Camino del Norte 4/4 - From Ribadesella to Oviedo
This final section of the Camino del Norte takes you from the coast inland to Oviedo which is also the starting point of the Camino Primitivo. From Ribadesella you still get to enjoy the coastline as you go up and down to towns and beaches before passing the Templar site and Benedictine Monastery of Santiago to arrive in Colunga. A relatively short day follows along the valley before climbing up the Cabanona pass and coming back downhill to another valley and the town of Villaviciosa.
The start of this day is the last coastal section as you move inland, crossing a river and going up and down a number of times one final descent will take you to Pola de Siero. The last day walking is a short day and as you get closer to Oviedo it has a more urban feel. Oviedo was one of the most important cities in the Middle Ages for pilgrims as there were many relics in the Cathderal of San Salvador for pilgrims to visit. Many of these relics are still in the Cathedral to this day.
You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of Ribadesella. The rooms are en-suite.
From Ribadesella to Colunga (21km,5h)
The Camino continues uphill towards the village of Vega, at the foot of the impressive Monte Redondu. Reaching Vegas beach, we cross the Regatu del Acebu and climb to the charming village of Berbes. Then, the Camino goes downhill to the beach of El Arenal de Mons, where the mouth of the River de los Romeros can be seen. After passing a Templar site and the Benedictine Monastery of Santiago (founded in the 11th century), we arrive in Colunga.
From Colunga to Villaviciosa (18km, 4h15)
From Colunga, the Camino continues along the valley of the river Llovones, passing small villages. As we leave the valley the track leads uphill to the Cabanona pass, where we can get superb views of the coast. The Camino continues downhill to Priesca, past the Church of San Salvador, consecrated in the year 921. If the church is opened have a look at the paintings inside. Now on the left bank of the river Sebrayu, the Camino follows the Nabla river valley to reach Villaviciosa.
From Villaviciosa to Pola de Siero (28km, 7h30)
From Villaviciosa, we follow the Camino until we reach the village of La Casquita. Here we leave the coast taking the southern way of the Camino Norte. This alternative way allows us to visit Oviedo, and also to connect with the “Camino Primitivo”, the Original way. On the Camino, don?t miss the Church of San Juan de Amandi (13th century), and the marvelous Pre-Romanesque Church known as El Conventin (9th century). We cross the river Valdedio and continue to Camoca to the Alto La Campa, enjoying superb views over the Sariego Valley. We finally descend to Figares and continue walking towards La Carcabada until we come to Pola de Siero.
From Pola de Siero to Oviedo (17km, 4h30)
The Camino passes El Rayu, famous in the 18th century for its ceramics, and we head towards Carbayal, Fonciello, Meres and Granda. This area has a semi-urban character. Passing the small village of El Llugarin, we come to the medieval bridge of Colloto, entering Oviedo via Cerdeno and Calles de la Tenderina Alta and Baja.
In the Middle-Ages, Oviedo was one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the Camino. Don’t miss the Cathedral of San Salvador and the relics and treasures in the Holy Chamber.
Oviedo. End of the Camino
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
Option 1 – Santander
Santander airport with Ryanair offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain (can book return flights).
Iberia offers a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia.
Option 2 – Oviedo
Oviedo Airport, there are very few flights available here
1 – Santander. There is a bus from Santander to Ribadesella (1hr30), several buses a day.
There is a bus from Oviedo to Santander (2hrs45mins), 5 buses per day.
Alternatively, you can take the train (5hrs), 3 trains per day.