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Biking the Northern Way
- 347 Km
- 8 nights
- DifficultyiNOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!
1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.
2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.
3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
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Pilgrimage by bike along the Green Coast.
Embark on an enthralling bike pilgrimage from Avilés to Santiago, covering about 340 kilometers along the Northern Way (Camino del Norte). This unique journey blends the stunning coastal landscapes of Asturias with the charming lands of Galicia, making it ideal for cycling enthusiasts and those seeking a spiritual adventure.
Start your trip in the historic port of Gijón, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture, savoring ciders and culinary delights, perfect for experiencing the authenticity of Northern Spain. Be prepared to tackle exciting ascents and descents, some 2-3 km long, in the initial stages, before transitioning to peaceful valleys adorned with rivers and lakes, creating a serene and tranquil setting. In Ribadeo, you will leave behind the sea views and delve into the beauty of the Galician countryside.
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What Spain is More offers:
✔ Daily departures from March to November.
✔ Carefully selected hotels, always with a private bathroom.
✔ Spain is More's personalized digital guide with practical information about the route as well as recommendations.
✔ Customization of stages: Yes, almost always.
Don't miss out...
We recommend adding an extra night at all the following places so you have time to discover these beautiful towns.
✔ Gijón: A lively coastal city with beaches, parks, and a vibrant cultural scene.
✔ If you feel like extending your stay before or after your pilgrimage in any of the holiday coastal towns, ask us. We know the best spots and would be happy to book it for you.
- 8 nights in a double room - always with private bath/toilet.
- 8 x breakfast.
- Bicycle Rental
- Spain-is-More´s-Digital- Travel Guidebook
- Pilgrims passport/Credencial
- Excursion to ’Playa de la Catedrales’.
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel. (Unit of max 15 kg.)
- Guided Tour to Finisterre.
- 24/7 emergency telephone number.
- Some short local bus or taxi journeys, e.g. from airport to bus or train station in the same city.
- Personalise your Camino / Divide stages: Sometimes
- Extension of stay
- Printed guide. If you prefer the printed guide, it can be purchased for 30 euros per specimen. (You can add it when you buy the trip).
- Transportation to starting point from anywhere in Spain.
- Cancellation insurance: available in the trip confirmation process. (can be added when ordering).
Biking the Northern Way
(Gijon-Santiago)From990 EUR/pers.Single room supplement: 290 EUR
Gijón - Santiago de CompostelaDetailed itinerary (view all days )Day 1.- Arrival to Gijon
Arriving at the beautiful coastal-, bathing- and port city, Gijón. A big city with nearly 300,000 inhabitants, a long promenade for evening walks and a lively old town, where the sidra is flowing ... it is certainly recommended to take an extra night if you are into shopping, tapas, authentic Spanish atmosphere, delicious restaurants, good beaches and much more ....Day 2.- Gijon - Cudillero 48 Km
The first miles of this stage goes through the suburbs of Gijón before reaching the soft, green hills that will characterize much of this trip. The route you will experience today does not follow the coast, but cuts a pretty much straight line from Gijón to Avilés, where you will spend the night.
Avilés is primarily known for its cultural center, which was designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The city also has a nice old town.
Distance: 48 KmDay 3.- Cudillero - Luarca 47 Km
You leave Cudillero behind and start a new day traveling along well-marked dirt paths. You will cross numerous minivalleys (Ballotas)
This is a relatively hard stage with ups and downs but, in turn, is also one of the most beautiful segments between Avilés and Ribadeo.
At the entrance to Luarca, before going down to the port, it is advisable to go on to the hermitage of Our Lady the White, located in the Watchtower and next to the singular cemetery of the locality. It is a viewpoint with extraordinary views.
Once in Luarca, we recommend you to visit the fishing district of Cambaral, the Cemetery and the Church of Santa Eulalia.
Distance: 47 KmDay 4.- Luarca – Ribadeo 55 Km
There isn't a lot of uneven travel in today's stage. The itinerary moves you away from the sea on this first part of the Camino. It is a flat stage as you entering Galicia and you have two possible routes: the one through the interior, the Official Way, and the Coast Route. Both are well marked/signposted.
We explain in detail both routes in the guidebook that Spain is More sends you days before your trip, so you can choose the one you want and get to know the details of the area. We recommend the Coastal Route because so much of it passes through beautiful coastal areas.
Once you are in Ribadeo, you will have time to visit the Cathedrals Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Northern Spain. Your trip includes transportation there from the hotel.
Distance: 55 KmDay 5.- Ribadeo – Vilalba 75 Km
Today's stage is a turning point in the North Road: on the one hand, you are definitively moving away from the coast; and, on the other hand, you will regain a mountainous route, in a rural environment with livestock around you and where the territory is sparsely populated.
The ups and downs are mostly smooth and are present throughout the entire stage. At the height of Lourenzá and Mondoñedo there is a small mountain range with an approximate difference of 200 meters. Starting at Mondoñero, you ascend gradually up to 600 meters above sea level.
Mondoñero is a small town that houses one of the most beautiful cathedrals on the Northern Route. You will also see monasteries and other monuments.
In Galicia, unlike Asturias, you will find lots of "Horreos" as you walk along the Camino.
After almost finishing the stage, the route becomes easy and pleasantly smooth.
Once in Villalba, we recommend the visit to the Tower of the Andrade, converted into a Parador de Turismo, where you will spend the night.
Old and stately, this is the Vilalbés Municipality, with a rich cultural heritage that displays the historical personality of these lands. Castros, churches or pazos were built in these places and are witnesses to a time past loaded with legends and histories. Next to its history, the restaurants with the exquisite Galician food are right behind.
Distance: 75 KmDay 6.- Vilalba – Sobrado 58 Km
The beginning of the stage is simple, and is similar to yesterday. The slopes are quite scarce. During the day you'll see several very picturesque villages where you'll breathe peace and tranquility. There are lots of forests, open fields and plains.
Arriving at the end of the stage, you'll experience more unevenness along the route advancing toward solitary and unpopulated areas.
The cultural jewel of today's stage is the impressive Cistercian Monastery of Santa María, in Sobrado. It is also known as "Sobrado dos Monxes", a singular building directly linked to the road of Santiago and the routes of the Peninsular North and in July 2015 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Distance: 58 KmDay 7.- Sobrado – Santiago de Compostela 64 Km
Today the Camino del Norte ends at the French Comino at Arzúa.
Whether you have started the Camino in Irún or have completed part of the Camino del Norte, the number of pilgrims you will see from now on until you arrive in Santiago will amaze you. You'll meet people during the rest of the Camino from all over the world with whom you'll have the opportunity to visit and share experiences.
Today's stage is comfortable, without any problems. The landscape mainly consists of eucalyptus forests and meadows.
The end of this stage is met with a great feeling of excitement. Everyone now "sees" the goal and that creates a mood of joy and tranquility.
Upon your arrival in Santiago you may want to carry out a series of important rituals of the traditional pilgrimage. All thes details are described in the Spain is More Guidebook.
You will need to wake up early if you want to go to the Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral of Santiago that is officiated every day at 12hr.
The Pilgrim's Office is located a few meters away from the Cathedral. There you will be sent the Compostela once they prove, with the stamps of the credential, that you have cycled the last two hundred kilometers.
The City of Santiago is full of charm with numerous cozy streets where you can taste the delicious Galician cuisine. It is a city full of atmosphere, a perfect to get to know any time of the day. The charm of Santiago's Old Town is hard to match. The cathedral is surrounded by the city's historical center, a World Heritage Site. Finally, be sure to notice the city's monuments, which are true works of art of different architectural styles.
Distance: 64 KmDay 8.- Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre
True pilgrims continues further and finish their journeys in Finisterre. The tour goes by bus with an English-speaking guide from Santiago to Finisterre in the morning and returns mid-efternoon to Santiago. Just off the stunning, rugged coastline and the fabled “Costa de la Muerte” (Death Coast), a reef filled with shipwrecks and tales of legends captures a raw, natural beauty. On the coast’s westernmost point is Finisterre – meaning the world’s end. Romans named this coast because it was literally the end of the known world. For many pilgrims this is the symbolic endpoint of the pilgrimage.
The evening is spent in Santiago de Compostela.Day 9.- Departure from Santiago
End of pilgrimage. Return from Santiago de Compostela.
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