Camino del Norte
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. Total distance: 824km
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.
Total distance: 824km
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
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.
Walking: 32 Stages / 824 km
CONTINUATION BY THE FRENCH WAY
Cycling: 18 Stages / 833 km
|Stage 1||Irún - Zarautz||47|
|Stage 2||Zarautz - Markina||46|
|Stage 3||Markina - Bilbao||57|
|Stage 4||Bilbao - Castro Urdiales||54|
|Stage 5||Castros Urdiales - Noja||41|
|Stage 6||Noja - Santander||31|
|Stage 7||Santander - Santillana del Mar||37|
|Stage 8||Santillana del Mar - Colombres||51|
|Stage 9||Colombres - Ribadesella||55|
|Stage 10||Ribadesella - Villaviciosa||38|
|Stage 11||Villaviciosa - Avilés||55|
|Stage 12||Avilés - Soto de Luiña||39|
|Stage 13||Soto de Luiña - Luarca||39|
|Stage 14||Luarca - Ribadeo||50|
|Stage 15||Ribadeo - Abadín||52|
|Stage 16||Abadín - Baamonde||39|
|Stage 17||Baamonde - Arzúa||63|
|Stage 18||Arzúa - Santiago de Compsotela||39|