Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

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.

All stages

How to get to the starting point

Stage 1

How to get to the starting point
Irún
Donostia/San Sebastián

Stage Kms
27’5 km
Accommodations on the stage
180
Stage Difficulty

Camino de Santiago associations

Asturias

Asociación Cultural Amigos de Ribadesella "Camino de Santiago"

Email
amigosderibadesella@ribadesella.com

Direction
Plaza de Abastos, s/n - Apto. de Correos, 51 Ribeseya/Ribadesella, 33560

Asturias

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Villaviciosa

Email
daflaballera@hotmail.com

Direction
Calle General Campomanes, 26, bajo Villaviciosa, 33300

Asturias

Asociación Astur-Galaica de Santiago Apóstol

Email
asturgalaica-aviles@yahoo.es

Direction
Calle Severo Ochoa, 3 - 1ºD Avilés, 33404

Asturias

Asociación Cultural y del Camino de Santiago "La Humildad"

Email
auroravazquezpomar@hotmail.com

Direction
Carretera General s/n Soto de Luiña , 33156

Asturias

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Siero, Noreña y Sariego

Email
amigoscaminosinosa@yahoo.es

Direction
Párroco José García Galán, 1 La Pola de Siero, 33510

Asturias

Asociación Astur - Galaico de Amigos del Camino de Santiago (Abres - Vegadeo)

Email
asturgalaica@hotmail.com

Direction
Barrio A Ponte, 2 A Veiga/Vegadeo, 33770

Cantabria

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Astillero y Cantabria

Email
aacsastillero@yahoo.es

Direction
Calle Fernandez Escarzada, s/n Guarnizo (Astillero), 39611

Galicia

Asociación "Abrindo Camiño" de Amigos do Camiño Norte de Santiago

Email
elremanso@yahoo.es

Direction
Calle Ferrería, 11. Viloalle Mondoñedo, 27747

País Vasco

Mundo Nuevo. Departamento "Camino de Santiago” (M.N.C.S.)

Email
irunsantiago@yahoo.es

Direction
Calle Fueros, 2 - 1ºD. Delegación Comarcal Txingudi. Apto. de Correos, 555 Irún - San Sebastián

País Vasco

Asociación de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Vizcaya

Email
info@caminobizkaia.net

Direction
Grupo Sto. Domingo de Guzmán, 14 - Lonja frente a Calzadas de Mallona Bilbao, 48006

País Vasco

Asociación de Hospitaleros Voluntarios Camino de Santiago Bizkaia

Email
info@hosvobi.org

Direction
Calle Carmelo 6, 2º. Apto. de Correos 7009. Contacto en Albergue Altamira Bilbao, 48004

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