Ferrol is one of the start points of the English Way and this city has a rich amount of festivities and traditions. Perhaps one of the most traditional festivities of Ferrol, and with more historical basis, is La fiesta de las Pepitas. According to historical data, this popular Galician party comes from Andalusian and Valencian immigrants who had already, in the nineteenth century, come to Ferrol to work at the shipyard. Their musical styles, marked by the influences of Cuban music, would have brought the famous habaneras, musical basis of this festival.
It is no coincidence that this event is celebrated the San Juan‘ s eve (Saint John), considering that in its origins it was one of the few free days for civilian personnel, which took advantage of its outing through the streets of Ferrol to sing to the Pepas (the name of the most women of Ferrol at that time). Always accompanied by their stringed instruments, they praised the virtues of females with waltzes, dances and habaneras.
In 1902, the format of this party was born as it is known nowadays, in which some rondalla groups, dressed in traditional ties and coats, go over the streets of the city playing and singing under the balconies of the houses with their bandurrias, mandolins and guitars. It is tradition that during these dates the hoteliers lavish its customers with the Bicos Ferrolanos, small and heart-shaped sweets made of chocolate and orange.
Also deserves special mention in the confectionery the Tarta castiñeira (cake). It is made with a base of puff pastry and filled with layers of sponge cake and chestnuts cream. This delicious dessert has become the gastronomic treasure of the city. This recipe, along with the milhojas, melindres and the chocolate tablets, which simulate the strees of the Magdalena district), has become a tourist attraction.