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Northern Way – Gijon to Vilalba 4/5

Walking Section 4 of 5

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The fourth section of the Camino del Norte, the Northern Way route of the famous Camino de Santiago, starts in the coastal city of Gijón by the Cantabrian Sea. This is a fabulous Camino trail following the coast most of the way and taking pilgrims through pretty seaside villages and fishing towns in Asturias such as Luarca and Navia. As you cross the bridge over the Eo River you will reach the lively town of Ribadeo, entering Galicia. Ribadeo is a home to the spectacular Cathedrals Beach (Praia das Catedrais), Galicia’s second most visited site after Santiago Cathedral.
From Ribadeo, the Camino del Norte heads inland across the rolling green hills towards the once important town of Mondoñedo with its fantastic medieval architecture, cathedral, monastery and grand homes. All along the Asturian and Galician coast you will be rewarded with stunning scenery and architecture, as well as delicious local food, particularly fish and seafood; not forgetting the famous cider of Asturias.

Trip highlights

  • Feel refreshed by the sea breeze along the way
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the Northern coastal towns
  • Taste Asturias famous cider and Galicia's seafood
  • Step back in time in grand Mondoñedo

1 Gijón

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Your Camino de Santiago walking adventure on the Camino del Norte starts in the seaside city of Gijón. Make sure you explore the city before you set off. You will find fantastic beaches, great gastronomy, history and heritage (including Roman baths) and also, for music fans, the local Bagpipe Museum.

2 Gijón to Avilés - 25km

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6h | +220m / -210m

Today’s trail takes you from the city of Gijón to the city of Avilés. You will be walking up Monte Areo, where you will be able to enjoy some nice views and see a prehistoric dolmen. There aren’t many services along the way so bring a picnic!

3 Avilés to El Pito - 28km

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7h | +470m / -440m

Today you have quite a long day ahead but after you leave the outskirts of Avilés, you will reach interesting small towns. Your stop for the night is El Pito, home to interesting Renaissance gardens and grand palaces. Just down the hill, you can visit the picturesque fishing village of Cudillero.

4 El Pito to Ballota - 25km

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7h | +370 / -320

Today, you will leave El Pito and its majestic residences behind. While part of the path is along roads today, you will follow many old paths and pass some stunning beaches and green countryside along the way.

5 Ballota to Luarca - 22km

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5h30 | +140m / -230m

You will follow your path near the coast after Ballota. After Cadavedo, the trails heads inland but as you approach Luarca you will be able to spot the sea again. Your stop for the night is the pretty, traditional fishing town of Luarca. Enjoy some of the fresh seafood and a glass of cider!

6 Luarca to Navia - 22km

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5h30 | +300m / -240m

Today you will follow a peaceful inland trail from the fishing town of Luarca to the busy market town of Navia, on the riverbank. Make sure you explore the town, check out the medieval walls and enjoy a taste of the local cuisine.

7 Navia to Ribadeo - 31km

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7h | +100m / -125m

Today will be your last day following the Cantabrian coast. It is also quite a long walking day so you talk to our team if you’d like to book a rest day in the lively town of Ribadeo. You will cross the bridge of the Saints over the River Eo to enter Galicia and reach Ribadeo. The town is famous for the Cathedrals Beach (a short taxi ride away), Galicia’s second most visited site after Santiago’s ‘proper’ cathedral.

8 Ribadeo to Lourenzá - 28km

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7h | +710m / -695m

Today’s walk takes you inland from Ribadeo to the country town of Lourenzá, famous for its local beans. You will follow rural paths, climbing slightly as the terrain becomes gradually mountainous. You will pass small villages and hamlets but not many shops or services so make sure you pack snacks and water. You will be picked up to stay at a superb ‘country cottage’ property, 6km outside the village.

9 Lourenzá to Abadín - 25km

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7h30 | +740m / -300m

Today, you will be climbing from Lourenzá towards Mondoñedo, which used to be one of the seven capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia. You will get amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Make sure you explore Mondoñedo before you continue towards Abadín.

10 Abadín to Vilalba - 20km

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5h | +160m /-200m

Today, the Camino del Norte meanders among the forests, farmland and green pastures of the ‘Terra Chá’ (Flat lands) leading you to the area’s capital, the market town of Vilalba.

11 Vilalba

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Your trip on the Camino del Norte finishes today in the market town of Vilalba, capital of the Terra Chá. Try the local delicacies, cheeses and other farm products before you head home!

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Gijon - Standard/Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Aviles - Standard/Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

El Pito - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Ballota - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Luarca - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Navia - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Ribadeo - Standard/Superior/Parador

Standard For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradores’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Lourenza - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Abadin - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Vilalba - Standard/Parador

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradores’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Gijon Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Vilalba Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Gijón:

Best option: Asturias airport (42km)
EasyJet serves some flights from/ to Asturias, e.g. London (Stansted) and Lisbon. Paris (Orly) is served directly by Vueling Airlines. Domestic flights from/ to Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.

Other option: Santander airport (174km)
Carrier Ryanair operates in Santander and serves flights, e.g., from/ to London (Stansted), Dublin, Edinburgh, Brussels, Frankfurt (Hahn), Paris (Beauvais), Milan (Bergamo), Rome (Ciampino) and Dusseldorf (Weeze). See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Vilalba: 

Best Option: Sanrtiago de Compostela (87km)
Aer Lingus serves flights to Dublin; Ryanair to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet to Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com or www.spanish-airport-guide.com
Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (57km)
Vueling Airlines, Iberia, Air Europa operate from/ to A Coruña, e.g. from/ to London (Heathrow),Barcelona (El Prat), Madrid (Bajaras Adolfo Suarez). See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Vigo airport (210km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers TO and FROM Airport

How to get to Gijón: 
Best option: Asturias airport (42km)
There are buses from Asturias airport to Gijón bus station every hour (taking 45min approx). See www.movelia.es.

Other option: 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.

How to get back from Vilalba:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela (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.
Alternative Option: 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.
Alternative Option: Vigo airport (210km)
Follow instructions to Santiago de Compostela. From Santiago you can either take the bus or train to Vigo City. From Travesia de Vigo (near Vigo Guixar train station) you can get a city bus to the airport.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1410
    Double/Twin Room
    €1138

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rental