Their close association with the sea ensures a local gastronomy of the finest fish and seafood.
Situated at the north of an extensive bay, Ferrol is sheltered from the strong wings, and this perfect positioning could be the reason why it has been inhabited since ancient times. It is easy to see why Ferrol is known as one of the finest natural harbours in the world.
The estuary is protected by a spectacular 200 metre-wide estuary mouth, and is fondly remembered by all who have navigated through her. Alfer pasing through a narrow canal flanked by steep hillsides, at the foot of which stand the castles of San Felipe and la Palma, the estuary opens out into a wide expanse of calm water where Ferrol’s Port lies.
- Ferrol is the starting point of one of the many routes to Santiago, The English Way. For centuries people from all over the world have set off from Ferrol on a pilgrimage to Compostela.
- Near Ferrol we find one of the last examples of Atlantic Woodland: the Fragas de Eume natural park, whose luscious greenery hides a spectacular Benedictine monastery founded in 10th century.
- Ferrol was the main base for the Spanish Navy in the 17th century, and a number of fortresses and castles were built, like Castle of San Felipe, La Palma, the Naval Arsenal.
- Further north along the coast, we find the highest cliffs in Europe, San Andres de Teixido, fishermen’s pilgrimage place, the second most important place for pilgrims in Galicia after Santiago.