The Northern Way or Camino del Norte is the Camino route that follows the Northern coast of ‘Green Spain’ from San Sebastián in the Basque Country, to Cantabria, Asturias and finally Ribadeo in Galicia. From Ribadeo, the Northern Way heads inland, taking pilgrims across the forests and farmland of rural Galicia on its way to Santiago de Compostela. In the third section, pilgrims also have the option to take an alternative route to the city of Oviedo, where the Northern Way connects with the Original Way and then continues to Santiago de Compostela.
This Camino starts in the chic seaside city of San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque), a real paradise for foodies: it is the city with the second highest number of Michelin stars in the world. Following the coastline for most of the way, you will discover charming fishing villages, swim in beautiful sandy beaches and taste delicious fresh seafood. Feel inspired at the impressive Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; stroll by the elegant royal palace by the sea in Santander; sample Asturias’s famous cider and step back in time in Mondoñedo, a former capital of the Kingdom of Galicia. If you have time, we recommend you take a trip to see Ribadeo’s impressive ‘Cathedrals Beach’.
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Stay in charming seaside villages and fishing towns
Feel refreshed with a sip of Asturias natural cider
Go for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches
Claim your Compostela certificate in Santiago
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How to Get There
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San Sebastián Airport 20km: The way between the city centre (stop name: “Gipuzkoa plaza 10”) and the airport (approx. 20km) can be taken with a bus (line E21), see www.ekialdebus.net.
Bilbao Airport 95km: Shuttle bus (line A3247) from Bilbao airport from/to Bilbao bus station (stop name: Termibus, every 30min). See www.aena.es/en/bilbao-airport/public-transport.html A good bus connection between Bilbao and San Sebastian exists (10 times/ day, 1h10-2h journey time). See www.movelia.es.
Santander Airport 190km: For the transport from/ to the airport, the easiest way is to choose the direct bus line (1-3 times/ day, 2h45-3h45), stop name in San Sebastian is “Estacion de Autobuses.
See www.movelia.es. Another option is to take 2 buses: One between San Sebastian and Santander (“Estacion de Autobuses”, 10 times/ day, approx. 3h travel time) and then between the city and the airport (every 30min, 15 min travel time). See www.spanish-airports.com for the airport shuttle and www.movelia.es for the bus route between San Sebastian and Santander.
Bilbao Airport 10km: Shuttle bus (line A3247) from Bilbao airport from/to Bilbao bus station (stop name: Termibus, every 30min). See www.aena.es/en/bilbao-airport/public-transport.html
Santander Airport 100km: For the transport from/ to the airport, the easiest way is to choose the direct bus line (starting point: Termibus) from/ to the airport (6 times/ day, approx. 1h30). See www.movelia.es.
Santander Airport 10km: In Santander, there is a bus line (every 30min), linking the bus station with the airport. See: www.movelia.es
Bilbao Airport 110km: Shuttle bus (line A3247) from Bilbao airport from/to Bilbao bus station (stop name: Termibus, every 30min). See www.aena.es/en/bilbao-airport/public-transport.html
Ferry Laredo-Santoña: www.excursionesmaritimas.com/horarios.htm
Ferry Somo-Santander: www.losreginas.com/reginas/servicio.htm
Asturias Airport 42km: There are buses from Asturias airport to Gijón bus station every hour (taking 45min approx). See www.movelia.es.
Santander Airport 174km: There are three buses a day from Santander airport (www.alsa.es) to Gijón taking between 3h and 3h30. Alternatively, there are regular bus connections between Gijon and Santander (bus station) each day (taking from 2h to 4h). In Santander, there is a bus (every 30min), linking the bus station with the airport. See: www.movelia.es.
A Coruña Airport 57km: There is one bus connection (line 20) between Vilalba and A Coruña airport each day (taking 1h00-1h30). See: www.arriva.es.
Santiago de Compostela Airport 87km: The way from/ to the airport can be taken directly in 1h45 min by bus. Arriva Spain offers buses (line 13) between Vilalba and the airport departing twice a week. See www.arriva.es.
Vigo Airport 200km: Follow instructions to get to Santiago and then you can take a bus (3 times a day, just under 2 hours) to Vilalba. See: www.arriva.es.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.
Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).
A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.
Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.