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Camino Ingles in September 2021

douglorenz

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Camino from Leon to Santiago (2014)
I am doing the Camino Ingles in September, 2021 and don't know too much about it. I purchased the Brierly guide and started studying it. Are there any "must see" places along this route? I did the Camino Frances from Leon to Finisterre back in 2014 so I am familiar with Camino accommodations and life on the Way. Also, has anyone been on this route since Spain opened back up? Are the albergues and bars open?
 
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wvtreehanger

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Sep-Oct 2014
Wife and I are walking there end of September/early October. Walked it with friends doing same time period in 2019. Wife has never been on a Camino so we will stay at places I stayed at or visited during 2019. I've managed to reserve everything except the municipal albergue at Presedo which you can't reserve until the day before arrival. There is a great museum-themed restaurant along the Camino less than one kilometer from the Presedo albergue. Food is good and it's a tourist dream in terms of decoration--a must when staying at the albergue or stopping at if you're traveling through. The walk is not overtaxing but I recommend conditioning in preparation. Beautiful scenery along the way and there is a restaurant after the one I mentioned across the street from an interesting display of all kinds of "funky" things made from scrap. You'll enjoy lots of peaceful walking.
 

douglorenz

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Camino from Leon to Santiago (2014)
No ‘must see’s that I can recall but the major attraction is that you experience rural Galicia without the crowds or tourist infrastructure of the Camino Frances. It’s a splendid route with few difficulties.
Thanks for the info! I will be sure to stop by that restaurant. I am doing some training so I should be good to go when the walk starts. I enjoy solitary walking so this seems ideal to me. I am not planning on reserving rooms which could be good or bad. I figured that the Camino Ingles is not as traveled a route so I should not have issues getting accommodations. I enjoy the spontaneity of just walking and not knowing when you will stop.
 
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Grousedoctor

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2021
We spent a lovely afternoon and evening in Betanzos which you might already be planning on as well. Don’t miss the tortilla made in this city. It is one of the best that I’ve had. My recommendation would be to dine at Casa Miranda. As I remember, it doesn’t open until 8:30 pm for dinner and it is rather small. Get there early so as not to have to wait for a table.

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henrythedog

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Thanks for the info! I will be sure to stop by that restaurant. I am doing some training so I should be good to go when the walk starts. I enjoy solitary walking so this seems ideal to me. I am not planning on reserving rooms which could be good or bad. I figured that the Camino Ingles is not as traveled a route so I should not have issues getting accommodations. I enjoy the spontaneity of just walking and not knowing when you will stop.
Whilst the numbers of peregrinos are fewer, so are the opportunities for sleeping and eating. The accomodation options are few (sometimes one) at the logical overnights, so no harm in phoning ahead or emailing. The good news is that the bars and cafeterias are the local town and village facilities.

Make sure that your guidebook is the most recent edition as there was some re-routing a few years ago. The old route sections are still walkable, but waymarking may be sparse.

Both Ferrol and Coruna are worth a night before starting (especially Coruna - many good bars and accommodation; and Sir John Moore’s monument) I took the overnight sleeper from Madrid to Coruna and the first bus in the morning from Coruna to Ferrol, from where I started walking.

Thinking about it, I do have one of my only two (ever) ‘selfies’ from somewhere on the route with a scrap-steel statue of a life size T-Rex behind me. That’s pretty much the excitement!
 

Eleonore

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Portuguese
Ingles
Husband and I (age 76 and 79) walked it a couple years ago. A bit disappointing after walking the Portuguese. Very easy walking on the Ingles. No problem with lodging or finding places to eat. In Ferrol Patisserie Swiss girl for breakfast. Recommend the one mile “complementary” route to Neda. Pontedeume is lovely. This is a beautiful town with houses dating over 100 years old (as was our B & B)
Betanzos is another beautiful village.
 
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Ingles 2018
Husband and I (age 76 and 79) walked it a couple years ago. A bit disappointing after walking the Portuguese. Very easy walking on the Ingles. No problem with lodging or finding places to eat. In Ferrol Patisserie Swiss girl for breakfast. Recommend the one mile “complementary” route to Neda. Pontedeume is lovely. This is a beautiful town with houses dating over 100 years old (as was our B & B)
Betanzos is another beautiful village.
Hi Eleonore, I am curious what you found disappointing comparing the Ingles to the Portuguese? I have only walked the Ingles and intend to walk the Portuguese one day. Thanks
 
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davebugg

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2019
I figured that the Camino Ingles is not as traveled a route so I should not have issues getting accommodations. I enjoy the spontaneity of just walking and not knowing when you will stop.

The Ingles has a sparse infrastructure compared to the Frances or the Portuguese. That, and the fact that the Ingles is becoming more popular with each year means that I would not rule out reserving accommodations ahead.

When my wife and I walked the Ingles in late September 2019, the combination of tourists and pilgrims in the various towns made it a bit difficult sometimes to spontaneously locate a place for the night.
 

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