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Camino del Norte


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Camino del Norte


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Camino del Norte


Sections

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We have divided the road into sections, each with its own characteristics, advantages and levels of difficulty. Click on each section for more information.

Camino del Norte

Hondarribia - Bilbao

Level: 4.00

Distance: 152.00 km

Number of stages walk: 7

Number of stages on bike: 0

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Bilbao - Santander

Level: 3.00

Distance: 114.00 km

Number of stages walk: 5

Number of stages on bike: 2

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Santander - Gijon

Level: 2.00

Distance: 0.00 km

Number of stages walk: 9

Number of stages on bike: 4

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Gijón - Ribadeo

Level: 3.00

Distance: 157.00 km

Number of stages walk: 7

Number of stages on bike: 3

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Ribadeo - Santiago de Compostela

Level: 3.00

Distance: 194.00 km

Number of stages walk: 8

Number of stages on bike: 3

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Travels

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Camino del Norte (Hondarribia - Bilbao)

(Stage 1-7): 9 days, 152 km's pilgrimage (100 miles). Hiking through Basque Country, pincho after pincho.

From 675 €/pers. Per person in a double room.

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Camino del Norte (Hondarribia - Bilbao)

Camino del Norte (Hondarribia-Santander)

(Stage 1-12): 14 days, 266 kms pilgrimage (165 miles).

From 895 €/pers. Per person in a double room

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Camino del Norte (Hondarribia-Santander)

Camino del Norte (Avilés-Santiago)

(Stage 23-35): 17 days, 285 kms pilgrimage (177 miles). North Coast: From Avilés to Santiago (Stages 19 - 33 of 33).

From 975 €/pers. Per person in a double room

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Camino del Norte (Avilés-Santiago)

Camino del Norte (Santander - Gijón)

(Stage 13-21): 11 days, 212 kms pilgrimage (127 miles) along the green coast.

From 675 €/pers. Per person in a double room.

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Camino del Norte (Santander - Gijón)

Camino del Norte - FULL WALK (Hondarribia-Santiago)

(Stage 1-35): 39 days, 818 km's pilgrimage (507 miles). Experience the whole Northern Camino Route

From 2.295 €/pers. Per person in a double room.

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Camino del Norte - FULL WALK (Hondarribia-Santiago)

Camino del Norte by Bicycle (Gijon-Santiago)

(Bike stages: 11-16): 9 days, 347 km's (342 miles) wonderful bike-tour along the Green Coast

From 875 €/pers. Per person in a double room.

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Camino del Norte by Bicycle (Gijon-Santiago)

History of the Camino del Norte

Picturesques and alternative route along the North Coast, the Camino del Norte (Northern Camino) will satisfy your every desire for nature, physical activity and a chance to indulge yourself at the same time.
  • Length: 825 km. / 513 miles.
  • Start: Hondarribia. 
  • End: Santiago de Compostela.

The Camino del Norte is also known as the Coastal Camino because it traverses the entire Northern Coast of Spain with its beautiful surroundings, high cliffs and sea. The picturesque landscape and terrain make this alternative route a very special option. In addition, to being well sign-posted, the Camino del Norte offers everything from some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain to great restaurants, idyllic villages and exciting, unforgettable cities.

In reality, the Camino del Norte from the Old Kingdom of Asturias was the first one to take pilgrims to Santiago, so it is as old, if not older than the Camino Francés.
It dates back to the period immediately following the discovery of the tomb of Saint James the Apostle, around 820 AD. When the medieval European kings began to arrive to Santiago they traveled this route giving it its name and expanding their territories along the Northern Coast. As the Reconquista advanced south and peace was gradually restored, the Camino del Norte became more and more prominent.
At one point in time, it saw a decline and was barely used. Currently, however, with the popularity of pilgrims walking to Santiago, its status and use as a main route have given this Camino its prominence once again.

The Camino del Norte was as busy as other routes long before the Spanish monarchs proclaimed the Camino Francés to be the ideal route because it provided a link for the Christian kingdoms in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. Still, their endorsement of the French Way did not cause a decline in the use of the Asturian and Galician pilgrimage routes. To the contrary, the stretch from Leon to Oviedo has enjoyed great popularity, from the late 11th century onwards.

The Camino del Norte was not only used by the Asturians living along the shoreline, this medieval route also gave pilgrims access to the Sanctuaries of Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela. Although perhaps not as well traveled as the French Way, the Camino del Norte was certainly bustling with activity until the 18th century. These pilgrims came by land from France or by sea from Northern Europe to the ports of the Basque Country and Cantabria, before setting out on their journey towards the Sanctuary of San Salvador of Oviedo and the Cathedral of Santiago. From the town of Ribadeo, the route continued inland through the valleys of Vilanova de Lourenza and Mondoriedo, and thereafter crossing the high flatlands of Vilalba and Guitiriz. At the Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes, just before the route joined with the French Way in Arzua, the pilgrims received the hospitality of the monks. Just a few more days travelling finally brought them to Santiago and the tomb of the Apostle.

Among the thousands of pilgrims who travelled to Santiago via the Camino del Norte, one figure that stands out is Saint Francis of Assisi. Reports suggest that he made the pilgrimage to San Salvador in Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela in 1214. In the late 15th century, the Armenian Bishop Martyr of Azerbaijan made a pilgrimage to Rome and Santiago using the Northern Way, which passed through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. There are two interesting chronicles dating from the 16th century recorded by pilgrims who travelled a similar route – Antonio Lalaing, Lord of Montigny (1502), and the Italian pilgrim, Bartolommeo Fontana (1539).

During the Baroque period, many pilgrims who also chose to chronicle their experiences and itineraries used the Camino del Norte, and so there are several chronicles describing the journey from that time as well.

The Galician stretch of this route covers 170 kilometres between Ribadeo and Santiago and is clearly sign-posted with stones decorated with a ceramic scallop shell and a vital piece of information for pilgrims – their exact location on the route. In addition to the famous yellow arrow of the Associations of the Friends of the Way, these milestones make it easy for the pilgrims to find their path, as they appear in strategic locations such as at crossroads and turn-offs.

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