Camino Inglés

Pontedeume - Betanzos

21 km Difficulty
After you leave Pontedeume, there is a detour towards the Romanesque church of San Miguel de Breamo, with a nice view over the rias. The section moves into a rural road after Pontedeume towards Buíña and into the mountains to avoid the  AP-9 highway. After some ups and downs, you will get to the mouth of the river Baxoi, with its wonderful marshland. The last leg takes you to Miño.

The Camino follows the coastline until it crosses the medieval bridge of O Porco over the river Lambre, to go into Paderne and its mountains.

5 kilometres away, it crosses the village of O Porto, just after Chantada. The path starts descending towards Betanzos with beautiful views over the ria and the course of the river Mandeo. You will enter Betanzos through one of the gates of the medieval wall. The old town is one of the most highly regarded in the province, as Betanzos is considered the Galician capital of Gothic architecture, with its medieval gates still intact.

You can visit the Sanctuary of Os Remedios, the Praza da Constitución and the Praza de Sta María, the Fonte da Diana and generally the whole old town of Betanzos. People love to have something to drink and some pinchos in the Calexas and of course, you cannot miss the famous “tortilla de Betanzos” with the local light, fruity wine.

There are several festivals of interest such as O Globo, on the night of August 16th, when the largest hand-made paper balloon in the world is launched. Os Caneiros, the “romaría” on the river, takes place on 18th and 25th August, and the medieval fair, on the second weekend in July.

If you leave the old town, you will find the Roman bridge of As Cascas, the public washing place, a unique construction, and the park of O Pasatempo.

Tips from our postmen and women

“You must visit the marshlands, they are a great natural spot, and the Praia da Ribeira, a beach very close to Miño too. The Calle Real in Miño offers all sorts of tapas and food, I recommend empanada with cebola chata de Miño (a type of onion), with its own festival on August 15th. If you go from Miño to Betanzos, you must stop at Ponte do Porco”. Herminia Otero, Correos of Miño.