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 Pinxto’s and wine pairings.
San Sebastian is a great place to start your Camino. From the rolling green hillsides that surround the city to the golden beaches that frame the coastline you can experience, city life, beach life and country life all within a short distance of each other. Elegant architecture sits well alongside the reputation San Sebastian is gaining world wide as a destination for a wonderful culinary experience.
Deba is your last coastal town for the next few days until you reach Bilbao. This quaint seaside town traditionally relied on whaling and trade via the sea but nowadays it focuses on its tourism offering. Here you will find the National Monument of the Church of Santa Maria, one of the finest churches in the region. From the 16th century this church is a prime example of the Basque Gothic style.
Rich in Basque heritage many will know the name of this town from the famous painting by Pablo Picasso. The town was almost completely destroyed in 1937 when it was bombed bu Italian and German forces support General Franco. The town however in true Basque fashion didn’t let this be its end, with the survival of the Biscayan Assembly and the Guernica Tree the town rebuilt itself. Here you can learn more about the Basque culture and how it is preserved today. Every Monday there is a market held that is one of the best in the Basque so if you are here on Monday be sure to peruse the market for some local treats.