The Camino Ingles and Ruta do Mar

To Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre from Ferrol, A Coruna or Ribadeo

By Dave Whitson, Laura Perazzoli

Guidebook to walking the Camino Inglés and Ruta do Mar pilgrim routes in northwest Spain. Describes the 116km Camino Inglés from Ferrol or A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela and the of the 190km Ruta do Mar linking Ribadeo with the Inglés at Ferrol. Includes the 120km Camino Finisterre from Santiago to Finisterre or Muxia.



Summer is the best time to fully enjoy the coastal towns, with all services in operation and optimal weather for beaches. Spring and autumn offer good weather without the holiday-makers


Ribadeo, Viveiro, Cedeira, Ferrol, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela


The Camino Inglés is highly accessible, even for novice walkers. The Ruta do Mar is more challenging because of limited waymarks, so a gps is advisable here. There are a few stages when accommodation is more limited, so walkers may need to pursue longer stages (at or around 30km). The terrain, however, is manageable for all walkers.
Must See

Must See

Camino Inglés: Three dynamic cities (Ferrol, Coruña, Santiago) combined with idyllic Galician countryside. Ruta do Mar: Beaches (including the famous Praia das Catedrais), cliffs, and wild coastline. Fishing villages and fresh seafood. Local pilgrimage shrines (San Martiño de Mondoñedo and San Andrés de Teixido) 
6 Jun 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
  • Overview
  • Contents

    The story of Saint James
    The Camino Inglés and Ruta do Mar: yesterday and today
    Galician history and culture
    Choosing your camino
    When to go
    Preparation and planning
    Being a pilgrim
    Getting there and back
    Postal services
    Other local facilities
    Waymarking, route-planning, and maps
    Using this guide
    The Camino Inglés
    Stage 1 Ferrol to Pontedeume
    Stage 2 Pontedeume to Betanzos
    Stage 3 Betanzos to Hospital de Bruma
    Stage 4 Hospital de Bruma to Sigüeiro
    Stage 5 Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela
    Alternative start A Coruña to Hospital de Bruma
    The Ruta do Mar
    Stage 1 Ribadeo to Praia das Catedrais
    Stage 2 Praia das Catedrais to Foz
    Stage 3 Foz to San Cibrao
    Stage 4 San Cibrao to Viveiro
    Stage 5 Viveiro to Cuiña
    Stage 6 Cuiña to Teixido
    Stage 7 Teixido to Xubia
    The Camino Finisterre
    Stage 1 Santiago de Compostela to Negreira
    Stage 2 Negreira to Olveiroa
    Stage 3 Olveiroa to Finisterre

    Appendix A Useful sources of information
    Appendix B English–Spanish–Gallego glossary
    Appendix C Suggestions for further reading

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Dave Whitson

Dave Whitson is a high school History teacher in Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the University of Washington. He made his first pilgrimage in 2002 on the Camino Francés and was inspired to return with a group of his high school students, which he did in 2004. He has made long-distance treks in Norway on the Pilgrim Road to Nidaros, in England on the North Downs Way to Canterbury, and in Turkey on the Lycian Way, all told walking roughly 10,000 kilometers on pilgrim roads in Europe.

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Laura Perazzoli

Laura Perazzoli graduated from John Hopkins University with a degree in Writing Seminars and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. She completed her first pilgrimage in 2004 on the Camino Francés as one of the students on Dave Whitson's initial student pilgrimage. After this trip, she was excited to provide others with a similar experience and has since led student pilgrimage trips on the Camino Francés, the Camino del Norte and the Via Francigena. Laura first walked the Camino del Norte and Primitivo with a student group in 2009 and returned in 2011 to re-walk the route and to complete the Camino Inglés to ensure up-to-date route information for this guidebook.

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