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The Camino del Norte strolling phases – the detailed itinerary

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The Camino del Norte is an 865 km route throughout Spain. It crosses 4 areas: the Basque Nation, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia. The surroundings on the Camino is improbable; unspoiled sandy seashores, rugged cliffs, emerald meadows, the Atlantic ocean, lovely historic cities and cities, and luxurious inexperienced forests. This route is a good various to the favored French Camino. Each routes go parallel; del Norte follows the coast and the French Manner goes all the way in which inland.

The Camino del Norte was our third Camino de Santiago that we walked in a single yr after the Camino Portuguese and the Camino Primitivo. In our opinion, del Norte was more durable than the opposite two Camino routes.

On this submit, you’ll discover a full strolling itinerary from Irún to Santiago de Compostela. This can be a instructed itinerary that can be utilized to your Camino planning. You may simply alter this itinerary to your wants.

Extra particulars on the Camino del Norte together with price, lodging choices, planning ideas, and so on. you will discover in our submit An in depth information to the Northern Manner of St.James.

Green fields and hills, snow-peak mountains on the background, Camino del Norte, Spain
Breathtaking coastal surroundings on the Camino del Norte

The Camino del Norte route overview

  • Whole distance – 835 km*
  • Variety of days – 30-34
  • Place to begin – Irún, Spain
  • Ending level – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Common price – 30 Euro per individual per day
  • Lodging – private and non-private albergues, hostels, accommodations
  • Route marking – yellow shells and arrows
  • Strolling floor – asphalt, footpath, cobblestones

*following our route. It is likely to be shorter when you select various routes.

In case you’re questioning what to pack for the Camino del Norte examine our detailed Camino packing information the place you will discover the whole checklist of things for various seasons for women and men.

We’ve created free downloadable PDF recordsdata that include strolling phases and locations to remain alongside the route. These recordsdata will assist to plan your Camino del Norte pilgrimage*.

*In case you’re planning to stroll the Camino del Norte in 2021 be sure you plan your route very fastidiously. Many public albergues are closed in 2021. You’ll have to remain extra in non-public albergues or accommodations.

Irún, the start of the Camino route

Irún is a small city within the north of Spain on the border with France. If in case you have time you may keep right here for a few days and do a day journey to Biarritz, a phenomenal coastal metropolis in France which is simply 30 km away.

Tips on how to get to Irún?

There’s transport to Irún from a number of Spanish cities. You may get right here by airplane, prepare, or bus relying on the place you coming from and how briskly you need to get right here.

In case you’re coming from abroad the best is to fly first to one of many foremost cities e.g. Barcelona, Madrid and from there proceed utilizing native transport to Irún. Irún formally doesn’t have an airport however the airport of San Sebastian is located a lot nearer to Irún than to San Sebastian, about 6 km away. In case you fly to San Sebastian it’ll be very straightforward and fast to get from the airport to Irún.

Attending to Irún through Madrid

There are direct buses, trains and flights from Madrid to Irún.

Madrid – Irún Flight Prepare Bus
Day by day departures 2 direct flights 2 direct trains Four direct buses
Station Barajas T4 Chamartín Avenida America
Time to get 1h20min. 6-Eight hours 7 hours
Ticket value from 59 Euro from 66 Euro from 40 Euro
Firm Iberia Renfe Omio
Totally different transport choices to get from Madrid to Irún

Attending to Irún through Barcelona

Barcelona – Irún Flight Prepare Bus
Day by day departures Four direct flights 1 direct prepare Four direct buses
Station El Prat T1 Sants Nord
Time to get 1h15min. 6h40min. 7-Eight hours
Ticket value from 40 Euro from 78 Euro from 40 Euro
Firm Vueling & Iberia Renfe Omio
Totally different transport choices of getting from Barcelona to Irún

The place to remain in Irún?

Albergue de peregrinos de Irún

The municipal albergue in Irún opens at Four pm when you arrive earlier you’ll have to attend. The albergue could be very good with good services and really welcome and useful hosts. Open from Easter weekend until 31st October. Value – donation.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – no, washing basin
  • Drying machine – no, washing strains
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – sure

Extra lodging choices in Irún

The Camino del Norte – our detailed one-month itinerary

Day 1. Irún – San Sebastián, 27km/17 miles

Irún – Pasaia- San Sebastián

The beginning of the Camino del Norte is kind of difficult; two lengthy ascends and descends on the way in which to San Sebastián. The surroundings on the primary day is superb – one of the lovely strolling days on the route. More often than not the Camino goes via the mountains and forest, no street strolling. There might be just one city Pasaia on the way in which, within the center between Irún and San Sebastián. There might be a few water fountains on the way in which to refill water. In Pasaia you cross the river on a small boat, it takes 1 minute, prices 1 Euro pp.

Highlights

In case you an additional day I’d counsel staying for a few days in San Sebastián. It’s an ideal place and doubtless essentially the most lovely metropolis on the Camino del Norte. There are various things to do right here.

  • Stunning surroundings; inexperienced hills, cliffs, seashores, forest, cities
  • Pasaia – a comfy small city, a pleasant place to cease for lunch or espresso (although bars on the way in which have been fairly expensive)
  • San Sebastian – most likely the gorgeous metropolis on the Camino del Norte; sandy seashores, Oldtown, good vibe, many pincho (pintxo) bars, and cafes.

Challenges

  • Steep uphill that begins 3km after Irún, 250m altitude acquire with a subsequent descend to Pasaia
  • Steep ascend from Pasaia, 200m altitude acquire with subsequent descent to San Sebastian.

Recommended excursions in San Sebastian

Albergue de Ondarreta in San Sebastián

The municipal albergue of San Sebastián (donation) is on the entrance to town, at about 25km. It’s open solely in July and August, out of those months it’s a must to keep at a personal hostel or resort. We stayed at albergue Juvenil Ondaretta, it’s positioned on the opposite aspect of town (proper on the finish), at 27 km. In case you’re planning on doing some sightseeing or exit reasonably keep in a unique place, nearer to town heart.

Albergue de Ondarreta – capability 40 individuals, open all yr, value 17-19 Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, range, microwave, plates, utensils and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – no, washing strains
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure

Extra locations to remain in San Sebastián

View of San Sebastian's beach and Ulleri Hill from the Camino route
Stunning San Sebastian – the second cease on the Camino del Norte

Day 2. San Sebastián – Getaria, 26km/16 miles

San Sebastián – Orio – Zarautz – Getaria

The primary a part of the stroll between San Sebastian and Orio is thru the forest and fields, there are two locations to refill water. In case you stroll in summer time make sure that to begin early many of the means you’re uncovered to the solar. As an choice you may keep in Zarautz there’s a municipal albergue however it’s opened solely in July and August. Hostels in Zarautz have been fairly costly (it’s a flowery surf city) for that reason we determined to maintain strolling to Getaria. The stroll from Zarautz to Getaria could be very good and straightforward alongside the ocean with some nice views over each cities.

Highlights

  • Stunning sea surroundings on the way in which from San Sebastian
  • Seafront in Zarautz
  • Previous City and the seaside of Getaria

Challenges

  • Steep uphill proper after San Sebastian,
  • Many up and downs all the way in which until Zarautz

Getaria is a pleasant little city on the ocean with a small however lovely historic heart, cathedral, many eating places and bars the place you may cease for a drink with a pincho.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue Kanpaia in Getaria

Kanpaia albergue, Getaria. It’s fairly fundamental for the worth, reminds extra an albergue for a donation reasonably than a hostel. Capability 30 individuals. Opened 1st March to 31st October. Value 15 Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, solely microwave, kettle, utensils
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – no, washing strains
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no
  • Further – breakfast, Three Euro pp.

Extra lodging choices in Getaria

Sandy beach and a town Getaria, Camino del Norte, Spain
Getaria – a small seaside city on the Camino del Norte

Day 3. Getaria – Deba, 19km/12 miles

Getaria – Zumaia – Itziar – Deba

First 5km after Guetaria there isn’t a locations to cease for meals – make sure that to have sufficient water and eat breakfast in Getaria or take some snack with. After 5km you arrive in Zumaia – one other city by the ocean. After that, at 9km there might be a restaurant. The primary half of the way in which ascends and descends, strolling via the fields and open areas, second half slightly little bit of strolling alongside the street (not very busy although) and thru the forest.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain and sea surroundings on the way in which
  • Previous City of Zumaia
  • Sanctuary de Santa María de Itziar

Challenges

  • Up and down hills, the entire day you mainly ascend or descend, little or no strolling on the flat.

Deba is a biggish city on the river with many eating places and bars, a pleasant sq. and a few lovely church buildings.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue de Deba

The municipal albergue is on the Camino, near bars, eating places, and retailers. It opens at 12pm. The albergue has 56 beds, open all yr, value – 5 Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, Three Euro
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Deba

Day 4. Deba – Markina-Xemein, 25km/15,5 miles

Deba – Ermita de Calvario de Maia – Olatz – Markina

In Deba, you stroll 1km additional in an effort to get to the opposite aspect of the river as a result of the Previous bridge is presently closed for reconstruction. There’s a bus that takes individuals to the opposite aspect, you may ask on the albergue the way it works, we determined to stroll. There aren’t any cities or villages between Deba and Markina besides three eating places on the way in which, the primary two have been closed (it was Sunday morning), the third – Taberna Zelaieta in Olatz, at 8km, was opened. It’s located simply earlier than a protracted and steep uphill we’d advocate to cease right here for espresso and relaxation. Their espresso is sweet and so they have nice pinchos.

The municipal albergue in Markina is meant to be for donation however an individual who runs it insists on all people “paying” 10 Euro which is annoying; the place is kind of fundamental and doesn’t have many services, although you get breakfast; toasts, jam, espresso.

An alternative choice is to maintain strolling from Markina, 7km extra to the monastery – Monasterio de Zenarruza and keep there. It’s a donation place the place you may sleep and get a meal. The monastery is positioned 20 min. stroll from the closest city Bolibar in a really lovely spot. Some individuals walked the subsequent day solely 7km from Markina to the monastery and stayed there.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain surroundings all the way in which from Deba to Markina
  • Torre Barroeta
  • Ermita de San Joaquín y Santa Ana
  • Ermita (small church) San Miguel de Arretxinaga

Challenges

  • Steep ascend from Deba to Ermita del Calvario, 200m altitude acquire
  • Steep ascend from Olatz (Taberna Zelaieta, 250m altitude acquire
  • Lengthy and steep descend simply earlier than Markita with some very muddy components, 350m down.

Markina is a typical small city in Spain the place every little thing (retailers and supermarkets) is closed on Sundays.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albegue in Markina

Albergue de peregrinos Convento del Carmen is open from seventh April to 15th October. There are 40 beds. Value – donation, thought the host insisted on all people paying 10 Euro when checking-in.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no, a microwave, a kettle, and a few utensils
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no
  • Further – breakfast included

Extra locations to remain in Markina-Xemein

A path through the forest in the Basque Country on the Camino de Santiago
Stingy Nomads on the Camino del Norte – strolling via the Basque Nation.

Day 5. Markina-Xemein – Guernica, 25km/15,5 miles

Markina – Iruzubieta – Bolibar – Monastery de Zenarruza – Munitibar – Berriondo – Guernica

One other day of climbing up and taking place with a little bit of strolling on the street with little visitors. A pleasant strolling day with lovely surroundings. There have been a few eating places to cease for espresso or lunch on the way in which and fairly a number of water fountains.

Albergue for donation in Guernica is opened solely in August, there are a lot of hostels, accommodations and visitor homes within the city. 

HIghlights

  • Monastery of Zenarruza
  • Ermita de San Pedro and San Cristóbal
  • Torre (tower) de Montalban, Berriondo
  • Church de la Ascención, Ajangiz (Guernica)

Challenges

  • A number of ascents and descents on the route.
  • Steep ascend from Markina to the monastery of Zenarruza, 250m altitude acquire.
  • A muddy path on the way in which to Berriondo.

Guernica (Gernika) is an enormous city with a pleasant historic heart although not very huge. It grew to become worldwide well-known after a 3-hour bombing by the Nazi aviation on a quiet Sunday of 1937. The city from Picasso’s portray Guernica that you will discover within the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, its copy is hanging on the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York. 

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (open solely in August)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue Lumo Aterpetxea in Guernica

We stayed at albergue Lumo Aterpetxea (non-public), capability 50 individuals, opened all yr. Value 18 Euro pp.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, Four Euro
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – breakfast included, lockers

Extra lodging choices in Guernica

Day 6. Guernica – Bilbao, 33km/20,5 miles

Guernica – Larrabetzu – Lezama – Zamudio – Bilbao

This stage is kind of lengthy and difficult when you fill robust, stroll it in a single go however we’d counsel to separate it into two phases particularly when you stroll in summer time. The second half of the route from Larrabetzu you stroll alongside the street, uncovered to the solar. You may stroll 21km to Lezama (albergue for donation) and the subsequent day 13km to Bilbao, this fashion you’ll have extra time to do sightseeing within the metropolis. Don’t neglect to take meals or snacks with or eat a great breakfast in Guernica, the closest place to cease for meals is at 17km.

Highlights

  • Ermita de San Esteban de Gerekiz
  • Stunning forest stroll from Guernica to Goiko Elexalde
  • Monte Aro and exquisite views from the highest
  • The historic heart of Bilbao

Challenges

  • No locations to cease for meals throughout the first 17km
  • Steep uphill from Guernika, 220m altitude acquire
  • Some very muddy components at about 13km mark
  • Strolling alongside the street from Goiko Elexalde until Zamudio, for about 10km, with no shadow
  • Very steep ascend to Monte Aro with subsequent steep descend to Bilbao, 320m up and down.

Bilbao is an enormous metropolis with a pleasant historic half, many accommodations, hostels, eating places, supermarkets, ATMs, and so on. If in case you have time and really feel like staying for 2 days in a single place, Bilbao is a good metropolis to do it.

Excursions and actions in Bilbao

Albergue Claret Enea in Bilbao

Municipal albergue (opened 1st April – 14th October, donation) in Bilbao is positioned 4km exterior the middle, on the way in which out from town. We needed to do some sightseeing and determined to remain at albergue Claret Enea, you’ll discover it when you observe yellow shells and arrows previous the historic heart after crossing the bridge. The albergue is opened from 1st Could to 31st October, capability 20 individuals, value 11 Euro pp.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, 2 Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, 2 Euro
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – breakfast included, lockers

Extra locations to remain in Bilbao

Day 7. Bilbao – Pobeña, 26km/16 miles 

Bilbao – Getxo (river)/Cruces – Retuerto – Sestao (mountains) – Portugalete – La Area – Pobeña

There are two methods of strolling out of Bilbao; we adopted the river all the way in which to Getxo the place we crossed to Portugalete utilizing the Vizcaya bridge (a transporter bridge) – fairly a novel experience. You may stroll the Unique means over the hills however it’s longer and it doesn’t undergo the trendy a part of Bilbao e.g. Guggenheim museum and so on., plus it has some steep up and down hills.

Notice! In case you keep on the municipal albergue of Bilbao you’ll need to observe the longer (authentic) means as a result of the albergue is 4km exterior town on the route. The stroll alongside the river path to Portugalete is 14km, the historic (mountain) route is 20km. Each routes are marked, both take part Portugalete. We have been instructed that almost all pilgrims stroll out of Bilbao following the river. We selected that means primarily as a result of we didn’t have time to see the trendy a part of town the day earlier than.

The start of the stroll was good; alongside the river, previous the trendy a part of town. The second half was via industrial suburbs of Bilbao. To get to the other aspect you’ll need to cross the bridge. The crossing takes 2 minutes, prices 0,40 Euro pp.

Some individuals skip this half and take a bus from Bilbao to Portugalete as a result of they don’t need to stroll via the commercial areas of town. Not that we’re in opposition to it when you don’t have a lot time or not feeling properly to chop this half is an choice however it’s part of the Camino del Norte experience and ultimately, the stroll wasn’t that unhealthy.

2km after Portugalete there may be one other cut up. We adopted the official (historic) route that goes on the biking/strolling route nearly all the way in which to La Playa. The choice route is extra urbanized and passes via some populated areas and roads.

Highlights

  • Fashionable space of Bilbao; Guggenheim museum, Paseo de la Memoria, Parque da Ribera and so on.
  • The Bizcaya bridge – a bridge between Getxo and Portugalete, when you observe the river route you’ll have to make use of the bridge to cross it.
  • La Area – a pleasant seaside city with good waves for browsing

Challenges

  • Strolling on the asphalt it made our toes fairly drained
  • For about 8km after the trendy a part of Bilbao to Getxo, you stroll via the commercial space, fairly boring surroundings.
  • Very gradual ascend from Portugalete to Gallarta, 100m altitude acquire
  • A descent to La Area, 100m down

Pobeña shouldn’t be a city, there are a few homes and two bars, no retailers if you wish to purchase one thing, do it in La Area – a city 1km earlier than.

  • ATM – sure, in La Area
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened 24th March – 15th October)
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure, in La Area
  • Store – sure, in La Area
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue de peregrinos de Pobeña

A small albergue about 1 km away from the seaside, proper on the Camino, near a few bars. Open from 24th March to 15th October. There are 40 beds. Value – donation.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery, and so on.
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Pobeña

Day 8. Pobeña – Castro Urdiales (Cantabria),  23km/14 miles

Pobeña – Ontón – Baltezana – Santullán – Castro Urdiales

We have been instructed on the albergue to not observe the official route from Pobeña (up the steps) as a result of it’s harmful (rocks falling or one thing like that) and go as a substitute alongside the street. Fortunately we determined to stroll the route anyway and didn’t discover any hazard. The Camino del Norte goes alongside the coast when you begin early morning you may take pleasure in a phenomenal dawn – one of the best surroundings of the day. After strolling for about 4km you’ll go away the Basque Nation and enter Cantabria the place every little thing is slightly bit cheaper.

At Ontón the route splits; one goes alongside the coast (the choice route) and one other goes inland (the unique means). Each routes are marked. The Coastal route is about 5km shorter than the official route. You do see extra coast however it includes fairly a little bit of strolling on the street. In case you’re planning to remain in Castro Urdiales reasonably take the longer route in any other case you’ll arrive within the metropolis too early and should look forward to a few hours for albergues to open. 

In case you’re planning to maintain strolling we’d counsel shopping for meals in Castro Urdiales there might be no different retailers on the way in which. Notice! Albergue in Islares is presently closed, the subsequent albergue is at El Pontarrón. We learn unhealthy opinions concerning the albergue in El Pontarrón however it wasn’t that unhealthy, it’s fairly fundamental however adequate for a donation albergue. You have to ask at El Pontarron Bar, individuals from there’ll stamp your Credential and clarify the best way to get to the albergue.

Highlights

  • Paseo Itsaslur – the primary a part of the route from Pobeña alongside the coast with a phenomenal dawn
  • El Pico La Cruz (mountain peak) will be seen from Sámano
  • The historic half and seashores in Castro Urdiales

Challenges

  • In case you take the coastal route (shorter one) you stroll alongside the street with steep uphill via not a busy one
  • In case you take the unique route – a steep ascend from Ontón to La Helguera, 240m up
  • Gradual downhill to Castro Urdiales, 230m down

Castro Urdiales is a beautiful city with a pleasant promenade, lovely fort, a number of church buildings, many bars, and eating places.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue de Castro Urdiales

This albergue is presently closed for renovations. A small place with one room for 16 individuals. Open all yr. Value – 5 Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, a microwave, cutlery.
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Castro Uridales

Many colorful boats and a castle on the background in the port of Castro Urdiales, Camino del Norte, Spain
The historic heart of Castro Urdiales from the Camino del Norte

Day 9. Castro Urdiales – Laredo, 30km/18,6 miles

Castro Urdiales – Islares – El Pontarrón – El Puente – Liendo – Laredo

The primary half of the day you stroll via the countryside largely flat with insignificant ups and downs until El Pontarrón. At El Pontarrón you once more have two choices to take a shortcut and go on the street until Liendo or to observe the official route over the mountains. Individuals say the official means is for much longer, about 6km than the shortcut, we walked it and it was solely 3km longer although the ascent is kind of steep and lengthy. The surroundings was lovely and peaceable. We’re not huge followers of street strolling each time we’ve got an opportunity we skip it.

Highlights

  • Spectacular sea surroundings at Cerdigo, midway between Castro Urdiales and Islares
  • The attractive mountain surroundings on the official route between El Pontarrón and Liendo
  • Beautiful sea views on the way in which between Liendo and Laredo
  • Seashore and the Previous City of Laredo with many eating places and bars

Challenges

  • Strolling on the street for about 4km from Islares to El Pontarrón
  • The very steep uphill stroll from El Pontarrón to Liendo with a subsequent descend to Liendo, 200m up and down (when you stroll the official route)
  • Strolling on the street for about 7km from El Pontarrón to Liendo (when you take the shortcut)
  • The fairly steep uphill stroll from Liendo to Laredo

Laredo is a pleasant city with a protracted seaside (good for swimming in summer time), a few lovely church buildings, many bars, and eating places.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue Casa de La Trinidad

We stayed at Albergue Casa de La Trinidad. It’s a pleasant place, open all yr, capability 23 individuals, value 10 Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – breakfast says to be included however actually, usually they don’t serve it. We have been 20 individuals ready for someone to return within the morning however no one confirmed up.

Extra locations to remain in Laredo

Day 10. Laredo – Güemes, 30km/18,6 miles

Coastal route; Laredo – Santoña – Noja – Güemes

Inland route; Laredo – Colindres – Gama – San Miguel de Meruelo – Güemes

From Laredo, you may select to observe the coastal route via Santoña or to go inland via Colindres. We’re huge sea lovers and it was a really good sunny day we selected the coastal means and have been fairly completely happy about it. On the way in which, you get to see a few lovely seashores. In Laredo, you may stroll on the seaside for 2km to the ferry having fun with the dawn on the way in which. With a view to get from Laredo to Santoña, it’s a must to take a small ferry; the primary ferry leaves at 9 am after that it goes to and again on a regular basis. The crossing takes about 2min., value 2 Euro pp. 

Highlights

  • Seashore stroll in Laredo to the ferry
  • Good coastal surroundings on the way in which; Playa de Berria, playa de Trengandin, cliffs, hills and so on.
  • Historic heart of Noja; Plaza de la Villa, church of San Pedro.
  • Albergue La Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto, Güemes

Challenges

  • Lengthy day with fairly a little bit of street strolling, few locations to cease in between. In case you stroll in summer time make sure that to refill your water at each ingesting fountains (there are a pair on the way in which)
  • Very steep uphill after Santoña, 83m up
  • Many up and down hills all the way in which

Güemes is a tiny village with a few bars and accommodations.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure, a donation (open all yr) 
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – no
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue la Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto

Albergue La Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto in Güemes is exterior the village, about 10min. stroll. It’s an ideal place, one of many legends of the Camino del Norte. The albergue is for donations in addition to dinner and breakfast. A really fascinating place with very pleasant and welcoming individuals, a pleasant backyard, good services, an fascinating story – a should keep on this Camino.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no, however they make dinner and breakfast for donation
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Güemes

Day 11. Güemes – Santa Cruz de Bezana, 25km/15,5 miles 

Galizano – Somo – Santander – Santa Cruz de Bezana

From Güemes you will have two choices; 15km and 13km routes. The longest route is essentially the most lovely, I might say it affords a few of the greatest views on the Camino del Norte. The route goes alongside the coast previous some hidden seashores, dramatic cliffs, and unreal surroundings – we’d positively advocate selecting it. The final bit from Laredo to Somo you stroll on the seaside if it’s a pleasant day you may cease right here for a swim or simply to benefit from the surroundings. Even in summer time, there usually are not many individuals on this seaside. We have been very unfortunate that day it was very windy and wet we couldn’t actually benefit from the stroll or see a lot. We wouldn’t advocate strolling this route on a day like this, the trail will get muddy it may be harmful to stroll alongside the cliffs.

The 13km choice is an inland route, it doesn’t observe the coast, the second half is on the street. Each routes are marked, each go to the ferry in Somo that you simply take to get to Santander. The ferry begins operating at 9.55am and goes each 30 minutes. Value Three Euro pp. It’s doable to stroll to Santander as properly however it’s about 20km extra. These days only a few individuals stroll it, it’s not a really lovely route alongside the street, the ferry is an official a part of the Camino. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful sea surroundings on the way in which from Güemes to Somo
  • Playa de Loredo – a phenomenal seaside the place you may cease for a swim
  • Town heart of Santander

Challenges

  • Strolling out of Santander; the marking shouldn’t be superb, observe yellow arrows or pink crosses (mark Camino Lebaniego).
  • The final half from Santander to Bezana shouldn’t be very picturesque previous some residential and industrial areas of town.

If in case you have time you may take pleasure in reasonably a brief strolling day and cease in Santander. It’s a really good metropolis with some lovely seashores, nice eating places and bars and lots of fascinating locations things to see.

Excursions and actions in Santander

Locations to remain in Santander

In case you determine to proceed, make sure that to not miss the arrows the marking from the ferry terminal is a bit complicated. You may get a map with a route and explanations on the info workplace, 30m from the ferry.  

Santa Cruz de Bezana is a small city with not a lot to see or to do.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure, a donation (opened all yr) 
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue of Santa Cruz de Bezana

A small and comfortable place with 2 rooms, 14 beds in whole. Open all yr, value – donation.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, a microwave, a kettle, cutlery
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – communal dinner & breakfast

Extra locations to remain close to Santa Cruz de Bezana

Santander's seafront and port at the sunset
Stunning metropolis of Santander, one of many highlights of the Camino del Norte

Day 12. Santa Cruz de Bezana – Santillana del Mar, 28km/17 miles

Arce/Oruña – Mar – Requejada (Polanco) – Barreda – Santialland del Mar

The primary half of the day wasn’t that nice; a variety of strolling alongside the street, previous some industrial areas,  with few locations to cease on the way in which – not too spectacular. The second half, at about 2km from Polanco, the good countryside surroundings begins; small cities, villages, chapels on the way in which.

Highlights

  • Good countryside surroundings between Polanco and Santillana del Mar
  • Santillana del Mar – an enthralling city with many fascinating sights in and round. 

Challenges

  • Strolling alongside the street and thru industrial areas until Polanco.

Santillana del Mar is among the prettiest cities on the Camino del Norte. I extremely advocate staying right here. Spend a while wandering across the city, have a few drinks with scrumptious seafood pinchos, go to the Collegiata church.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue de peregrinos Jesús Otero

A pleasant small albergue (16 beds) subsequent to the Colegiata. Open all yr, value 6 Euro.

Extra locations to remain in Santillana del Mar

Day 13. Santillana del Mar – Comillas, 22km/13,6 miles

El Arroyo – Oreña – Caborredondo – Cóbreces – La Iglesia – Comillas 

A straightforward and nice strolling day via the forest, fields, small cities and villages.

Highlights

  • Church of San Martín de Cigüenza, Caborredondo
  • Convento de las Carmelitas Descalzas, Pando
  • Stunning sea surroundings on the entrance to Comillas
  • Comillas – a phenomenal city with some unimaginable sights, seashores, a pleasant sq., many bars, and bakeries. 

Challenges

  • Just a little little bit of up and downhill strolling however nothing steep or lengthy

Comillas

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (open 1st April – 31st October)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue La Huella del Camino

It’s a personal albergue with good services, very comfy and clear. Bunk beds have curtains you will have extra privateness right here. It’s open from 23rd February to 31st October. Value 15 Euro. Ebook your mattress right here.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – lockers, breakfast included

Extra locations to remain in Comillas

A view of the coast and the town of Comillas from the Camino del Norte
Approaching Comillas one of the lovely cities on the Camino del Norte

Day 14. Comillas – Colombres (Asturias), 29km/18 miles

San Vicente de la Barquera – Serdío – Unquera – Colombres

Fairly a protracted strolling day with a number of hills to beat and few locations to cease for meals in between. On the finish of the day, at Unquera, you’ll go away the province of Cantabria and enter Asturias. Asturias is a bit cheaper in a way of personal lodging.

On the entrance to San Vicente de la Barquera you may go all the way down to the seaside and stroll on the sand all the way in which throughout the city to the bridge Puente de la Masa. The seaside means is slightly bit shorter, you skip a number of up and down hills and it’s good to take off your boots and stroll barefoot on the sand. We’d advocate stopping for lunch or espresso right here, it’s a pleasant city and the subsequent place with a bar/restaurant is kind of far-off. After San Vicente, the Camino goes away from the ocean, inland over the hills and thru the forest.

Highlights

  • Beautiful sea surroundings; cliffs, inexperienced hills, and seashores on the way in which between Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera, one of the lovely strolling days.
  • San Vicente de la Barquera – a phenomenal city with good seashores, church buildings, el Puente de la Masa.
  • The Picos de Europa – mountain vary, view from the gap.

Challenges

  • A number of up and down hills
  • Various street strolling although not on busy roads
  • A steep and lengthy ascent on the final 2km to Colombres

Colombres is a pleasant small city with a few eating places/bar and a pleasant inexperienced park.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Locations to remain in Colombres

Albergue El Cantu in Colombres opens solely at 5 pm, we didn’t need to wait on the road for Three hours. We requested round and locals instructed us a few visitor home Lodge Villanueva 1km from the city (on the Camino). We obtained a double room with non-public rest room for 30 Euro. The albergue prices 12 Euro pp. The one minus of the resort it’s positioned 1km exterior the city no supermarkets close by however there’s a good restaurant (Casa Junco) the place you will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 15. Colombres – Llanes, 23km/14,2 miles

El Peral – La Franca – Buelna – Pendueles – Cúe – Llanes

First 9km from Colombres there is just one route, that goes on and off alongside the street. After that, at Pendueles you may select between following the official route and proceed strolling alongside the street or taking the Sendero de la Costa.

The official route is a bit shorter and includes various strolling alongside the street with some forest surroundings. The coastal means is longer however it follows the trail and sticks to the coast which affords you nice surroundings. To get to the coastal route at Pendueles first observe the path to tenting La Paz (Playa de Bretones), from there observe GR-E9 path (inexperienced making) that may take you all the way in which to Llanes. Earlier than taking the coastal means cease for lunch in Pendueles there might be no different place to cease for meals until Llanes.

Highlights

  • Stunning sea surroundings on the way in which between Pendueles and Llanes (coastal route)
  • Bufones (jesters) de Arenillas – sea water geysers, if the situations are proper you is likely to be fortunate to see them in motion
  • Mirador de la Boriza with gorgeous views over the coast and Ballota seaside (coastal route)
  • Llanes – a pleasant city with many eating places, bakeries, colourful harbor, slim streets, and so on.

Challenges

  • Some street strolling to start with until Pendueles. In case you take the official route you’ll proceed strolling alongside the street for some time.
  • Steep up and down hills on the coastal route from Pendueles to Llanes

Llanes is a phenomenal coastal city with an enthralling small historic heart, many eating places, cafes and bakeries.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue La Casona del Peregrino

It’s a pleasant place near the middle with good services. Opened from 15th March to 31st October, capability 44 individuals, value 15 Euro pp. They’ve non-public rooms as properly that may be booked on-line.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, included within the lodging value
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no
  • Further – breakfast included

Extra locations to remain in Llanes

Day 16. Llanes – San Esteban de Leces, 34km/21 miles

Poo – Celorio – Barro – Naves – Piñera de Pría – Cuerres – Ribadesella – San Esteban de Leces

A pleasant strolling day totally on the trail with slightly little bit of street, previous pretty villages, via the forest. The route is marked fairly properly, there are a number of bars and eating places on the way in which. Within the final 7 km to Ribadesella, there may be nothing, solely fields.

Ribadesella is kind of an costly touristy place. We determined to stroll on Three km to the closest municipal albergue (open all yr) in San Esteban de Leces however when you don’t thoughts paying a bit extra I’d advocate staying in Ribadesella. There is no such thing as a retailers, eating places, or bars in Leces, solely an albergue. You’ll need to convey meals with you.

Highlights

  • Church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores on the seaside, close to Niembro
  • San Antolín seaside, previous Niembro
  • A few cute villages on the way in which
  • Ribadesella – cozy surf city with a few eating places within the Previous City (earlier than the bridge), picturesque harbor, lovely seaside Playa de Santa Marina.

Challenges

  • Lengthy strolling day, 34km
  • Fairly steep ascend from Ribadesella to San Esteban de Leces (albergue), 110m up

San Esteban de Leces shouldn’t be a city, simply an albergue, and a church. There’s nothing round; no bars, no retailers, convey meals with you. The albergue has a kitchen. You should buy stuff in Ribadesella, there are a few supermarkets within the city. The albergue open all yr, Value Eight Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure

Locations to remain in Ribadesella

Day 17. San Esteban de Leces – Villaviciosa, 33km/20 miles

Vega de Ribadesella – La Espasa – La Isla – Colunga – Sebrayo – Muslera – La Payariega – Villaviciosa

Fairly a tricky day on account of a number of up and down hills with lovely surroundings. The primary opened restaurant we discovered was after 15km in Colunga, it was Saturday all of the locations earlier than have been closed. It’s the one city on the way in which to Villaviciosa with ATMs and supermarkets. In case you’re planning to cease on the municipal albergue in Sebrayo purchase meals in Colunga, Sebrayo is simply a few homes and nothing else.

Notice! The gap between Colunga to Sebrayo is about 10km with a steep and lengthy ascend. We didn’t really feel like carrying backpacks stuffed with meals and determined reasonably stroll additional km all the way in which to Villaviciosa, after Sebrayo the stroll is way simpler.

Highlights

  • Stunning stroll alongside the coast with some unspoiled seashores on the way in which from San Esteban de Leces to La Isla.
  • Peaceable forest and mountain surroundings between Colunga and Villaviciosa.
  • Villaviciosa – a pleasant city well-known for its ciders.

Challenges

  • A number of up and down hills all the way in which
  • Lengthy and steep uphill from Colunga to Pernus
  • Descend to Villaviciosa

Villaviciosa is a small city with many cidrerias (bars the place you may strive native ciders).

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue El Congreso

It’s a pleasant place, located in the primary sq.. Capability 49 individuals, open from 1st March to 30th November, value from 10 Euro per mattress, from 25 Euro for a double room (in season costs are greater).

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking plates, microwave, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, Three Euro
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – sure

Extra locations to remain in Villaviciosa

Day 18. Villaviciosa – Gijón, 29km/18 miles 

Amandi – Casquita – Peón – El Pinal – Tenting Deva – Gijón

A pleasant strolling day with some steep uphills. At Casquita, 3km from Villaviciosa, there’s a cut up; one route goes to Oviedo the place it joins with the Camino Primitivo and on the Camino del Norte to Gijón. We determined to proceed on the Camino del Norte as a result of we’d already walked the Camino Primitivo. There are a few eating places and bars on the way in which and several other ingesting fountains.

Highlights

  • Stunning surroundings from the highest of the hill at Alto de la Cruz.
  • Gijón; historic heart, seashores, promenade

Challenges

  • Very steep and lengthy ascend from Nievares to Alto de la Cruz, about 300m up. Be sure you have sufficient water. Subsequent downhill shouldn’t be that steep however fairly lengthy.
  • One other ascend to Alto de Curbiello – not as steep as the primary one however fairly demanding, about 150m up.

The municipal albergue of Gijón (albergue/campsite Deva, opened all yr) is 5km earlier than town, we walked on to town and stayed there in a resort. Gijón is an enormous metropolis with good infrastructure (accommodations, bars, vacationer information, supermarkets, ATMs) however there usually are not many albergues.

We have been right here in October and for various causes not one of the non-public albergues was opened, solely the municipal one 5km exterior town. We stayed at Lodge 44 a bit exterior of the middle however proper on the Camino and near the seaside. It was very good – an actual deal with after two weeks of staying in albergues. We had a extremely good sleep right here and felt well-rested the subsequent day.

Extra locations to remain in Gijón

Days 18-19. The optionally available path to Oviedo to proceed on the Camino Primitivo.

Day 18. Villaviciosa – Pola de Siero, 26km/16mi

Amandi – Casquita – Vega de Sariego – Pola de Siero

We haven’t walked these 2 days as a result of we accomplished the Camino Primitivo (the Unique Manner) Three months earlier as a separate stroll, not as part of every other Camino. All the knowledge for these 2 phases we obtained from the individuals who began with us the Camino del Norte and later went to the Primitivo.

Many individuals requested us which route to decide on; proceed alongside the coast following the Camino del Norte or go to Oviedo and stroll the Primitivo. If you wish to mix the gorgeous coastal surroundings of the del Norte with the spectacular mountain surroundings of the Unique Manner then go to Oviedo. In case you reasonably stick to 1 Camino and full all of it the way in which – keep on Camino del Norte.

We wouldn’t advocate persevering with on the Primitivo you probably have any knee points – there are a lot of steep ascents and descents all the way in which. Earlier than going to Oviedo examine the forecast if it’s going to be wet and overcast reasonably keep on the Camino del Norte; strolling via the mountains in unhealthy climate shouldn’t be enjoyable, plus you gained’t see a lot.

In case you determine to go to Oviedo, after about 3km from Villaviciosa at Casquita observe the marking “Oviedo”, the Camino turns left. It’s marked all the way in which with yellow arrows and shells like every other Camino.

Pola de Siero

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue de peregrinos Casona de San Miguel, capability – 24 individuals, opened all yr, value 6 Euro pp.

Day 19. Pola de Siero to Oviedo, 17km/10,5 miles

El Berrón – Meres – Colloto – Oviedo

A straightforward and brief strolling day offers you extra time to spend in Oviedo. It’s a phenomenal city with many fascinating sights together with the cathedral de Oviedo, the beginning of the Camino Primitivo. You’ll find all of the providers in Oviedo; municipal albergue, accommodations, eating places, supermarkets, ATMs, and so on.

From Oviedo, you may observe our Camino Primitivo itinerary all the way in which to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 19. Gijón – San Martin de Laspra, 31km/19 miles

Tabaza – Trasona – Avilés – Salinas – San Martín de Laspra

The indicated distance – 30km is from town heart of Gijón when you keep at Albergue Deva the stroll is 5km longer.

In our opinion the worst strolling day on the Camino del Norte; too many roads, too many industrial areas, and cities however not many locations to cease for meals. Even on the finish after Avilés the final bit was on the street. That is the day to skip when you’re planning to skip any. We determined to not keep in Avilés and continued strolling 7km extra to albergue de San Martin de Laspra (opened all yr), to make up a long way for the subsequent day however when you don’t really feel like strolling extra you may cease in Avilés, it’s a pleasant metropolis. There’s a municipal albergue within the heart of Avilés, it appears fairly good.

Locations to remain in Avilés

Notice! The albergue is positioned within the residential neighborhood there aren’t any eating places or retailers close by, the closest meals locations are about 2km away within the city. Be certain to convey meals with, there might be a few supermarkets in Avilés on the way in which (Alimerka). We advocate to seek out the albergue on Google maps, there are two strolling routes just one goes previous the albergue via Salinas, we took the flawed route and needed to stroll some additional km to get right here.

Highlights

  • The brief a part of strolling via the forest at Alto Monte Areo (after the primary uphill), about 5km from Gijón
  • The historic heart of Avilés; cobblestone pedestrian streets, squares, monuments, a few church buildings, many bars and eating places.

Challenges

  • Strolling alongside the street and thru industrial areas most a part of the day
  • Steep uphill to Alto Monte Areo at about 5km from Gijón

Day 20. San Martín de Laspra – Soto de Luiña, 32km/20 miles

Soto de Barco – Muros de Nalón – El Pito – Rellayo – Soto de Luiña

Today we loved strolling via the forest and fields after the day before today of strolling alongside the street. Notice! There are few locations to cease for meals on the way in which, some retailers and eating places have been closed for offseason, not even anyplace to refill water – make sure that to pack snacks and produce sufficient water with and pack some snacks. We have been fairly completely happy that we walked additional 7km the day earlier than a few of our fellow pilgrims had a really lengthy stroll today – all the way in which from Avilés, 40km.

Highlights

  • Stunning forest surroundings on the way in which from Laspra
  • Palacio Selgas – a phenomenal palace and the backyard in El Pito. Sadly, it’s presently closed for guests you may see a few of it via the gate.
  • Stunning views over the coast and the seaside at La Playa de La Concha de Artedo

Challenges

  • A protracted waking day with many smallish ascents and descents
  • Not many locations to cease for meals on the way in which

Soto de Luiña is a small good city surrounded by inexperienced hills and forest.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue de Soto de Luiña

A middle-seize albergue with a few rooms for 40 individuals in whole. Open all yr. Value Eight Euro.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – no, solely microwave
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Drying machine – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Soto de Luiña

Day 21. Soto de Luiña – Cadavedo, 20km/12,Four miles

Novellana – Santa Marina – Ballota – Cadavedo

There are two route choices after Soto de Luiña; the mountain route (the unique means that was deserted for a few years), it’s stated to be harmful (undecided why) with many steep ascents and descents and never properly marked.

Notice! On the mountain route, there aren’t any locations to cease for meals for 17km. It’s suggested to observe the coastal route and we did; it was a pleasant sunny day to stroll alongside the coast was an actual pleasure. Each time we had a alternative we went for the coastal choice.

There’s one other choice to observe the route that more often than not goes on the street however it’s positively not one of the simplest ways. At the start (earlier than the cut up) there was slightly little bit of strolling on the street, the cut up is at about 2km; the coastal route – go to Ballotas, mountain route – go to Palancas. The gap is meant to be 23km however in keeping with our GPS, we walked solely 20km on the coastal route. The municipal albergue in Cadavedo is a bit exterior of the village there’s a grocery store on the way in which the place you will get meals.

Highlights

  • Stunning coastal surroundings on the way in which to and from Ballotas
  • Seashore in Cadavedo – 2km away from the albergue. It’s form of on the way in which to the city you are able to do a detour and go to the seaside first after which to Cadavedo. The seaside is gorgeous with some gorgeous views from the encircling cliffs.

Challenges

  • All the way in which slight up and down hills

Cadavedo, a small rural village with a few eating places/bar. The seaside and the coastal surroundings is gorgeous you probably have time positively stroll to the coast.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue of Cadavedo

A really small place with two rooms with 16 beds in whole. Open all yr. Value 6 Euro.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Cadavedo

Day 22. Cadavedo – Piñera, 31km/19,2 miles

A pleasant day with slightly little bit of strolling on the street, to start with, average up and down hills, previous small cities and villages the place you may cease for meals or espresso. The albergue in Piñera is away from the eating places and retailers, you may cease for lunch at certainly one of them 2km earlier than or purchase meals on the store, 800m earlier than the albergue.

Highlights

  • Torre (tower) de Villademoros (not on the Camino, need to do a detour) – a doable Roman origin tower
  • Good forest and countryside surroundings
  • Luarca – a phenomenal small coastal city

Challenges

  • A number of intersections with the freeway
  • Up and down hills all the way in which
  • The steep ascent that begins from Luarca and subsequent descent to Piñera

Piñera is a small village with a few homes, one grocery retailer and a restaurant.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure (open 1st March – 31st October)
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure, 800m from the albergue, on the way in which
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – no, you will get dinner and breakfast on the municipal albergue (additional price)

Municipal albergue of Piñera

A pleasant small place with nice hosts. There are 24 beds. Open from 1st March to 31st October. Value 5 Euro.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, however no for pilgrims. The hosts make dinner (Eight Euro) and breakfast (Three Euro)
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no
  • Further – lockers
Campbell and Alya walking through a small village in Asturias on the Camino del Norte
Stingy Nomads someplace in Asturias on the Camino del Norte in October

Three route choices from Piñera

  1. Piñera – Porcia – Tapia de Casariego – Ribadeo – 38km (coastal means)
  2. Piñera – Porcia – Tol – Ribadeo – 34km (half inland/half coastal)
  3. Piñera – Porcia – Tol – Vegadeo – 41km (inland route). This route joins the opposite two solely in Mondoñedo. It’s the unique route that was utilized by pilgrims earlier than the bridge in Ribadeo was constructed. The river crossing by ferry was very climate dependent and unreliable. These days with the bridge, extra pilgrims select the coastal route.  

Days 23-24. Choice 1 – coastal route. Piñera – Tapia de Casariego – Vilela, 47km/29 miles

Day 23. Choice 1. Piñera – Tapia de Casariego, 27km/16,7 miles

Navia – Jarro – La Caridad – Tapia de Casariego

One other cut up on the route; the Camino del Norte is filled with various routes and optionally available walks. As I already talked about we at all times select the coastal choice this time wasn’t an exception, we went alongside the coast to Tapia de Casariego. It was the final likelihood to stroll by the ocean as soon as in Galicia the route goes inland. It’s a straightforward strolling day previous many villages with no bars or eating places if you wish to cease for breakfast, espresso or snack do it at Navia.

Highlights

  • The ex-municipal albergue in Tapia de Casariego – it’s positioned by the ocean, on the fringe of the cliff with gorgeous surroundings over the coast, there’s a rocky seaside downstairs.
  • Middle of Tapia de Casariego; the primary sq., church, eating places.

Challenges

  • A very simple strolling day, the one drawback there aren’t any locations to cease for meals on the way in which after Navia.

Tapia de Casariego a pleasant city by the ocean with a few seashores, a phenomenal heart and a few nice look-out factors close to the albergue.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no, there was however now it’s non-public.
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue de Tapia de Casariego

The placement of the place is superb, on the sting of the cliff close to a small seaside. It’s a small home with 30 beds. Open all yr. Value Eight Euro.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – no, a microwave, a fridge, and a few utensils
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – sure
  • Drying machine – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Tapia

Day 24. Choice 1. Tapia de Casariego – Vilela (Galicia), 20km/12,5 miles

Tapia de Casariego – Ribadeo – Vilela

In the present day you’ll go away Asturias and enter Galicia, two provinces are separated by the River Ria de Ribadeo. The border between two provinces is midway over the bridge Ponte dos Santos. A pleasant and straightforward strolling day with some gorgeous sea and mountain views. We have been planning to stroll additional however it began raining and we determined to cease at Vilela.

As an choice you may cease in Ribadeo it’s a pleasant city with meals services. There’s a municipal albergue in Ribadeo however in keeping with the opinions, it’s not good. 

Extra locations to remain in Vilela

Notice! Purchase meals in Ribadeo, there might be Eroski grocery store on the way in which, after that there might be no retailers. The municipal albergue in Vilela is closed (don’t know for the way lengthy), we stayed on the non-public albergue (ask on the bar).

Highlights

  • Stunning surroundings on the way in which from Tapia de Casariego to Ribadeo; seashores, cliffs, fields, and so on.
  • Bridge between Asturias and Galicia – Ponte dos Santos.
  • The historic heart of Ribadeo.

Challenges

  • A straightforward strolling day aside from heavy rain and powerful wind that caught us in Ribadeo.

Vilela is a really small place with a few homes and an albergue-restaurant.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure, briefly closed in 2020
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – no
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue de Vilela (non-public), open all yr, capability 12 individuals, value 10 Euro.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – no, microwave, some utensils
  • Wi-fi – no, solely on the bar
  • Washer – sure, Four Euro as much as 12kg
  • Drying machine – sure, Four Euro as much as 12kg
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no
A wave breaking against the coast in Galicia
Dramatic coastal surroundings in Ribadeo, the final likelihood to benefit from the sea on the Camino del Norte

Day 23-24. Choice 2 – half inland/half coastal route. Piñera – Tol – Vilela, 48km/30 miles 

Navia – Jarro – La Caridad – Tol – Barres – Figueras – Ribadeo – Vilela

This fashion is a mix of two routes and on the second day in Ribadeo, it joins the coastal route. You may cease in Tol for the night time and the subsequent day proceed previous Ribadeo to Vilela or additional or stroll the entire distance in someday. Some guidebooks say it’s an official or the unique route however it’s not proper the unique route was via Vegadeo as a result of until 1987 there was no bridge to cross the river in Ribadeo.

Day 23. Choice 2. Piñera – Tol, 29km/18 miles

Tol

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure, grocery store
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 24. Choice 2. Tol – Vilela, 19km/12 miles

After 9km in Ribadeo, the route joins the coastal means.

Day 23-25. Choice 3 – inland route. Piñera – Tol – Vegadeo – Abres – Mondoñedo, 80km/52 miles

Recommended itinerary;  

  • Day 23. Piñera – Tol, 29km/19mi (municipal albergue de Tol).
  • Day 24. Tol – Abres, 20km/12,4mi (non-public albergue Estraperlo, donation, opened all yr )
  • Day 25. Abres – Mondoñedo, 31km/19mi (municipal albergue de Mondoñeda)

Day 25. Vilela – Mondoñedo, 30km/18,6 miles

Villamartín Grande – Gondán – San Xusto – Lourenzá – Mondoñedo

The stroll can be very good if it wasn’t for the rain. The path goes primarily via the forest and fields, previous small villages with not many locations to cease for meals. The primary place to cease for espresso is Vilanova Grande we walked in October and low season the place is closed. We might lastly eat one thing solely after 16km at San Xusto.

Highlights

  • A number of church buildings and chapels on the way in which, the route waves between them on a regular basis.
  • Mondoñedo – a beautiful city with a phenomenal cathedral, cobblestone streets, church buildings, eating places.

Challenges

  • Fairly a number of ascends and descends – it felt like we walked uphill many of the day.
  • If it rains the trail in some locations is likely to be muddy.

Mondoñedo is a pleasant city with a small and exquisite historic heart. We arrived within the city on Sunday most locations have been closed just one or two open eating places and a small store on the petrol station.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

The municipal albergue of Mondoñedo appeared high-quality however it was a chilly and wet day and we determined to remain in El Albergue del Montero not removed from the cathedral. It’s a really good and comfy place with good services.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, electrical plates, microwave, utensils, cutlery.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure
  • Drying machine – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – eating space, frequent space, good backyard, AC

Extra locations to remain in Mondoñedo

Day 26. Mondoñedo – Castromaior (albergue O Xistral), 23km/14 miles

Gontán – Abadín – Castromaior 

Be certain to have breakfast in Mondoñedo – the subsequent place to get meals is about 17km away in Gontán, there may be nothing in between. There are two routes from the cathedral of Mondoñedo the official one and the choice (Complementario) route however the one that’s marked Complementario is definitely the unique route.

The official route goes down from the cathedral and follows the trail, it’s 7km shorter however has a really steep and fairly lengthy uphill and the trail will get fairly muddy if it rains. The choice route goes up from the cathedral, out of the city previous the municipal albergue after which turns left and follows the street (the street with nearly no automobiles), it’s 7km longer with a extra gradient ascend. Each routes undergo the mountains and provide nice surroundings. We took the choice route it rained loads the earlier days we didn’t need to stroll via the mud. Notice! There solely retailers on the way in which are in Abadín.

In case you take the shorter (official) route as a substitute of stopping at Castromaior you may proceed to Vilalba, the whole distance from Mondoñedo on the brief route – 32km.

Highlights

  • The attractive mountain surroundings on the way in which from Mondoñedo to Gontán
  • Church of Santa María in Abadín
  • Stunning forest surroundings on the way in which from Abadín to the albergue

Challenges

  • A few steep ascends on the way in which from Mondoñedo to Gontán, on the official route about 450m altitude acquire.
  • Muddy path when you observe the official (shorter) route.

Castromaior shouldn’t be a city or village there may be nothing aside from a personal albergue the place you will get espresso, tea, dinner, breakfast, beer, wine, snacks however every little thing is costlier. I’d advocate bringing your personal stuff (drinks, snacks, and so on.). Dinner – 10 Euro, breakfast – Three Euro. Albergue O’Xistral is a good place; very cozy with good services and an superior host. It’s a phenomenal outdated 18th-century home with a pleasant yard. The place shouldn’t be huge I’d advocate within the season reserving your mattress upfront. 

  • Scorching water – sure, superb “rain showers”
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking plates, microwave, utensils, cutlery.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, Three Euro
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Further – swimming pool, good backyard, dinner and breakfast (additional price)
A small private albergue in the forest in Galicia on the Camino del Norte
Albergue O Xistral, Castromaior – certainly one of our favourite non-public albergues on the Camino

Day 27. Castromaior – Baamonde, 32km/20 miles

Martiñan – Vilalba – San Xoán de Alba – Baamonde

Fairly a protracted strolling day with few locations to cease for meals on the way in which. We had breakfast on the albergue (Three Euro) subsequent place to cease is Vilalba, 12km away. The stroll was fairly straightforward with no up and down hills. In case you don’t really feel like strolling all the way in which you may keep in Vilalba there are two albergues; the municipal for six Euro and the non-public for 10 Euro. Apparently, the non-public one could be very good and comfortable.

Highlights

  • Vilalba – a pleasant city with a few church buildings, the primary sq., the prehistory museum.

Challenges

  • The street will get a bit muddy if it rains
  • Lengthy distances between locations to cease for meals or espresso; 12km to the primary city and nearly 20km to the subsequent one.

Baamonde, a small city with a few eating places and a store or two. Not a lot to see or to do right here.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – no
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue de Baamonde

A giant place with an enormous frequent space proper on the Camino, near eating places and retailers. There are 94 beds. Open all yr. Value Eight Euro.

  • Scorching bathe – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, however only a few pots, plate, and utensils
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no

Extra locations to remain in Baamonde

Day 28. Baamonde – Sobrado dos Monxes, 40km/25 miles or 32km/20 miles 

Carballedo – Seixón – A Lagoa – Miraz – As Laxas – A Roxica – A Cabana – O Mesón – Sobrado dos Monxes (the unique route)

In response to the present necessities to get the Compostela you want two stamps per day for the final 100 km to Santiago.

Sobrado dos Monxes is a should keep place on the Camino, the monastery could be very spectacular, and to remain in a single day there’s a nice experience.

One other route cut up – 3km after Baamonde there’s a cut up; the unique route and the brand new route. Notice! There’s a cut up in Baamonde as properly; a marker with title “Complementario” factors left however it’s not the best cut up. The cut up is 3km away from Baamonde, within the forest. There are two Camino markers with distances you gained’t miss it.

We selected the longer route for a number of causes; first as a result of it’s extra lovely; forest, hills, small villages. Second, there’s a place (a home) at about 12km the place you will get an actual wax stamp (we couldn’t it was out of season and the person was on vacation). Third, we didn’t need to minimize off 8km from the final 100km to Santiago.

The longer (authentic) route. Whole distance – 40km to Sobrado dos Monxes largely via the forest, aside from the final 10km that includes fairly a little bit of strolling on the street. As an choice, you may stroll 40km over two days. The primary day you stroll solely 15km to Miraz and keep at albergue San Martin (donation) or 16km to As Laxes and keep at non-public albergue O Abrigo (10 Euro) a brand new albergue with a restaurant. And the subsequent day you proceed strolling 24km to Sobrado.

There’s one other albergue about 25km from Baamonde in A Roxica the guidebooks say there’s a bar there, actually, the bar was closed now there isn’t a place close by the place you will get any meals. About 1km from A Roxica in A Cabana there’s a model new municipal albergue, opened all yr, 6 Euro. Notice! In case you’re planning to remain there convey meals with. 

The shorter (new) route. Whole distance – 32km to Sobrado, it includes a variety of strolling on the street. It says there aren’t any meals locations on this route, actually, there’s a new bar proper within the center the place you will get meals. Unsure in the event that they’re opened on Sundays.

Highlights

  • Capilla de San Alberte – a 16th century chapel (after crossing the bridge, within the forest)
  • Sobrado dos Monxes Abbey – one of the spectacular mastery complexes on the Camino

Challenges

  • A long-distance stroll particularly when you take the unique route – 40km
  • On the 32km route, there is just one bar within the center, at about 16km
  • On the 32km route a variety of strolling on the street
  • On the 40km route, there are two bars at 13km and 15km and two extra at 35km.
  • About 5km strolling on the street on the 40km route on the finish.

Sobrado dos Monxes is a small city, the monastery is definitely the primary attraction right here. There are a few bars/eating places on the sq. subsequent to the monastery.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure, the monastery
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue-abbey Sobrado dos Monxes

Staying at this place was a really particular experience. It’s an enormous place with many rooms, 120 beds in whole. Open all yr. Value Eight Euro.

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure, electrical heaters
The bell-towers of the monastery-church in Sobrado dos Monxes
The Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes – one of many must-stops on the Camino del Norte

Day 29. Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzua, 22km/13,6 miles

Corredoiras – Boimil – A Gándara (Boimorto) – Arzúa

In the present day in Arzua the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Frances. Put together to see considerably extra individuals. The French Manner is the most well-liked Camino particularly the final little bit of the route from Sarria. From Arzúa on there might be extra eating places, bars, albergues, and so on.

General it’s a straightforward strolling day with many cafes and villages on the way in which.

Highlights

  • Just a little bit monotonous surroundings; strolling alongside the street, previous cities and thru the fields

Arzua is a biggish city with many albergues and accommodations, every little thing right here is concerning the Camino.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Extra locations to remain in Arzua

Day 30. Arzua – O Pedrouzo, 20km/12,Four miles

Pregontoño – Calzada – Calle – Salceda – A Brea – Santa Irene – A Rúa – O Pedrouzo

On the exit from Arzua after a downhill on the cobblestone avenue, there might be a cut up, most individuals take the route on the left and observe the gravel path via the fields and the forest, this route is marked as “Complementary”. Each routes be a part of once more fairly quickly, after 2-3km you’ll see the gap markers once more. We walked this half twice and each time we took the complimentary choice (each time missed the second route). Each routes have kind of the identical distance.

All eating places on the way in which are fairly expensive; you pay 3-Four Euro for a easy sandwich (espresso costs are regular), we’d advocate to purchase snacks in Arzua in a grocery store or to have lunch at one of many eating places in O Pedrouzo. Notice! The route doesn’t undergo O Pedrouzo it turns proper into the forest simply earlier than the city, when you’re planning to remain there or cease for lunch simply observe the street (the route via the city is marked).

As an choice you may stroll 35km from Arzua all the way in which to Monte do Gozo – an enormous albergue 5km earlier than the cathedral and the subsequent day stroll the final 5km.

O Pedrouzo is a small city with many albergues, accommodations, and eating places serving pilgrim’s menus, and so on. For most individuals, it’s the final cease earlier than Santiago de Compostela.

  • ATM – sure
  • Supermarkets – sure
  • Outlets – sure
  • Eating places – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Resorts – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Locations to remain in O Pedrouzo

Day 31. O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela, 20km/12,Four miles

San Paio – Lavacolla – San Marcos – Monte do Gozo – Santiago de Compostela 

We’d advocate beginning early if you wish to make it in time for the Pilgrim Mass at 12 pm within the cathedral. There usually are not many locations to cease for meals and people which can be on the way in which are fairly costly and have very restricted choices – reasonably eat breakfast in O Pedrouzo or pack snacks. The primary half of the stroll is thru the forest with slightly little bit of strolling on the street, previous the airport and suburban areas of Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela, the top of the Camino del Norte

Arriving in Santiago is essentially the most superb feeling on the Camino, once you enter Plaza de Obradoiro and see all of the pilgrims sitting round, hugging one another, taking photographs – you’re feeling like being part of one thing huge and vital, take your time and luxuriate in this second, you’ve been ready for it greater than a month.

There are various superb things to do in Santiago de Compostela to maintain you busy for a few days. If you wish to know extra concerning the cathedral and its historical past you may be a part of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour.

After ending the Northern Manner in Santiago and celebrating it with fellow pilgrims the subsequent day we began strolling the Camino Finisterre-Muxía. It’s a 3-Four day path to Cape Finisterre. In case you’ve walked sufficient however nonetheless want to go to Finisterre and Muxía you are able to do a day bus tour from Santiago.

Excursions & actions in Santiago

Locations to remain in Santiago

Beautiful Gothic cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Beautiful Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on the sundown. The tip of the Camino del Norte

Books and guidebooks for the Camino del Norte

Helpful apps for strolling the Camino del Norte

  • Camino Help Pilgrim Santiago. Free obtain, obtainable for Android and Apple.
  • Buen Camino de Santiago. Free obtain, obtainable for Android and Apple.
  • Correctly + Norte; a Sensible Pilgrim information. Price US$6, obtainable for Android and Apple. We haven’t used it however I noticed many sad customers complaining concerning the app, I’d advocate studying the opinions earlier than shopping for it.

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