El Camino del Norte – The Northern Way, begins in San Sebastian and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. The route follows the North coast of Spain, through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and finally the Galicia region where you reach the town of Santiago de Compostela. This route can be walked continuously from San […]
El Camino del Norte – The Northern Way, begins in San Sebastian and finishes in Santiago de Compostela.
The route follows the North coast of Spain, through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and finally the Galicia region where you reach the town of Santiago de Compostela.
This route can be walked continuously from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela, or in one (or more) of the 5 stages we offer. This is the full version taking 36 nights. It is possible to shorten some sections using transfers and add in extra nights or rest days wherever you would like.
El Camino del Norte is a very hilly and sometimes mountainous walk with impressive panoramas such as the Picos de Europa in Asturias which you can see on your left as you walk along the cliffs of the coast. You will find many opportunities along the route to relax on small solitary beaches and swim in the clear turquoise water.
For nature lovers the Camino del Norte is a fantastic choice; you will traverse forests and green landscapes along the route. You should be aware however that this walk represents a greater physical challenge than The Camino Frances, due to the constant climbs and descents and the humid Atlantic weather which makes rain quite likely even in the summer months.
£3,950 per person, based on 2 people share a double/twin room
Single supplement – please ask
36 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
Route notes & maps
Holiday Insurance – please ensure that you have adequate insurance
Drinks and picnics
Transport to/from the start/end of the walk
Daily from April to October, according to accommodation availability
For a more detailed itinerary see individual stages
DAY 1: Arrival in San Sebastián.
DAY 2: Walk to Getaria – 26.8 km
DAY 3: Walk to Deba – 19.5 km
DAY 4: Walk to Markina – 23 km
DAY 5: Walk to Gernika – 26.3 km
DAY 6: Walk to Lezama – 25.3 km
DAY 7: Walk to Bilbao – 12 km
Day 8: Walk to Portugalete – 15km
DAY 9: Walk to Castro Urdiales – 29 km
DAY 10: Walk to Hazas (Liendo) – 29 km
DAY 11: Walk to Laredo, ferry boat to Sontaña 12km
DAY 12: Walk to Somo, ferry boat to Santander – 32 km (possible transfer to shorten the walk extra cost)
DAY 13: Walk to Arce – 19km
Day 14: Walk to Santillana – 26 km
DAY 15: Walk to Comillas – 22.4 km
DAY 16: Walk to Unquera – 28 km
(possibility to shorten the walk by adding a night in San Vicente de la Barquera 12km)
DAY 17: Walk to Llanes – 25.3 km
DAY 18: Walk to Ribadesella – 29.8 km
DAY 19: Walk to Colunga – 20.5 km
DAY 20: Walk to Villaviciosa – 16.8 km
DAY 21: Walk to Gijón – 29.8 km
Day 22: Walk to Avilés – 24.5 km
DAY 23: Walk to El Pito 27.8km
DAY 24: Walk to Ballota – 25.1 km
DAY 25: Walk to Luarca – 22.2 km
DAY 26: Walk to Navia – 21.5 km
DAY 27: Walk to Ribadeo – 30 km (possible transfert to La Caridad to shorten the walk to 21km extra cost)
DAY 28: Walk to Lourenza- 29km. Taxi Transfer to the accommodation 6km out of the village (possibility to shorten the walk)
DAY 29: Taxi Transfer to the village center and walk to Abadín – 26km
DAY 30: Walk to Vilalba – 20.5 km
Day 31: Walk to Baamonde and transfert to Friol – 20km
DAY 32: Taxi Transfer to Baamonde and walk to Miraz – 15 kmTransfert to Friol.
Day 33 : Transfer to Miraz and walk to Sobrado dos Monxes – 26 kmTransfer to Friol.
DAY 34: Transfer to Sobrado dos Monxes and walk to Arzúa – 22 km
DAY 35: Walk to Rúa – 20 km
DAY 36: Walk to Santiago de Compostela – 20 km
DAY 37: Departure after breakfast this morning or extra nights in Santiago.
FOR HOTEL LIST AND MORE INFORMATION SEE INDIVIDUAL SECTIONS.