Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

Cadavéu/Cadavedo - L.luarca/Luarca

16 km Difficulty
To begin this section, you leave Cadavéu/Cadavedo through a footpath that goes through the villages of Vil.lamouros/Vilamoros, Quintana and San Cristuébanu/San Cristobal, to eventually reach the main road. The path goes up to the church of San Miguel de Caneiru/Canero, then through oak and chestnut groves, until you cross the River Esva.

When you reach Hostal Canero, pilgrims on bicycles must continue on the N-634 while those on foot must climb a pleasant yet demanding path behind it. After Hostal Canero, you will be back on the N-634. Before you cross the road to leave the Autovía del Cantábrico to your left, you may continue to the right on the N-634 to enjoy the wonderful view of Playa de Cueva, 500 m away.

After you cross the autovía and go back to the main road, detours continue until Barcia, where you can get some provisions.

A nice spot before reaching the harbour of L.luarca/Luarca is the chapel of Nuestra Señora la Blanca and its cemetery with a view. L.Luarca/Luarca is your destination for the day, a beautiful fishing village surrounded by mountains at the mouth of the River Negro. A walk around the fishing area of Cambaral and Pescadería is highly recommended, as well as visiting its churches, such as the one of Santa Eulalia. 

In Luarca, you will find a rather peculiar museum, the Museo del Calamar (Squid Museum) where you can see some giant squid and other creatures found all over the world. The Parque de la Vida in La Mata was created to raise awareness about marine and terrestrial ecosystems. It is adjacent to the wildlife rehabilitation centre CEPESMA, where sick or injured animals receive care. It includes a planetarium and the Jardines del Chano, a 20-hectare garden with a lake and 10000 types of camellias and another 568 plant varieties.
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Tips from our postmen and women

Pedro Peláez, Correos of L.luarca/Luarca.

“To visit the chapel of la Blanca (Capilla del Nazareno), you have to take a detour and leave the Northern Way (this stretch belongs to the Camino Real). Just go straight ahead at the Puerto de L.luarca/Luarca (the harbour) instead of turning left. Some 400 m to your right you have some nice views of the Bay of Biscay and to the left, the hilltop where you can find the Capilla del Nazareno. Then you have to cross the road to the lighthouse, go down the stairs and get to the Mesa de los Mareantes, where a series of mosaics tell an abridged version of the long history of our town. You may then continue towards the cemetery and go down the stairs to the Carretera del Faro to finally reach the harbour of L.luarca/Luarca”Pedro Peláez, Correos of L.luarca/Luarca.

 

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.