The estuary is protected by a spectacular 200 metre-wide estuary mouth and is fondly remembered by all who have navigated through her. After passing 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. It is spectacular!
The dock is in the center of town.
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Ferrol or El Ferrol is a city in the province of A Coruña in Galicia, located on the Atlantic coast in north-western Spain.
The city was the birthplace of the Spanish General Francisco Franco in 1892.
Perhaps best known for its spectacular Easter week celebrations, with the town’s maritime and military tradition reflected in a procession through the streets with statues of the saints being carried to the rhythm of drums and musical bands.
Those interested in archaeology will be fascinated by the existence of prehistoric human settlements, in an abundance of burial chambers, megalithic monuments as well as Petroglyphs and other archaeological findings. In addition, the presence of the Ancient Greeks is well documented as is the evidence of the Roman times of the first century. The beginning of the new millennium, however, has been a time of economic expansion and prosperity in general.
However, the fine white sandy beach of El Rincon de Santa Comba is a delightful spot to enjoy some water sports and there are many shops and restaurants to be visited.
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.
17th Century Castles: 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.
San Andres de Teixido 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.
The euro is divided into 100 cents.
• There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent, and 1 and 2 Euro.
• There are seven different bank notes, for the following amounts: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro.
Spanish is the official language in the entire national territory. However, other languages coexist with Spanish in certain regions of Spain. These are: Catalan in Catalonia, Galician in Galicia, Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country, Valencian in the Valencia Region and a particular variety of Catalan spoken on the Balearic Islands.
If you wish to get online to check your email, or for any other reason, you should go to one of the many establishments that offer this kind of connection: telephone houses, cybercafés, etc. Internet connections are also available at airports, major railway and bus stations, and at some shopping centers. Generally, these services work with coins.
Emergency number: Dial 112 free of charge (valid throughout Spain). Service is given in Spanish, and also in English, French and German in some tourist areas.
The most common business for shops and businesses hours are Monday through Saturday, from 9.30 h to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.
Big shopping centers and department stores open from 10.00 h to 21.00 or 22.00 h uninterruptedly. These big stores open sometimes on Sunday.
In coastal cities, in high season, shops are usually open passed 22.00 h.
Pharmacies open from 9.30 to 13.30 h, and from 16.30 to 20.00 h.
In all major cities you can find pharmacies that open 24 hours. Pharmacies
follow a rolling late-hour schedule, which is published in the newspapers,
and is posted at all pharmacies.
The following are the national public holidays:
• 1 January, New Year's Day.
• 6 January, the Epiphany.
• Good Friday.
• 1 May, Workers' Day.
• 15 August, the Assumption.
• 12 October, Feast of El Pilar.
• 1 November, All Saints.
• 6 December, Constitution Day.
• 8 December, the Immaculate Conception.
• 25 December, Christmas Day.
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