1A: A Coruña - Bruma , (Variante )

The other big route of the English Way starts in the city that was considered as ‘head, guard and key of the Kingdom of Galicia’, Puerto de A Coruña - Foto Carlos Rodríguez

A Coruña. It is known that already in 1434 about three thousand English pilgrims entered the port of A Coruña. In the city there were hospitals for pilgrims from Los Angeles, Santa Catalina and San Andrés.

31 Km.

A Coruña


Torre de Hercules - A Coruña    The most characteristic identifying element of A Coruña is the Tower of Hercules, Roman lighthouse of the 2nd century restored in its present shape by Eustaquio Giannini in the late 18th century.



    Pilgrims disembarked in El Parrote, taking Santiago Church as their first destiny


Iglesia de Santiago en A Coruña

    It is a Romanesque church of the early 13th century, founded by King Alfonso IX. The Gothic façade, 15th century, has images of St James and St John and a magnificent rose window. The council of the city met before this church.

Castillo de San Antón y Jardín de San Carlos - A Coruña

    A Coruña preserves important elements of military architecture such as the rests of the walls (16th and 17th century), St Carlos Garden, bastion that formed part of the New Fortress for defending the city, and St Anton Castle (an old island) that houses the Historical and Archaeological Museum.Colegiata de Sta Maria de Campo- Coruña


As for religious architecture, Santa María del Campo Collegiate Church (12th and 13th centuries), placed in the Old City, was frequented by pilgrims to entrust themselves to the Apostle before the hard route they were undertaking. There was an absolute devotion to the Virgen del Portal in this Collegiate Church.


Concello de A Coruña - Foto: Carlos Rodríguez

Regarding the modern times, we have to mention Maria Pita Square and the Town Hall (beginning of the 20th century) and its famous balconies, which made A Coruña deserve the nickname “la ciudad de cristal” (‘the glass city’).

Castro de Elviña - A Coruña

    One could leave A Coruña through Eiris and Elivña fields, where the battle between the English and French armies took place in 1809. There is a monumental ‘castro’ in Elviña that preserves rests of walls, houses and wells of the Galician-Roman age.

O Burgo

  Iglesia y puente de O Burgo

O Burgo was manor and port of the Templars. The Romanesque three-apse Church dedicated to the Apostle Santiago.
The medieval bridge was rebuilt in the late 20th century.


Iglesia de Cambre- A Coruña

    In Cambre we find Santiago de Sigrás Romanesque Church, which was restored at the beginning of the 17th century. Years ago there was a pilgrims’ lodging here.







Santa Maria de Cambre - A Coruña

    Then, we get to St María de Cambre Romanesque Church, 12th century. It formed part of the monastery founded in the 10th century with an original ambulatory behind the high altar that allowed pilgrims a bigger nearness for prayer. It has three naves and an interesting façade.

Hacia BrumaPazo de Anceis - Monumento a los martires de Carral

    We pass the Pazo de Anceis (17th century) and leave Carral, where there is a memorial to the martyrs that gave their life in 1846 in defence of freedom.







A Calle- Sarandóns- A Coruña

    In A Calle, in the parish of Sarandóns, there is a plaque in a building from the 16th century reminding of King Phillip II visit in 1554.

    From Hospital to Bruma, both ways join towards Compostela.