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What is the Northern Way?

northernway-caminoways-puente-san-vicenteThe Camino Norte, or Northern Way is the Camino de Santiago route that runs along the northern coast of Spain. It starts in the Basque Country, from the amazing sea-side resort of San Sebastian, which is heaven for foodies, as it is the city with the second highest amount of Michelin stars in Europe. The Way also passes through Bilbao (home of some of the best Tapas in Spain and the world famous Guggenheim museum), Santander (sea-side resort and grand Casino), and Oviedo (great atmosphere, delicious sea food and cider).

This Camino route was first walked by the pilgrims from the North of Spain, especially the Basque Country  or the Asturias Kingdom. The route used to be as walked as the French Way or the others routes before the French way was promoted by the Kings of León.

This is the complete itinerary for the Camino Northern Way (or Camino del Norte), with traditional stages. Please note that “splits” have not been included in the table.



This is the complete itinerary for the Northern Way (or Camino del Norte), with traditional stages. Please note that “split days” have not been included in the table.

Sections Town Km Section Summary
Section 1 San Sebastian
Getaria 27 The first section of the Camino del Norte (the Northern Way route of the St James Way) begins in the beautiful and sophisticated coastal city of San Sebastián, a gastronomic mecca home to several Michelin-star restaurants. From San Sebastián (or Donosti in Basque), the Northern Way travels West along the green hills of the Basque coastline. The trail passes the historic town of Gernika, made famous by Picasso’s master piece and finishes in Bilbao, where you should visit the impressive Guggenheim Museum. The Basque Country is renowned for its cuisine, its ‘pintxos’ and some of the country’s best chefs so this Camino walk will be an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Deba 18
Markina-Xemein 20
Gernika 28
Lezama 24
Section 2 Bilbao 15
Portugalete 14 The second section of the Camino del Norte, the Northern route of the Camino de Santiago, starts in the Basque city of Bilbao and finishes in the pretty coastal city of Santander, in Cantabria.Explore the old town in Bilbao and its magnificent Guggenheim Museum before you head West along the coast towards Santander. Along this section you will walk by seaside towns, lovely beaches and rocky bays. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and you will be able to admire the contrast between modernity and tradition, in the many towns and historic stops along the way.The North coast in Spain is renowned for its cuisine so prepare for an unforgettable gastronomic experience on the Camino.
Castro Urdiales 27
Laredo 24
Escalante 16
Section 3 Santander 27
Arce 16 This holiday will see you travel along the third section of the Camino Norte (Northern Way), which is part of the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela; the Way of Saint James.This section of the Camino de Santiago will see you begin in Santander and finish in the pleasant seaside resort of Ribadesella. The mountains of the North provide a spectacular contrast to the charming and picturesque coastline.This region is renowned for its cuisine and the walk will see you enjoy a high level of comfort and an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
Santillana del Mar 27
Comillas 23
Unquera 27
Llanes 23
Section 4 Ribadesella 29
Colunga 24 The third section of the Camino del Norte, the Northern Way route of the famous Camino de Santiago,starts in the pretty seaside town of Ribadesella at the foot of the Picos de Europa, by the Cantabrian Sea. The trail takes pilgrims to the tranquil villages of rural Asturias where you can taste the delicious local food and famous cide, before finally arriving in the medieval city of Oviedo, capital of the region.Asturias has an excellent cuisine and is also famous for its cider. Oviedo marks the beginning of the Camino Primitivo, the original way to Santiago de Compostela, the most popular route until the 10th century.
Villaviciosa 30
Pola de siero 28
Oviedo 17

You can find more information on the Northern Way, just clicking on the section you are interested in on the map. 

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