Doing the Camino de Santiago is a wonderful experience from any point of view. However, enjoying this incredible guided tour along the coast adds an extra share of attraction. Besides, allows you to enjoy landscapes that look like something out of a travel agency postcard.

El Northern Way Specifically, it is full of so many beautiful places that really It’s hard to pick one as a favourite. In this guide we are going to name those that, for us, are the best beaches in this popular section.

Refreshing baths along the way in the Cantabrian

The Cantabrian Sea, beautiful and imposing, could be said to be the protagonist of this path. All those pilgrims who choose this particular route can take some baths or take the most beautiful photos while they go to Santiago de Compostela. The union of both attributes allows to create memories that will remain forever in the memory.

Northern Way

Among the best beaches on the northern road, and that as company for the Camino de Santiago we want to recommend to the pilgrims who travel this route are the following:

Playa de la Concha

To start the strong route. The first stage of the Camino del Norte ends in San Sebastián and the incomparable protagonist of this city is the Playa de la Concha. In fact, it is one of the most famous in the entire peninsula.

With more than 1300 meters and a width of 40 meters, it is a Urban beach with fine white sand and intense blue water. It is included among the five best of its kind in the world, in addition to remaining year after year in the top 10 in Spain.

Although it has little to do with the Camino de Santiago, the San Sebastian Film Festival is held here. His statuettes are a kind of homage to the lampposts on the Playa de la Concha promenade.

Those who take the tour during the summer will have the opportunity to visit the island of Santa Clara. This is a small formation with a beautiful beach of 30 meters. Travelers can take a boat in the port every half hour and enjoy a day of sun and warm waters.


Zarautz beach

Very close to the previous one. Located in the city of Zarautz, Guipúzcoa, it is another mandatory stop, either for a refreshing dip or to enjoy a drink on any of its beautiful terraces.

It is a beach perfect for surf lovers and water sports, since it has an intense swell, but low tide. In its surroundings there are different schools for those travelers who choose to learn to surf, the lessons start at one hour.

It is 2.500 meters long, so there is space for everyone. In fact, It is the longest beach on the entire Basque Coast and one of the longest on the entire Cantabrianhence it is also known as the Queen of the beaches.

Orinon Beach

In the town of Castro Urdiales, Cantabria, Oriñón is another of the most beautiful beaches on the Camino del Norte. is developed between the Cerredo and Candina massifs, so its natural beauty is simply unmatched.

The beach is wide, with fine golden sand, where you can also its large rocks stand out. In fact, there is a very famous one, the one on the cape. Because of its shape, it is known as the Orionn whale.

Merón beach

El Meron Beach

Beautiful and very wide, El Merón Beach It is more than three kilometers long. It is located near the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, in Cantabria.

It has the distinctive blue flag. Pilgrims will be able to enjoy a day of water activities and delicious cuisine in any of the surrounding beach bars.

Andrín Beach

Of course, Asturias could not be off the list, when in this region there are such beautiful beaches. Specifically in the council of Llanes, Andrín stands out for its beautiful white sand and its turquoise waters. In addition, it is surrounded by impressive cliffs.

Among the attractions that Andrín has, apart from its beauty, is the little crowded what results Although it is necessary to emphasize that it has strong waves and unpredictable currents, so you have to be very careful.

It is a beach with all the comforts and it remains practically virgin, so there is hardly a beach bar in the surroundings.

Cathedrals beach

Beach of the Cathedrals

Although his real name is Holy Water Beach, everyone knows it as the one of the Cathedrals. It is located in Ribadeo, a Galician town with beautiful landscapes that marks the border with Asturias, just on the north coast of Lugo.

This is one of the most popular beaches in the region. It owes its name to the huge rocks found in the sand that the waves of the Cantabrian Sea have been carving. Are very similar to gothic cathedrals, so famous in this region.

It is another beach with a blue flag badge. In addition, it has been several times included in the list of the 10 best in Spain.

If you have opted for the Camino de Santiago from Sarria, instead of taking the Northern Camino de Santiago, from Sarria to Playa de Las Catedrales you will be in 1h 20′. You will only have to add one day to the beginning of your route, Las Catedrales beach is well worth a getaway.