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Camino del Norte

Camino del Norte

809 km
34 stages on foot
809 cycling stages

In short

The Northern Way runs along the Cantabrian coast from the Spanish-French border to the city of the apostle. Venture along this green coastal route and discover some of the towns and villages that are considered to be the most beautiful in Spain, accompanied by lamias, xanas o mouras. And the fantastic food. If any Camino de Santiago can be called a "gastronomic route", it is this one.

What to expect?

The Camino del Norte is the second longest of the Camino de Santiago routes. It is second only to the Vía de la Plata. It starts in Irún as a variant of the latter and runs along the entire Cantabrian coast. Green meadows, mountainous landscapes, cliffs and incredible beaches, and some cities of great interest, such as Donostia-San Sebastián, Santander or Gijón are its main attributes.

Moreover, it is a Camino that usually amazes. Not only for the scenery. As it is not as crowded as the French route and offers a wide variety of services and infrastructures, it is an option that is gaining strength. And the signposting is also excellent. A good alternative, in short, for those who prefer to walk with fewer people around them and with the sea in sight.

However, it is a demanding route, with significant gradients. Moreover, as it runs through mountainous areas and cliffs, some sections are dangerous for cyclists. So if you want to do this route by bike, you will have to deviate from the route at several points. Don't worry: the cycling variants are also signposted.

Where does it start?

To do this route, the closest starting point to Santiago (and which allows you to obtain the Compostela by doing the last 100 km) could be in Baamonde (101 km).

However, in this case you will no longer have the spectacular coastal views that characterise this route. For this reason, most people who choose this route do considerably more than the last hundred kilometres, and usually start in Ribadeo (185 km), just where the Camino turns inland, in Gijón (355 km), in Santander (546 km) or in Irún (809 km).

However, it is most common to do it in sections, starting in Irún and completing it in different periods or even in consecutive years until it is completed.

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Points of interest

In its more than 800 km of length, the Camino del Norte has countless points of interest. Here are some of the highlights:


  • Miramar Palace in San Sebastian
  • The Guggenheim Museum and the Begoña Basilica in Bilbao
  • Bilbao Cathedral
  • The town of Castro Urdiales
  • The town of Santillana del Mar
  • Modernist architecture in Comillas
  • The fishing village of Llanes
  • The beach of As Catedrais and the town of Ribadeo
  • The cathedral of Mondoñedo
  • The Sobrado dos Monxes Monastery
  • Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage city