CAMINO DE SANTIAGO FROM IRÚN TO BILBAO

At Camino de Santiago from Irún a Bilbao alternates coastal area with mountains. The city of Irún is the starting point of the Northern Way. 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.

Irun
Saint Sebastian
Zarauz
I must
Markin
Gernika
Bilbao
IMPORTANT!!  Unlike other companies OUR RATE INCLUDES TRAVEL INSURANCE, for your safety and peace of mind.
We prepare this Camino del Norte route for people traveling alone, as well as for groups of friends and / or family.
Special discounts for groups of at least 6 people: €15/person. (Not combinable with other discounts)

STAGES CAMINO DE SANTIAGO FROM IRUN

Day 1: Arrival in Irún. Accommodation.

Day 2: Stage from Irún to San Sebastian (27,46 kms)

Day 3: Stage from San Sebastian to Zarauz (22,72 kms)

Day 4: Stage from Zarauz to Deba (21,55 kms)

Day 5: Stage from Deba to Markina (22,53 Kms)

Day 6: Stage from Markina to Guernika (25 kms)

Day 7: Stage from Guernika to Bilbao (31,5 Kms)

Day 8: Breakfast-End of our services

Accommodation

YOUR REST AND ENJOYMENT WILL BE OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE !!

The accommodations that we offer to our clients are of high quality. The rooms are private and have their own exclusive bathroom, as well as the necessary services for your comfort.

We personally supervise and select the accommodations, based on the satisfaction expressed by our clients over the years. We will never put you in Hostels.

As these are accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of them will be provided once you have made the final reservation of the trip, and we will verify availability on the dates you have chosen.

What to eat and typical dishes on the Camino de Santiago from Irún to Bilbao?

Having a travel itinerary will always be the best recommendation that you can follow before embarking on a new adventure, regardless of the type or the company, it will help you prepare in all aspects and this of course also applies to the Camino de Santiago.

Once the route and accommodation have been chosen, the next step is to establish which are the most suitable places to eat and, of course, you should always place special emphasis there, taking into account that it is necessary to replace caloric expenditure, after long days of hike.

Typical dishes of this section

For us, There is no better way to get to know a certain place than through its typical foods And wow, this section from Irún to Bilbao has real delights that you shouldn't stop trying for any reason.

Among the typical dishes that are worth it again and again, are:

pintxos

Even if you have not tried them, surely you have heard of them on more than one occasion. First of all, we must make it clear that the pintxo is not a dish as such, but on the contrary served as an appetizer and also, the correct way to eat it is one or two bites, everything will depend on you.

It is typical of the Basque Country, where it is normally served on top of a piece of bread, always accompanied by a glass of wine or a beer, depending on the client's taste.

When it comes to the variety, it is very extensive. They are usually eaten hot or cold. the latter prepared at the moment. You can find them with seafood, stuffed peppers, fried, anchovy tortillas or some patatas bravas.

Cod Pil Pil

This is a true delicacy of Basque gastronomy. Its preparation is relatively simple, since it is cod prepared in olive oil, chillies and garlic, He has a little secret though.

The key to the dish is undoubtedly the sauce, once it is in the casserole, the sauce must be mixed in the traditional and correct way, stirring constantly until the perfect texture is achieved. On the other hand, but no less important, it is essential that the cod loins are extremely fresh.

As a curious fact, the name of this dish comes from the sound that is produced when confitting the cod.

txangurro

If you are a lover of maritime flavors, without a doubt this is a dish that you must try yes or yes. The txangurro or changurro in Spanish is the name given in the Basque Country to the spider crab that is not nothing more and nothing less than a migratory type crab with the particularity that it is large and is usually served with everything and shell.

The meat is removed and cooked along with some specific ingredients, among which onion, tomato, leeks and some other vegetables stand out. It is baked in the oven and is a real delight. It is not for nothing that it is one of the most popular among the typical food of San Sebastián.

marmitako

Another of the star dishes in San Sebastián, as well as being popular in regions of Asturias and Cantabria. Is about a stew that is made from albacore or bonito tuna.

The sauce in which it is cooked is made from peppers, tomato and onion, that is to say, quite basic but extremely traditional.

Where to eat on the Camino del Norte from Irún?

Best places to eat from Asturias to Santiago

This section that represents from Asturias to Santiago is loaded with beautiful landscapes, charming towns and friendly residents, without leaving aside, of course, its delicious gastronomy.

When you are going through this route, there are some ideal places to enjoy typical food and wonderful service, such as:

Mikel Restaurant (Irún)

Located at number 59 Avenida Iparralde in Irún, They are specialists in local cuisine par excellence, although its extensive menu undoubtedly adapts to all tastes, in addition to the fact that for pilgrims they have a menu of the day that is more than convenient.

The prices are quite adequate if you consider the quality and quantity that you are served, Here you will leave more than satisfied, apart from the fact that the attention is highly dedicated, it will always make you feel like family.

Astelena 1997 (San Sebastian)

Developed in the well-known old part of San Sebastián, just a few meters from the Kursaal. This restaurant is committed to modern cuisine, but based on the most traditional recipes of the region, although with some particular house touches.

Astelena has a wide and very varied menu, including options for diners with special diets or, if you wish, for large groups, the latter subject to prior notification, of course.

The staff that work here always strive to offer you a quite dedicated and friendly attention.

Txaporta Restaurant (Gernika)

In Gernika, specifically at 33 Goikoibarra Kalea. Txaporta is an establishment where you will always find delicious options to eat, regardless of the time or day.

To begin with, it is necessary to highlight your extensive facilities, so, even if you arrive at rush hour, you will surely have a place and you will be treated as you deserve.

Here everything combines to make you feel at home, starting with the attention of its staff, dedicated and very friendly, in addition to the fact that the menu is extremely varied with proposals for all tastes, from the most traditional, through the avant-garde.

Batzoki Bilbao

On Henao street, specifically next to the Museum of Fine Arts, Batzoki Bilbao is a wonderful establishment to enjoy traditional cuisine, but in the middle of the most beautiful environment, in the heart of the Old Town of the city.

Here traditional Basque cuisine is the star of the menu. You will always be able to find a wide variety of pintxos, biscay, pil-pil cod and casseroles to take away if you are in a hurry.

For people intolerant or with food allergy problems, the administration also offers delicious alternatives that are adapted to all regimes.

You can come at any time and always leave satisfied, both the attention and its exquisite proposal.

What to see on the Camino de Santiago from Irun

STAGE FROM IRUN TO BILBAO

In Irún, the Church of Santa María del Juncal stands out, which dates from the XNUMXth century and the Hermitage of Santa Elena, where the remains of a Roman temple from the XNUMXst century are found.

Walking through its streets we find its Baroque-style Town Hall, from the XNUMXth century.

In the square we find the column of San Juan de Harria.

Fuenterrabia stands out for its medieval essence. We can walk its narrow cobbled and walled streets admiring, for example, the Plaza del Obispo, the Casadevante Palace and the Plaza de de Guipuzcoa.

Leaving the walled part of the city is the powder keg from the XNUMXth century.

 

STAGE FROM SAN SEBASTIAN TO ZARAUTZ

Touring the bay of La Concha, we will leave on our left the Miramar Palace.

In the old town we will meet the Basilica of Santa Maria. Opposite is the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Also in the old town is the San Telmo Museum. The old Town Hall stands out in the Plaza de la Constitución.

In the Ribera del Urumea, outside the old part, stands the Hotel Maria Cristina and the Victoria Eugenia theatre, close to the Kursaal, a famous building by the architect Moneo.

From Monte Igueldo, where the hotel is located, we can enjoy spectacular views of San Sebastián.

Before arriving in Orio, we find the Hermitage of San Martin de Tours, patron of the pilgrims.

In Orio, the Church of San Nicolas stands out.

 

ZARAUTZ-DEBA-MARKINA STAGES

In Zarautz, the Church of Santa María la Real stands out, inside which you can see a Gothic image of the Virgin and the “pilgrim's tomb”. Attached to the Church is the Torre de los Zarautz. At the end of the promenade is the Palacio de Narros.

In Guetaria the monument to Juan Sebastian Elcano.

The Church of El Salvador, Gothic from the XNUMXth century. The promontory mount of San Anton “Ratón de Guetaria”

In Zumaia, highlight the Church of San Pedro XII century.

In Itziar, its Plateresque Church stands out, inside which is the image of the Virgin with the child, from the XNUMXth century. Sailors have offered themselves to it since ancient times, and as proof there remains a votive offering hanging from the nave.

In Deba we can appreciate the parish church of Our Lady of the Assumption, in which its cover stands out. We also find the Ekain caves, famous for their cave paintings.

In Markina, the medieval towers stand out, such as Barroeta and Mugartegui.

 

STAGE FROM MARKINA TO GUERNIKA

In Bolibar we find the Church of Santo Tomás (XNUMXth century) and the Casa Bolibar - Jauregui (XNUMXth century). From this town the cobbled road leads to the Collegiate Church of Cenarruza. Next to its cover is a sepulcher decorated with a Santiago Matamoros.

In Arbaicegui we can see the porch, linked to Guerricaiz by a Renaissance bridge of great importance in the XNUMXth century, which has numerous tower-houses such as those of Jauregui or Bengolea. 

In our what to see on the Camino De Santiago from Irún and of great importance we highlight the natural ecosystems of Urdaibai, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Guernika, town founded  by DonTello in 1366, it is characterized by hosting the Casa de Juntas de Vizcaya. The Church of Santa María, characterized by its grand staircase, also stands out.

 

STAGE FROM GUERNIKA TO BILBAO

In Mujica, the parish church of San Vicente, where a half-point window stands out in the north wall, clearly Romanesque in style, which makes it unique in these lands.

The Roman road on the road to Alto de Guerequiz.

In Larrabezu, the hermitage of San Salvador de Arechabalagana, where a monolithic stone window from the XNUMXth century stands out.

The Juradero Church of San Emeterio and San Celedonio, which contains in its interior one of the most important altarpieces of Biscay.

In Lezama the Humilladero de Santa Cruz. We can also contemplate the Church of Santa María XIII century.

We close our proposals on what to see in the section of the trip to the Camino de Santiago organized from Irún to Bilbao, with the latter city founded in 1300 as a medieval town by Don Diego López de Haro. The Basilica of Our Lady of Begoña and the Cathedral of Santiago, built around the XNUMXth century, stand out. The Church of San Antón Abaz, which together with the bridge at its feet, constitutes a symbol of Bilbao. The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art. The Palaces of the Deputation and the Palace of Gómez de la Torre.

 

 

How to get to Irun

We indicate the different options of How to get to Northern Way starting in Irún.

Option 1: Private car and leave the vehicle parked in Irún. You can park in the vicinity of the accommodation where you stay. Another option is to request private parking.

Option 2: Bus

Madrid> Irún with the company Alsa, with frequent departures from the Avda. de America Station in Madrid.

Option 3: Train (Renfe). Direct trains every day from Madrid and Barcelona.

Option 4: Plane

The closest airport to Irún is San Sebastian, approximately 5 minutes away by car.

- From here, by taxi to the accommodation in Irún.

Who walks the Camino from Irún

This Camino is highly sought after by foreign clients, since it passes through very famous and internationally renowned cities such as:

  • San Sebastián, with its famous Film Festival, good gastronomy and its well-known Playa de la Concha archive.
  • Pamplona with its popular San Fermines and its famous pintxos.
  • Bilbao gastronomy once againhe Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art does the rest.

This path is a little more physically demanding than the most popular path and with flatter terrain than the popular and most traveled one. Way of Saint James from Sarria to Santiago. However, with a little physical preparation prior to the start of our trip; as well as the fantastic views will make it a more bearable Camino.

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Route Information
  • Distance from Irun to Bilbao: 151 kms
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 stages
  • Dates: Free choice. You choose the day!
    • The trip must be booked at least 1 week before the date you have decided.
  • Prices valid from March to October, except July, August and September (Consult Rates)
  • Accommodations in Hotels, Cottages, Hostels
  • Special breakfast
  • Travel assistance insurance in Spain
  • Informative digital dossier of the road
  • Roadside telephone assistance
  • Luggage transfer in the stages
    • 1 suitcase per person, maximum 20Kgs
  • Gifts
    • Pilgrim's credential
    • Pilgrim's Scallop
  • No cancellation fees
    • Up to 15 days before starting the Camino
  • IVA

Remember that the cost of the optional services you choose will be added to the base price of the route.

  • Single room supplement: Consult
  • Additional luggage
    • If you carry more than 1 suitcase per person
  • Cancellation Insurance (Spanish)
  • Cancellation Insurance (Foreigners)