Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

From Irún to Santiago de Compostela. 35 sections. 820 kilometres.

This ancestral route started attracting pilgrims coming to Santiago de Compostela from the ancient Kingdom of Asturias in the 9th century. Many of them arrived by sea from France, Britain, Flanders and the Scandinavian countries. When the Spanish Reconquista succeeded, the French Way became more relevant and other routes like this one were slowly forgotten.

In recent decades, the Camino del Norte or Northern Way started attracting pilgrims and is nowadays one of the preferred routes due to the beauty of the landscape and the overwhelming presence of the Bay of Biscay. This route is also called the Camino de la Costa or Coastal Way and departs from Irún, goes through the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias to enter Galicia through the beautiful town of Ribadeo.

Some sections take you literally along the coast with amazing views over beaches and cliffs. Other sections go inland, with an array of mountains, valleys and forests. The route is always close to villages, towns and cities where you can find any necessary services.

In Arzúa, you will have covered over 780 kilometres from Irún and joined those coming from the Camino Francés to reach Santiago de Compostela. This is the second longest route to the Galician capital after the Vía de la Plata or Southern Route, a very intensive and attractive choice. Pilgrims have several options in many of the sections so that they can choose which places to visit.
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SECTIONS

How to get to the starting point?

How to get to Irún:

How to get to Irún by train: There are long-distance trains to Irún from Madrid and Barcelona with a stopover in Saragossa and connections to other Spanish cities such as Pamplona, Segovia, Burgos, Valladolid or Lleida, for example. You can check the timetables at Renfe (+34 934 61 67 08). Besides, there are non-stop trains from Donostia-San Sebastián at Euskotren (+34 943 450 131). To check the trains from France to Irún, go to SNCF (+33 0892 353 535).

How to get to Irún by bus: Alsa connects Irún with Madrid, and also other cities in Spain such as Oviedo, Santander, Burgos or Vitoria. Those who want to come from Valencia, Murcia or Teruel have bus lines with Bilmanbus. From Barcelona, you can come with Vibasa -Monbús.

How to get to Irún by car: There are some 470 kilometres from Madrid to Irún, it takes at least 4 and a half hours to get there using the toll-free motorway A-1 (autovía) and then the toll highway AP1 (autopista), which you can avoid using toll-free alternatives such as other autovías or regular roads, but they increase the distance and duration of the drive.

How to get to Irún by plane: The nearest airport to Irún is that of San Sebastian (+34 943 668 500). It does not offer many destinations but it has daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona, as well as an interesting list of city buses that take passengers to Irún for an affordable price.
Confraternity Sites


 
Mundo Nuevo. Departamento "Camino de Santiago” (M.N.C.S.)
Delegación Comarca Txingudi - C/ Fueros, 2 - 1ºD - Apto. de Correos, 555
Irún - San Sebastián 555
irunsantiago@yahoo.es

 
Asociación de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Vizcaya
Grupo Sto. Domingo de Guzmán, 14 - Lonja frente a Calzadas de Mallona
Bilbao, 48006
info@caminobizkaia.net

 
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Astillero y Cantabria
C/ Fernandez Escarzada, s/n
Guarnizo (Astillero), 39611
aacsastillero@yahoo.es

 
Asociación Cultural Amigos de Ribadesella "Camino de Santiago"
Plaza de Abastos, s/n - Apto. de Correos, 51
Ribadesella/ Ribeseya, 33560
amigosderibadesella@ribadesella.com

 
Asociación Astur - Galaico de Amigos del Camino de Santiago
Barrio A Ponte, 2
Abres (Vegadeo/ A Veiga), 33007
asturgalaica@hotmail.com

 
Asociación Astur-Galaica de Santiago Apóstol
c/ Severo Ochoa, 3 - 1ºD
Avilés, 33404
asturgalaica-aviles@yahoo.es

 
Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Siero, Noreña y Sariego
Párroco José García Galán, 1
La Pola de Siero, 33510
amigoscaminosinosa@yahoo.es

 
Asociación Abrindo Camiño de Amigos do Camiño Norte de Santiago
C/ Ferrería, 11
Mondoñedo, 27747
elremanso@yahoo.es

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.