
Elevation profile Day 2 Camino Ingles, Spain
Elevation profile Day 2; Neda to Miño. Right here begin the hills.

It was an extended and fairly difficult day however there have been many locations to cease on the best way for espresso, lunch and relaxation. We stopped Three occasions it made the stroll nicer and simpler. The primary half of the day the route went by means of suburbial areas with not a lot to see. After that, the route turned extra scenic we bought to stroll by means of the attractive forest every so often.

Pontedeume is about midway for the day, an incredible place to cease for espresso or lunch. You probably have time you possibly can stroll round a bit and do some sightseeing. An alternative choice is to cease right here and proceed strolling the subsequent day.

Be aware! In Pontedeume the route is marked with steel shells on the bottom, don’t miss them.

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

Strolling by means of the forest we noticed a number of stands with shells (a conventional image of the Camino) that you possibly can buy for donation and two or three spots with cooler bins with cool drinks, juices, and water – for donation as properly, we haven’t seen it earlier than on every other Camino route.

After Pontedeume the surroundings turned much less urbanized, extra strolling by means of the forest and fields.

Highlights

  • The historic middle of Pontedeume; Torreón de los Andrade, Puente de Piedra, Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago and a few different church buildings within the historic middle of the city.
  • Stunning lush inexperienced forest
  • Playa Grande de Miño, near the albergue

Challenges

  • A few steep ascents within the second half of the day ranging from Pontedeume.
  • Plenty of strolling on asphalt which makes your ft fairly drained in comparison with strolling on a footpath or gravel street.

Miño

Don’t miss the albergue register Miño, it’s on the alternative aspect of the Tourism data signal, pointing the identical course as the knowledge workplace, after that there are indicators on the righthand aspect of the street pointing to the albergue.  

Public albergue de peregrinos de Miño

A pleasant and new albergue for 20 individuals. It’s located about 700 m away from the Camino in a quiet spot subsequent to the river, near a pleasant sandy seashore. Worth 6€ per individual. As a result of we walked completely different phases from these which might be recommended by the guidebooks (most pilgrims stroll previous Miño) we have been the one pilgrims within the albergue.  

Services

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Blankets – no
  • Washer – no
  • Additional – washing traces, disposable bedding

Extra lodging choices in Miño

Day 3. Miño – Presedo, 23 km

  • Time – 4h53min.
  • Ascent – 700 m
  • Descent – 556 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 21 km principally the entire day
  • Strolling on the street – Four km, the final Three km to Presedo have been on the street
  • Issue stage – Four out of 5
Camino Inglés Day 3 elevation profile. Camino de Santiago, Spain
Elevation profile Day 3: Miño to Presedo

The primary half of the stroll to Betanzos went fast, we stopped within the city for about 1-1,5 hours to drink espresso and to do some sightseeing, there are a lot of attention-grabbing locations to see fortunately most of them are on the route or not distant from it.

After Betanzos the Camino continued climbing up and down virtually non cease which was positive until the final Three km that we needed to stroll on the street, it wasn’t a really busy street however there have been some vehicles and buses driving by.  

Throughout the entire day, we noticed solely 4 pilgrims however once we arrived in Presedo there have been 6 different individuals within the albergue.

A walking route from Miño to Presedo on the map
Route map of the stage Three of the English Method, strolling from Miño to Presedon

Highlights

  • The attractive forest exterior of Miño
  • The historic middle of Betanzos; Plaza of Irmáns García Naveira, Plaza de la Constitución, a number of church buildings, and historic buildings.

Challenges

  • Strolling  on asphalt all day
  • Many steep ascents and descents
  • Strolling on the street for the final Three km
A picturesque town with red-roof on the English Way of Santiago
Getting into Betanzos, a stupendous city on the Camino Ingles

Presedo

Presedo is just not a city there may be solely an albergue and a restaurant, your meals choices are to eat within the restaurant (about 500 m away from the albergue) or to convey meals from Betanzos and prepare dinner your individual meal (the albergue has a kitchen). There are two or three massive supermarkets in Betanzos (Lidl, Eroski, Gadis, and so forth.), about 100 m away from the Camino, on the exit from the town; on the roundabout flip proper and go two or three blocks down the road.

Municipal albergue de peregrinos de Presedo

Albergue is situated about 400 m from the restaurant and 200 m from the Camino route, there’s a signal pointing the course. There are 16 beds. In case you arrive first you’ll must telephone the individual in cost (Mari) and she or he’ll clarify to you how one can get the important thing to open the albergue, she comes at 7 pm to do check-in.  Worth 7€.

Services

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Additional – washing traces disposable bedding

Extra lodging choices in Presedo

  • Excessive-end | Rectoral de Cines (away from the Camino however in keeping with the pilgrim’s critiques they provide free choose up and drop off) |

Day 4. Presedo – Sigüeiro, 37 km

  • Time – 7h40min.
  • Ascent – 673 m
  • Descent – 581 m
  • Strolling on the asphalt – 22 km most a part of the day
  • Strolling on the street – Four km
  • Issue stage – 5 out of 5
English Way Camino de Santiago elevation profile Day 4
Elevation profile Day 4; Presedo to Sigüeiro

Be aware! We wished to have one lengthy strolling day on this Camino, for that reason, we determined to stroll two phases in sooner or later should you’re not up for this it’s higher to separate at the present time into two phases; Presedo – Hospital de Bruma, 13 km and Hospital de Bruma – Sigüeiro, 24 km. A benefit of strolling a brief stage to Hospital de Bruma is that you simply’ll undoubtedly arrive there earlier than nearly all of pilgrims (who come from Betanzos) which might assure you a spot. 

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

The primary 30 km went fast although the principle ascend for the day was proper at first within the first 2 hours or so. As regular, we stopped for espresso a number of occasions, it was a pleasant day, a part of the stroll was by means of the forest good and quiet surroundings. The final 6-7 km weren’t that nice we began getting drained the route bought very monotonous (strolling subsequent to the freeway) and it was fairly sizzling. We have been very blissful once we lastly reached Sigüeiro.

Highlights

  • Stunning Galician forest
  • At 16 km in entrance of the bar, there are a number of steel and stone sculptures of individuals and animals, probably the most spectacular is a big dinosaur.

Challenges

  • Strolling on asphalt for a lot of the day
  • Very lengthy distance  
  • Steep ascents within the first half of the day
  • The final 4-5 km to Sigüeiro subsequent to the freeway after which 1 km on the street (not very busy) previous the commercial space of the city.

Sigüeiro

This city is a good cease earlier than Santiago there are a few non-public albergues and a number of other motels although no public albergue right here.

Albergue Camino Actual

We stayed on the non-public albergue Camino Actual. It’s an incredible place proper on the Camino very straightforward to search out simply comply with Camino indicators by means of Sigüeiro and also you received’t miss it. The albergue is for 18 individuals. It has excellent amenities, it’s very comfy, the placement is ideal; near the grocery store, ATMs, eating places and proper on the route.

Services

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Energy sockets within the room – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Washer – sure, 5 Euro for laundry & drying
  • Additional – towels, bathe gel, breakfast

Extra lodging choices in Sigüeiro

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

  • Time – 3h23min.
  • Ascent – 321 m
  • Descent – 292 m
  • Strolling on asphalt – 10 km at first and on the finish of the day
  • Strolling on the street – zero km, no street strolling as we speak!
  • Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Camino Ingles Day 5 elevation profile, Camino de Santiago
Elevation profile Day 5 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela

If you wish to arrive in time for the pilgrims’ mass that takes place at 12 pm day-after-day it’s higher to go away early, at Eight am the newest, to have sufficient time to retailer your backpack and get a spot within the cathedral. Be aware! You’re not allowed to enter the cathedral with a backpack you possibly can depart it in your resort in Santiago if it’s not far or you possibly can retailer it on the storage (2 Euro for as much as 24 hours) for the time of the mass and choose it up later. The storage is about 200 m from Plaza Obradoiro in entrance of the Pilgrims’ Reception Workplace.

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

Time went very quick we didn’t even discover how we bought to the outskirts of Santiago, from there it’s about 5 km extra to stroll by means of the town to the cathedral. There’s a church Parroquia de San Caetano on the best way the place you will get the final stamp earlier than the cathedral. Out of all of the Camino routes we’ve finished the a part of the English Method by means of the town might be the very best and the shortest.

A beautiful forest with bizarre trees on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
The enchanted forest on the final day of the Camino Ingles simply earlier than Santiago de Compostela

Highlights

  • Stunning forest Bosque Encantado (Enchanted forest) in the midst of the day
  • Arriving in Santiago de Compostella – the spotlight of the route, all the time a magical feeling of seeing a whole bunch of pilgrims coming from completely different instructions to Plaza de Obradoiro.

Challenges

  • A number of quick ascents and descents
  • Part of the final 5 km to the cathedral the route goes by means of the commercial outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela, the tip of the Camino route

If after ending the English Method you are feeling like strolling for a few extra days the Camino Finisterre-Muxía is a good possibility. It begins from the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela and takes you thru the Galician forest to the ocean, to Finisterre Cape. In case you don’t have sufficient time to finish the route or don’t really feel like strolling anymore you possibly can all the time do a bus tour from Santiago and go to the cape and the encircling space.

Excursions and actions in Santiago

The place to remain in Santiago?

I’d like to say one particular place in Santiago that has been lodging pilgrims for a few centuries – Hospedaria San Martín Pinario or Seminario Mayor. These days it’s a resort however they nonetheless have particular rooms for pilgrims. Rooms will be booked over the e-mail [email protected] or over the telephone (+34) 981 56 02 82. A double room with an hooked up rest room is 40€, a single room – 25€. The rooms are small and fairly fundamental however the location and the historical past of the place are really superb. I’d strongly advocate reserving it beforehand particularly within the peak season. We have been there in June and it was booked two weeks forward. They’ve renovated rooms (a bit dearer however extra comfy) that may be booked on-line.

Extra lodging choices

Tips on how to get the Compostela on the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace?

For many individuals it’ a must-do factor after ending the Camino after the Camino Inglés we went for the primary time to get the Compostela although we’ve walked 6 completely different routes, we may get the Compostelas for the earlier Caminos that we walked final yr as properly.

The Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace is opened from Eight am to eight pm however there are a lot of individuals inside they may shut the gate at 7 pm or perhaps a bit earlier ensure that to reach early sufficient.

In our experience, the very best time to go for the certificates is late afternoon/night when there are the least individuals e.g. we went at 11 am, 1 pm and 6.30 pm and the newest time was the very best there have been solely 10 individuals earlier than us when the queue on the earlier occasions was about 60 individuals.

In the height season when there are a lot of pilgrims there’s a quantity system that determines your place within the queue. Each pilgrim who involves the workplace will get a quantity that he/she will monitor by means of an internet site or an app (you will get the URL handle of the positioning on the workplace) to see when it’s the time to get again to the workplace. It’s an easy and handy system you don’t have to take a seat there for hours ready to your flip. You possibly can return to your resort, or stroll across the metropolis keeping track of the queue on-line.

To get your Compostela you’ll want a Credential with stamps and a passport or an ID doc (typically they ask to indicate it if they don’t seem to be certain about your title spelling within the Credential). The Compostela is free, you don’t pay something for that. You will get the Certificates of Distance as properly, it’s just like the Compostela however has extra particulars on the route you walked like the place to begin, whole distance, and so forth., it prices 3€. To maintain your Compostela secure you should purchase a particular tube card field tube for five€. We had our Compostelas in there in our check-in baggage and so they have been like new with none injury after the flight.

As I already talked about earlier than, in keeping with the brand new guidelines, you want two stamps a day for the final 100 km for any Camino route which principally means two stamps for day-after-day of the English Method.

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