El Northern Way along with the Primitive Way, are considered as the first pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, used by the first European pilgrims, mainly from Northern Europe, because at the time of the discovery of the remains of the Apostle Santiago, the Iberian Peninsula was, to a great extent part, invaded by Muslims, except in the northern part, so these were the routes most traveled for security reasons.

As a result of the Muslim retreat, to the South, other routes were incorporated, less demanding and with better weather conditions for pilgrims, such as the French Way.

The Camino del Norte constitutes the second great long-distance Jacobean itinerary that, starting at the Santiago Bridge (border of Spain with France), successively crosses the Communities of the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia, in a route of 810 km , approximately.

There is not a single Northern Way, as other “Roads” start or link from this route, such as El Salvador, Camino Primitivo, Camino de Balmaseda (between Bilbao and Burgos), Camino del Interior (Irún - Vitoria - La Rioja), Camino del Besaya (between Santander and Carrión de los Condes), Camino Lebaniego, Camino Vadiniense and Camino de Covadonga.

The Camino del Norte travels between the sea and the mountains through forests, meadows and stretches of cliffs, of great monumental beauty, in which the Jacobean tradition has left its mark throughout history. It has a rugged terrain, although not too demanding, except at the beginning of the route in the Basque Country.

The itinerary takes place in a very pleasant, predominantly rural environment, dotted with numerous wooded areas and water courses, ending the stages in beautiful cities full of history, such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander, Gijón and Ribadeo, among others, as well as have the possibility to visit some beaches of the Cantabrian coast and be able to take some boat rides, between some coastal towns.

The green of its valleys and the numerous rivers that dot it, as well as its accentuated cultural, marine, gastronomic and livestock traditions, are another of the main arguments to travel this route of the Camino de Santiago.

In the Arzúa locality, the Camino del Norte joins the route of the French Way, converging to Santiago de Compostela in a single Camino.

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Irun - Bilbao

8 days / 7 nights
665 € / person
On the Camino de Santiago from Irún to Bilbao, alternate coastal area next to the mountain. The city of Irún is the starting point of the Camino del Norte. Rich and copious gastronomy as well as its famous restaurants and chefs await us on the route. Lush landscapes and spectacular views will accompany the pilgrim through Basque lands.
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Bilbao - Santander

7 days / 6 nights
475 € / person
Sea and mountains are the hallmarks of this Camino de Santiago from Bilbao to Santander. Coastal cities, with a great cultural wealth and history such as Portugalete, having in its Hanging Bridge (declared a World Heritage Site), its main hallmark, the fishing village of Castro Urdiales, Laredo, with its fantastic old town and its extensive beach and Santander, which we will access by boat, with the Magdalena Palace as a witness, will be the main attractions of this beautiful route of the Camino de Santiago del Norte. This route runs between the communities of the Basque Country and Cantabria, both being at the end of La Arena beach and the town of Pobeña. In the Cantabrian part we will find numerous valleys dedicated to pastures due to the immense cattle ranch that this region has and the fishing villages that dot its coastline. We are “lucky” on this route to be able to make two transfers by boat; one of them from Laredo to Santoña, a city famous for its famous anchovies and the other transfer from the Somo pier to the monumental Cantabrian capital, Santander.
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Santander - Gijón

11 days / 10 nights
795 € / person
On the Camino de Santiago from Santander, located in Cantabrian lands, we find the only place in the world where two Jubilee Pilgrimage Paths run: on one side the Camino de Santiago del Norte and on the other the Camino Lebaniego to Santo Toribio del Liebana , where, in its Monastery, the Lignum Crucis is kept, considered the largest piece of the cross of Jesus Christ that is preserved.
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Gijón - Ribadeo

9 days / 8 nights
595 € / person
The Camino de Santiago from Gijón begins with its magnificent San Lorenzo Beach and runs, to a large extent, parallel to the Cantabrian Sea, dotted with beautiful coastal towns such as Pitu (Cudillero), Navia, Luarca, Tapia de Casariego and, with an end spectacular in Ribadeo, overlooking the river that gives its name to the town. Beautiful Large Houses of Indianos, we will come across many localities of this Northern Way route.
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Ribadeo - Santiago

11 days / 10 nights
750 € / person
The Camino de Santiago from Ribadeo is the entry point in Galicia of the Camino, in what is called "Camino del Norte", starting in the town of Irún. All the beauty of Galicia, with lush forests, corridors, Rural Houses and numerous rivers and streams will mark our route to Santiago. In this part of the Camino del Norte, as points of special significance, we will visit the Monasteries of San Salvador de Lourenzá, Sobrado dos Monxes and the municipality of Vilalba. In Arzúa, the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Frances, for a single itinerary, ending in Santiago, our long-awaited destination.
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Vilalba-Santiago

8 days / 7 nights
515 € / person
The Camino de Santiago from Vilalba is the starting point in the Terra Chá region. On this route we will walk following medieval paths and royal paths populated by masses of oak, chestnut and birch trees. All this mixed with samples of popular architecture and small villages and towns, as well as wide areas of forest tracks. We will reach the highest point of the Camino del Norte from Villaviciosa, which is at the top of Marco das Pias (710 meters above sea level). As we pass through the town of Arzúa we will join the route of the French Way to Santiago de Compostela.
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