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Camino del Norte

Camino del Norte

  • Tackle a more challenging, dramatic, pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela
  • Savor San Sebastian, a gastronomic experience fit for any foodie
  • Enjoy the art and architecture of the Guggenheim in Bilbao
  • Experience the contrast of quiet fishing villages and modern cities
  • Immerse yourself in the least traveled part of Spain and discover a multitude of charms
  • Meet fellow pilgrims and gain your Compostela Certificate in Santiago 

Take in the breathtaking scenery of Spain’s northern coast on a walking tour along the Camino del Norte. Quieter and more challenging than the Camino Frances, the Camino del Norte is a truly authentic pilgrim experience. Unspoiled Spanish towns, fresh local cuisine and genuine kinship among pilgrims along your route make this trip one to treasure.

We offer the Camino del Norte or Northern Route to Santiago in five stages that can be completed individually, or all together – the choice is yours. Take a look through our Camino del Norte itineraries below and start planning your Camino adventure!

Like all of our self-guided Camino tours, you will be sure of a hassle-free experience with daily luggage transfers and hand-picked accommodations all included. So if you are looking for a Camino which packs a bit more of a punch, or perhaps looking for a different Camino adventure after having done the Camino Frances, please do not hesitate to contact our team who will be happy to help you plan your Camino del Norte. 

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  • Essential Camino del Norte Facts

    Length - The Camino del Norte stretches right across the north of Spain from San Sebastian in the Basque Country, through Cantabria, Asturias and into Galicia, 783km to the west. We have split the walk into 5 sections, or you can choose to do the full route. 

    The Waymarking is very good Despite being one of the lesser-travelled Camino routes, the waymarking is still very good on the Camino del Norte, so you do not need to worry about getting lost. 

    Peace and quiet - The Camino del Norte is the route taken by around just 6% of pilgrims so you if you are looking for some solitude then this is definitely the route for you.

    Weather - with a large part of the route being on the coast, this Camino does not experience the high temperatures some other Camino's can do during the summer months. Also because of this, the weather can also be quite changeable - it became "Green Spain" for a reason! So be prepared with waterproofs for this one - although fingers crossed you won't need them! 

    Links with the Camino Primitivo - for those looking for a longer trip or a bit more variety, it is possible to combine the Camino del Norte with the Camino Primitivo with a short de-tour south to Oviedo where you can continue on to Santiago. 

    Essential Camino del Norte Facts
  • Foodie highlights of the Camino del Norte

    San Sebastian - birthplace of the pintxos and home to the second highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square metre in the world, this is THE place for any foodies! Book yourself an extra couple of nights here to experience some of the best food in the world!

    Asturian Cheese - home to over 100 different types of cheese, Asturias is known as País de Quesos (the land of cheeses). Try a "tabla de quesos" if you wish to sample some of them.

    Llanes Seafood -this small seaside town is home to some amazing seafood restaurants including El Cuerra, a traditional Asturian restaurant serving amazing fish!

    Asturia Bean Soup - a hearty soup ideal for pilgrims, consisting of beans, potatoes, kale, ham and blood pudding. May not sound so nice, but it is a favourite in this region and very tasty!

    Cider (Sagardoa)Cider houses are famous in the Basque Country  with the region producing over 13 million litres every year. If you are a big cider lover, you may wish to visit at the time of Txotx. This begins in January and finishes in April-May and the cider houses offer a traditional menu featuring cod omelette, fried cod, beef steak, cheese, sweet apple jelly and walnuts, accompanied by cider poured directly from the barrel!

    Pulpo - we must not forget that the Camino del Norte not only passes through the Basque Country and Asturias, but also finishes in Galicia where you can look forward to trying some of that region's specialities - Pulpo a Feira (Octopus). Usually served boiled and sprinkled with some paprika, this tasty dish can be found in most traditional restaurants on the Galician part of the Camino del Norte.


    Foodie highlights of the Camino del Norte

  • Walking the Camino del Norte

    The north coast of Spain is one less visited by holidaymakers, which makes it the perfect place to explore Spain without the crowds.  What makes it even more perfect is the stunning scenery, outstandingly friendly locals and, of course, the food. The Camino del Norte is the quieter and arguably more beautiful cousin of the Camino de Santiago and this video gives you a broad overview of the first stage. 

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