El Camino along the coast
El Camino from North has its beginning in the city of Irun. Located in the the Basque Country almost on the border with France.
To start this camino we will enjoy a wonderful day. We will follow the Basque coast from Irún and pass through the coastal city of Fuenterrabia (Hondarribia for the locals). The beauty of the landscapes of Mount Jaizkibel will make the ascents and descents less difficult. Finally we can rest in the magical city of San Sebastián (Donostia), where we can enjoy its pintxos and well-known places such as La Concha beach.
On today's stage we will continue to enjoy the views of the Basque coast. We will start climbing Mount Igeldo and continue until the descent takes us to the beautiful town of Orio, famous among other things for giving its name to "Orio-style hake". Finally we will finish in Zarautz, very popular with surfers and as a summer resort.
Today we have two options: follow the Camino de la Costa (Unofficial) that will take us to the beautiful town of Getaria, or continue through the Camino officer that will take us through the mountains to the coastal town of Zumaia. Finally we will continue through the interior until we reach Deba.
Today we leave the coastal views to enter the Basque mountains. We will enjoy the greenery of the area, its hamlets, forests and the mythology that these lands are plagued with. It is one of the hardest stages of the Camino del Norte and some of the descents we should take it easy.
Today we will arrive at the famous town of Gernika, known for the events of April 26, 1037. We will be able to visit the famous Tree of Gernika, an oak tree that symbolizes the traditional freedoms of Vizcaya and the Basque people.
Today we will have a quiet day separated from the Basque coasts. Pilgrims with more physical strength will be able to extend their journey to Bilbao. He camino Today you will follow a mountainous path with frequent slopes.
Today we can enjoy a day of "rest". Today's journey will be only 11 km long so that we can enjoy everything that the city of Bilbao offers us. Do not forget to visit the Basilica of Begoña, the Guggenheim and to take a walk and enjoy the gastronomy in the Old Quarter of the city.
Today we will have two versions: The Camino official that after crossing Bilbao will take us to the cities of Barakaldo and Sestao, or we can choose the Camino de la Ria by which we will save a few km and the odd drop.
Today a camino of sand (Bidegorri for the locals) will take us to the Arena beach, where we will meet the sea again. From here we will continue a walk along the cliffs until we reach Ontón, where we will have to decide whether to follow the Camino official that passes through Ontañes (7 km more) or continue on the national road. Today we will rest already in the Cantabrian community in the city of Castro Urdiales.
We will follow the coast for a few km until past Islares where we will enter mountain areas. Today we will have several unofficial trails that we can take. When we arrive at El Pontarrón de Guriezo we can go to Rioseco or to La Magdalena through the Camino official or take the national road that will save us a few km. Later in Hazas we can follow the coastal path that will take us to Laredo.
Today we must remember that in winter the boat transport service from Laredo to Santoña does not work so the only possible route will be the one that takes us through Colindres. As a culmination of today we can rest in one of the most famous hostels in the Camino del Norte in Güemes.
Today we will enjoy a short stage, without slopes and with a little boat ride to finish the day before arriving in Santander. We recommend taking the detour along the coast in Galizano. We will be able to enjoy some beautiful coastal landscapes and avoid the monotony of the camino interior that goes hand in hand with the road.
And after a relaxed stage the Camino del Norte gives us a more demanding stage due to the high mileage. We can divide it into several stages if we want to, since for years different shelters have been opening around it.
Quiet stage that runs away from the sea for most of the journey. For pilgrims in good shape, they will be able to extend it with an additional 11 km to reach San Vicente de la Barquera. For the rest, today we will rest in the beautiful Villa de Comillas, famous for its university from which important ecclesiastical figures emerged.
In today's stage we will leave the community of Cantabria behind to enter Asturias. Community widely known for its culture, its drink (cider) and for Fernando Alonso.
Today we will recommend following the coastal route to avoid the long stretches of road and enjoy the landscapes that the Cantabrian Sea offers us. We will finish our day in the Villa de Llanes.
In today's stage we will follow the Asturian coast not very closely until we reach the city of Ribadesella. Famous for the famous descent in canoe or boats that occurs in the waters of the Sella River. Despite being a long stage, the views and the towns through which we will pass make it a beautiful day.
Quiet stage that runs along the Cantabrian coast. We will enjoy several beaches and a very interesting mountain landscape. If the stage seems too long we will have options for the Camino in order to shorten it by stopping at Prieska.
Today we can also shorten our stage by spending the night in Villaviciosa. Today's stage takes place far from the coast through mountainous terrain. We will also have to make an important decision, follow the camino from the North to Gijón or take the route to Vega de Sariego that will take us through the Camino Primitive.
Today we will move to the city of Avilés. We will walk through the city of Gijón to continue with a quiet day that will take us to the industrial suburbs of the place.
Today we will have a stage of marked mountainous character. Although they are asphalt tracks, the unevenness and the numerous ascents and descents will make this a tough day.
Short stage to rest the legs and recharge the batteries for future days. At the end of Soto de Luiña, if we see ourselves with strength, we will be able to walk to San Pedro beach just a few kilometers away from the town.
Today we can decide between two routes. The vast majority of pilgrims choose the camino coastal area for its views and services, but the camino through the mountains will also give us some beautiful landscapes. The latter, despite having been rehabilitated in 2016, is in some places in improvable conditions due to the uncontrolled growth of the weed.
Today the Camino it gives us another stage of rest. After a quiet stage with only a considerably strong climb. We will finish in the municipality of Luarca. We must remember that the municipal pilgrim hostel is not in Luarca but in Almuña about 2 km from it.
In this stage we will find a more typical day of the Camino Frances as she passed through the plateau. Today we will walk for the most part by the road or by caminos bordering this one. On numerous occasions we will cross the national highway so we ask you to be as careful as possible.
As has become common, today the Camino del Norte gives us two options: follow the Camino along the coast passing through Tapia de Casariego until reaching Ribadeo or following the Camino that passes through Tol that is far from the coast.
Today we finally arrive in Galicia. We are definitely moving away from the coast to gradually get closer to our goal: Santiago de Compostela. Although there are intermediate hostels, we recommend arriving in Lourenzá in order to enjoy all that this city has to offer.
In today's stage the Camino It will take us through a few towns, making this a quiet stage to enjoy nature. We will have a quiet but long climb. We will pass through one of the old capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia: Mondoñedo.
At this stage we will have many establishments available for pilgrims because our stage runs hand in hand with the national highway. Today's route will pass through caminos asphalt and dirt tracks.
Stage very similar to yesterday. Due to the shortness of this stage, many pilgrims will choose to continue to Miraz in order to make tomorrow's journey more moderate.
Stage designed for the authentic pilgrims. Thanks to the opening of new shelters, we will be able to shorten today's long day and spend the night in the villages that appear at the foot of the Camino. For the most seasoned, a journey of more than 41 km awaits us, which will end in the magical Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes.
There are two ways to get to Sobrado, one through Carballedo, Miraz, A Cabana ... and the other through A Pobra de Parga, O Campo da Vila, As Cruces.
Last stage of Camino of the North, since tomorrow we will join the agglomerations of the Camino French.
We only have 40 km to go to our desired destination. Today we will follow the national highway to spend the night in O Pedrouzo, which will allow us to arrive the next day in Santiago for the Pilgrim's Mass.
Today we only have to enjoy the climb to Monte do Gozo. If we want, we can get out of the Camino to enjoy the sculpture of the Pilgrim and descend from there to the Plaza del Obradoiro where we will find a million emotions after this long Camino.
Points of interest
Guggenheim of Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a contemporary art museum designed by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry and located in the city of Bilbao. It is one of the museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, inaugurated on October 18, 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
Main Church of San Pedro de Gijón
On August 24, 1936, the Gijón churches of San Pedro, San José and San Lorenzo, as well as others in the rural area, were burned by Republican sympathizers. They managed to save, before the fire, the remains of Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, which were inside the church. The current temple was rebuilt between 1945 and 1955, preserving some structures from the previous building with a project by the architects Francisco and Federico Somolinos.
Two Monxes left over
The monastery of Santa María de Sobrado is a Spanish monastery of medieval foundation that is located in Sobrado (La Coruña), Galicia. It is also known as the monastery of Sobrado de los Monjes (in Galician, Mosteiro de Santa María de Sobrado dos Monxes).
In 2015, in the approval by Unesco of the expansion of the Camino de Santiago in Spain to «Caminos of Santiago de Compostela: Camino French and Caminos of the North of Spain ', was included as one of the individual assets of the camino coastal.