Camino del Norte: Bilbao - Santander


After Bilbao the terrain is getting slightly easier - but without becoming easily. The Camino often follows the coastline and it is possible to walk long stretches along some of Spain's most beautiful beaches, with the feets in the water. Between the beaches and cliffs you'll find idyllic fishing and seaside villages which in summer are extremely popular vacation destinations.

The stages can rarely be shortened significantly, making the level hard to adjust the individual.

Service functions are generally good. In the evenings there are always restaurants on or near the hotel. The route passes every day through the cities, which has supermarkets, banks, laundry services, shops and other possibility for provisioning. 

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? NOTE: 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.

Featured places: Bilbao, The Coast, Castro Urdiales, Laredo, Santander

Distance: 114km. (71 miles)

The section profile

Camino del Norte Walk

Steps in this section walk

1.- Bilbao - Portugalete 19 km

2.- Portugalete - Castro Urdiales 28 km

3.- Castro Urdiales - Laredo 25 km

4.- Laredo - Güemes 28 km

5.- Güemes - Santander 14 km

Camino del Norte by bike

Steps in this section by bike

1.- Bilbao - Castro Urdiales (47 km)

2.- Castro Urdiales - Santander (64 km)

* Remember you can always customize the stages of their journey

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