The Northern Way

The Northern Way or Camino del Norte (#caminodelnorte)

This is the Camino route following the gorgeous Northern coast of Spain from San Sebastián to Gijón, Ribadeo and on to Santiago de Compostela. Alternatively you can continue to Oviedo and join the Original Way.

The Camino del Norte starts in the Basque Country, in the chic sea-side city of San Sebastián (Donosti in Basque), a real paradise for foodies: it is in fact in the top 10 cities with highest number of Michelin stars in Europe. The Northern Way follows the coast line for most of the way so you can discover charming fishing villages, swim in beautiful sandy beaches and taste delicious seafood. Feel inspired at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; stroll by the elegant royal palace in Santander; sample Asturias famous cider; stay in lively seaside towns and admire the natural beauty of the Northern coast of ‘Green Spain’. Read more Northern Way Camino articles on our blog.

It takes just over 5 weeks to walk the full Northern Way from San Sebastian to Santiago. You can also choose to start walking or cycling from different points along the way.

Please see below for our suggested itineraries. You can select the Northern Way to customise your route (start point, finish point and options that you would like to have). You can walk or cycle any of our ways.

In order to get your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago, remember you will need to walk a minimum of 100kms into Santiago (we suggest you start in Vilalba) or cycle at least the last 200kms of the route (we suggest you start in Navia).

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The Camino del Norte or Northern Way is a stunning Camino de Santiago route, running along the coastline of Northern Spain or Green Spain for most part. The route starts in the Basque Country, and continues across Cantabria and Asturias before entering Galicia via the Santos Bridge over the River Eo, taking pilgrims from Asturias to Ribadeo.

Along with the Camino Primitivo or Original Way, the Camino del Norte became a prominent pilgrimage route in the early history of the Camino, in the 9th and 10th centuries. While the Camino Frances then became the most travelled of all routes, the Camino del Norte still maintained a regular flow of pilgrims until the 18th century. This Camino de Santiago route attracted not only pilgrims from the North of the Iberian Peninsula but also from overseas from faraway lands such as Scandinavia, England, Flanders and Germany: many pilgrims would make the journey by sea to some of the ports of Northern Spain before continuing on foot to Santiago de Compostela. Many of them would also stop in Oviedo to visit the relics of San Salvador.

The Camino del Norte joins the French Way in Arzúa.