This is one of the most travelled Saint James Way routes that was used in medieval times to get to Santiago de Compostela. From Cedeira, This is one of the most travelled Saint James Way routes that was used in medieval times to get to Santo André de Teixido, we will sail to Ferrol. And from there we will continue the journey to Santiago by bike.
This coastline boasts some of Europe’s highest cliffs, in the mountain range Serra da Capelada, where the beautiful sanctuary of Saint André de Teixido is located. We will sail to Ferrol, where we will begin the English Way to Santiago de Compostela by bicycle.
We recommend staying overnight in the environment of Cedeira to make the best of the following day. The region of Ferrol offers wide range of hotels of up to four stars that coexist with country guesthouses and other charming lodgings.
Close by is the sanctuary of Saint André de Teixido. A popular proverb holds that “those who do not go there during their lifetime will do so after their death”. The chapel is in a small white village that stands among the cliffs, in the only point where the mountains are smooth enough for it to fit. Inside the chapel there is an original altarpiece that houses the mannerist image of the Apostle Saint Andrew. Pay attention to the votive offerings left in the chapel by those hoping for the miraculous intercession of the saint; or the sanandresiños, colourful figurines made from bread dough that represent the symbols of the arrival of Saint Andrew to these lands.
We say farewell to this place full of myths, legends and rituals and suggest walking 12 kilometres to Cedeira, along a trail full of magnificent natural beauty. To emulate the ancient pilgrims from the north of Europe and from the British Isles who long ago travelled to Santiago and arrived at this shore by boat, at mid-morning we propose boarding on a sailing boat in the port of Cedeira to sail all the way to Ferrol.
The journey can take from three to four hours, depending on the winds. We will see the rugged and wild coastline that we had previously seen from land and we can participate as novices manoeuvring the sailboat. Weather permitting, we can drop anchor in small coves that are otherwise inaccessible to take a dip, or else we can swim in other more famous beaches such as Pantín, considered a genuine surfing paradise.
Going for tapas in Ferrol’s old quarter
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