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Camino Ingles Tour
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Highlights

  • Feeling the history at Ferrol docks where thousands of pilgrims have gone before you
  • Forming bonds that will last forever with your fellow pilgrims
  • Discovering the real Galicia as you wander through its beautiful countryside
  • Walking into the old town of Santiago and finishing your pilgrimage at the sublime Cathedral

In the middle ages, the news of the Camino de Santiago spread all over Europe and Pilgrims from the UK and Ireland would sail down to A Coruña and Ferrol to start their pilgrimage to Santiago. Today we use the route from Ferrol as it is the more scenic route of the two.

The Camino Inglés is one of several walks to Santiago, but this is the only one to start off at the coast, which means the first couple of days walking are rewarded with wild coastal scenery before delving into the heart of the Galician countryside.
The path then turns inland, through the rural farmlands of Galicia and gives you the chance to really enjoy this region of Spain, it’s people and cuisine. After passing the peak at Bruma-Meson do Vento it is downhill most of the way into the vibrant city of Santiago. Its stunning Romanesque Cathedral signals the end of your walk.

DAY 1

Arrive Ferrol

You can fly into Santiago de Compostela or La Coruna from several points in Europe. From either of these points there are several buses a day to get you up to Ferrol.
Ferrol is full of history, with an abundance of prehistoric findings, right up to its use as a naval stronghold in various wars. The architecture reflects this depth of history and the city centre is a delight to wander around. Add to this the excellent seafood and friendly locals and you have one of Spain’s hidden gems.


DAY 2

Ferrol to Cabanas or Pontedeume

To shorten an otherwise tough day, we have arranged a morning transfer to take you about 10km into the trail. You then take in some clifftop walking and some beautiful beaches before arriving into Cabanas (or Pontedeume, 1km further, depending on availability)


If you would rather walk the entire route, eliminating the transfers, to qualify for the compostela certificate, please contact us for more information.


Walk: 20/21km 250m ascent, 210m descent.


DAY 3

Cabanas to Betanzos

The route rises up out of Cabanas, giving you spectacular view back over Ferrol. You are then walking along the wild Galician coast which the route shares with the Camino Real path.
You will eventually come to the wide estuary of the Rio Lambre which gives you great views over the Rias de Betanzos and surrounding wetlands. Your overnight stop in Betanzos has some of the most interesting architecture in Galicia.


Walk: 21km 300m ascent, 200m descent.


DAY 4

Betanzos to San Paio de Buscás

We start off today’s walk by collecting you and transferring you to Vilacoba, to again shorten what would otherwise be a tough days walk.


Today you leave the coastal walking behind and head inland, across agricultural land and walking uphill for most of the day. Your overnight stop is beside the abandoned Hermitage of San Paio.


Walk: 18km, 360m ascent


DAY 5

San Paio de Buscás to Marantes

After you reach Bruma-Meson do Vento, the rest of your trip to Santiago is mainly downhill. Today’s walk is through some of the greenest landscapes in Spain, though be warned, the green does not appear by magic, so if you are walking outside of the summer months, rain wear is recommended.


Your walk down into the delightful town of Marantes brings the penultimate stage of the Camino Inglés to an end.


Walk: 22.5km, 200m descent.


DAY 6

Marantes to Santiago de Compostela

Head into the Municipality of Santiago today. You will soon reach Meixonfrio which is an old pilgrim resting point, before reaching the pre-Roman hill fort, where it is tradition to leave a pebble.
This makes for a fitting gesture before you undertake the walk into the glorious city of Santiago where your walk comes to an end in the shadow of the grand Cathedral.


As the days walk is quite short, you can leave early in order to walk into Santiago to meet the midday mass in the Cathedral, which welcomes new pilgrims into the city. Should you feel that you will miss this, we always recommend an extra night in order to attend.


Walk: 11km, 220m ascent, 50m descent.


DAY 7

Onward Travel

Accommodation

The accommodation will be a mixture of rural hotels and hostels all with private rooms and en-suite. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Meals

A local continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.  Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Time of Year

The Camino Inglés is best enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 12-21km.


The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.


On the Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


Compostela Certificate

The Compostela certificate is a certificate that pilgrims can get in Santiago after having completed the last 100km of the pilgrimage route into Santiago. This can be for any of the various routes leading to Santiago (Frances, Norte or Ingles, for example). As we provide two transfers on this particular Camino Ingles itinerary this brings the total distance walked to just under 100km, meaning one wouldn't qualify for the certificate. If you would like to walk the entire route then just let us know and we can take out the transfers for you, however this would mean two long days of walking at about 30km each. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Destination specialists who will be able to advise you on this. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag
will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so
that you only need to walk with a day pack.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting there and away


By Air:

You can fly in and out of Santiago easily from London, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid with Ryanair, Vueling and Iberia.


Or alternatively you can fly into La Coruña with Vueling from London and Cardiff.


From both of these locations you can take several buses every day to get to Ferrol. You can travel from La Coruña with Arriva buses and Santiago with Monbus or by train with RENFE.

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Transfers on day 2 & 4 of your walk
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Camino guide book.
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to/from Spain.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Committing to the Camino is a big undertaking and you will undoubtedly have a huge number of questions and queries.

I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries, alternatively I would strongly suggest you visit the Camino Forum or Camino de Santiago website which have a wealth of information on the Camino.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of our Camino tours are between 20 and 25 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit. 

What type of trails does the Camino follow?

A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around incase you are looking for help.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular.  Numbers can rise by up to 100, 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more that happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

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95%

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Pros

  • Well organised (18)
  • Great accommodations (15)
  • Fun (13)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Trying something new (14)
  • Holiday (10)
  • Relaxation (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (9), World traveller (7), Avid adventurer (3)

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2.0

Would not reccomend

By X

from Cheshire

About Me Occasional Traveller

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Once in a Lifetime Experience

Cons

  • Boring
  • Exhausting
  • Poor Accommodations
  • Really bad three star hotels and poor food

Best Uses

    Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

    This was a disappointment and feel the company did not prepare us for the bad Beds, bad food with no advice of where to eat well..really poor hotels except for the one without a star rating which was super and the parador on last night.

     
    4.0

    Camino Ingles

    By Charmian

    from London

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Exhausting
    • Some of theevening meals on halfboard not great

    Best Uses

    • Challenge
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

    Great experience, no easy as the route went through very steep areas. the walking days were teh right length with plenty of time to recuperate and relax. Recommend only having half board in the isolated locations and making use of restuarants in towns with some choice. The half board restaurant in Betanzos wasparticulalry bad and this was a town which woudl have had some other options to use

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Delightful Walk on a Little Travelled Camino

    By None

    from Oakland, CA

    About Me World Traveller

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Interesting Landscape
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

      We thoroughly enjoyed exploring this area of Spain - Galacia. The Camino Ingles hike gave us the opportunity to visit an area of Spain that we probably would never have visited other wise. The hike was organized to meet our need to only hike around eight miles a day. Our drivers were on time, safe drivers, knowledgeable about the Camino and courteous. Our accommodations were clean and comfortable. We especially enjoyed our stays in Betanzos and San Paio de Buscas. We were intrigued by the fact that our baggage was transported by the postal service. And happy that it was waiting for us when we arrived each day.
      A worthwhile journey through an interesting part of Spain. And we were lucky - no rain

       
      5.0

      Peaceful and Resourceful Experience!

      By Sandra from DC

      from DC

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Relaxation

        Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

        I cannot express my gratitude for having had all of the information provided by Mac's Adventure staff. Nothing was left undone and the support staff were all so kind and professional. I will definitely travel again with Mac's and will spread the word for others to enjoy!

        Thank you!

         
        4.0

        Life-chaning experience!

        By Susan

        from Minneapolis

        About Me active, Occasional Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Breath-taking natural beauty
        • Challenging
        • Fun
        • gluten free options available
        • meet people from all over the world
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • Hidden charges

        Best Uses

        • physically challenging
        • spriritual growth
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

        Most of the hotels and pensions were outstanding, as were the people. Northern Spain is gorgeous. It reminded me of Seattle. The weather is unpredictable, regardless of the hourly forecast. You need water-proof shoes. Hiking poles saved me on the slippery inclines and lessened the impact on my knees on the declines. If you want enjoy filthy, broken down places, stay at Hospedaje la Mezquita in Negreira. When offered food or any service, ask if it's included in the price you already paid. There ARE services in Brumas ( a new cafe and taxis) not just a hostel as the guidebook says. Gluten free products were available in most hotels, but you must ASK. Also, most grocery stores, even in small towns, have GF products.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It far surpassed my expectations!

        By Barbara from Bushey

        from Bushey Watford

        About Me Avid Adventurer, Enjoy Something New

        Pros

        • Another Leg Soon
        • Extremely
        • Fun
        • Fun People Along The Way
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised
        • Wonderful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • A First For Me
          • An Adventure For Me
          • Half Term
          • Holiday
          • Relaxation
          • Surprisingly
          • Thrill Seeking
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

          This trip was a joy from start to finish. Initial anxiety about how the 'walk' would manifest itself was quickly dispelled on reaching the first port of call at Ferrol. Everyone I spoke to couldn't be more warm, accommodating and helpful. The overnight stops along the way we're excellent and the staff were some of the friendliest most helpful people I have ever met. (*but topping the bill has to be at the Cantina Rio Coves and the loveliest host there. Delete if not appropriate!)

          Everyone I spoke to at Macs gave their time and support to ensure the trip was the right thing for me to. On reflection, it turned out to be exactly the best thing I have done for a while and I am ready to do another leg of the of the Camino, very soon- with Macs of course!

           
          5.0

          A huge sense of satisfaction on completion!

          By "Not another hill" Ann

          from Hertfordshire

          About Me Occasional Traveller

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Relaxation
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

            Walking is a perfect way to get away from the real world while using muscles you probably didn't know you had! Macs Adventures organised everything perfectly so that there were no worries about the luggage arriving or the quality of the accommodation. Walking in Spain was particular delight- the people, the food (and wine) and the beautiful scenery. We are already planning our next Camino walk.

             
            4.0

            A great trip

            By fraseross

            from aberdeen

            About Me World Traveller

            Pros

            • Challenging
            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Rewarding
            • Well Organised

            Cons

            • Some Poor Directions

            Best Uses

            • Challenge
            • Countryside
            • Fitness
            • Friendly Locals
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

            The organisation was excellent.
            All the accommodation was very good.
            Local people were all very friendly and helpful.

            Directions through towns were not always accurate, in both guide books provided, especially through and out of Sigueiro.

             
            4.0

            Camino Ingles

            By Berniesport

            from Swansea

            About Me Love Foreign Hols, World Traveller

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Good Telephone Manners
            • Great Accommodations
            • Great Luggage Transfer
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Very Informative Staff
            • Well Organised
            • Well Signposted

            Cons

            • One Hotel Let Down

            Best Uses

            • Chance To See Real Spain
            • Friendly Spanish Locals
            • Holiday
            • Tried Real Spanish Food
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

            All hotels exceeded expectation apart from one which was out of town next to duel carriageway and not as nice.Just one bar next door which was great.

             
            5.0

            I strongly recommend this tour

            By Henry

            from London

            About Me World Traveller

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Camino Inglés:

              I recommend an extra day to enable ordinary walkers to cover the 'missing' 17km between Betanzos and Vilacoba and to allow an extra night in Betanzos which is an interesting town.
              Getting fit enough to enjoy this tour is a worthwhile project in itself.
              Whatever your own beliefs, do not ignore the religious, cultural and historical context.
              Learn a little Spanish beforehand and use it as much as you can.
              Galician cooking is delicious!

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