Camino del Norte – Stage 4: Gijon to Vilalba

Spain

Holiday overview

Destination

Spain


Type

Pilgrim Routes, Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate to Strenuous


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 1200 pp


Duration

10 nights


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El Camino del Norte – The Northern Way, begins in San Sebastian and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. Stage 4: Gijon to Vilalba The first part of the walk continues through the Asturian countryside and coastline until you enter  the beautiful rural countryside of ‘Green’ Galicia – Santiago de Compostela is the  cathedral city of […]

El Camino del Norte – The Northern Way, begins in San Sebastian and finishes in Santiago de Compostela.

Stage 4: Gijon to Vilalba

The first part of the walk continues through the Asturian countryside and coastline until you enter  the beautiful rural countryside of ‘Green’ Galicia – Santiago de Compostela is the  cathedral city of Galicia.

 

Price:

£1200  per person, sharing a double/twin room

£340  supplement for a single room

 

Included:

10 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms

10 breakfasts

6 dinners

Luggage transport

Route notes & maps

 

Not Included:

Flights

Holiday Insurance – please ensure that you have adequate insurance

Drinks and picnics

Ferry boats

Transport to/from the start/end of the walk

 

Departure Dates:

April to October, according to accommodation availability

Stage 4 : Gijon – Vilalba – 11 days / 10 nights / 9 days walk

 

Day 1 : Arrival Gijon

The fouth stage of the Camino del Norte starts in the seaside city of Gijón. Take time to  explore the city before you set off. You will find fantastic beaches, great gastronomy, history and heritage (including Roman baths) and also, for music fans, the local Bagpipe Museum. Overnight Hotel La Casona de Jovellanos ** B&B

 

Day 2: Walk to Avilés – 24.5 km  6h | +220m / -210m

Today’s trail takes you from the city of Gijón to the city of Avilés. You will walk up Monte Areo, where you can enjoy great views and see a prehistoric dolmen.  This is a rural walk with no bars or cafes along the route so take a picnic.  Overnight Hotel Palacio Valdés Avila *** B&B

 

Day 3: Walk to El Pito  27.8km  7h | +470m / -440m

There are interesting small towns along the route as you walk to El Pito with its interesting Renaissance gardens and grand palaces. Just down the hill, you can visit the picturesque fishing village of Cudillero.  Dinner and overnight in Rural Hotel Casa Vittorio

 

Day 4: Walk to Ballota – 25.1 km  6h30 | +370 / -320

Leave El Pito and its majestic residences behind and walk along quiet roads, ancient paths and past beautiful beaches enjoying the  green countryside along the way. Dinner and overnight at Rural Hotel Casa Fernando

 

Day 5: Walk to Luarca – 22.2 km  5h30 | +140m / -230m

The route now follows the coast until you reach  Cadavedo, then the trail heads inland but as you approach Luarca you will be able to spot the sea again. Your stop for the night is the pretty, traditional fishing town of Luarca. Enjoy some of the fresh seafood and a glass of cider.  Dinner and overnight at Hotel La Colmena **

 

Day 6: Walk to Navia – 21.5 km  5h00 | +300m / -240m

From  the fishing town of Luarca walk along a lovely country trail until you reach the busy market town of Navia, on the riverbank. Make sure you explore the town, check out the medieval walls and enjoy a taste of the local cuisine.  Dinner and overnight Hotel Casona Naviega **

 

Day 7: Walk to Ribadeo – 30 km (possible transfert to La Caridad to shorten the walk to 21km)  8.00h | +100m / -125m

Today will be your last day following the Cantabrian coast. It is also  a long walking day. You will cross the bridge of the Saints over the River Eo to enter Galicia and reach Ribadeo. The town is famous for the Cathedrals Beach (a short taxi ride away), Galicia’s second most visited site after the Cathedral of  Santiago.  Overnight Hotel Eo *** B&B

 

Day 8: Walk to Lourenza- 29km. Taxi Transfer to the accommodation 6km out of the village  7h30 | +710m / -695m

Today’s walk takes you inland from Ribadeo to the country town of Lourenzá, famous for its local beans. You will follow rural paths, climbing slightly as the terrain becomes gradually mountainous. You will pass small villages and hamlets but not many shops or services so make sure you pack snacks and water. You will be picked up to stay at a superb ‘country cottage’ property, 6km outside the village.  Dinner and overnight at O Cabazo Da Curuxa HB (possibility to shorten the walk with extra cost)

 

Day 9: Taxi Transfer to the village center and walk to Abadín – 26km  6h45 | +740m / -300m

Today, you will be climbing from Lourenzá towards Mondoñedo, which used to be one of the seven capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia. You will get amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Make sure you explore Mondoñedo before you continue towards Abadín.  Dinner and overnight Rural hotel Casa Goas

 

Day 10: Walk to Vilalba – 20.5 km  5h | +160m /-200m

Today, the Camino del Norte meanders among the forests, farmland and green pastures of the ‘Terra Chá’ (Flat lands) leading you to the area’s capital, the market town of Vilalba.  Overnight at the Parador de Vilalba **** B&B

 

Day 11 : End of the trip