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Camino de Santiago: THE WHOLE Northern Way(Hondarribia - Santiago)

Map Camino del Norte: Hondarribia - Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrimage from Hondarribia to Santiago along the Cantabrian coast.

Embark on an 805 km journey through Spain's north coast with Spain is More and be amazed by the stunning natural beauty of the 'Northern Camino', from sea-facing cliffs to green mountains and valleys.

Though the official route starts in Irún, our journey begins in Hondarribia (Fuenterrabia), just 5 km from Irún. This unparalleled coastal town is the perfect starting point for a 'hiking adventure on the Northern Way'.

Discover breathtaking beaches and savor the 'exquisite regional cuisine of Northern Spain'. From quaint fishing villages to iconic cities like Bilbao, San Sebastián, Santander, and Gijón, each step immerses you in unique cultures and flavors. Enjoy Basque 'pintxos' and Asturian and Cantabrian dishes on a route that challenges you physically while delighting you with its diverse landscapes and cultures.

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What Spain is More Offers

✔ Daily departures throughout the year.

✔ Carefully selected hotels, always with a private bathroom.

✔ A personalized digital guide from Spain is More with practical information about the route and recommendations.

✔ Stage customization: Yes, often.


Don't miss out...

We recommend adding an extra night at all the following sites so you have time to discover these beautiful localities.

Hondarribia: This charming coastal town in the Basque Country is known for its medieval old town and picturesque atmosphere.

San Sebastián: Famous for its La Concha beach and exquisite cuisine, San Sebastián is a must-visit destination for food and culture lovers.

Bilbao: Home of the famous Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao offers a mix of modern architecture and Basque tradition.

Santander: With its beautiful bay and beaches, Santander is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the seaside scenery.

Gijón: A lively coastal city with beaches, parks, and a vibrant cultural scene.

Click here to explore the Camino del Norte

Find key insights on distances, terrain, climate, and vital tips.

It includes
  1. 38 nights in a double room - always with private bath/toilet.
  2. 38 x breakfast.
  3. Spain-is-More´s-Digital- Travel Guidebook: 
  4. Pilgrims passport/Credencial
  5. Guided Tour to Finisterre.
  6. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  7. Taxes.
Not included
  1. Some short local bus or taxi journeys, e.g. from airport to bus or train station in the same city.
  2. Summer: 1 June to 30 September is high season. Unlike the French route the hotels are filled with summerguests why the price increases considerably. During this time you should expect extra costs of around 300 € / person.
  1. Personalise your Camino: (sometimes): Divide stages
  2. Baggage Transport on the pilgrim route can be purchased. If you buy a luggage service your bag / suitcase will be transported from hotel to hotel on the scheduled days of hiking. Price 240 €/unit of max 15 kg.
  3. Extension of stay
  4. 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).
  5. Transportation to starting point from anywhere in Spain.
  6. Cancellation insurance: available in the trip confirmation process. (can be added when ordering).

Camino de Santiago: THE WHOLE Northern Way

(Hondarribia - Santiago)

2.550 EUR/pers.
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Single room supplement: 950 EUR

Daily program

Hondarribia - Santiago de Compostela

Detailed itinerary (view all days )
Day 1.- Arrival to Hondarribia

Arrival in Hondarribia which is a beautiful village in the Basque Country with two historic districts that make up the old and monumental part of the town center.
'Cisco Viejo' or Old Part corresponding to the walled old town. It is a area with many buildings of artistic and historical interest. The harbour is a charming fishermen neighbourhood, located outside the walls.  

Hondarribia is the perfect place to enjoy the local cuisine, either through pintos or in a restaurant (or both).

Day 2.- Hondarribia - San Sebastián 27 Km

You start off with a tremendously beautiful walk with a splendid view of the bay. In many regards this stage is one of the most beautiful on the route.

However, you will have to work for the beautiful view and the stage is quite hilly. But you will be perfectly rewarded with delicious pintxos in San Sebastián 's beautiful old town.

If today's stage is too long, there are opportunities to shorten it a bit, either at the beginning or at the end of the day. Consult with Spain is More or see the guide material that is sent to you before departure.

Distance: 27 Km

San SebastiánHondarribia
Day 3.- San Sebastián - Zarautz 20 Km

Waking up in San Sebastian is always a pleasure. Enjoy views of San Sebastian from Mount Igeldo and its lighthouse. You will walk through woods and the vineyards of Txacoli (white wine) and pass the picturesque fishing villages.

This day ends in Zarautz, a town between sea and mountains, which is also one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Basque Country.

Distance: 20 Km

ZarautzSan Sebastián
Day 4.- Zarautz - Deba 22 Km

This stage follows the coastline, forcing the pilgrims to overcome countless hills between the pretty coastal towns. You will pass, among other things, a beautiful monument from the 16th Century, as well as a wonderful geological phenomenon produced by the erosive action of the sea against the stratified rocks.

Distance: 22 Km

Day 5.- Deba - Markina - Xemein 24 Km

The stage becomes quite hilly as the route goes inland and leaves the ocean for the next 3 days.

Pilgrims are faced with tough climbs, but everything has an end and the last path of the route is more favourable.

Distance: 24 Km

XemeinDeba - Markina
Day 6.- Markina - Xemein - Guernika Lumo 25 Km

This day is an idyllic stage where Cistercian monks still welcome the pilgrims.

The Camino winds through dark and winding paths while small churches, towers and other medieval monuments are crossed.

The stage ends in the town of Guernica, which was immortalized by Picasso.

Distance: 25 Km

Guernika LumoMarkina - Xemein
Day 7.- Guernica - Lezama 21 Km

The Camino follows much of the day an asphalt road through the vast forests.

This part of the route is in sharp contrast to the modern metropolitan cities like Bilbao and San Sebastian.

Distance: 21 Km

Day 8.- Lezama - Bilbao 11 Km

Monte Avril is the last "hurdle" of pelgrims that you must overcome to get to Bilbao. Bilbao, known for its cuisine, culture and music, which is felt throughout the city and especially in the old quarter.

We recommend to spend an extra day in Bilbao. The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre, Norman Foster's Underground... are all examples of the dynamism that exists in Bilbao.

However, today's stage is short and you can easily get a impression of Bilbao in the time available.

Distance: 11 Km

Day 9.- Bilbao - Portugalete 19 Km

A large part of the route goes through Bilbao's suburbs and along the major port.

You will be walking at a comfortable distance from traffic and noise, in a beautiful landscaped path, where you have a lovely view over the bay, the harbour and the city.

You will see the perforated landscape reminding everyone of the numerous mines, which until a few decades ago, was the main regional income.

Distance: 19 Km

Day 10.- Portugalete - Castro Urdiales 26 Km

This historic trail overlooks the idyllic villages and nice beaches before the descent to the beautiful city of Castro Urdiales.

Castro Urdiales is an old fishing village that has glorious buildings and plenty of atmosphere.

Distance: 26 Km

Castro UrdialesPortugalete
Day 11.- Castro Urdiales - Laredo 25 Km

At the beginning of this stage you pass the ruins of a medieval castle. A parallel path leads through a eucalyptus forest instead of walking close to the highway. In Laredo, the beautiful buildings from 16th – 19th century can be admired.

You have two choices of routes. The official is 37 kilometres, but can easily be reduced to approx. 25 km’s. Advantages and disadvantages as well as practical advice is described in our guidebook.

Distance: 25 Km

LaredoCastro Urdiales
Day 12.- Laredo - Güemes 29 Km

The stage begins with a short cruise across the bay, before the route passes some of the most beautiful beaches in the north of Spain. There are countless places where the rugged cliffs and intermediate beaches can be admired.

Distance: 29 Km

Day 13.- Güemes - Santander 12 Km

A short and comfortable walk that ends up in the town of Somo, just across the bay of Santander.

The city is reached by boat from here. Many summer hiking guests prefer to stay a few days in one of the cosy summer towns close to Santander, with stunning beaches, which is highly recommended during summer months.

Distance: 12 Km

Day 14.- Santander - Mogro 18 Km

This is a very tedious stage and with the only company of the asphalt. The nearest ford over the river Pas, a sixteenth century bridge in the town of Puente Arce, forces the pilgrims to make a considerable detour.

To shorten the route 8 kilometers, it is recommended to take the train at Boo’s railway station and get off at Mogro. If you prefer more time in Santander, its also possible to skip this stage by taking a train or a bus from Santander to Mogro.

Distance: 18 Km

Day 15.- Mogro - Santillana del Mar 19 Km

As opossed to yesterday stage, this stage is very beautiful with loads of interesting highligts. Santillana del Mar was founded in the 9th century by monks who brought the relics of St. Juliana and built a chapel and a small monastery in this place. The monastery was gaining notoriety through various donations.

Furthermore, its possible to visit the Altamira Caves, just outside Santillana del Mar. One of the worlds most important architectual findings, with its 17.000 old cave paintings.

The current Church of Santa Juliana is Romanesque from the 12th Century. The town of Santillana del Mar is a monument in itself and walking around the maze of streets dotted with manor houses and palaces well worth another visit.

Distance: 19 Km

Santillana del MarMogro
Day 16.- Santillana del Mar - Comillas 22 Km

Comillas, and its beaches, in the 19th Century become, along with Santander, one of the most prestigious places to spend the summer and practice the famous sunbathing.

The major attractions in Comillas are: Universidad Pontificia, El Capricho de Gaudí and the port of Comillas.

Distance: 22 Km

ComillasSantillana del Mar
Day 17.- Comillas - Serdio 20 Km

Three are the rias that the pilgrim will cross today and it will spend the night next to another before leaving Cantabria. 

Before reaching San Vicente a detour can bring your throug the wonderful natural reserve, Oyambre. San Vicente de la Barquera, is a lovely little fishing town village.

Unquera is a town strategically located in a privileged location, with the beach and the mountains just a few kilometers far. At the mouth of the River Deva in the Cantabrian sea and the mountains of Picos de Europa, are only 30 kilometers apart.

From its source in Picos de Europa, river Deva runs 62 kilometers winding through the Liébana and the Hermida gorge. It flows into the Tinamayor estuary in Unquera, creating a natural border between the regions of Cantabria and Asturias.

Distance: 20 Km

Day 18.- Serdio - Llanes 29 Km

We start crossing the bridge over the river of Tina Mayor, thus we enter Asturias. This friendly way, by which we advance our way to Llanes, reward us in some places with good views of the sea.

Later, a sign will indicate that we are dealing with the ”Bufones of Arenillas”. These cracks or open fires on the coast, and connected with marine abysses, where the salt water penetrates with pressure, forming water spray jets that can reach over 20 meters high.

We will be able to admire it if the conditions are propotious.


The stage is long and sloped, and it is recommended to split the stage in two with an extra night. Another possibility is to split this and tomorrow's long stage in a total of 3 stages.

Distance: 29 Km

Day 19.- Llanes - Ribadesella 31 Km

Extensive and entertaining stage thanks to the many parishes of the councils of Llanes and Ribadesella accompanying the walk of the pilgrim. It's a hilly stage, which most people choose to split up in two - or split as well with yesterday's stage into three shorter stages!

In this area in the 19th Century it began an urban exploitation with modernist mansions and villas that were occupied by members of the aristocracy and gentry of Asturias and Madrid.

It now has a boardwalk and during the summer it has a rather high occupancy and it is perfect to practice water sports.

Distance: 31 Km

Day 20.- Ribadesella - Colunga 23 Km

Today the route continues across the council of Ribadesella and visits Caravia and Colunga.

In the first kilometers, to La Isla, we do not find any natural barrier that separate us from the sea. In the Council of Caravia we have to ascend to a track that soon falls between eucalyptus and ferns to Arenal de Moris.

It begins a few kilometers of great beauty as we walk up the side of the mountain by the sea.

Distance: 23 Km

Day 21.- Colunga - Villaviciosa 18 Km

A relatively hard stage, in a hilly terrain through larges forests. The stage is in turn relatively short. Villaviciosa is known for its sidra-production, and a few manufacturers can be visited. If you can't get enough of the beach, you can spend the afternoon at the beautiful Rodiles-beach, where you will also find a few good restaurant.

Not far from Villaviciosa is a small idyllic fishing village with really good restaurants. However, it is necessary to take a taxi or bus to get there.

Distance: 18 Km

Day 22.- Villaviciosa - Gijón 29 Km

The toughest stage on the Camino del Norte, with two very long climbs. The stage can be splitted with an extra nights approx. 10 km. before Gijón. Alternatively, our guidebook provides a few tips how to skip the most difficult part of the stage.

Gijón is a city that has plenty to offer and the city is one of the most beautiful and vibrant along the Northern Coast. Lots of great restaurants, shopping and exciting tours make the city an interesting tourist town. 
If weather permits, the beach and along the beautiful promenade are always exciting places to be.

The old town is beautiful and well maintained, and in the evenings you will find everyone pouring sidra from green bottles. A glorious city and an ideal place to begin your pilgrimage. Adding an extra night in town is certainly recommended if your time permits.

Distance: 29 Km

Day 23.- Gijón - Avilés 23 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: 23 Km

Day 24.- Avilés - Muros de Nalón 23 Km

During this stage and the many days following, you will nearly always be able to enjoy the sea on your right. The rocky coastline is sometimes hard to reach, but wide, long white sandy beaches often open up.

Today, the stage ends in one of the most charming fishing villages on the Spanish Northern Coast.

Distance: 23 Km

Muros de NalónAvilés
Day 25.- Muros de Nalón - Soto de Luiña 16 Km

A mixed stage, as you follow a bit of the Camino and later some miles along the road. Nevertheless, a stage through forests and often with a beautiful view of the sea.

Distance: 16 Km

Soto de LuiñaMuros de Nalón
Day 26.- Soto de Luiña - Villademoros 25 Km

Over 50 meter vertical rock walls separate you and the sea on this stage, often with small, almost pristine beaches in between.

Distance: 25 Km

VillademorosSoto de Luiña
Day 27.- Villademoros - Luarca 16 Km

The stage is relatively flat and quite easy (if it is not windy) and ends in one of the northern coast’s most-beloved villages, Luarca, which is often among the villages highlighted when magazines and newspapers vote on "Spain's most beautiful village".

Distance: 16 Km

Day 28.- Luarca - Cartavio 26 Km

In many ways similar to yesterday's stage. It is relatively flat with beautiful views, beaches, pine forests and open countryside.

Distance: 26 Km

Day 29.- Cartavio - Ribadeo 26 Km

You will be leaving Asturias and saying hello to Galicia.
Here, you are very close to one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Playa de las Catedrales (see picture), and the afternoon will include a visit to the beach.

The tour includes transportation to and from the beach from the hotel in Ribadeo and some time to see the beach. Playa de las Catedrales is approximately 10 kilometers from Ribadeo.

Perhaps you can consider a rest day in Ribadeo and have time to enjoy this cozy town and possibly the nearby beaches before the trip goes inland.

Distance: 26 Km

Day 30.- Ribadeo - Vilanova 26 Km

You move away from the many small villages along the coast and into the highlands. The terrain thus becomes hillier and the contour line increases to about 300 meters (1,000 feet). Setting out, you get a last glimpse of the coast before finally saying goodbye to the sea.

At the same time, you are moving into a very unknown and rural Spain, where you will see old farming methods and small towns where you would be the only tourist were it not for the Camino.

It's an interesting and different part of the Camino starting with this stage.

Distance: 26 Km

Day 31.- Vilanova - Abadin 22 Km

This stage goes through the city of Mondoñedo, which houses one of the northern route's most beautiful cathedrals and thus one of the main monuments along this route. The city and the area are also home to a few interesting monasteries.

Galicia is in many ways very different from Asturias, but one of the most visual differences is the many "horreos" that you can find anywhere. These ancient "refrigerators" will constantly remind you that you are in Galicia.

Distance: 22 Km

Day 32.- Abadin - Vilalba 21 Km

An easy stage without significant obstacles, a day for enjoyment and mental relaxation. You will probably stay the night in Vilalba’s beautiful parador hotel.

Vilalba is a large town with several good restaurants and is the last larger town before you move into a relatively deserted area.

Distance: 21 Km

Day 33.- Vilalba - A Pobra de Parga 26 Km

After about 10 kilometers, you will leave the highway that you have been crossing many times over the last couple of days. You will walk into a very rural area with lots of open fields, forests, etc.

Distance: 26 Km

A Pobra de PargaVilalba
Day 34.- A Pobra de Parga - Sobrado 24 Km

A stage which in many ways is similar to yesterday's stage, where forests, ponds and fields surround you.

The cultural highlight of the day is the monastery in Sobrado.

Distance: 24 Km

SobradoA Pobra de Parga
Day 35.- Sobrado - Arzua 21 Km

This is the last stage before the northern route integrates with the French route in Arzúa.

From here, you are only two stages from your goal in Santiago, and you will meet many pilgrims who want to learn more about Camino del Norte.

Distance: 21 Km

Day 36.- Arzúa - O Pedrouzo 21 Km

An exhilarating atmosphere unfolds as your journey's end draws closer.

Pilgrims now see and feel their goal, and begin to revel in happiness and relief with the many companions they met along the way.

Distance: 21 Km

O PedrouzoArzúa
Day 37.- O Pedrouzo - Santiago 19 Km

Congratulations, you achieved an admirable goal, so it's time for a number of traditional pilgrimage rituals. First, be sure to get proof of this feat: the last stamp in your pilgrim passport.

Along with the rituals, enjoy the End Station of the Pilgrim route, Santiago de Compostela, which offers a veritable cornucopia of attractions and one of the world’s most important cultural centers.

This university town exudes charm and has a myriad of cozy streets offering ample opportunity to sample the many local delicacies. The cathedral is surrounded by a historic center which is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list, and old town is incomparable. Its monuments stand as true works of art in different architectural styles.

Distance: 19 Km

SantiagoO Pedrouzo
Day 38.- 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 39.- Departure

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