Have you ever wondered where the Camino de Santiago begins? Faced with this question, most pilgrims think of Roncesvalles and the French Route, but they forget that there are other routes with other starting points. However, if we get historical, the road would actually start from the door of your house, so it could be said that there are as many roads as there are pilgrims. Today, cith the ease of transport and the few days we have for holidays, pilgrims often opt for to do the last 100 kilometres of any route, as it is a route that can be done in less than a week and allows you to reach Santiago de Compostela without a lot of accumulated fatigue. In addition, with that distance you are guaranteed, if you meet the requirements of two stamps per day on your credential, to obtain the Compostela.

You should know that all the routes, the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago, are within the Autonomous Community of Galicia, so with this option, the pilgrims will cross this magical region, with its landscapes, its people and its affordable but exquisite gastronomy.

Last 100 kilometers Camino de Santiago

The English Way from Ferrol (113 km)

This historic road bears this name because it is the route that English, Irish, Scots, Flemish and even people from the Scandinavian countries made to avoid the French route, very long from their homes and full of dangers. These pilgrims embarked in the south of England, in ports such as Plymouth, Bristol or Portsmouth, among others, and arrived at ports in the north of Galicia such as A Coruña, Ferrol, Viveiro, etc., where they continued walking. Very important in the Middle Ages, with the Anglican Reformation in the Modern Age it lost many pilgrims. Today it is in slow but steady growth, with a total of 15,780 pilgrims in 2019.

English Way from Ferrol

Although you can start from A Coruña, the distance from this city to Santiago de Compostela is only 73 km and does not reach the 100 km required to get the Compostela. On the other hand, from Ferrol, you will enjoy 113 km that cross the towns of Neda, Pontedeume, Betanzos, Hospital de Bruma and Sigüeiro. This route is very pleasant to walk, as it combines the waters of the estuaries of Ferrol, Pontedeume and Betanzos, with the rural landscapes of the interior of the province of A Coruña and, by the way, it is the only route that runs entirely through the same province.

English Way from A Coruña

The North Road from Villalba (120 km)

This road, coming from the Cantabrian coast, crosses in its last 100 km the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña. The main towns are Villalba, Baamonde, Miraz, Sobrado dos Monxes, Arzúa and Pedrouzo. Although at the beginning it goes through a rural environment without big cities, it has monuments of great value, such as the Monastery of Santa María de Sobrado dos Monxes. It is a little crowded but moderately growing route, and in 2019 19,019 pilgrims walked it; don’t worry, in Arzúa it joins the French Way, with much more traffic.

North Road from Vilalba

The Primitive Way from Lugo (102 km)

This is the route taken by what is considered the first pilgrim, the Asturian King Alfonso IX from Oviedo, after being summoned to the not yet existing city of Santiago de Compostela and making official the discovery of the remains of the Apostle. Sparsely attended but slowly growing, 15,715 pilgrims were recorded in 2019. The last 100 km cross the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña, and start in the beautiful city of Lugo, passing through Ponte Ferreira, Melide, Arzúa and O Pedrouzo. As with the Northern Way, it joins the French Way in Melide.

100 kilometres Pilgrims' Road to Santiago Lugo