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Camino del Norte Stage 5 - Ribadeo to Santiago

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  • The outstanding hospitality of the people of Galicia
  • Sampling the pulpo (octopus) washed down with a glass of Albariño
  • Meeting your fellow pilgrims and sharing stories
  • Sampling the peace of the Galician mountains
  • Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago
The final stage of the Camino del Norte takes you from Ribadeo through the lush Galician countryside to Santiago de Compostela. This is a dramatic and sometimes challenging route to Santiago and one which more accurately reflects the true pilgrim experience. On this final section of the Camino del Norte, you head inland, away from the coast as you make your way through the mountains of Galicia. You will see many gothic graveyards and impressive old cathedrals as you pass through this forgotten corner of Spain. Once you reach Arzúa you connect with the Camino Frances for the final days into Santiago.

What To Expect

The Camino del Norte offers a more authentic pilgrim experience than the Camino Frances. Though the walking is considerably tougher the rewards are arguably much greater.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.


Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Spiritual Journeys, Personal Growth

Activity Level & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks of between 17-33km per day.

You can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day and much of it is rather arduous walking with some steep inclines/declines.

The Camino Del Norte follows a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections. There are sections on the route where you will divert to follow the red and white stripes of the GR routes. There will always be other walkers around in-case you are looking for help.You will be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day


The accommodation in San Sebastian, Bilbao and all larger towns, will be in 3-star hotels, the rest will be a mixture of rural hotels and hostels all with private rooms and en-suite. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


A local continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.  Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.

Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino del Norte in less time but we would not recommend this.

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels with en-suite W/C.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Baggage Transfers
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Camino del Norte guide book
  • Emergency telephone support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps, and local information.
  • Return travel to Spain.
  • Lunches, dinners (optional), snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October.

Time of Year

The weather in Northern Spain is very varied. In general you can expect pleasant temperatures for walking of between 19 degrees and up to about 26 degrees in the summer months. As you will be walking near the coast for much of this walk, you can expect some rainy days, particularly in spring and autumn.

Getting to the Start

You can fly into Oviedo (Asturias) direct from London Stansted with Easyjet and then from there, you can take an ALSA bus which only takes around 2.5 hours to Ribadeo.

If you are traveling from outwith Europe, Madrid and Paris are good hubs to fly in and out of. Ribadeo can be reached by bus ALSA but this takes almost 9 hours so you may choose to catch an internal flight to Oviedo with Iberia.

Getting from the End

On the return, the best place to fly out of would be Santiago de Compostela. You can fly directly from Santiago back to the UK with Ryanair who fly direct to Stansted and Easy Jet who fly direct to Gatwick.

If you are traveling internationally, Madrid and Paris are good hubs to fly in and out of. You can fly from Santiago to Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair.

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack. There is a supplement applicable for solo walkers on baggage transfers due to the fact that the transfer costs are usually shared.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Compostela/Pilgrims Passport

The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk, in Santiago, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.


Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

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Day 1: Arrive in Ribadeo and Overnight Day 2: Walk to Villamartín Grande. Taxi Transfer to Ribadeo 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 3: Taxi Transfer Ribadeo‐Villamartín Grande and walk to Mondoñedo 11.8 miles / 19 km Day 4: Walk to Abadín. Taxi Transfer to Mondoñedo 10.6 miles / 17 km Day 5: Taxi Transfer Mondoñedo‐Abadín and walk to Vilalba 13 miles / 21 km Day 6: Walk to Sta Leocadia. Taxi Transfer to Regüela 17.4 miles / 28 km Day 7: Taxi Transfer Regüela‐Sta Leocadia and walk to Sobrado dos Monxes/Transfer to Boimil 20.5 miles / 33 km Day 8: Transfer to Sobrado dos Monxes/Walk to Arzúa 13.7 miles / 22 km Day 9: Walk to Rúa 11.8 miles / 19 km Day 10: Walk to Santiago de Compostela 13 miles / 21 km Day 11: Onward Travel from Santiago de Compostela

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