Camino del Norte - The Northern Way

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Bilbao to Santander

Section 2 of 4
7 Days
Moderate Difficulty

This second section connects two of the major cities in the north of Spain, Bilbao and Santander and has you leave the Basque region to enter the region of Cantabria. Bilbao is a wonderful mix of Basque traditions and contemporary architecture.  Surrounded by green hills and right on the coast there is much to see and do within close proximity of this city.

The first day walking although predominantly urban and industrial it has a sense of peace and calm as it follows the river, before ascending to Portugalete.  Leaving briefly the coastline and passing through a forest you will return on the same day to the coast and Castro Urdiales. A spectacular cliff walk will take you to the popular beach town of Laredo. A short, flat walk through Santoria’s marshland then takes you to Escalante your last stop before Santander.

Your final day walking this section is via beaches where at the end of the day you have the option to take a traditional boat across the bay to the city centre of Santander. Santander, another port city not only boasts an historic centre and beaches but is where the royal family of Spain use to take their summer breaks.

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San Sebastien to Bilbao

Section 1 of 4
8 Days
Moderate Difficulty

This first section of the Camino del Norte takes you from the city of San Sebastian to the city of Bilbao.  San Sabastian makes a wonderful starting point for the Camino del Norte. Located on the Bay of Biscay in the mountainous Basque Country, San Sebastian is known for its beaches and waterfront promenade.  Here you can enjoy world-renowned cuisine as well as the more informal dining experience of Pintxo’s and wine pairings.

This walk will take you from the city out along the coastline past traditional whaling towns to arrive in the harbour village of Getaria.  From here continuing to follow the coastline, walking on quiet country roads will take you to the wonderful beach town of Deba. After Deba, you will move inland through the countryside and will not come back to the sea until Bilbao.  In Markina you will witness a village that holds strongly to its Basque traditions. Following cobbled roads, passing an ancient Monastery and woodland you will arrive at Gernika. Farmland, forest, and traditional villages take you then to Lezama before your last day from here through more farmland to the summit of Mount Avril where you get a spectacular view of Bilbao before descending to the industrial port city that mixes the modern with the old to spectacular effect.

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