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Hotel Matsa | A Traditional Farmhouse on the Camino del Norte

Next month we look forward to returning to the Camino finally after a long wait. We are also delighted to showcase one of our lesser-known farmhouse accommodations on the Camino del Norte this month: the 400-year-old Hotel Matsa! The Camino del Norte, also known as the Northern Way, is famous for its dramatic panoramas. Offering …

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Camino del Norte from San Sebastian | Claire’s Top Tips

Renowned for its superb food, unique culture, and lush scenery, the Basque Country is a fascinating region. Claire shares her top tips for walking the Camino del Norte from San Sebastian to Bilbao: Camino del Norte from San Sebastian: Claire’s Top Tips Tip 1: Take time in San Sebastian It’s definitely worth spending a full …

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An insider’s guide to Santander

With its sandy beaches enveloped by the views of the Picos de Europa mountain range, Santander, the Cantabrian capital has a lot to offer. Residents and visitors of Santander, on the Camino del Norte, are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities, with world-class surfing and sailing facilities on their doorstep and mountains just an hour away …

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Pilgrims to Oviedo and not Santiago…

Pilgrims to Oviedo and not Santiago… The First Pilgrimage The city of Oviedo, starting point of the Camino Primitivo to Santiago (The Original Way) to Santiago and also the main city along the Camino del Norte (The Northern Way), has been an important attraction to pilgrims for centuries. Pilgrims to Oviedo and not Santiago… The Holy Chamber in the city’s …

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Guernica

Guernica Guernica is a town in the province of Biscay, in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, Spain. Gernica is on The Camino del Norte. The town is best known for the devastation it suffered on April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. Guernica was the scene of a bombing raid by the …

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“Put a bad day behind and start afresh with the next,” Paul Flynn on the Camino del Norte

On his second Camino adventure, Chef Paul Flynn tackles the Camino del Norte from Bilbao with his brother Deckie. I’m with my brother this time. There’s me plump and wobbly, he’s a marathon running vegetarian 5 years older than me but sickeningly fitter. I delusionally console myself that my mane of silver hair compensates for …

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Camino Culture: Mondoñedo

Wandering the streets of Mondoñedo, on the Camino del Norte in Galicia, pilgrims quickly feel the elegant grandeur of this little country town which once was one of the seven capitals of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia. Its enchanting old quarter is like an open air museum where local history can be admired in each …

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San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016

San Sebastian, or Donostia in Basque, is a city of two names, different languages and conflicting attitudes. There is something almost paradoxical about the Basque capital. Even the landscape contains an element of disparity, between the beach and the city and the lush greenery that envelope it. A gastronomical “mecca” as it has been dubbed in …

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Camino Culture: Casas de Indianos

When you are walking the Camino del Norte (the Northern Way route of the Camino de Santiago) you will often encounter magnificent period houses with very unique and exotic styles. They are known locally as ‘Casas de Indianos’ and they were built by locals who emigrated to America or ‘made the Americas’ in the late 19th …

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