Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)
Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

Markina/Xemein - Gernika/Lumo

25 km Difficulty
If you take the BI-633 for over a kilometre, you will find a detour to your right until the bridge over the River Artibai. You have to follow it towards Iruzubieta and then cross the river again. The path continues through the forest into the valley, before you reach Bolibar.

This is the birthplace of the family of the military and political leader Simón Bolivar, who played an instrumental role in the independence of the Sapnish colonies in the Americas. There is a museum dedicated to him in the house of his ancestors, as well as a monument. From Puebla de Bolibar you continue along a cobbled path to the monastery of Zenarruza, in Ziortza. It is still inhabited and can be visited. The community was founded in the 11th century and used to welcome pilgrims in need.

If you follow towards Mount Oiz and the peak of Gauntzegarai, you will reach Munitibar, where you have to cross the River Lea. The path goes through villages and caseríos until you climb to Marmiz, from where you have two options to get to Gernika. The traditional route is the shortest and lightest, through Mendieta. The alternative route is longer and harder but the landscape surrounding Mount Burgogana is worth it.

Gernika is internationally remembered for the German air raid that destroyed most of the city in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. Pablo Picasso devoted one of his most famous paintings to this massacre.

Tips from our postmen and women

Irune Zulueta, Correos of Gernika. 
"The Casa de Juntas houses the Árbol de Gernika. This oak tree is a symbol for all Basques and those who come to the town should not miss it. Apart from being historically remembered as one of the first places where civilians were bombed and massacred, this town offers a lot more. For example, food. You must not miss the beans and green peppers of Gernika.” Irune Zulueta, Correos of Gernika
Camino del Norte entre Markina y GernikaIglesia de la Ascensión del Señor de AjangizIglesia de Gernika en el Camino del NorteÁrbol de GernikaGernika, en el Camino del Norte
Transfer Rucksack


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.

Send Bicycle


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.

Send luggage to Santiago


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 Payment Card


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.


Pilgrimage Stamps


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.


Send Parcels


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. 


Luggage Storage


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 Offices


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.