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Camino del Norte walking stages – complete itinerary

Camino del Norte walking stages - complete itinerary

Camino del Norte is a km stroll via the Northern Spain; the Basque Nation, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. The surroundings on the Camino is superb; sandy seashores, dramatic cliffs, lovely sea, historic cities and cities, pasture fields and forest. The Northern Approach was our third Camino de Santiago that we walked in a single yr after the Camino Portuguese and the Camino Primitivo – in our opinion it was harder than the opposite two Caminos. On this publish you’ll discover a complete walking itinerary from Irún to Santiago de Compostela together with the record of the municipal albergues on the route with the amenities.

This can be a steered itinerary that can be utilized in your Camino planning. In case you assume that some stages are too lengthy, you moderately take your time and stroll it slower you possibly can simply regulate this itinerary for you.

You’ll be able to obtain PDF file that incorporates the complete record of municipal and donation albergues on the Camino del Norte in addition to walking stages on the finish of the publish. 

In the event you’re questioning what to pack for the Camino del Norte verify our detailed Camino packing information the place you’ll find the complete listing of things for various seasons for each women and men.

Contents

Day zero. Attending to Irún (the Basque Nation)

By bus./practice There are buses to Irún from a number of Spanish cities in any other case you’ll be able to take a bus/practice to San Sebastian and take an area bus from there. Municipal albergue in Irún opens at 4pm when you arrive earlier you’ll have to attend. We took a bus from Barcelona, the journey was , worth . 

By aircraft

Day 1. Irún – San Sebastián, 27km/17 miles

Irún – Pasaia- San Sebastián

The beginning of the Camino is sort of difficult; two lengthy ascends and descends on the best way to San Sebastián. The surroundings on the primary day is superb – some of the lovely walking days on the route. More often than not the Camino goes via the mountains and forest, no street walking. There shall be just one city Pasaia on the best way, within the center between Irún and San Sebastián. There will probably be a few water fountains on the best way to refill water. In Pasaia you cross the river on a small boat, it takes 1 minute, prices zero,eight Euro pp.

Observe! The municipal albergue (donation) is on the entrance to San Sebastián, at about 25km. It’s opened solely in July and August, out of those months you must keep on the albergue juvenile or one of many hostels. We stayed at albergue Juvenil Ondaretta, it’s situated on the opposite aspect of the town (proper on the finish), at 27km, it’s fairly costly 17-20 Euro pp. Should you’re planning on doing some sightseeing or exit fairly to remain in a special place, nearer to the town middle. When you’ve got some additional days we’d recommend to remain longer (2 days) in San Sebastián, it’s a really lovely place.

Lodging in San Sebastián

Finances | Koisi Hostel | A Room In The Metropolis | Koba Hostel | Albergue Juvenil Ondaretta |

Center worth | Off Beat Guesthouse | Take pleasure in Consolation | Pensión Añoga | San Sebastian Vacation Visitor Home |

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely surroundings; inexperienced hills, cliffs, seashores, forest, cities
  • Pasaia – a comfortable small city, a pleasant place to cease for lunch or espresso (although bars on the best way have been fairly expensive)
  • San Sebastian – in all probability the gorgeous metropolis on the Camino del Norte; sandy seashores, Previous city, good vibe, many pincho (pintxo) bars and cafes.  

Challenges

  • Steep uphill that begins 3km after Irún, 250m altitude achieve with a subsequent descend to Pasaia
  • Steep ascend from Pasaia, 200m altitude achieve with subsequent descend to San Sebastian.

Albergue de Ondarreta – capability 40 individuals, opened all yr, worth 17-19 Euro.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, range, microwave, plates, utensils and so forth.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, three Euro
  • Drying machine – no, washing strains
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure

Beautiful view of San Sebastian on the way down to the cityView over San Sebastian from the Camino route.

Day 2. San Sebastián – Getaria, 26km/16 miles

San Sebastián – Orio – Zarautz – Getaria

First a part of the stroll between San Sebastian and Orio is thru the forest and fields, there are two locations to refill water. Should you stroll in summer time ensure to start out early a lot of the approach you’re uncovered to the solar. As an choice you possibly can keep in Zarautz there’s a municipal albergue nevertheless it’s opened solely in July and August. Hostels in Zarautz have been fairly costly (it’s a flowery surf city) because of this we determined to maintain walking to Getaria. The stroll from Zarautz to Getaria could be very good and straightforward alongside the ocean with some nice views over each cities.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely sea surroundings on the best way from San Sebastian
  • Sea entrance in Zarautz
  • Previous City and the seashore of Getaria

Challenges

  • Steep uphill proper after San Sebastian,
  • Many up and downs all the best way until Zarautz

Getaria is a pleasant little city on the sea with small however lovely historic middle, cathedral, many eating places and bars the place you possibly can cease for a drink with pincho.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Kanpaia albergue, Getaria. It’s fairly primary for the worth, reminds extra an albergue for donation somewhat than a hostel. Capability 30 individuals. Opened 1st March to 31st October. Worth 15 Euro.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, solely microwave, kettle, utensils
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, three Euro
  • Drying machine – no, washing strains
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – no
  • Additional – breakfast, three Euro pp.

There’s one other albergue in Guetaria – Agote Aundi that’s opened all yr. Worth 15 Euro, together with breakfast. 

Getaria, beach. Walking the Northern Way of St.JamesLovely seashore city of Getaria.

Day three. Getaria – Deba, 19km/12 miles

Getaria – Zumaia – Itziar – Deba

First 5km after Guetaria there isn’t a locations to cease for meals – be certain that to have sufficient water and eat breakfast in Guetaria or take some snack with. After 5km you arrive in Zumaia – one other city by the ocean. After that at 9km there will probably be a restaurant. First half of the best way ascends and descends, walking by means of the fields and open areas, second half slightly little bit of walking alongside the street (not very busy although) and thru the forest.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely mountain and sea surroundings on the best way
  • Previous City of Zumaia
  • Sanctuary de Santa María de Itziar

Challenges

  • Up and down hills, the entire day you principally ascend or descend, little or no walking on the flat.

Deba is a biggish city on the river with many eating places and bars, good sq. and a few church buildings.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure. Opened all yr. Worth 5 Euro.
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day four. Deba – Markina-Xemein, 25km/15,5 miles

Deba – Ermita de Calvario de Maia – Olatz – Markina

In Deba you stroll 1km additional with a purpose to get to the opposite aspect of the river as a result of the Previous bridge is at present closed for reconstruction. There’s a bus that takes individuals to the opposite aspect, you possibly can ask on the albergue the way it works, we determined to stroll. There are not any cities or villages between Deba and Markina besides three eating places on the best way, the primary two have been closed (it was Sunday morning), the third – Taberna Zelaieta in Olatz, at 8km, was opened. It’s located simply earlier than an extended and steep uphill we’d advocate to cease right here for espresso and relaxation. Their espresso is sweet they usually have nice pinchos.

The municipal albergue in Markina is meant to be for donation however an individual who runs it insists in everyone “paying” 10 Euro which is annoying; the place is sort of primary and doesn’t have many amenities, although you get breakfast; toasts, jam, espresso and so on.

An alternative choice is to maintain walking from Markina, 7km extra to the monastery – Monasterio de Zenarruza and keep there. It’s a donation place the place you’ll be able to sleep and get a meal. The monastery is situated 20 min. stroll from the closest city Bolibar in a really lovely spot. Some individuals walked subsequent day solely 7km from Markina to the monastery and stayed there.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely mountain surroundings all the best way from Deba to Markina
  • Torre Barroeta
  • Ermita de San Joaquín y Santa Ana
  • Ermita (small church) San Miguel de Arretxinaga

Challenges

  • Steep ascend from Deba to Ermita del Calvario, 200m altitude achieve
  • Steep ascend from Olatz (Taberna Zelaieta, 250m altitude achieve
  • Lengthy and steep descend simply earlier than Markita with some very muddy elements, 350m down.

Markina is a typical small city in Spain the place the whole lot (outlets and supermarkets) is closed on Sundays.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure. Opened seventh April – 15th October. Obligatory donation 10 Euro.
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Camino del Norte, forest path through the Basque CountryStingy Nomads on the Camino del Norte – walking by means of the Basque Nation.

Day 5. Markina-Xemein – Guernica, 25km/15,5 miles

Markina – Iruzubieta – Bolibar – Monastery de Zenarruza – Munitibar – Berriondo – Guernica

One other day of climbing up and taking place with a little bit of walking on the street with little visitors. A pleasant walking day with lovely surroundings. There have been a few eating places to cease for espresso or lunch on the best way and fairly a couple of water fountains.

Albergue for donation in Guernica is opened solely in August, there are various hostels, motels and visitor homes within the city. 

Factors of curiosity

  • Monastery of Zenarruza
  • Ermita de San Pedro and San Cristóbal
  • Torre (tower) de Montalban, Berriondo
  • Church de la Ascención, Ajangiz (Guernica)

Challenges

  • Ascends and descends all day
  • Steep ascend from Markina to the monastery of Zenarruza, 250m altitude achieve
  • Muddy path on the best way to Berriondo

Guernica (Gernika) is an enormous city with a pleasant historic middle via not very huge. It turned worldwide well-known after a three-hour bombing by the Nazi aviation on a fairly Sunday of 1937. The city from Picasso’s portray Guernica that yow will discover within the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, its copy is hanging on the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York. 

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened solely in August)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

We stayed at albergue Lumo Aterpetxea (personal), capability 50 individuals, opened all yr. Worth 18 Euro pp.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, four Euro
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Additional – breakfast included, lockers

Day 6. Guernica – Bilbao, 33km/20,5 miles

Guernica – Larrabetzu – Lezama – Zamudio – Bilbao

This stage is sort of lengthy and difficult when you fill robust stroll it in a single go however we’d recommend to separate it into two stages particularly in the event you stroll in summer time. The second half of the route from Larrabetzu you stroll alongside the street, uncovered to the solar. You’ll be able to stroll 21km to Lezama (albergue for donation) and the subsequent day 13km to Bilbao, this manner you’ll have extra time to do sightseeing within the metropolis. Don’t overlook to take meals or snacks with or eat good breakfast in Guernica, the closest place to cease for meals is at 17km.

Factors of curiosity

  • Ermita de San Esteban de Gerekiz
  • Lovely forest stroll from Guernica to Goiko Elexalde
  • Monte Aro and delightful views from the highest
  • Historic middle of Bilbao

Challenges

  • No locations to cease for meals throughout first 17km
  • Steep uphill from Guernika, 220m altitude achieve
  • Some very muddy elements at about 13km mark
  • Walking alongside the street from Goiko Elexalde until Zamudio, for about 10km, with no shadow
  • Very steep ascend to Monte Aro with subsequent steep descend to Bilbao, 320m up and down.

Bilbao is an enormous metropolis with a pleasant historic half, many lodges, hostels, eating places, supermarkets, ATMs and so on. Municipal albergue (opened 1st April – 14th October, donation) in Bilbao is situated 4km outdoors the middle, on the best way out from the town. We needed to do some sightseeing and determined to remain at albergue Claret Enea, you’ll discover it in the event you comply with yellow shells and arrows previous the historic middle after crossing the bridge. The albergue is opened from 1st Might to 31st October, capability 20 individuals, worth 11 Euro pp.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, 2 Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, 2 Euro
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Additional – breakfast included, lockers

Guggenheim museum, Bilbao, Camino del NorteGuggenheim museum, Bilbao – walking out of the town following the river route

Day 7. Bilbao – Pobeña, 26km/16 miles 

Bilbao – Getxo (river)/Cruces – Retuerto – Sestao (mountains) – Portugalete – La Playa – Pobeña

There are two methods of walking out of Bilbao; we adopted the river all the best way to Getxo the place we crossed to Portugalete utilizing the Vizcaya bridge (a transporter bridge) – fairly distinctive expertise. You possibly can stroll the Unique approach  over the hills nevertheless it’s longer and it doesn’t undergo the fashionable a part of Bilbao e.g. Guggenheim museum and so forth., plus it has some steep up and down hills. Word! In the event you keep on the municipal albergue of Bilbao you’ll should comply with the longer (unique) approach as a result of the albergue is 4km outdoors the town on the route. The stroll alongside the river path to Portugalete is 14km, the historic (mountain) route is 20km. Each routes are marked, each take part Portugalete. We have been advised that the majority pilgrims stroll out of Bilbao following the river. We selected that approach primarily as a result of we didn’t have time to see the fashionable a part of the town the day earlier than. The start of the stroll was good; alongside the river, previous the fashionable a part of the town. The second half was via industrial suburbs of Bilbao. To get to the other aspect you’ll need to cross the bridge. The crossing takes 2 minutes, prices zero,40 Euro pp.

Some individuals skip this half and take a bus from Bilbao to Portugalete as a result of they don’t need to stroll via the economic areas of the town. Not that we’re towards it in case you don’t have a lot time or not feeling nicely to chop this half is an choice however it’s part of the Camino expertise and in the long run the stroll wasn’t that dangerous.

2km after Portugalete there’s one other cut up. We adopted the official (historic) route that goes on the biking/walking route virtually all the best way to La Playa. The choice route is extra urbanized and passes by way of some populated areas and roads.

Factors of curiosity

  • Trendy space of Bilbao; Guggenheim museum, Paseo de la Memoria, Parque da Ribera and so on.
  • The Bizcaya bridge – a bridge between Getxa and Portugalete, when you comply with the river route you’ll have to make use of the bridge to cross it.
  • La Playa – a pleasant seashore city with good waves for browsing

Challenges

  • All day walking on the asphalt it made our ft fairly drained
  • For about 8km after the fashionable a part of Bilbao to Getxo you stroll by way of the economic space, it didn’t really feel harmful simply nothing to see, fairly boring surroundings.
  • Very gradual ascend from Portugalete to Gallarta, 100m altitude achieve
  • Descend to La Playa, 100m down

Pobeña just isn’t a city, there are a few homes and two bars, no outlets if you wish to purchase one thing do it in La Playa – a city 1km earlier than.

  • ATM – sure, in La Playa
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened 24th March – 15th October)
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure, in La Playa
  • Store – sure, in La Playa
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day eight. Pobeña – Castro Urdiales (Cantabria),  23km/14 miles

Pobeña – Ontón – Baltezana – Santullán – Castro Urdiales

We have been informed on the albergue to not comply with the official route from Pobeña (up the steps) as a result of it’s harmful (rocks falling or one thing like that) and go as an alternative alongside the street. Fortunately we determined to stroll the route anyway and didn’t discover any hazard. The path goes alongside the coast in the event you begin early morning you’ll be able to take pleasure in a stupendous dawn – the most effective surroundings of the day. After walking for about 4km you’ll depart the Basque Nation and enter Cantabria the place all the things is somewhat bit cheaper.

At Ontón the route splits; one goes alongside the coast (the choice route) and one other goes inland (the unique method). Each routes are marked. The Coastal route is about 5km shorter than the official route. You do see extra coast however it includes fairly a little bit of walking on the street. In case you’re planning to remain in Castro Urdiales slightly take the longer route in any other case you’ll arrive within the metropolis too early and should look forward to a few hours for albergues to open. 

In case you’re planning to maintain walking we’d recommend to purchase meals in Castro Urdiales there can be no different outlets on the best way. Observe! Albergue in Islares is presently closed, the subsequent albergue is at El Pontarrón. We learn dangerous evaluation concerning the albergue in El Pontarrón nevertheless it wasn’t that dangerous, it’s fairly primary however ok for a donation albergue. You will need to ask at El Pontarron Bar, individuals from there’ll stamp your credential and clarify how one can get to the albergue.

Factors of curiosity

  • Paseo Itsaslur – the primary a part of the route from Pobeña alongside the coast with lovely dawn
  • El Pico La Cruz (mountain peak) may be seen from Sámano
  • The historic half and seashores in Castro Urdiales

Challenges

  • In case you take the coastal route (shorter one) you stroll alongside the street with steep uphill by means of not a busy one
  • When you take the unique route – a steep ascend from Ontón to La Helguera, 240m up
  • Gradual downhill to Castro Urdiales, 230m down

Castro Urdiales is a stunning city with good promenade, lovely citadel, a number of church buildings, many bars and eating places.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Castro Urdiales - a beautiful sea town on the Northern WayHistoric middle of Castro Urdiales, the Basque Nation

Day 9. Castro Urdiales – Laredo, 30km/18,6 miles

Castro Urdiales – Islares – El Pontarrón – El Puente – Liendo – Laredo

First half of the day you stroll by way of the countryside principally flat with insignificant ups and downs until El Pontarrón. At El Pontarrón you once more have two choices to take a shortcut and go on the street until Liendo or to comply with the official route over the mountains. Individuals say the official method is for much longer, about 6km than the shortcut, we walked it and it was solely 3km longer although the ascend is sort of steep and lengthy. The surroundings was lovely and peaceable. We’re not huge followers of street walking each time we have now an opportunity we skip it.

Factors of curiosity

  • Spectacular sea surroundings at Cerdigo, midway between Castro Urdiales and Islares
  • Lovely mountain surroundings on the official route between El Pontarrón and Liendo
  • Beautiful sea views on the best way between Liendo and Laredo
  • Seashore and the Previous City of Laredo with many eating places and bars

Challenges

  • Walking on the street for about 4km from Islares to El Pontarrón
  • Very steep uphill stroll from El Pontarrón to Liendo with a subsequent descend to Liendo, 200m up and down (when you stroll the official route)
  • Walking on the street for about 7km from El Pontarrón to Liendo (should you take the shortcut)
  • Fairly steep uphill stroll from Liendo to Laredo

Laredo is a pleasant city with an extended seashore (good for swimming in summer time), a few lovely church buildings, many bars and eating places.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

We stayed at Albergue Casa de La Trinidad, opened all yr, capability 23 individuals, worth 10 Euro.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking range, microwave, pots, utensils, cutlery and so forth.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Additional – breakfast says to be included however actually typically they don’t serve it. We have been 20 individuals ready for any person to return within the morning however no one confirmed up.

Day 10. Laredo – Güemes, 30km/18,6 miles

Coastal route; Laredo – Santoña – Noja – Güemes

Inland route; Laredo – Colindres – Gama – San Miguel de Meruelo – Güemes

From Laredo you possibly can select to comply with the coastal route by means of Santoña or to go inland via Colindres. We’re massive sea lovers and it was a really good sunny day we selected the coastal means and have been fairly completely satisfied about it. On the best way you get to see a few lovely seashores. In Laredo you’ll be able to stroll on the seashore for 2km to the ferry having fun with the dawn on the best way. As a way to get from Laredo to Santoña you need to take a small ferry; first ferry leaves at 9am after that it goes to and again on a regular basis. The crossing takes about 2min., worth 2 Euro pp. 

Factors of curiosity

  • Seashore stroll in Laredo to the ferry
  • Good coastal surroundings on the best way; playa de Berria, playa de Trengandin, cliffs, hills and so on.
  • Historic middle of Noja; Plaza de la Villa, church of San Pedro.
  • Albergue La Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto, Güemes

Challenges

  • Lengthy day with fairly a little bit of street walking, few locations to cease in between. In case you stroll in summer time ensure that to refill your water at each consuming fountains (there are a pair on the best way)
  • Very steep uphill after Santoña, 83m up
  • Many up and down hills all the best way

Güemes is a tiny village with a few bars and motels. Albergue La Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto in Güemes is outdoors the village, about 10min. stroll. It’s an ideal place, one of many legends of the Camino del Norte. The albergue is for donation in addition to dinner and breakfast. A really fascinating place with very pleasant and welcome individuals, good backyard, good amenities, fascinating story – a should keep on this Camino.

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure, donation (opened all yr) 
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – no
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 11. Güemes – Santa Cruz de Bezana, 25km/15,5 miles 

Galizano – Somo – Santander – Santa Cruz de Bezana

From Güemes you could have two choices; 15km and 13km routes. The longest route is probably the most lovely, it goes alongside the coast previous some hidden seashores, dramatic cliffs and unreal surroundings – we’d undoubtedly advocate to decide on it. The final bit from Laredo to Somo you stroll on the seashore if it’s a pleasant day you’ll be able to cease right here for a swim or simply to benefit from the surroundings. Even in summer time there will not be many individuals on this seashore. We have been very unfortunate that day it was very wind and wet we couldn’t actually benefit from the stroll or see a lot. We wouldn’t advocate to stroll this route on a day like this, the trail will get muddy it may be harmful to stroll alongside the cliffs.

The 13km choices is an inland route, it doesn’t comply with the coast, the second half is on the street. Each routes are marked, each go to the ferry in Somo that you simply take to get to Santander. The ferry begins operating at 9.55am and goes each 30 minutes. Worth three Euro pp. It’s potential to stroll to Santander as nicely however it’s about 20km extra. These days only a few individuals stroll it it’s not a really lovely route alongside the street, the ferry is an official a part of the Camino. 

When you’ve got time as an choice you possibly can keep in Santander – it’s a pleasant metropolis with some lovely seashores and a number of other issues to see. For extra particulars on Santander take a look at our Complete information to the Camino del Norte.

In the event you determine to proceed be sure that to not miss the arrows the marking from the ferry terminal is a bit complicated. You will get a map with a route and explanations on the info workplace, 30m from the ferry.  

Factors of curiosity

  • Beautiful sea surroundings on the best way from Güemes to Somo
  • Playa de Loredo – a wonderful seashore the place you possibly can cease for a swim
  • The town middle of Santander

Challenges

  • Walking out of Santander; the marking is just not excellent, comply with yellow arrows or pink crosses (mark Camino Lebaniego).
  • The final half from Santander to Bezana is just not very picturesque previous some residential and industrial areas of the town.

Santa Cruz de Bezana

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure, donation (opened all yr) 
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Santander seafront, Cantabria, Camino de SantiagoThe seafront and the ferry station in Santander

Day 12. Santa Cruz de Bezana – Santillana del Mar, 28km/17 miles

Arce/Oruña – Mar – Requejada (Polanco) – Barreda – Santialland del Mar

The primary half of the day wasn’t that nice; loads of walking alongside the street, previous some industrial areas,  with few locations to cease on the best way – not too spectacular. The second half, at about 2km from Polanco, the great countryside surroundings begins; small cities, villages, chapels on the best way.

Factors of curiosity

  • Good countryside surroundings between Polanco and Santillana del Mar
  • Santillana del Mar – an enthralling city with many fascinating sights in and round. 

Challenges

  • Walking alongside the street and thru industrial areas until Polanco.

Santillana del Mar is likely one of the most lovely cities on the Northern Means, we’d extremely advocate to remain right here; spend a while wandering across the city, have a few drinks with scrumptious seafood pinchos, go to the Collegiata church.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 13. Santillana del Mar – Comillas, 22km/13,6 miles

El Arroyo – Oreña – Caborredondo – Cóbreces – La Iglesia – Comillas 

A simple and nice walking day via the forest, fields, small cities and villages.

Factors of curiosity

  • Church of San Martín de Cigüenza, Caborredondo
  • Convento de las Carmelitas Descalzas, Pando
  • Lovely sea surroundings at on the entrance to Comillas
  • Comillas – a ravishing city with some unimaginable sights, seashores, good sq., many bars and bakeries. 

Challenges

  • Somewhat little bit of up and down hill walking however nothing steep or lengthy

Comillas

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened 1st April – 31st October)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Comillas, town on the Camino de SantiagoComillas – one other cozy city on the Camino.

Day 14. Comillas – Colombres (Asturias), 29km/18 miles

San Vicente de la Barquera – Serdío – Unquera – Colombres

Fairly an extended walking day with a number of hills to overcome and few locations to cease for meals in between. On the finish of the day, at Unquera, you’ll  depart the province of Cantabria and enter Asturias. Asturias is a bit cheaper in sense of personal lodging. On the entrance to San Vicente de la Barquera you’ll be able to go right down to the seashore and stroll on the sand all the best way throughout the city to the bridge Puente de la Masa. The seashore means is slightly bit shorter, you skip a number of up and down hills and it’s good to take off your boots and stroll barefoot on the sand. We’d advocate to cease for lunch or espresso right here, it’s a pleasant city and the subsequent place with a bar/eating places is sort of distant. After San Vicente the Camino goes away from the ocean, inland over the hills and thru the forest.

Factors of curiosity

  • Beautiful sea surroundings; cliffs, inexperienced hills and seashores on the best way between Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera, probably the most lovely walking days.
  • San Vicente de la Barquera – a gorgeous city with good seashores, church buildings, el Puente de la Masa.
  • The Picos de Europa – mountain vary, view from the space.

Challenges

  • A number of up and down hills
  • Various street walking although not on busy roads
  • A steep and lengthy ascend final 2km to Colombres

Colombres

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue El Cantu in Colombres opens solely at 5pm, we didn’t really feel like ready on the road. We requested round and locals informed us a few visitor home Lodge Villanueva 1km from the city (on the Camino), we went there. We acquired a double room with personal toilet for 30 Euro. The albergue fees 12 Euro pp. The one minus of the lodge it’s situated 1km outdoors the city no supermarkets close by however there’s a good restaurant (Casa Junco) the place you will get breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stunning sea scenery on the Camino del NorteLovely surroundings on the best way between Comillas and San Vicente de la Barquera

Day 15. Colombres – Llanes, 23km/14,2 miles

El Peral – La Franca – Buelna – Pendueles – Cúe – Llanes

First 9km from Colombres there is just one route, that goes on and off alongside the street. After that at Pendueles you possibly can select between following the official route and proceed walking alongside the street or taking the Sendero de la Costa. The official route is a bit shorter and includes various walking alongside the street with some forest surroundings. The coastal method is longer nevertheless it follows the trail and sticks to the coast which give you nice surroundings. To get to the coastal route at Pendueles first comply with the path to tenting La Paz (Playa de Bretones), from there  comply with GR-E9 path (inexperienced making) that may take you all the best way to Llanes. Earlier than taking the coastal method cease for lunch in Pendueles there might be no different place to cease for meals until Llanes.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely sea surroundings on the best way between Pendueles and Llanes (coastal route)
  • Bufones (jesters) de Arenillas – sea water geysers, if the circumstances are proper you could be fortunate to see them in motion
  • Mirador de la Boriza with beautiful views over the coast and Ballota seashore (coastal route)
  • Llanes – a pleasant city with many eating places, bakeries, colourful harbour, slender streets and so forth.

Challenges

  • Some street walking at first until Pendueles. Should you take the official route you’ll proceed walking alongside the street for some time.
  • Steep up and down hills on the coastal route from Pendueles to Llanes

Llanes

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

We stayed at albergue La Casona del Peregrino, within the metropolis middle. Opened from 15th March to 31st October, capability 44 individuals, worth 15 Euro pp.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, included within the lodging worth
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no
  • Additional – breakfast included

Day 16. Llanes – San Esteban de Leces, 34km/21 miles

Poo – Celorio – Barro – Naves – Piñera de Pría – Cuerres – Ribadesella – San Esteban de Leces

A pleasant walking day totally on the trail with just a little little bit of street, previous pretty villages, by means of the forest and so on. The route is marked fairly nicely, there are a number of bars and eating places on the best way. On the final 7km to Ribadesella there’s nothing, solely fields. Ribadesella is sort of an costly touristy place, the one albergue/browsing hostel is 21 Euro pp. The situation of the hostel is nice, proper on the seashore however it’s too costly. We determined to stroll on 3km extra to San Esteban de Leces, the closest municipal albergue (opened all yr). Observe! There’s nothing in Leces be sure that to purchase meals in one of many supermarkets in Ribadesella.

Factors of curiosity

  • Church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores on the seashore, close to Niembro
  • San Antolín seashore, previous Niembro
  • A few cute villages on the best way
  • Ribadesella – cozy surf city with a few eating places within the Previous City (earlier than the bridge), picturesque harbour, lovely seashore Playa de Santa Marina.

Challenges

  • Lengthy walking day, 34km
  • Fairly steep ascend from Ribadesella to San Esteban de Leces (albergue), 110m up

San Esteban de Leces shouldn’t be a city, simply an albergue and a church there’s nothing round; no bars, no outlets you should deliver meals with. Ribadesella has all of the infrastructure.

Day 17. San Esteban de Leces – Villaviciosa, 33km/20 miles

Vega de Ribadesella – La Espasa – La Isla – Colunga – Sebrayo – Muslera – La Payariega – Villaviciosa

Fairly a troublesome day on account of a number of up and down hills with lovely surroundings. First opened restaurant we discovered was after 15km in Colunga, it was Saturday all locations earlier than have been closed. It’s the one city on the best way to Villaviciosa with ATMs and supermarkets. Should you’re planning to cease on the municipal albergue in Sebrayo purchase meals in Colunga, Sebrayo is simply a few homes and nothing else. Notice! Distance between Colunga to Sebrayo is about 10km with a steep and lengthy ascend. We didn’t really feel like carrying backpacks filled with meals and  determined slightly to stroll additional km all the best way to Villaviciosa, after Sebrayo the stroll is far simpler.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely stroll alongside the coast with some unspoiled seashores on the best way from San Esteban de Leces to La Isla
  • Peaceable forest and mountain surroundings between Colunga and Villaviciosa
  • Villaviciosa – a pleasant city well-known for its ciders, many eating places and bars

Challenges

  • A number of up and down hills all the best way
  • Lengthy and steep uphill from Colunga to Pernus
  • Descend to Villaviciosa

Villaviciosa

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

We stayed at albergue El Congreso on the primary sq.. Capability 49 individuals, opened 1st March to 30th November, worth from 10 Euro per mattress, from 25 Euro for a double room (in season costs are greater).

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking plates, microwave, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, three Euro
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – sure

Day 18. Villaviciosa – Gijón, 29km/18 miles 

Amandi – Casquita – Peón – El Pinal – Tenting Deva – Gijón

A pleasant walking day with some steep uphills. At Casquita, 3km from Villaviciosa, there’s a cut up; one route goes to Oviedo the place it joins with the Camino Primitivo and on the Camino del Norte to Gijón. We determined to proceed on the Camino del Norte as a result of we’d already walked the Camino Primitivo. There are a few eating places and bars on the best way and a number of other consuming fountains.

The municipal albergue of Gijón (albergue/campsite Deva, opened all yr) is 5km earlier than the town, we walked on to the town and stayed there in a lodge. Gijón is an enormous metropolis with good infrastructure (lodges, bars, vacationer information, supermarkets, ATMs and so on.) however there usually are not many albergues. We have been right here in October and for various causes not one of the personal albergues was opened, solely the municipal one 5km outdoors the town. We needed to keep at Lodge 44 a bit outdoors of the middle however proper on the Camino and near the seashore, it was very good – an actual deal with after two weeks of staying in albergues. Resorts within the middle are much more costly.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely surroundings from the highest of the hill at Alto de la Cruz.
  • Gijón; historic middle, seashores, promenade

Challenges

  • Very steep and lengthy ascend from Nievares to Alto de la Cruz, about 300m up. Be sure to have sufficient water with. Subsequent downhill isn’t that steep however fairly lengthy.
  • One other ascend to Alto de Curbiello – not as steep as the primary one however fairly demanding, about 150m up.

Day 18. Non-compulsory path to Oviedo (the Camino Primitivo). Villaviciosa – Pola de Siero, 26km/16 miles

We haven’t walked these 2 days as a result of we accomplished the Camino Primitivo (the Unique Method) three months earlier as a separate stroll not as part of another Camino. All the knowledge for these 2 stages we acquired from the individuals who began with us the Camino del Norte and later went to the Primitivo. Many individuals requested us which route to decide on; proceed alongside the coast following the Northern Means or go to Oviedo and be a part of the Primitivo. If you wish to mix the beautiful coastal surroundings of the Northern Means with the spectacular mountain surroundings of the Unique Approach then go to Oviedo. Should you quite stick to at least one Camino and complete all of it the best way – keep on Camino del Norte. We wouldn’t advocate to proceed on the Primitivo when you have any knee points – there are various steep ascends and descends all the best way. Earlier than going to Oviedo examine the forecast if it’s going to be wet and overcast moderately keep on the Camino del Norte; walking via the mountains in dangerous climate isn’t enjoyable, plus you gained’t see a lot.

Should you determine to go to Oviedo, after about 3km from Villaviciosa at Casquita comply with the marking “Oviedo”, the Camino turns left. It’s marked all the best way with yellow arrows and shells like another Camino.

Pola de Siero

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Municipal albergue de peregrinos Casona de San Miguel, capability – 24 individuals, opened all yr, worth 6 Euro pp.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no, microwave, fridges, some utensils
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Washer – no, there’s a laundry 100m away
  • Drying machine – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Heating – sure  

Day 19. Optionally available path to Oviedo. Pola de Siero to Oviedo, 17km/10,5 miles

A simple and brief walking day provides you extra time to spend in Oviedo. It’s a fantastic city with many fascinating sights together with the cathedral de Oviedo, the beginning of the Camino Primitivo. You’ll find all of the providers in Oviedo; municipal albergue, inns, eating places, supermarkets, ATMs and so forth. To see the itinerary from Oviedo on the Camino Primitivo go HERE.

Route split on the Camino del NorteMany decisions of the Camino del Norte; splits and various routes in all places!

Day 19. Gijón – San Martin de Laspra, 30km/18,6 miles

The indicated distance – 30km is from the town middle of Gijón for those who keep at Albergue Deva the stroll is 5km longer.

In our opinion the worst walking day on the Camino del Norte; too many roads, too many industrial areas and cities. Even on the finish after Avilés the final bit was on the street. That is the day to skip in the event you’re panning to skip any. We determined to not keep in Avilés and continued walking 7km extra to albergue de San Martin de Laspra (opened all yr), to make up far for the subsequent day. Notice! The albergue is situated within the residential neighborhood there are not any eating places or outlets close by (solely 2km away within the city) – convey meals with, there shall be a few supermarkets in Avilés on the best way (Alimerka). We advocate to seek out the albergue on Google maps, there are two walking routes just one goes previous the albergue by means of Salinas, we took the incorrect route and needed to stroll some additional km to get right here.

Highlights

  • Brief a part of walking by means of the forest at Alto Monte Areo (after the primary uphill), about 5km from Gijón
  • Historic middle of Avilés; cobblestone pedestrian streets, squares, monuments, a few church buildings, many bars and eating places.

Challenges

  • Walking alongside the street and thru industrial areas most a part of the day
  • Steep uphill to Alto Monte Areo at about 5km from Gijón

Day 20. San Martín de Laspra – Soto de Luiña, 32km/20 miles

Today we loved walking via the forest and fields after the day gone by of walking alongside the street. Word! After Folgueras (at 12km) there’s nothing on the best way no outlets or eating places (some have been closed for off season), not even a spot to refill water – be sure that to pack snack and convey sufficient water with. We have been fairly pleased that we walked additional 7km the day earlier than a few of our fellow pilgrims had a really lengthy stroll this present day – all the best way from Avilés, 40km.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely forest surroundings on the best way from Laspra
  • Palacio Selgas – an exquisite palace and the backyard in El Pito. Sadly it’s at present closed for guests you possibly can see a few of it via the gate.
  • Lovely views over the coast and the seashore at La Playa de La Concha de Artedo

Challenges

  • Lengthy waking day with many smallish ascends and descends
  • Not many locations to cease for meals on the best way

Soto de Luiña is a small good city, we stayed on the municipal albergue.

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure. 
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 21. Soto de Luiña – Cadavedo, 20km/12,four miles

There are two route choices after Soto de Luiña; the mountain route (the unique method that was deserted for a few years), it’s says to be harmful (unsure why) with many steep ascends and descends and never nicely marked. Word! On the mountain route there are not any locations to cease for meals for 17km. It’s suggested to comply with the coastal route and we did; it was a pleasant sunny day to stroll alongside the coast was an actual pleasure. To be trustworthy each time we’ve a selection we go for the coastal choice. There’s one other choice to comply with the route that more often than not goes on the street nevertheless it’s undoubtedly not the easiest way. At first (earlier than the cut up) there was just a little little bit of walking on the street, the cut up is at about 2km; the coastal route – go to Ballotas, mountain route – go to Palancas. The space is meant to be 23km however in line with our GPS we walked solely 20km on the coastal route. The municipal albergue in Cadavedo is a bit outdoors of the village there’s a grocery store on the best way the place you will get meals.

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely coastal surroundings on the best way to and from Ballotas
  • Seashore in Cadavedo – 2km away from the albergue. It’s kind of on the best way to the city you are able to do a detour and go to the seashore first after which to Cadavedo. The seashore is gorgeous with some beautiful views from the encompassing cliffs.

Challenges

  • All the best way slight up and down hills

Cadavedo

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 22. Cadavedo – Piñera, 31km/9,2 miles

A pleasant day with somewhat little bit of walking on the street at first, average up and down hills, previous small cities and villages the place you’ll be able to cease for meals or espresso. The albergue in Piñera is away from the eating places and outlets, you possibly can cease for lunch at one in every of them 2km earlier than or purchase meals on the store, 800m earlier than the albergue.

Factors of curiosity

  • Torre (tower) de Villademoros (not on the Camino, should do a detour) – a attainable Roman origin tower
  • Good forest and countryside surroundings
  • Luarca – a lovely small coastal city

Challenges

  • A number of intersection with the freeway
  • Up and down hills all the best way
  • Steep ascend that begins from Luarca and subsequent descend to Piñera

Piñera

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened 1st March – 31st October)
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure, 800m from the albergue, on the best way
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – no, you will get dinner and breakfast on the municipal albergue (additional value)

Three route choices from Piñera

  1. Piñera – Porcia – Tapia de Casariego – Ribadeo – 38km (coastal means)
  2. Piñera – Porcia – Tol – Ribadeo – 34km (half inland/half coastal)
  3. Piñera – Porcia – Tol – Vegadeo – 41km (inland route). This route joins the opposite two solely in Mondoñedo. It’s the unique route that was utilized by the pilgrims earlier than the bridge in Ribadeo was constructed because the river crossing by ferry was very climate dependant and unreliable. These days with the bridge the coastal route acquired extra well-liked.  

Coastal route through Tapia de Casariego, AsturiasSurroundings on the Coastal route – final probability to take pleasure in some seashores on the Camino del Norte

Day 23. Choice 1. Piñera to Tapia de Casariego, 27km/16,7 miles

One other cut up on the Camino – the Northern Approach is filled with various routes and non-compulsory walks. As I already talked about we all the time select the coastal choice this time wasn’t an exception, we went alongside the coast to Tapia de Casariego. It was the final probability to stroll by the ocean as soon as in Galicia the route goes inland. It’s a simple walking day previous many villages with no bars or eating places if you wish to cease for breakfast, espresso or snack do it at Navia.

Highlights

  • The ex-municipal albergue in Tapia de Casariego – it’s situated by the ocean, on the fringe of the cliff with beautiful surroundings over the coast, there’s a rocky seashore downstairs.
  • Middle of Tapia de Casariego; the primary sq., church, eating places and so on.

Challenges

  • An easy walking day, the one drawback there are not any locations to cease for meals on the best way after Navia.

Tapia de Casariego

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – no, there was one however now it’s personal, eight Euro.
  • Personal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 24. Choice 1 – coastal route. Tapia de Casariego – Vilela (Galicia), 20km/12,5 miles

Right now you’ll depart Asturias and enter Galicia, two provinces are separated by the river Ria de Ribadeo. The border between two provinces is midway over the bridge Ponte dos Santos. A pleasant and straightforward walking day with some beautiful sea and mountain views. We have been planning to stroll additional nevertheless it began raining and we determined to cease at Vilela. Word! Purchase meals in Ribadeo, there can be Eroski grocery store on the best way, after that there will probably be no outlets. The municipal albergue in Vilela is closed (don’t know for a way lengthy), we stayed on the personal albergue (ask on the bar).

Highlights

  • Lovely surroundings on the best way from Tapia de Casariego to Ribadeo; seashores, cliffs, fields and so forth.
  • Bridge between Asturias and Galicia – Ponte dos Santos.
  • Historic middle of Ribadeo.

Challenges

  • A simple walking day besides heavy rain and powerful wind that caught us in Ribadeo.

Vilela

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure, short-term closed
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – no
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Albergue de Vilela (personal), opened all yr, capability 12 individuals, worth 10 Euro.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure
  • Kitchen – no, microwave,some utensils
  • Wi-fi – no, solely on the bar
  • Washer – sure, four Euro as much as 12kg
  • Drying machine – sure, four Euro as much as 12kg
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – no

RIbadeo, Old Town, Camino del NorteThe Previous City of Ribadeo – first Galician city on the Camino del Norte

Day 23-24. Choice 2 – half inland/half coastal route. Piñera – Tol – Ribadeo, 37km/23 miles

Some guidebooks recommend this manner it’s a mix of two routes and on the second day in Ribadeo it joins the coastal route. You’ll be able to cease in Tol for the night time and subsequent day proceed previous Ribadeo to Vilela or additional or stroll the entire distance in at some point.

Tol

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – no
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure, grocery store
  • Grocery store – no
  • Pharmacy – no
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 23-25. Choice three – inland route. Piñera – Tol – Vegadeo – Trabada – Mondoñedo, 84km/52 miles

Recommended itinerary;  

  • Day 23. Piñera – Tol, 29km (municipal albergue de Tol).
  • Day 24. Tol – Trabada, 32km (municipal albergue de Trabada)
  • Day 25. Trabada – Mondoñedo, 20km (municipal albergue de Mondoñeda)

Day 25. Vilela – Mondoñedo, 30km/18,6 miles

The stroll can be very good if it wasn’t for the rain. The path goes primarily by way of the forest and fields, previous small villages with not many locations to cease for meals. The primary place to cease for espresso is Vilanova Grande we walked in October and off season the place is closed. We might lastly eat one thing solely after 16km at San Xusto.

The municipal albergue of Mondoñedo appeared okay nevertheless it was a chilly and wet day and we determined to remain in a lodge near the cathedral. We arrived within the city on Sunday most locations have been closed just one or two opened eating places and a small store on the petrol station.

Factors of curiosity

  • A number of church buildings and chapels on the best way, the route waves between them on a regular basis.
  • Mondoñedo – a stunning city with lovely cathedral, cobblestone streets, church buildings, eating places and so on.

Challenges

  • Fairly a number of ascends and descends – it felt like we walked uphill a lot of the day.
  • If it rains the trail in some locations is perhaps muddy.

Mondoñedo

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 26. Mondoñedo to Castromayor (albergue O Xistral), 23km/14 miles

Be sure that to have breakfast in Mondoñedo – subsequent place to get meals is about 17km away in Gontán, there’s nothing in between. There are two routes from the cathedral of Mondoñedo the official one and the choice (Complementario) route although the one that’s marked Complementario is definitely the unique route. The official route goes down from the cathedral and follows the trail, it’s 7km shorter however has a really steep and fairly lengthy uphill and the trail will get fairly muddy if it rains. The choice route goes up from the cathedral, out of the city previous the municipal albergue after which turns left and follows the street (the street with virtually no automobiles), it’s 7km longer with a extra gradient ascend. Each routes undergo the mountains and supply nice surroundings. We took the choice route it rained lots the earlier days we didn’t need to stroll by way of the mud. Word! There solely outlets on the best way are in Abadín.

When you take the shorter (official) route as an alternative of stopping at Castromayor you’ll be able to proceed to Vilalba, complete distance from Mondoñedo on the brief route – 32km.  

Factors of curiosity

  • Lovely mountain surroundings on the best way from Mondoñedo to Gontán
  • Church of Santa María in Abadín
  • Lovely forest surroundings on the best way from Abadín to the albergue

Challenges

  • A few steep ascends on the best way from Mondoñedo to Gontán, on the official route about 450m altitude achieve.
  • Muddy path when you comply with the official (shorter) route.

Castromayor just isn’t a city or village there’s nothing apart from the personal albergue the place you will get espresso, tea, dinner, breakfast, beer, wine, snacks and so forth. nevertheless it’s fairly costly we’d advocate to convey your personal stuff (drinks, snacks and so on.). Dinner – 10 Euro; breakfast – three Euro. Albergue O’Xistral is a superb place; very cozy with good amenities, heating, hearth and so on. An previous home (18th century) renovated from the within with nice amenities and superior hosts.

Amenities

  • Scorching water – sure, superb “rain showers”
  • Kitchen – sure, cooking plates, microwave, utensils, cutlery and so on.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Washer – sure, three Euro
  • Drying machine – sure, three Euro
  • Blankets – sure
  • Heating – sure
  • Additional – swimming pool, good backyard, dinner and breakfast (additional value)

Albergue O Xistral, Castromayor, the Northern WayAlbergue O Xistral, Castromayor – one among our favourite albergues on the Camino

Day 27. Castromayor – Baamonde, 32km/20 miles

Fairly an extended walking day with few locations to cease for meals on the best way. We had breakfast on the albergue (three Euro) subsequent place to cease is Vilalba, 12km away. The stroll was fairly straightforward with no up and down hills. In the event you don’t really feel like walking all the best way you possibly can keep in Vilalba there are two albergues; the municipal for six Euro and the personal for 10 Euro. Apparently the personal one could be very good and comfy.

Factors of curiosity

  • Vilalba – a pleasant city with a few church buildings, major sq., the prehistory museum and so forth.

Challenges

  • The street will get a bit muddy if it rains
  • Lengthy distances between locations to cease for meals or espresso; 12km to the primary city and virtually 20km to the subsequent one.

Baamonde

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – no
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 28. Baamonde – Sobrado dos Monxes, 40km or 32km/25 miles or 20 miles

Sobrado dos Monxes is a should keep place on the Camino, the monastery could be very spectacular and to remain in a single day there’s a nice expertise.

One other route cut up – 3km after Baamonde there’s a cut up; the unique route and the brand new route. Observe! There’s a cut up in Baamonde as properly; a marker with identify “Complementario” factors left nevertheless it’s not the fitting cut up. The cut up is 3km away from Baamonde, within the forest. There are two Camino markers with distances you gained’t miss it. We selected the longer route for a number of causes; first, as a result of it’s extra lovely; forest, hills, small villages. Second, there’s a place (a home) at about 12km the place you will get an actual wax stamp (we couldn’t it was out of season and the person was on vacation). Third, we didn’t need to reduce off 8km from the final 100km to Santiago.

The longer (unique) route. Complete distance – 40km to Sobrado dos Monxes principally via the forest, apart from the final 10km that contain fairly a little bit of walking on the street. As an choice you’ll be able to stroll 40km over two days; first day stroll solely 15km to Miraz and keep at albergue San Martin (donation) or 16km to As Laxes and keep at personal albergue O Abrigo (10 Euro) a brand new albergue with a restaurant (we didn’t keep there however it appeared fairly good) and the subsequent day stroll 24km to Sobrado. There’s one other albergue about 25km from Baamonde in A Roxica the guidebooks say there’s a bar there actually the bar was closed now there isn’t a place close by the place you will get any meals.

The shorter (new) route. Complete distance – 32km to Sobrado, it includes a whole lot of walking on the street. It says there are not any meals locations on this route, in reality there’s a new bar proper within the center the place you will get meals. Unsure in the event that they’re opened on Sundays.

Factors of curiosity

  • Capilla de San Alberte – a 16th century chapel (after crossing the bridge, within the forest)
  • Sobrado dos Monxes Abbey – one of the crucial spectacular comanstery complexes on the Camino

Challenges

  • Lengthy distance particularly when you stroll the unique route – 40km
  • On the 32km route there is just one bar within the center, at about 16km
  • On the 32km route numerous walking on the street
  • On the 40km route there are two bars at 13km and 15km and two extra at 35km.
  • About 5km walking on the street on the 40km route on the finish.

Sobrado dos Monxes

  • ATM – no
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – no
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes, Camino del NorteMonastery of Sobrado dos Monxes – one of many should stops on the Camino del Norte

Day 29. Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzua, 22km/13,6 miles

At present in Arzua the Northern Method joins the French Camino – be able to see considerably extra individuals in addition to extra eating places, bars, albergues and so on. all the best way until Santiago de Compostela. It’s a simple walking day with many cafes and villages on the best way.

Highlights

  • A bit bit monotonous surroundings; walking alongside the street, previous cities and thru the fields

Arzua

  • ATM – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure (opened all yr)
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodge – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure
  • Restaurant, bar – sure

Day 30. Arzua – O Pedrouzo, 20km/12,four miles

On the exit from Arzua after a downhill on the cobblestone road there might be a cut up, most individuals take the route on the left and comply with the gravel path via the fields and the forest, this route is marked as “Complementary”. Each routes be a part of once more fairly quickly, after 2-3km you’ll see the space markers once more. We walked this half twice and each time took the complimentary choice (each time missed the second route). Each routes have kind of the identical distance.

All eating places on the best way are fairly expensive; you pay three-four Euro for a easy sandwich (espresso costs are regular), we’d advocate to purchase snacks in Arzua in a grocery store or to have lunch at one of many eating places in O Pedrouzo. Observe! The route doesn’t undergo O Pedrouzo it turns proper into the forest simply earlier than the city, in the event you’re planning to remain there or cease for lunch simply comply with the street (the route via the city is marked).

As an choice you’ll be able to stroll 35km from Arzua all the best way to Monte do Gozo – an enormous albergue 5km earlier than the cathedral and the subsequent day stroll final 5km.

O Pedrouzo

  • ATM – sure
  • Supermarkets – sure
  • Outlets – sure
  • Eating places – sure
  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Personal albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Day 31. O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela, 20km/12,four miles

We’d advocate to start out early if you wish to make it in time for the Pilgrim Mass at 12pm within the cathedral. There usually are not many locations to cease for meals and people which might be on the best way are fairly costly and have very restricted choices – moderately eat breakfast in O Pedrouzo or pack snacks. First half of the stroll is thru the forest with somewhat bit walking on the street, previous the airport and suburban areas of Santiago.

Arriving in Santiago is probably the most superb feeling on the Camino, once you enter Plaza de Obradoiro and see all of the pilgrims sitting round, hugging one another, taking photographs – you are feeling like being part of one thing massive and essential, take your time and luxuriate in this second, you’ve been ready for it greater than a month.

After ending the Northern Method in Santiago and celebrating it with fellow pilgrims subsequent day we began one other walking journey Camino Finisterre-Muxía. Yow will discover a complete itinerary and all the small print on this publish.

Challenges

  • A few steep uphills on the best way.

Lodging in Santiago

Price range | Santiago KM-zero | Blanco Albergue | Albergue the Final Stamp | Pension Residencia Universitaria Rey |

Center worth | Pension Residencia Fonseca | Lodge Alda Algalia | Lodge A Tafona do Peregrino | Os Sobrinos do Pai | Hostal Suso |

Luxurious | Lodge Eurostars Araguaney | Lodge Praza Quintana | Parador de Santiago Hostal Reis Catolicos |

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela - the end of the CaminoThe Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on the sundown.

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