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The Whole Camino del Norte


The Whole Camino del Norte map
The Camino del Norte is the northern most trek that begins in San Sebastian and ends in Oviedo. Known for being a hilly, coastal route, the Camino del Norte is perfect for those who are hoping to escape the heat of continental Spain.

Day 1 – Arrival in San Sebastian
Day 2 – San Sebastian to Getaria (26km, 7h30)
Day 3 – Getaria to Deba (17km, 6h30)
Day4 – Deba to Markina (20km, 5h)
Day 5 – Markina to Gernika (25km, 7h15)
Day 6 – Gernika to Lezama (24km, 6h30)
Day 7 – Lezama to Bilbao (12km, 3h30)

Starting in San Sebastian, the first section of the Northern Way will travel along the beautiful coast of Spain. Halfway through the trek, after leaving Deba, the walk will leave the coastal footpaths and head onto more mountainous terrain. Enjoy stops in traditional villages, walks through the forest and all the luxury of northern Spain.

Day 8 – Bilbao to Portugalete (18km, 3h)
Day 9 – Portugalete to Castro Urdiales (28km, 7h30)
Day 10 – Castro Urdiales to Laredo (25km, 7h)
Day 11 – Laredo to Escalante (16km, 3h30)
Day 12 – Escalante to Santander (27km, 7h30)

The second section of the Northern Way begins in Bilbao and ends in Santander. Cutting in and out of the coastal paths, the second part of the Northern Way takes travellers to coastal towns, along a footpath next to the Galindo River and to various chapels and churches. Enjoy the scenery and the local wildlife along the path.

Day 13 – Santander to Arce (20km, 3h30)
Day 14 – Arce to Santillana del Mar (27km, 7h30)
Day 15 – Santillana del Mar to Comillas (23km, 6h45)
Day 16 – Comillas to Unquera (27km, 7h30)
Day 17 – Unquera to Llanes (25km, 7h)
Day 18 – Llanes to Ribadesella (29km, 8h)

Stretching from Santander to Ribadesella, the third section of the Northern Way follows the hilly coastal paths. Throughout this section, there are breath-taking ocean views, visits to various beaches and stops at plenty of local towns. Pay particular attention to the outstanding marine ecosystem and estuaries!

Day 19 – Ribadesella to Colunga (21km,5h)
Day 20 – Colunga to Villaviciosa (18km, 4h)
Day 21 – Villaviciosa to Pola de Siero (28km, 7h30)
Day 22 – Pola de Siero to Oviedo (17km, 3h45)
Day 23 – Oviedo. End of the Camino

The last section of the Northern Way begins in Ribadesella and finishes in Oviedo. Along this section of the Northern Way, enjoy the coastal views, the river Sebrayu, the Pre-Romanesque Church known as El Conventin and Oviedo which is regarded as one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the Camino.


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  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
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  • Great dinners with local food
  • Extra nights
  • Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Visit San Sebastian with a guide

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  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch


Fly In

Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways (can book return flights).

Starting Point

1 – From Bilbao airport. Bus to San Sebastian (takes 1hr15), several buses a day

Getting home

Option 1 – Santander
Bus to Santander (1hr), several buses a day

Option 2 – Bilbao


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  • Grade: Camino Difficulty Rating image 
  • Distance: 466 km
  • Duration: 23 Days + Camino Trip Legend 1
  • Trip style: Self GuidedCamino Trip Legend 2
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