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Camino del Norte

Northern Way | Camino de Santiago

The Northern Way or Camino del Norte goes through the coast of Spain, East to West, bordering the Cantabrian Sea and towns and cities of the Northern coast of Spain, finishing in Santiago de Compostela. 

  • Main route for foodies, where you can find the top 10 cities with the highest number of Michelin stars in Europe.
  • Less crowded than the French and Portuguese way.
  • Follows across the Northern Spain.
  • Stunning green scenery through all the camino del norte mountains, forests and unique Spanish villages.
  • Although being shorter, it requires a good physical preparation. Rain is frequent during summer, with steep mountains and hills along the way.
  • Main cities & towns - Spain: Irún, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Gijón, Baamonde, Santiago de Compostela

Total distance: 824km

Weather

  • Summer – very warm (between 24° to 26° June-Aug)
  • Fall – cool and rainy (between 15° to 20° Sep-Nov)
  • Winter – cold (average 13°)
  • Spring – warmer (average 15° to 19° March-May)

Suitable for cyclists: The Camino del norte is not recommended for pilgrims who are doing their way by bike, as they can find steep hills and mountains hard to cycle on the way.

The Camino de Santiago del Norte

The Camino de Santiago Norte or Northern way, with the Camino Primitivo and the French Way, are the oldest routes for the Camino de Santiago. The Camino del Norte is divided in 34 stages and a total distance of 824km. It's crossed by pilgrims that arrive at the Basque Country and Cantabria by boat, make this route also known as Camino de la Costa (Coastal Way). Although it has lost popularity due to the rise of the Camino Frances as a result of the stabilization of Southern Spain that came with the Reconquista, and also because of the promotion of the French Way that the monarchy of the 12th century did.

About the Northern route

The Camino del Norte goes through the cost, from the East to the West, bordering the Cantabrian Sea through the main municipalities of Northern coast of Spain. It starts in Irún and it goes to Santiago de Compostela going through different cities such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander or Gijón before arriving at Galicia. In Gijón we have to make the biggest decision: we can go through Oviedo and then through the Primitive Way; or we can go through Avilés and then enter in Galicia going through Ribadeo, a coastal village of Lugo that is 180 kilometers (112 miles) from Santiago. It is the second largest route, just after Vía de la Plata.

Many famous characters walked the Northern way, such as Francisco de Asís, the Franciscan Order founder. According to the legend, he walked to Santiago in 1214 and who founded some Franciscan temples along the way. The existence of Christian temples, Templar settlings or hospitals for pilgrims were some of the reasons that helped to bring fame to this route. The camino del norte doesn´t have as much infrastructure and pilgrim services as the French Way, but it has good signposting that makes your path through coastal and sea villages.

Why choosing the Northern Way

The Camino del Norte has a stunning scenery that balances mountain and sea, constantly surrounded by blue and green colors. Weather is warm in summer, but not as hot as some regions of the Portuguese and French way. The gastronomy is the main highlight of the Camino del Norte. Make your way through Michelin stars winner restaurants, fresh and quality seafood, original Spanish recipes and endless tapas.

Stages of the Camino del Norte

StageRouteKmInfo
Stage 1
Irún - San Sebastián24,8
Stage 2
San Sebastián - Zarautz22,2
Stage 3
Zarautz - Deba21,8
Stage 4
Deba - Markina24
Stage 5
Markina - Gernika24,6
Stage 6
Gernika - Lezama20,8
Stage 7
Lezama - Bilbao10,8
Stage 8
Bilbao - Portugalete19,4
Stage 9
Portugalete - Castro Urdiales27,6
Stage 10
Castro Urdiales - Laredo26,6
Stage 11
Laredo - Guemes29
Stage 12
Guemes - Santander11,8
Stage 13
Santander - Santillana del Mar37
Stage 14
Santillana del Mar - Comillas22
Stage 15
Comillas - Colombres28,8
Stage 16
Colombres - Llanes23,2
Stage 17
Llanes - Ribadesella31,4
Stage 18
Ribadesella - Sebrayo31,6
Stage 19
Sebrayo - Gijón35,8
Stage 20
Gijón - Avilés25
Stage 21
Avilés - Muros de Nalón22,6
Stage 22
Muros de Nalón - Soto de Luiña16
Stage 23
Soto de Luiña - Cadavedo23
Stage 24
Cadavedo - Luarca15,8
Stage 25
Luarca - La Caridad29,6
Stage 26
La Caridad - Ribadeo21,6
Stage 27
Ribadeo - Lourenzá28,4
Stage 28
Lourenzá - Abadín25,2
Stage 29
Abadín - Vilalba20,7
Stage 30
Vilalba - Baamonde18,6
Stage 31
Baamonde - Sobrado41,2
Stage 32
Sobrado - Arzúa21,4
Stage 33
Arzúa - Pedrouzo19,3
Stage 34
Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela19,4
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Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao)
Museum of Contemporary Art built in 1997 by the architect Frank Ghery with the purpose of revitalizing the post-industrial city of Bilbao.

“El Capricho” by Gaudí
Made in the unrepeatable style of the famous architect Gaudí, this mansion combines shapes, colors and materials to achieve a living aspect.

Church of San Pedro (Gijón)
Built in the mid-twentieth century to replace an old Gothic temple destroyed during the Civil War, it presents a historicist style inspired by the Asturian Romanesque and pre-Romanesque.

Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes
This monastery was built in the tenth century and is of great relevance in the study of the history of Galicia by the cultural life that developed there.

Walking: 32 Stages / 824 km

Stage 1

Etapa 1 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 24,8 km (15,4 miles)
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Stage 2

Etapa 2 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 22,2 km (13,8 miles)
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Stage 3

Etapa 3 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 21,8 km (13,5 miles)
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Stage 4

Etapa 4 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 24.0 km (15 miles)
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Stage 5

Etapa 5 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 24.6 km (15,3 miles)
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Stage 6

Etapa 6 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 20.8 km (13 miles)
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Stage 7

Etapa 7 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 10.8 km (6,7 miles)
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Stage 8

Etapa 8 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 19.4 km (12 miles)
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Stage 9

Etapa 9 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 27.6 km (17 miles)
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Stage 10

Etapa 10 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 26.6 km (16,5 miles)
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Stage 11

Etapa 11 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 29.0 km (18 miles)
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Stage 12

Etapa 12 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 11.8 km (7,3 miles)
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Stage 13

Etapa 13 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 37.0 km (23 miles)
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Stage 14

Etapa 14 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 22,0 km (13,7 miles)
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Stage 15

Etapa 15 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 28.8 km (18 miles)
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Stage 16

Etapa 16 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 23.2 km (14,4 miles)
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Stage 17

Etapa 17 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 31.4 km (19,5 miles)
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Stage 18

Etapa 18 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 31.6 km (19,6 miles)
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Stage 19

Etapa 19 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 35.8 km (22,25 miles)
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Stage 20

Etapa 20 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 25.0 km (15,53 miles)
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Stage 21

Etapa 21 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 22.6 km (14 miles)
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Stage 22

Etapa 22 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 16.0 km (10 miles)
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Stage 23

Etapa 23 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 23.0 km (14,3 miles)
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Stage 24

Etapa 24 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 15.8 km (9,8 miles)
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Stage 25

Etapa 25 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 29.6 km (18,4 miles)
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Stage 26

Etapa 26 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 21.6 km (13,4 miles)
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Stage 27

Etapa 27 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 28.4 km (17,6 miles)
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Stage 28

Etapa 28 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 25.2 km (15,6 miles)
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Stage 29

Etapa 29 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 20,7 km (13 miles)
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Stage 30

Etapa 30 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 18.6 km (11,5 miles)
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Stage 31

Etapa 31 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 41.2 km (25,6 miles)
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Stage 32

Etapa 32 Camino del Norte
  • Length: 21.4 km (13,3 miles)
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CONTINUATION BY THE FRENCH WAY

Stage 33

Etapa 32 Camino Francés
  • Length: 19,3 km (12 miles)
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Stage 34

Etapa 33 Camino Francés
  • Length: 19,4 km (12 miles)
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Cycling: 18 Stages / 833 km

StagePathKmHardness
Stage 1Irún - Zarautz47
Stage 2Zarautz - Markina46
Stage 3Markina - Bilbao57
Stage 4Bilbao - Castro Urdiales54
Stage 5Castros Urdiales - Noja41
Stage 6Noja - Santander31
Stage 7Santander - Santillana del Mar37
Stage 8Santillana del Mar - Colombres51
Stage 9Colombres - Ribadesella55
Stage 10Ribadesella - Villaviciosa38
Stage 11Villaviciosa - Avilés55
Stage 12Avilés - Soto de Luiña39
Stage 13Soto de Luiña - Luarca39
Stage 14Luarca - Ribadeo50
Stage 15Ribadeo - Abadín52
Stage 16Abadín - Baamonde39
Stage 17Baamonde - Arzúa63
Stage 18Arzúa - Santiago de Compsotela39
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