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The Camino Ingles - a short review

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We are back home in the UK having completed the Ingles last Thursday, a truly amazing experience, we loved it.

We booked hotels through a company and included bag transfers which really suited us and helped us enjoy the day knowing there was somewhere to stay at the end of it. All the accommodation was fine and comfortable but a special shout out to the Vilanova Apartments at Siguero which we particularly enjoyed.

Our route out was from London to Coruna, flying via Madrid and then a taxi to Coruna Bus Station and a bus on to Ferrol where we had a rest day in preparation. Ferrol is a really nice place to spend a day with some nice sites, bars and restaurants.

The first day walking was to Naron mainly along the river which was beautiful and the second day just the same to Pontedueme a really pretty town and great spot to stop. Then, the dreaded climb out of town which was tough but rewarding at the top. It then started to rain which I guess is part of the experience but we made it OK to Betanzos, another beautiful Galician town.

The next stage on to Bruma was down as one of the toughest but it turned out to be our favourite leg of the trip. Some beautiful forest walks, views and scenary, really great. Then on to Siguero before the last day walking on to Santiago. Rain did not deter us and the sun came out for our final walk into the city. I am sure it is the same for all but the walk into the Cathedral Square past the piper was simply amazing.

We had booked an extra day in Santiago so picked up our Compestela the next day, a relaxed and very efficient process. It was then off to the airport for the flight back to London.

Overall, we found the whole walk incredible if a little challenging en route. We met some amazing people from all over the world and everyone was tremendously supportive and encouraging to eachother. Food and drink on the way was really great and a shout here for Casa Avalina as I’m sure many would agree. We have some wonderful memories and yes, its hooked us, the Portuguese is on the rader for next year.

Buen Camino
 
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Thanks for the review, I'm heading that way at the end of October. Glad you had a wonderful time! I just at the elevation profile to Bruma, LOL as the friend I met on Frances says "we like hills, they make us stronger!"

Buen Camino!
 
We are back home in the UK having completed the Ingles last Thursday, a truly amazing experience, we loved it.

We booked hotels through a company and included bag transfers which really suited us and helped us enjoy the day knowing there was somewhere to stay at the end of it. All the accommodation was fine and comfortable but a special shout out to the Vilanova Apartments at Siguero which we particularly enjoyed.

Our route out was from London to Coruna, flying via Madrid and then a taxi to Coruna Bus Station and a bus on to Ferrol where we had a rest day in preparation. Ferrol is a really nice place to spend a day with some nice sites, bars and restaurants.

The first day walking was to Naron mainly along the river which was beautiful and the second day just the same to Pontedueme a really pretty town and great spot to stop. Then, the dreaded climb out of town which was tough but rewarding at the top. It then started to rain which I guess is part of the experience but we made it OK to Betanzos, another beautiful Galician town.

The next stage on to Bruma was down as one of the toughest but it turned out to be our favourite leg of the trip. Some beautiful forest walks, views and scenary, really great. Then on to Siguero before the last day walking on to Santiago. Rain did not deter us and the sun came out for our final walk into the city. I am sure it is the same for all but the walk into the Cathedral Square past the piper was simply amazing.

We had booked an extra day in Santiago so picked up our Compestela the next day, a relaxed and very efficient process. It was then off to the airport for the flight back to London.

Overall, we found the whole walk incredible if a little challenging en route. We met some amazing people from all over the world and everyone was tremendously supportive and encouraging to eachother. Food and drink on the way was really great and a shout here for Casa Avalina as I’m sure many would agree. We have some wonderful memories and yes, its hooked us, the Portuguese is on the rader for next year.

Buen Camino
I found Casa Avelina a most hospitable and helpful place on my own Camino Ingles. We were soaked to the skin when we happened upon it. The two women couldn’t have been friendlier and after drying off, a bite to eat and a drink they called us a cab to a nearby hotel. I’ll never forget their kindness.
 
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We are back home in the UK having completed the Ingles last Thursday, a truly amazing experience, we loved it.

We booked hotels through a company and included bag transfers which really suited us and helped us enjoy the day knowing there was somewhere to stay at the end of it. All the accommodation was fine and comfortable but a special shout out to the Vilanova Apartments at Siguero which we particularly enjoyed.

Our route out was from London to Coruna, flying via Madrid and then a taxi to Coruna Bus Station and a bus on to Ferrol where we had a rest day in preparation. Ferrol is a really nice place to spend a day with some nice sites, bars and restaurants.

The first day walking was to Naron mainly along the river which was beautiful and the second day just the same to Pontedueme a really pretty town and great spot to stop. Then, the dreaded climb out of town which was tough but rewarding at the top. It then started to rain which I guess is part of the experience but we made it OK to Betanzos, another beautiful Galician town.

The next stage on to Bruma was down as one of the toughest but it turned out to be our favourite leg of the trip. Some beautiful forest walks, views and scenary, really great. Then on to Siguero before the last day walking on to Santiago. Rain did not deter us and the sun came out for our final walk into the city. I am sure it is the same for all but the walk into the Cathedral Square past the piper was simply amazing.

We had booked an extra day in Santiago so picked up our Compestela the next day, a relaxed and very efficient process. It was then off to the airport for the flight back to London.

Overall, we found the whole walk incredible if a little challenging en route. We met some amazing people from all over the world and everyone was tremendously supportive and encouraging to eachother. Food and drink on the way was really great and a shout here for Casa Avalina as I’m sure many would agree. We have some wonderful memories and yes, its hooked us, the Portuguese is on the rader for next year.

Buen Camino
Hi
thanks for the info. We just finished the Portuguese - Vigo to Santiago and are thinking of doing the Ingles next May. We used a bag transfer service but I booked my own hotels using Booking dot com. Do you think that is do-able on the Ingles or is there a lot less infrastructure with regards to to towns being really small? One thing I see about the Ingles is the larger amounts of walking. We like to keep to 18 to 25K per day but the stages on Ingles look quite a bit longer. We lucked out and only had 1 day where it rained for a couple hours. A very rainy route would bother me, but possibly May is drier season. So it will be a choice between Ingles or Santiago to Finisterre. Thanks in advance
 
I am planning to do the Ingles next September but will take a bit longer than you did. I really enjoyed reading about your trip and your stops which I will look at.
 
…I booked my own hotels using Booking dot com. Do you think that is do-able on the Ingles or is there a lot less infrastructure with regards to to towns being really small? One thing I see about the Ingles is the larger amounts of walking. We like to keep to 18 to 25K per day but the stages on Ingles look quite a bit longer. …A very rainy route would bother me, but possibly May is drier season.
Hi BarbC,
I walked the Inglés last mid May and it didn’t rain at all, though this is a rarity in Galicia. I selected stops to avoid walking very long days, adding a day or two to the itinerary for “widening” the walk over a little more time. This time, since I was walking with someone new to Camino walking (hence unused to the albergue experience), I pre- booked all of our stops. Miño was especially nice with its classy restaurants along the water side, and a fantastic two-star hotel (Hostal La Terraza)
I booked with the usual apps, but also emailed two or three places (Maragoto in Neda, Bar Hostal Luis in Pontedeume, Mesón Novo Pensión in Mesón do Vento, outside Bruma ) to inquire and book in Spanish.
Some of the (later) stages are just plain long, but all are doable for a relatively fit pilgrim, or else can be creatively shortened.
I hope this helps you in your thinking about the Inglés.

All the best,
Paul
 
Hi
thanks for the info. We just finished the Portuguese - Vigo to Santiago and are thinking of doing the Ingles next May. We used a bag transfer service but I booked my own hotels using Booking dot com. Do you think that is do-able on the Ingles or is there a lot less infrastructure with regards to to towns being really small? One thing I see about the Ingles is the larger amounts of walking. We like to keep to 18 to 25K per day but the stages on Ingles look quite a bit longer. We lucked out and only had 1 day where it rained for a couple hours. A very rainy route would bother me, but possibly May is drier season. So it will be a choice between Ingles or Santiago to Finisterre. Thanks in advance
Hi, Bag transfer will be available on the Ingles, there were a few people arranging it themselves
As for distance, our days were (in Kilometers) 13.3, 18, 22.3, 25.5 23.6 and 17.3 following the stages I described.
 
We are back home in the UK having completed the Ingles last Thursday, a truly amazing experience, we loved it.

We booked hotels through a company and included bag transfers which really suited us and helped us enjoy the day knowing there was somewhere to stay at the end of it. All the accommodation was fine and comfortable but a special shout out to the Vilanova Apartments at Siguero which we particularly enjoyed.

Our route out was from London to Coruna, flying via Madrid and then a taxi to Coruna Bus Station and a bus on to Ferrol where we had a rest day in preparation. Ferrol is a really nice place to spend a day with some nice sites, bars and restaurants.

The first day walking was to Naron mainly along the river which was beautiful and the second day just the same to Pontedueme a really pretty town and great spot to stop. Then, the dreaded climb out of town which was tough but rewarding at the top. It then started to rain which I guess is part of the experience but we made it OK to Betanzos, another beautiful Galician town.

The next stage on to Bruma was down as one of the toughest but it turned out to be our favourite leg of the trip. Some beautiful forest walks, views and scenary, really great. Then on to Siguero before the last day walking on to Santiago. Rain did not deter us and the sun came out for our final walk into the city. I am sure it is the same for all but the walk into the Cathedral Square past the piper was simply amazing.

We had booked an extra day in Santiago so picked up our Compestela the next day, a relaxed and very efficient process. It was then off to the airport for the flight back to London.

Overall, we found the whole walk incredible if a little challenging en route. We met some amazing people from all over the world and everyone was tremendously supportive and encouraging to eachother. Food and drink on the way was really great and a shout here for Casa Avalina as I’m sure many would agree. We have some wonderful memories and yes, its hooked us, the Portuguese is on the rader for next year.

Buen Camino
May I ask which company you used for your bookings? I’m thinking of doing the Ingles, perhaps April or early May.
 
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May I ask which company you used for your bookings? I’m thinking of doing the Ingles, perhaps April or early May.
Santiago ways. Really helpful.https://santiagoways.com/en/?gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAyKurBhD5ARIsALamXaGBsMHVlgJgwhhYr2YPG5x-5Qi_btKvMIFWK2B43HJBZiuAI2oZpn0aArnCEALw_wcB
 
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