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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