Camino del Norte

Camino Arrow 815km – 32 stages

Camino del Norte

As ancient as the French Way, this Camino del Norte was already used by the European Kings in medieval times.

When the southern regions were brought back to peace and it was no longer required to travel through this Northern Way, it lost a lot of popularity, however, The Camino del Norte is working on its return and is gaining popularity again. More than 800 km through wonderful places and a very nice (quieter) alternative to the French Way. However, there are less pilgrim albergues along the this way, so you better plan your walks carefully. In general the way is very well marked and combines higher altitudes with ahh, how nice: walking on the beach!

In the tab ‘Stages’ you will find the stages as shared on the Eroski site. We found them to be very accurate on the lengths. They also have very complete and nicely written narratives on each part, however, the narratives are in Spanish. If you want to read (also very nice) descriptions of each part in English you can use the interactive map above from elcaminosantiago.com. Just click on the symbol in the upper right corner: open map symbol. It will open up the interactive map in Google Maps and you’ll be able to zoom in and click on any way mark. This will open up a small window where you can read the narratives created by elcaminosantiago.com. Great resource!

If daily stages of more than 15/20 km are simply not your cup of tea, just look at the itinerary in each stage and choose your daily endpoints. You can use the name of those locations to search for a place to stay (see tab ‘Where to stay’). In addition, please remember: most people do not walk complete caminos in one ‘holiday’. They simply take one or a couple of stages each time they have some time off. Take it easy – not everyone needs to walk 800 km to discover their true self…

In the tab ‘Where to start’ you will find information on the most common (and less common) places to start, including some information on how to get there.

Stage 1 Irun – San Sebastián-Donostia

27,6 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Irun (All services)

Km 3: Ermita de Santiagotxo (Albergue at 650 m)

Km 4,7: Santuario de Guadalupe (Bar/Restaurant)

Km 16,7: Pasai Donibane/Pasajes de San Juan (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Medical centre, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 18,9: Faro de la Plata

Km 24,8: San Sebastián (All services)

Km 27,6: San Sebastián (Juvenile albergue) (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 1

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Stage 2 San Sebastián-Donostia – Zarautz

20,3 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: San Sebastián (Juvenile albergue) (All services)

Km 1,4: Monte Igeldo (Hotel, Pensions)

Km 5,4: Igeldo-Camino Buztintxuri (Bar-Grill)

Km 14: Orio (All services)

Km 20,3: Zarautz (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 2

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Stage 3 Zarautz – Deba

22 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Zarautz (All services)

Km 4.1: Getaria (All services)

Km 6,1: Askizu (Albergue-Bar)

Km 9.1: Zumaia (All services)

Km 13: Elorriaga (Bar)

Km 18,5: Itziar (Bars, Shop)

Km 22: Deba (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 3

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Stage 4 Deba – Markina-Xemein

24,3 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Deba (All services)

Km 4,4: Ermita del Calvario de Maia (Albergue-Bar-shop, Grill)

Km 8,3: Olatz (Bar)

Km 14,2: Collado Arnoate (Water well)

Km 24,3: Markina (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 4

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Stage 5 Markina-Xemein – Gernika Lumo

25 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Markina (All services)

Km 3,8: Iruzubieta (Bars)

Km 6,2: Bolibar (Bar, Shop, Inn Baketxe Baserria at 1,9 km)

Km 7,5: Monasterio de Zenarruza (Albergue)

Km 11,7: Munitibar (Bar, Shop)

Km 16,2: Berriondo (indicated is albergue Mendata at short distance with restaurant nearby)

Km 19,1: Elexalde

Km 23: Ajangiz

Km 25: Gernika (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 5

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Stage 6 Gernika – Lezama

21,8 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Gernika (All services)

Km 2,2: Ermita de Santa Lucía

Km 10,3: Albergue Eskerika

Km 17,1: Goikoelexalde (Bar)

Km 18,5: Larrabetzu (Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 21,8: Lezama (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 6

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Stage 7 Lezama – Bilbao

11,2 km – 8 albergues

Km 0: Lezama (All services)

Km 3: Zamudio (All services)

Km 7,3: Monte Avril (Picnic area)

Km 11,2: Bilbao (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 7

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Stage 8 Bilbao – Portugalete

19,7 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Bilbao (All services)

Km 4,4: Albergue de peregrinos de Bilbao

Km 11: Cruces (Barakaldo) (All services)

Km 12,2: Retuerto (Barakaldo) (All services)

Km 17,8: Sestao (All services)

Km 19,7: Portugalete (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 8

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Stage 9 Portugalete – Pobeña

12,3 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Portugalete (All services)

Km 4,3: Nocedal

Km 5,5: Gallarta

Km 11,1: La Arena (Bars, Shops, ATM)

Km 12,3: Pobeña (Albergue open in spring, summer, Rural apartments, Bar)

Camino del Norte Stage 9

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Stage 10 Pobeña – Castro Urdiales

23,5 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Pobeña (Albergue open in spring, summer, Rural apartments, Bar)

Km 6,1: Ontón (Bar-Shop)

Km 7,5: Baltezana (Bars)

Km 10: Alto de La Helguera

Km 13,8: Barrio de Los Corrales

Km 15,4: Santullán (Bars, Bakery)

Km 17,5: Sámano (Bar)

Km 22: Castro Urdiales – Centro (All services)

Km 23,5: Castro Urdiales (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 10

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Stage 11 Castro Urdiales – Laredo

30,6 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Castro Urdiales – Centro (All services)

Km 4,1: Cerdigo

Km 7,3: Islares (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 11,6: Nocina (Albergue, Bar)

Km 13,4: Rioseco (Bar)

Km 14,6: El Puente (Bars, Shops, Health Center, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 24,5: Hazas (Liendo) (All services)

Km 30,6: Laredo (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 11

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Stage 12 Laredo – Güemes

29,5 km – 7 albergues

Km 0: Laredo (All services)

Km 4,9: Santoña (All services)

Km 14,2: Noja (All services)

Km 21: Barrio de Solorga-San Miguel de Meruelo (Albergue)

Km 29,5: Güemes (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 12

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Stage 13 Güemes – Santander

20,5 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Güemes (Albergue)

Km 3,3: Barrio Linderrio (Pension)

Km 4,4: Galizano (Hotel, Bars, Shops, ATM)

Km 14,7: Somo (All services)

Km 20,5: Santander (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 13

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Stage 14 Santander – Queveda

41,4 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Santander (All services)

: Peñacastillo

: Santa Cruz de Bezana (Albergue, Pension)

: Boo de Piélagos (Albergue)

The best option is to take the train in Boo de Piélagos and to get off in Mogro: better then crossing the train bridge over the river Pas!

: Oruña

: Mogro

: Cudón

: Requejada (Albergues)

: Barreda

: Camplengo (Albergues)

Km 41,4: Queveda (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 14

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Stage 15 Queveda – Comillas

26,4 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Queveda (Albergue)

: Camplengo

: Santillana del Mar

This place lacks any way mark. You have to take the road called ‘Los Hornos’ from the center square to leave the village and get ‘back’ on the way-marked camino.

 

: Arroyo

: Oreña

: Alfoz de Lloredo

: Caborredondo

: San Martín de Cigüenza

: Cóbreces

: Venta del Tramalón

: Concha

: Pando

Km 26,4: Comillas (Albergues)

Camino del Norte Stage 15

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Stage 16 Comillas – Unquera

26,6 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Comillas (Albergue)

: Santa María del Tejo

: San Vicente de la Barquera

: La Acebosa

: Pesués

Watch your way here. There are marks missing. After crossing the N-634 in Pesués, the way goes to Unquera via an ascending road that turns to the left to take a path through the forest. When you are on that path, there is a small portion without way-marks, watch your step and note that you can always return to take the N-634 to Unquera if you don’t want to get lost.

Km 26,6: Unquera

Camino del Norte Stage 16

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Stage 17 Unquera – Llanes

25,1 km – 7 albergues

Km 0: Unquera

: Capilla de Animas

: La Franca

: Colombres

When you get out of Colombres you’ll have a portion of the N-634 with a lot of traffic. When travelling in groups, be mindful and walk one after the other and never beside each other. Safety first!

: Buelna

: Pendueles

: Camping La Paz

: Bufones de Arenillas

: Mirador Río Purón

: Mirador La Ballota

: Andrín

Km 25,1: Llanes (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 17

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Stage 18 Llanes – San Esteban de Leces

33,9 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: Llanes (Albergues)

Km 2: Poo

Km 4,3: Celario

Km 8: Niembro

Km 12,3: Naves

Km 13,2: Villahormes

Km 16,1: Nueva

Km 18: Piñeres de Pría

Km 22,5: Ribadesella (albergue, shops)

Km 32,6: San Pedro

There’s a climb of only 100m long, that you’ll feet will hate. Take it easy and zig-zag to the top.

Km 33,9: San Esteban (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 18

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Stage 19 San Esteban de Leces – Sebrayo

27,8 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: San Esteban (Albergue)

: La Vega

: Berbes

: Arenal de Morís

: La Isla

: Colunga

: Pernus

: La Llera

: San Salvador de Priesca

: La Vega de Priesca

Km 27,8: Sebrayo (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 19

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Stage 20 Sebrayo – Gijón

34,3 km – 7 albergues

Km 0: Sebrayo (Albergue)

: Villaviciosa

: Nievares

: Alto de La Cruz

: Peón

: Curbiello

: Cabuenes

Km 34,3: Gijón (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 20

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Stage 21 Gijón – Avilés

22,7 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Gijón (Albergue)

: Alto Monte Areo

: El Valle Iglesia Santa Eulalia

: Tamon

: Trasona

Km 22,7: Avilés (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 21

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Stage 22 Avilés – Soto de Luiña

38 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Avilés (Albergue)

: San Cristobal

: Salinas

: San Martín de Laspra

: Barrio de la Cruz

: Santiago del Monte

: Ranon

: Riolavega

: Soto del Barco

: Muros de Nalon

: El Pito

: Rellayo

: Arroyo Concha de Artedo

Km 38: Soto de Luiña (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 22

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Stage 23 Soto de Luiña – Cadavedo

23,9 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Soto de Luiña (Albergue)

: Cruce a Valdredo

: Novellana

: Castaneras

: Santa Marina

: Ballotas

Km 23,9: Cadavedo (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 23

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Stage 24 Cadavedo – Luarca

16,3 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Cadavedo (Albergue)

: Villademoros

: San Cristóbal

: Querúas

: Canero

: Caroyas

: Barcia

: Almuña (Albergue)

Km 16,3: Luarca (Albergue, Bars, Shops)

Camino del Norte Stage 24

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Stage 25 Luarca – La Caridad

29,3 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Luarca (Albergue, Bars, Shops)

: Otur

: Villapedre

: Piñera

: Villaoril

: La Colorada

: Navia

: Jarrio

: Cartavio

Km 29,3: La Caridad (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 25

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Stage 26 La Caridad – Ribadeo

22,3 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: La Caridad (Albergue)

: El Franco

: Porcia

: Brul

: Tol

: Figueras

Km 22,3: Ribadeo (Albergue) Welcome to Galicia!

Camino del Norte Stage 26

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Stage 27 Ribadeo – Lourenzá

29,5 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Ribadeo (Albergue)

Km 7: Vilela (Albergue, Bar/Restaurant)

Km 11,5: A Ponte de Arante

Km 17: Villamartín Pequeño

Km 18,5: Villamartín Grande

Km 22: Gondán (Albergue)

Km 25: San Xusto (Albergue, Bar)

Km 29,5: Vilanova de Lourenzá (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 27

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Stage 28 Lourenzá – Abadín

24,8 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Vilanova de Lourenzá (Albergue)

: Arroxo

: San Pedro de la Torre

: Mondoñedo

: Lousada

: Gontán

Km 24,8: Abadín (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 28

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Stage 29 Abadín – Villalba

20,6 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Abadín (Albergue)

: Martiñan

: Goiríz

Km 20,6: Villalba (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 29

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Stage 30 Vilalba – Baamonde

20,7 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Villalba (Albergue)

: Puente Rodriguez

: San Xoan de Alba

: Puente de Saa

: Ferreira

Km 20,7: Baamonde (Albergue)

Camino del Norte Stage 30

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Stage 31 Baamonde – Sobrado dos Monxes

41,3 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Baamonde (Albergue)

Km 8: Digañe

Km 9,7: Service point for pilgrims (Carballedo) (internet, bar, sandwiches, camping possibility, albergue as of May 2015.

Km 13,5: Seixón

: Miraz (Albergue, Bar/Shop)

Km 25,6: A Roxica (Bar)

Km 29,4: Corteporcos

Km 32,5: Marco das Pias

Km 35,4: Mesón (Bar)

Km 36,6: Alto de Muradelo, Guitiza

Km 40: Laguna de Sobrado

Km 41,3: Sobrado dos Monxes (Albergues)

Camino del Norte Stage 31

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Stage 32 Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzúa

21,5 km – 9 albergues

Km 0: Sobrado dos Monxes (Albergues)

Km 4,3: Castro

Km 8,8: Corredoiras (Bar, Shop)

: Boimil (Albergue)

Km 11: Boimorto (All services)

Km 14: Sendelle

Km 21,5: Arzúa (All services)

Camino del Norte Stage 32

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Booking.com

OUR PRIMARY SOURCE: BOOKING.COM

We always use booking.com. There are good things and less good things to say about this site, but the downsides are related to their very broad customer population (you get a lot of hostels in the results that are no way within walking distance. You can apply some filtering based on amount of km from the city center however.

There is one big advantage for us: the map on their site. Once you entered the name of the village (or nearest bigger city) and hit search you’ll get an overview of (lots of!) places to stay. If you scroll a bit down, you’ll see a little map. Click on it, and it will open up a bigger and interactive map with all the locations. Just look near where you are (don’t forget to zoom in to see more locations!), review the info, chose a place to stay and the best part: book it online and you’ll be sure to have a place to stay that night.

We didn’t book ahead (only when we were nearing Santiago as it was getting very busy in all albergues so we knew the hostels would get full soon too). However, it was nice to pull up the app of booking.com during breakfast and estimating where we would end up that day and to have some alternative plan B in case our first choice were to be fully booked.

They also have a filter you can apply to search for e.g. only inns, or… rural houses.We like to get comfortable once in a while…

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’.Booking.com results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Google Maps

Occasionally, booking.com will not have many hostels near you because there are of course lots of small hostels that are not yet on booking.com. This seems to be the case with the example location we chose: Arzúa.

In this situation, we visit googlemaps.com, type a search for ‘hostels in [name of location]’ – Google will suggest immediately a ‘hostels near xxx’. Hit search and you’ll get the results.

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’:

GoogleMaps results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Turgalicia

Once you are in Galicia, the best way to find places to stay is turgalicia.es (English version).

They are the official tourist information site by the local government (Junta de Galicia, in Gallego ‘Xunta de Galicia’). Obviously, it’s their duty to provide this information and being listed on that site is important and free for hostel owners.

This is how their site looks. In the right menu bar you should click ‘Municipalities’ and check the ones you need to search: for the Camino Francés that might be Lugo or La Coruña, where that route runs through. Once checked off the boxes, hit ‘accept’ in the municipality window and search in the same right menu.

use of turgalicia english site

Once you get the results page, hit the button ‘Map’ in the left upper corner menu.

Here’s an impression on their map search for places to stay in Arzúa – it not only gives an additional 10+ places to stay (you will need to zoom in) but it also indicates very well what type of lodging it is (rural houses are the nice green ones) and in the menu above the map you will find many more interesting things (things to see, things to do, etc). Needless to say you can click on each hit and get more information about the hostel.

Turgalicia results for Arzúa on the French Way

This is as far as we want to go with lists of albergues. If you really want a list to print-out, we can recommend you to visit the site of Eroski consumer, they also have pdf’s available, although like I said, the complete narratives are in Spanish. Here’s the direct link to the albergues.

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The Camino del Norte is a long trail. Here are some options for your starting point:

  • Go all the way: start in Irún. Fly into San Sebastian or take the train or bus from any major city in Spain.
  • Start in Ribadeo and enjoy the Playa de las Catedrales
  • Start in Vilalba and walk the final ~122K and obtain your Compostela

Check flight options here: www.vueling.com

Check train options here: www.renfe.com

For more information, we recommend the resource pages of Eroski: you can navigate the subpages with their menu  on the right where you can check out all common starting points: caminodesantiago.consumer.es

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