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The Way of Saint James from Gijón to Ribadeo in 7 stages

Distance
Difficulty
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Duration
150 km
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7 steps
9 days
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395 €

beach of the cathedrals in ribadeo
Doing the Camino de Santiago from Gijón to Ribadeo you will walk the last coastal stretch of the Camino del Norte, one of the most beautiful routes that make up this impressive cultural and religious itinerary. In this section, the Way reaches Galicia starting from Gijón. In between, 160 km and 7 stages with the Cantabrian Sea on our right and the sun falling on the horizon in front of us. Discover this spiritual, cultural and gastronomic route. And some of the most beautiful villages of western Asturias within easy reach.
Walk the last coastal stretch of the Northern Way
Enjoy all that the Costa Verde can give you
Discover hidden gems in the Asturian cliffs
beach of the cathedrals in ribadeo
Camino del Norte
NT05

The Way of Saint James from Gijón to Ribadeo in 7 stages

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
150 km
●●○○○
7 steps
9 days
Walk the last coastal stretch of the Northern Way
Enjoy all that the Costa Verde can give you
Discover hidden gems in the Asturian cliffs
from 395 €
Doing the Camino de Santiago from Gijón to Ribadeo you will walk the last coastal stretch of the Camino del Norte, one of the most beautiful routes that make up this impressive cultural and religious itinerary. In this section, the Way reaches Galicia starting from Gijón. In between, 160 km and 7 stages with the Cantabrian Sea on our right and the sun falling on the horizon in front of us. Discover this spiritual, cultural and gastronomic route. And some of the most beautiful villages of western Asturias within easy reach.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

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24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Gijón

The first thing to do to enjoy this Way of St. James from Gijón to Ribadeo is to get to this coastal town in Asturias. Gijón, in Asturian Xixón, is a town that deserves to be visited at leisure, given its vast cultural heritage. What you should definitely not miss is the Cimadevilla neighbourhood, with the old fish market building, the church of San Pedro Apóstol, the Roman baths and the Plaza Mayor and the town hall.

Hostel: Boogalow Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel La Polar or similar

Day 2. Stage Gijón - Avilés

Distance: 25.4 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Avilés

The first stage of the Way of St. James from Gijón, it connects two important towns in Asturias and has to cross two industrial areas. However, it also has interesting cultural elements, such as the 5,000-year-old necropolis of Monte Areo, with dolmens and prehistoric burial mounds. Or like the Fonte les Xanes, with its stories of xanes (a kind of fairies from Asturian folklore).

Hostel: La Fruta Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Alda Palacio Valdés or similar

Day 3. Stage Avilés - Muros de Nalón

Distance: 23.2 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Muros de Nalón

On the third day the stage will finish in Muros de Nalón. The official route on this section was modified in 2018 by turning off at Piedras Blancas. However, it is still not sufficiently conditioned and you have to walk along the hard shoulder of the AS-320 for more than a kilometre. Some pilgrims prefer to continue to El Pito and from there turn off the Camino to spend a night in Cudillero.

Hostel: Los Novales Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Playa Las Llanas or similar

Day 4. Stage Muros de Nalón - Soto de Luiña

Distance: 15.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSoto de Luiña

A new stage of the Camino de Santiago from Gijón, mainly rural and with frequent, short but intense slopes. You will only approach the coast at the Concha de Artedo beach. Some pilgrims, as it is a fairly short stretch, take the opportunity to make a detour in El Pito, with spectacular houses of indianos, to go to Cudillero, where they can enjoy this magnificent fishing village.

In Soto de Luiña don't miss the church of Santa María, which was built on the site of an old chapel, or the Casa Rectoral, a former pilgrims' hospital just a few metres from the church.

Hostel: Hostel in Soto de Luiña or similar
Standard accommodation: Hostel Paulino or similar

Day 5. Stage Soto de Luiña - Cadavedo

Distance: 18.5 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Cadavedo

On this stage of the Camino de Santiago from Gijón, as soon as we start walking we will find two options: to continue along the Camín Real de las Ballotas, which runs parallel to the coast, or along the Sierra de Las Palancas, crossing the mountain. Both options are good, although the one that crosses the mountain is 2 km longer.

In any case, it is our favourite stage of this section of the Camino. If you continue along the Camín Real you will cross seven small valleys called ballotas o vaḷḷoutes, in Asturian. This way, you can enjoy the magnificent cliffs and beach area while crossing forests and pastures until the end of the stage in Cadavedo.

Hostel: Pilgrim House or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel La Casa Roja or similar

Day 6. Stage Cadavedo - Luarca

Distance: 15.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Luarca

This section moves away from the coast and some of its kilometres follow the N-634. Starting this stage of the Camino de Santiago early from Gijón will allow you to enjoy the town of Luarca for longer.

You will pass through the villages of Villademoros and Querúas, where you will begin a beautiful route through oak and chestnut forests that leads to a national road that will allow you to cross the river Esva. You will soon reach the beautiful fishing village of Luarca, the end of the stage.

Hostel: Villa de Lluarca Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Dabeleira or similar

Day 7. Stage Luarca - La Caridad

Distance: 30.5 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: The Charity

Penultimate stage of the Camino de Santiago from Gijón, leaving Ḷuarca behind and passing through small towns until you reach Navia, the main town you will pass through during this stage. Many pilgrims prefer to stop in Navia to have lunch and enjoy its wonderful traditional dessert, the veneres.

By doing so, you will leave about 8 km to your destination, La Caridad, for the afternoon.

Hostel: La Xana Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Xusto House or similar

Day 8. Stage La Caridad - Ribadeo

Distance: 22.4 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Ribadeo

At last! The last stage of this section of the Northern Way, which leaves Asturias behind and enters Galicia by crossing the Eo estuary. Here you have several options, but our recommendation is to follow the coastal route that takes you to Tapia de Casariego and, further on, to Ribadeo, crossing over the Puente de los Santos (Bridge of the Saints). This bridge allows you to easily cross the Eo estuary and saves you 6 km of walking.

In Tapia you can enjoy a wonderful promenade with viewpoints overlooking the sea. Finally, you will reach Ribadeo, the end of the stage. Be sure to visit the historic quarter with its Indian houses; the 12th century chapel of Atalaia and its views.

Hostel: Hostel Ribadeo A Ponte or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Rolle or similar

Day 9. Ribadeo and surroundings

After rest and breakfast, our services come to an end. However, if you have time, you won't want to miss a visit to the world famous Praia das Catedrais, the result of the power of the sea and the patience of the weather.

This natural wonder is protected from tourism, so access is restricted to a certain number of people per day. It also depends on a strict tide schedule, as it is not accessible at high tide.

If you would like to visit it, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange access and timetables. Another option is to visit an ethnographic complex from the 18th century based on the integral use of the river's hydraulic energy, with large houses, cabazos, hórreos and mills.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This route is perfect for you if you want to walk along the Costa Verde of Asturias, visiting some of the most charming villages of this region. Although you can expect constant changes in level due to the succession of valleys that this route crosses, it is a route suitable for people with different levels of fitness.
The Northern Way is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, because temperatures are usually mild, but in this case you should expect more people on the Camino and there may be a certain saturation in the last stages.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. If you need transport to get to Gijón from Asturias airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Ribadeo to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: hostels and standard accommodation. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.