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

Xixón/Gijón - Avilés

25 km Difficulty
This section links the two most important coastal cities in Asturias. You leave Xixón/Gijón through the esplanade towards the Plaza Padre Máximo. If you follow the signs, you will leave an industrial park behind, through a path that runs parallel to the road. 

The village of Veriña marks the beginning of the climb towards Monte Areo, moving from a rural landscape into an industrial one. You have to climb for 3 kilometres, but the hardest bit is at the beginning. Many Palaeolithic findings were made here, such as burial mounds and dolmens. From there you descend towards Santolaya/Santa Eulalia, in the valley of Carreño, with its 10th-century church.

Going through an industrial area again, the route continues towards Tabaza, where you will find many cafeterias and restaurants. Avilés is a city linked to the development and decline of steelworks - it has gone through an amazing environmental and aesthetic regeneration process. Apart from its maritime neighbourhood, it has the best preserved old town in Asturias. The city has been renamed as “the medieval city of Asturias” and you can get lost in its narrow streets, visit the church of Santo Tomás de Canterbury, the Plaza Mayor or the palace of Camposagrado, to name a few monuments and interesting buildings.

The Calle Galiana is the street in Avilés with the longest arcade. It also used to have houses with stables on the ground floor and the flooring is still of two types: cobbled for the cattle and those wearing “madreñas” (wooden clogs) and flat for the rest.

Tips from our postmen and women

Yolanda Galán, Correos de Avilés.
“I’d recommend the old town, Barrio Sabugo, Calle Rivero, Galiana, Plaza de España, Calle Ferrería, Parque de Ferrera and nowadays the “Centro Cultural Oscar Niemeyer”, a unique cultural centre. After Santiago de Compostela, Avilés is the Spanish city with most arcades in its streets”. Yolanda Galán, Correos de Avilés.
Iglesia de Sabugo, en el Camino del NorteHórreo al paso del Camino del Norte por CarreoPuente de San Sebastián en AvilésCentro Niemeyer de AvilésPuerto de Avilés, ciudad del 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.