Ferrol, known as the capital of the sea, is defined by the local writer Gonzalo Torrente Ballester as a logical settlement in a magical land.
Ferrol was created over a fishing village in the 18th century, during the Enlightenment period and due to its strategic location, it was chosen to be a defensive enclave of the Spanish Empire and to become a worldwide landmark in shipbuilding.
Ferrol is the port of entry of the English Way, the only maritime route of the Pilgrimage Way to Saint James of Compostela, and it’s also the departure point of the Pilgrimage Way to Teixido.
The city preserves relevant military and industry heritage sites, included in the indicative World Heritage List 2006, with several heritage assets candidates to be declared World Heritage.
The Military and Civil Arsenal, the natural port, the estuary flanked by the castles of La Palma and San Felipe, the civil tidal dock, unique in Europe, and the defensive coast systems are some examples of Ferrol's heritage.