Bono Iacobus

The English Way was one of the most frequently used pilgrimage routes in medieval Europe to reach Compostela along the coast. Pilgrims from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, the north of France and mainly England, Ireland and Scotland reached the north of Spain by ship, entering Galicia via the ports of Ribadeo, Viveiro, Ferrol or A Coruña. These latter two ports, situated on a a wide gulf the Romans called Portus Magnum Artabrorum, became traditionally consolidated as the starting points of the two alternatives of the English Way. Seafarers reached the port guided by the light beam from the Torre de Hércules, a Roman lighthouse that was declared a World Heritage Site in 2009.

Once on land, both alternative routes converge in the parish of Bruma, in the municipal district of Mesía, and they go all the way to Compostela crossing the lands of Cambre, Carral, Mesón do Vento, Ordes and Oroso, to name but a few.

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There is documentary evidence of pilgrimages from the Nordic countries and the British Isles dating back to the 12th century. Hence, in the year 1147 a squadron of crusaders landed in the port of A Coruña. The squadron was on its way to the Holy Land and, before taking part in the conquest of Lisbon in support of the first king of Portugal in his fight against the Arabs, it made a stopover in Santiago to visit the Apostle's tomb.

From 1154 to 1159, an Icelandic monk called Nicholas Bergsson left written testimony of the first sea voyage from Iceland to the Kiel Channel, on the border between Denmark and Germany, and from there on foot to Rome, on the way to Jerusalem. From then on, this would be the route used by the majority of pilgrims from the Nordic countries on their way to Santiago.

Subsequently, during the Hundred Years' War ( 14th - 15th centuries), it was the British who used their ships to reach Santiago; their presence is evidenced by the coins and pieces of pottery found during excavations in the cathedral.

Another fact demonstrating the importance of the British pilgrimage is the offering of such important gifts as a portable alabaster altarpiece, showing five scenes in the life of St. James the Apostle, which was given to the cathedral by the clergyman John Goodyear in 1456.

The origin of the pilgrims that did that route is also certified through the deaths registered and kept in the archives of the chapels and cemeteries of the monasteries and hospitals along the way, and in particular those belonging to the Sancti Spiritus Hospital Order, which were amalgamated to those of the Franciscan Order as of the 14th century.

 

 

Day 1

Ferrol / Cabanas – Stage 1 (27,6 km)

The route begins at Curuxeiras dock at the Port of Ferrol. Leaving the Paseo da Mariña promenade behind, the route leads to the church of San Francisco, the Arsenal and the Concathedral of San Xiao, crossing Rúa Real, Praza de Amboaxe, Praza de Armas and the City Hall. You leave Ferrol through the Recemil and Caranza neighbourhoods and carry on parallel to the river estuary until reaching the monastery of San Martiño de Xubia. From here, passing by the tidal mill of Aceas de Lembeie, you cross the bridge over the River Xubia to reach Neda, where you cross Rúa Real with its arcaded houses. Carry on through O Regueiro, O Puntal de Arriba and Conces to come to Fene. Skirting the Vilar do Colo industrial park, you enter Cabanas to reach A Magdalena beach.

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Perfil Ferrol Cabanas

Casa Pousadoira
Miño / Stage 1

Casa PousadoiraThe house opened in 1995, aiming to recover an old farmhouse, together with the lands it used to serve. The orchard has, since then, been registered in the Regulating Council of Organic Farming for Galicia. Visitors can also taste the farm's own eggs and home-made preserves. Casa Pousadoira is a bet for life and work in a rural setting, based on respect for the environment and natural and manmade surroundings.

Day 2

Cabanas / Betanzos – Stage 2 (21,9 km)

Going along the seaside promenade, you cross the 14th-century bridge that  gives its name to Pontedeume, where the homage tower of the Andrade family castle is worthy of interest. You go through the villages of O Barro, A Xesta and Bañobre. After crossing the medieval bridge over the River Baxoi, you get to Miño. The next point  is Ponte do Porco on the River Lambre estuary, and from here you reach  the church of San Pantaleón das Viñas. Then the route heads into Paderne,  passing through  Souto,  Gas and A Rúa to carry on until reaching the Romanesque church of San Martiño de Tiobre and the Sanctuary of Nosa Señora do Camiño, better known as Os Remedios, crosses Mandeo river and enters Betanzos through the Arco da Ponte Vella to arrive at Praza dos Irmáns García Naveira.

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Perfil Cabanas Betanzos

Casa de Sixto
Paderne / Stage 2

Casa de SixtoThe house is over 150 years old and it has been renovated respecting the original building, both in the materials employed and in its structure and atmosphere. This accommodation offers visitors classical Galician cuisine, elaborated with the products from our region.

Day 3

Betanzos / Vilacova – Stage 3 (17,6 km)

The walker leaves Betanzos along Rúa do Rolo and crosses the old As Cascas bridge. The route continues through the little villages of O Coto, Campodeira and Xanrozo and heads into the municipality of Abegondo, leaving behind Limiñón bridge and passing in front of the church of Santo Estevo de Cos. It goes on through the tiny village of Meangos and,  after crossing Presedo bridge, you carry on towards Francos, Boucello and Vilardel, passing by the abandoned hermitage of San Paio until you reach the church of San Tomé in Vilacova.

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Perfil Betanzos Vilacova

Rectoral de Cines
Oza dos Ríos / Stage 3

Rectoral de CinesThis establishment occupies an ancient convent, founded in the year 911, which has recently been renovated with all its elements adapted to today's levels of  convenience. Facilities such as its social room, library, fireplace, its restaurant serving home and à-la-carte menus, hi-fi and wi-fi... all form part of the personalised treatment it offers. The house and church set were declared a site of cultural interest in 1986.

Day 4

Vilacova / A Calle – Stage 4 (21,7 km)

Passing through the centre of Monte, the route runs through a woodland area leading to Fontela, Vizoño and A Malata. From this point the path enters a low mountain region until reaching kilometre point 42.702, where it joins the part of the route which starts from A Coruña, until  reaching Bruma. From here the route takes up to the municipality of Ordes, passing through O Seixo, Cabeza de Lobo and crossing the parish of Ardemil, to then carry on to the little towns of A Carreira, Mámoas  and A Carballeira. When passing through the village of A Rúa up leave Trabe mill and O Cubo bridge behind and carry on towards Outeiro de Abaixo taking the wooded path which leads to the church of San Xiao de Poulo in Outeiro de Arriba. The path continues until it reaches the small town of A Calle.

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Perfil Vilacova A Calle

Antón Veiras
Ordes / Stage 4

Antón VeirasThe establishment, located in the village of O Outeiro, is a former farmhouse, that is over 250 years old. The original structure of the main building and the adjacent hórreo (raised granary) make for a cosy setting, representative of rural Galician architecture.

Day 5

A Calle / Santiago de Compostela – Stage 5 (29,7 km)

The route passes through Carballo, crossing Casanova de Pereiro until it gets to A Ponte Pereira bridge. After crossing it, the path goes into a wood to cross through Carrás. We carry on to Baxoia and reach Sigüeiro. Once in the population centre, we continue along the Rúa Real, ending up at the medieval bridge over the River Tambre.
After crossing the bridge, the route enters the city of Santiago running parallel to the river, all the way to the Church of Barciela and carries on to the so-called “Fonte do Inglés”. It goes past the area of Tambre, heading towards Meixonfrío, entering the urban centre of Santiago along the Cruceiro de A Coruña, passing in front of the administrative buildings of the Regional Government of Galicia and the pilgrim monument by Jose María Acuña, to carry on along the streets of A Pastoriza, Basquiños and Santa Clara. The route continues along Rúa Loureiros to the Porta da Pena gate, all the way up to the Plaza de San Martiño Pinario. It carries on along Rúa da Troia and joins up with Rúa da Acibechería at the northern facade of Santiago Cathedral.
 

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Perfil A Calle Santiago de Compostela

Price

The route is 118 kilometres, which is covered in 5 days / 5 stages with the Bono Iacobus.. At the end of each stage, walkers are collected from the last stretch of their route and taken by car to nearby rural accommodation, where they spend the night, following a well-deserved homemade supper cooked with local products.


In the morning, after a filling breakfast, the pilgrim can once again be taken by car to the beginning of the route for the day.

Optional services:

  • Picnic lunch for each day’s journey.
  • Taxi luggage transfer service.

Price (dinner and breakfast included)

  • 1 Person (single room) 410 € (VAT included)
  • 2 Persons (double room) 650 € (VAT included)

The BONO IACOBUS can be reserved all year long except Easter and the month of August either individually, for couples or groups. For further information about the BONO IACOBUS please call us on (+34) 902 190 160 / +34 981 568 521 or send us an e-mail: info@galiciaincoming.com.
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How to arrive at Ferrol

  • Santiago – Ferrol route by bus running every day with different timetables.
    • Bus operator: MONBUS – Tel.: +34 902 292 900 -Website: www.monbus.es
    • Ferrol Bus Station: Paseo da Estación, s/n – Tel: +34 981 324 751
  • Santiago – Ferrol route by train with transfer in A Coruña, running every day with different timetables.
    • Railway operator: RENFE - Tel: +34 902 240 202 – Website: www.renfe.es
    • Ferrol Railway Station: Paseo de Estación, s/n. Tel: +34 902 432 343 - Website: www.adif.es

* The information concerning operating days, timetables and journey times are GUIDELINES only, and should be confirmed with the company operating the service.

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