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Camino del Norte

The Spanish Coastal Route

Overview

Pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte

Irun to Santiago de Compostela


Camino PR25-420: San Sebastián - Zarautz - Markina-Xemein - Gernika - Lezama - Bilbao - Portugalete - Castro-Urdiales - Laredo - Güemes - Santander - Polanco - Comillas - Colombres - Llanes - Ribadesella - Gijón - Avilés - Cadavedo - La Caridad - Ribadeo - Lourenzá - Gontán - Vilalba - Baamonde - Sobrado dos Monxes - Arzúa - Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Type of travel: Individual - approx. 39 days
Distance/difficulty: ca. 800 km, challenging
Fare: from 3,170 EUR per person

Have a look at the different route sections too! Of course, we´d be happy to divide the Camino del Norte into smaller sections of 1 or 2 weeks, according to your wishes.
As well you may decide where you would like to start your camino, in Irun or San Sebastian.


Natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical
significance on the challenging Camino del Norte

Coastline view on the Camino del Norte

The Northern Route of the Camino de Santiago, also called the Camino del Norte, runs along the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia regions along the Atlantic coast, covering a distance of approximately 800 kilometers. This pilgrimage offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Biscay and the Cantabrian Sea.

The Camino del Norte is considered one of the most adventurous hiking routes, as it features steep climbs, rugged terrain, and sometimes unpredictable weather conditions.

Along the way, pilgrims can visit numerous landmarks, including medieval towns, Romanesque churches, Gothic cathedrals, and museums. Some of the highlights include the city of San Sebastian, the seaside town of Santander, charming villages, the mountainous National Parks, and the city of Santiago de Compostela itself.

The Camino del Norte is less crowded than other routes, which allows for a more peaceful and reflective pilgrimage experience. It is recommended to plan ahead, as accommodations and services are more limited than on other routes. It typically takes between 30 and 40 days to complete the itinerary, depending on one's pace and schedule. Of course we´re happy to divide the Camino del Norte into shorter sections for you, or even prolongue it to Finisterre.

Route sections

Pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte

Irun to Santiago de Compostela


Route (PR25-430): 
San Sebastián - Getaria - Getaria - Deba - Markina - Gernika -Lezama - Bilbao

Duration: from 8 days
Difficulty: medium
Distance: approx. 127 Km
Fare: from 890 EUR per person


Camino (PR25-440):
Bilbao - Portugalete - Castro Urdiales - Laredo - Güemes - Santander 

Duration: 7 days
Difficulty: medium
Distance: approx. 117 Km
Fare: from 750 EUR per person


Camino (PR25-450):
Santander - Mogro - Santillana del Mar - Comillas - San Vicente de la Barquera - Bustio - Llanes - Ribadesella - Colunga - Villaviciosa - Gijón 

Duration: 12 days
Difficulty: medium
Distance: approx. 215 Km
Fare: from 1,120 EUR per person


Camino (PR25-460):
Gijón - Avilés - Cudillero - Ballota - Luarca - Navia - La Caridad ‐ Ribadeo 

Duration: 9 days
Difficulty: challenging
Distance: ca. 130 Km
Fare: from 740 EUR per person


Route (PR25-470):
Ribadeo - Villamartín Grande - Mondoñedo - Abadín - Vilalba - Seixón - Regüela - Sobrado dos Monxes - Arzúa - Rúa - Santiago de Compostela

Duration: 11 days
Difficulty: challenging
Distance: approx. 177 Km
Fare: from 880 EUR per person

Impressions

Pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte

Irun to Santiago de Compostela


Packing List

Pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte

Irun to Santiago de Compostela


Apparel    

  • backpack (incl. rain protection): 35-50 l - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
  • 2 pair of trekking pants: 1 convertable with zipper & 1 shorts
  • 2 shirts (functional material such as merino wool)
  • 1 long sleeve (best merino wool)
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks (compression socks are also recommended)
  • (possibly also nylon stockings - under the hiking socks against blisters)
  • 2 functional underpants
  • hiking boots (no sneakers)
  • 1 sweater
  • flipflops or crocs and/ or sandals
  • rain jacket & pants (or poncho) - max. 0,5 Kg/ 1.1 lbs
  • wind stopper
  • small travel towel
  • sun hat
  • poss. swimming gear (for the camino to Fisterra, for the portugese and spanish camino along the coast)

    
Sanitary Articles    

  • washbag (or big Zip-Lock-Bag)
  • shower gel (small travel version)
  • toothpaste (small travel version) & dental floss
  • toothbrush
  • disinfectant, needle & thread (best to treat blisters) or blister pads
  • deer cream (to prevent blisters) - 50-100 ml
  • magnesium
  • sun cream - 50-100 ml
  • deodorant
  • headache pills (preferably Ibuprofen 400)
  • razor
  • tissues
  • tiger balm

    
Technical Equipment    

  • headlamp
  • ebook-reader
  • phone
  • camera
  • pocket knife

    
Documents & Money    

  • purse
  • cash
  • credit card
  • passport (for non-europeans) or ID
  • train tickets
  • health insurance ID (or travel health insurance for non-europeans)
  • emergency phone numbers of your insurance and bank

   
Miscellaneous    

  • Pilgrim Guide & Itinerary
  • Pilgrim’s Credencial
  • diary & pen
  • St. James's scallop
  • sunglasses
  • drinking system (e.g. camel bag) - max. 2 l
  • zip lock bags or 10 liter freezer bags (for the modular pack system)
  • first aid kit
  • trekking poles or hiking/ pilgrim stick
  • stone as symbol (especially for the Camino Francés)
Notes

Pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte

Irun to Santiago de Compostela


Services included:

  • Accomodation with breakfast (in either single resp. double room with shower/wc in simple to medium category)
  • Pilgrim´s Starter Kit (Pilgrim's Guide, Pilgrim's Pass, Pilgrim's Shell, description of stages)
  • Luggage transportation service (exclusion of luggage transport upon request)
  • Typical galician cheese tasting in the old town of Santiago de Compostela
  • 24h emergency number
  • Transfers
     

Dates:
From the beginning of April until the end of October.

Add-on:
Camino Finisterre afterwards within about 3-4 additional days.

Notes

You can choose your travel period individually. We recommend a travel time between mid-April to mid-October. Please try to register your trip with us up to 6 weeks before departure.
Arrival arranged independently on your own. We would be happy to help you find a suitable train connection.
Transfers to/from the train station are not included unless otherwise stated. On request, we would be happy to organize a transfer from/to the train station or airport (price for a maximum of 3 people with luggage). Upon request, we can help you book a private transfer for departure. Otherwise, we recommend taking a taxi or public transport to your first (or from your last) accommodation. For more details see the recommendations in our itinerary.
Changes to the pilgrimage route according to individual wishes are possible, such as stage combinations for instance. Price on request.
Remember your identity card or passport.
We recommend - depending on the level of difficulty - to ensure that you are in good physical condition. Sure-footed mountaineering boots are also necessary. A head for heights is also advantageous.
Please note the current entry and health regulations and recommendations, according to which a corona vaccination is also essential.
Take a look at the health and entry regulations of your travel country.
There is no minimum number of participants.
The organizer of this trip is SLOWTRAVEL.