Camino del Norte: Hiking the Northern Way of Camino de Santiago in Spain

Hiking Camino del Norte in Spain is one of the good ideas for bucket lists

Want to hike Camino de Santiago in Spain?

I’ve hiked 515 mi (828 km) of Camino del Norte in the summer of 2021. Trust me, hiking Camino del Norte is one of the most memorable experiences in Spain to go for.

A scallop shell and a rosary  as souvenirs of  walking Camino del Norte in Spain

THE ULTIMATE CAMINO DEL NORTE GUIDE

Northern route Camino de Santiago

Tapia de Casariego along the Camino del Norte route in Spain
Tapia de Casariego in Asturias on the Camino del Norte route

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WHAT IS CAMINO DEL NORTE?

Cantabrian coast alon the Camino del Norte Spain
Cantabrian coast on the Camino del Norte

The Northern Way, or Camino del Norte in Spanish, is one of the several pilgrim routes of the famous Way of St James (or Camino de Santiago in Spanish).

Camino del Norte is one of the most beautiful and scenic routes of Camino de Santiago. The Northern Way of Camino de Santiago goes through Northern Spain, also called Green Spain.

Camino del Norte follows the coast of Northeern Spain
Camino del Norte follows the coast of Northern Spain

Camino del Norte follows the gorgeous Cantabrian coast of Northern Spain. Therefore, it’s also called Ruta de la Costa.

Camino del Norte Ruta de la Costa
Me during my Camino along the Ruta de la Costa © World Travel Connector

Nature lovers, foodies, spiritual seekers, and solitude fans prefer the beautiful Camino del Norte to other Camino de Santiago routes. The Camino del Norte route goes through the regions of Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia.

Txacoli vineyard
Txacoli vineyards near Zarautz on the Camino del Norte © World Travel Connector

Northern Spain is famous for its delicious food (fresh fish, seafood, pintxos), and superb natural beauty (long sandy beaches, pristine green hills, breathtaking sea cliffs), but also charming fishing villages, pretty tourist seaside towns, picturesque medieval towns, and gorgeous cities (like San Sebastian, Bilbao).

Vilalba during the Camino del Norte hike
Me in Vilalba on the Camino

Camino del Norte is also one of the historic routes of Camino de Santiago, and it’s inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

But, what is el Camino del Santiago?

WHAT IS CAMINO DEL SANTIAGO?

A scallop shell and a rosary  as souvenirs of  walking Camino del Norte in Spain
The scallop shell is a symbol of Camino de Santiago

What is the Way of St James?

Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James is one of the most famous hiking and pilgrimage routes in the world.

The Way of St James leads to the tomb of St James the Apostle in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region in northwest Spain.

St James the Apostle, or Santiago in Spanish, is one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and the saint patron of Spain.
Saint James has spread Christianity on the Iberian peninsula in the first years of the new era. His remains are held in a tomb in the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Spain.

Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the most famous Christian pilgrimage sites, along with Jerusalem and Rome. Therefore, Camino de Santiago in Spain is one of the most famous pilgrimage routes.
The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) covers several routes leading to the same goal: reaching the tomb of St James the Apostle (Saint James the Greater) in the Cathedral of Santiago in Spain. 

Town of Mondoñedo is a stop on Camino del Norte route to Santiago de Compostela
Mondoñedo in Galicia

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ROUTES

Camino del Norte Hike
Camino del Norte in Spain

The most popular route is Camino Frances (the French Way). It goes from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Frances is about 500 mi (800 km) long.

But the most beautiful routes are Camino del Norte (following the coast of northern Spain) and Camino Primitivo (or the Original Way, which starts in Oviedo and goes through the hills).

Camino del Norte peregrinos
Camino del Norte peregrinos catching a short boat ride from El Puntal to Santona © World Travel Connector

One of the popular routes is also Camino Inglese (the English Way), which goes from Ferrol to Santiago and it is the shortest route (only 118 km / 73 mi). Via de La Plata from Seville to Santiago de Compostela is one of the highly sought-after routes, despite being the longest route (about 1000 km /600 mi). Camino Portuguese (The Portuguese Way) starts in Lisbon and it is also one of the most well-liked routes of Camino de Santiago.

THE MOST POPULAR CAMINO DE SANTIAGO PILIGRAMIGE ROUTES

San Vincente de la barquera on the Camino del Norte
San Vincente de la Barquera in Cantabria on the Camino del Norte

Camino routes:

  • The French Way, or Camino Frances. It goes from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the French part of the Basque Country (about 4 mi/8 km from the French-Spanish border) to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
    Camino de Frances is about 500 mi (800 km long). It takes 30 days on average to hike the entire route. It is the most popular Camino de Santiago route, the most crowded Camino route, and one of the less demanding Camino routes to hike (one of the easiest).
  • The Northern Way, or Camino del Norte. It goes from the town of Irun in the Spanish part of the Basque Country, which is the border town between France and Spain, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
    Camino del Norte is 514 mi (828 km) long. It takes 30 days on average to hike the entire route. It is one of the most difficult Camino de Santiago routes, one of the most beautiful Camino de Santiago routes, and the favorite Camino de Santiago route of foodies. Camino del Norte is also called the Coastal Route, or Ruta de la Costa.
  • The Primitive Way, or Camino Primitivo. It goes from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela. Camino Primitivo is 198 mi (320 km long). It takes about 12 days on average to hike the entire Camino Primitivo.
    Camino Primitivo is the most beautiful Camino de Santiago route and the most difficult Camino de Santiago route, as it goes through the pristine hills of Asturias and Galicia. Camino Primitivo is also known as the Orginal Way since it’s the oldest and the first historic Camino de Santiago route.
  • The English Way, or Camino Inglese. It goes from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela. Camino Ingelese is 73 mi (118 km) long.
    It takes 4 days on average to hike the entire route. The English Way is one of the easiest Camino to Santiago routes.
  • The Silver Route, or Via de la Plata. It goes from Sevillle to Santiago de Compostela. Via de la Palata is 596 mi (960 km) long.
    It takes 30 days on average to hike the entire route. It is the longest Camino de Santiago route, but not difficult for hiking since it takes you through flat terrain (it goes across La Meseta, a central plateau in Spain).
  • The Portuguese Way, or Camino Portuguese. It goes from Lisabon to Santiago de Compostela. 
    Camino Portuguese is 380 mi (610 km) long.
    It takes 25 days on average to hike the entire route. It is one of the most popular Camino de Santiago routes for the beautiful scenery.

WHY CHOOSE HIKING CAMINO DEL NORTE?

Hiking Camino del Norte in Spain is one of the good ideas for bucket lists
Me on the Cantabrian coast during my Camino del Norte hike
  • Santiago de Compostela Camino del Norte is one of the two most beautiful Camino routes, along with Camino Primitivo.

    Camiño Norte takes pilgrims along the spectacular Cantabrian coast of northern Spain. Still, the route doesn’t follow the coast all the time. It switches to the inland of beautiful Galicia in the final phase.
  • Camino del Norte is the best Camino route for foodies. The Basque Cusine and the Galician Cusine are famous for their fish and seafood dishes. The best seafood in Spain you will find in Galicia and the Basque Country (think of fresh scallops, goose barnacles, octopus, squids, razor clams, ..).
    Mejillones rellenos, Bacalao Al Pil Pil,Txipirones en su tinta and Pulpo a la Gallega from the Basque Country and Galicia are some of the tastiest and most famous Spanish dishes. In addition, San Sebastian in the Basque country with its 16 Michelin-star restaurants and famous Basque pintxos is the food capital of Spain.
Galician scallops are mon the most popular foods in Spain
Galician-style scallops are a must-have dish in Santiago de Compostela © World Travel Connector
  • Camino del Norte is less crowded than the more popular Camino de Frances. Pilgrims who want to escape crowds and enjoy solitude among fabulous natural surroundings prefer coastal Camino del Norte to inland Camino de Frances.
  • People who also look for more spiritual hikes in solitude, choose Camino del Norte.

So, if you want to sample some of the best Spanish food among the beautiful scenery with no crowds, Camino del Norte is the route to go.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMINO DEL NORTE

Camino del Norte route in Asturias
Camino del Norte in Asturias

Camino del Norte route goes through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia.

Here are the highlights of the regions along the Camino del Norte route.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY: Camino del Norte from Irun to Portugalete

San Sebastian should be visited if planning to travel a week in Spain
San Sebastian, the Basque Country, Spain
  • Pasaia Donibane – Pasaia is a charming fishing village in the gorgeous Bay of Pasaia where you take a short boat ride to cross from one side to another side of the bay on the Camino del Norte route. You can visit the Victor Hugo Museum in Pasai on your way.
  • San Sebastián – San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Besides that, San Sebastian is the food capital of Spain. It’s a top culinary destination with the second-highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter in the world. San Sebastian La Concha beach is one of the 12 Treasures of Spain and is known as the most beautiful urban beach in Europe.
  • Bilbao – Bilbao is the capital of the Basque Country. The town is popularly called ‘the city of the Guggenheim’. Beautiful Bilbao is home to the magnificent Guggenheim Museum. But the prettiest part of the town is the old Casco Viejo neighborhood (the Old Town) with the Cathedral of Santiago and the Plaza Nueva.
Bilbao is on Camino del Norte route to Santiago de Compostela
Bilbao Old Town
  • Gernika – Guernica stands as a Basque symbol of democracy and historic rights.
    Nazis heavily bombed Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in 1937. Pablo Piccaso immortalized it with his famous painting.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CANTABRIA: Camino del Norte from Castro Urdiales to Comillas

  • Castro Urdiales – Castro Urdiales is a picturesque seaport town in the Biscay Bay in Cantabria, near the Basque border.
    The town is known for the hilltop Gothic Church of Santa Maria, medieval Santa Ana Castle, and Santa Ana Hermitage. The impressive hermitage sits on a rock and overlooks the Cantabrian Sea.
  • Santillana del Mar – Santillana del Mar is a stunning, well-preserved medieval town.
    The entire town is a registered National Monument of Spain. Santillana del Mar in Cantabria is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain.
Santillana del Mar is on Camino del Norte route to Santiago de Compostela
Santillana del Mar in Cantabria
  • Altamira Caves – Altamira Caves are only 2 km way from Santillana del Mar.
    The caves hold some of the most outstanding prehistoric art in the world. They are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Visiting the cave of Altamira is one of the best experiences in Spain
Drawings in the cave of Altamira, Spain
  • Santander – Santander is the capital of Cantabria. The Placio de la Magdalena in Santander is a spectacular royal summer palace. The city is known for its stunning beaches, the Gothic Cathedral, the royal palace, and excellent seafood restaurants.
  • Comillas – Comillas is a town of Spanish aristocracy in Cantabria. It is known for its medieval, Baroque, and modernist architecture. Comillas is home to Antonio Gaudi’s Caprice. This Cantabrian beautiful town has spectacular summer holidays homes of Spanish royals and nobility. The town is popularly called ‘the village of archbishops’ since many bishops and archbishops were born in Comillas. Comillas is a former seat of the Comillas Pontifical University too.
Comillas is on Camino del Norte route to Santiago de Compostela
The Palace of Sobrellano in Comillas in Asturias

HIGHLIGHTS OF ASTURIAS: Camino del Norte from Llanes to La Caridad (Tapia)

  • Llanes – Llanes in Asturias is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. The town lies on the magnificent Green Coast (Costa Verde). The area has around 30 stunning white-sand beaches. In addition, Llanes is at the foot of the Picos de Europa mountain range. Llanes is known for its medieval walls, lovely fishing port, a dramatic 800 m-long Paseo San Pedro clifftop walk, the Romanic-Gothic Santa Maria basilica, the Maria Magdalena Chapel, and several Renessaince palaces, grandiose Indianos (South Americans) mansions. It is one of the most popular holiday towns among Spaniards.
Llanes is on Camino del Norte route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain
Llanes in Asturias
  • Luarca – Luarca is a picturesque fishing town in Asturias. It lies in the Bay of Biscay and at the mount of Negro River to the Cantabrian Sea. It is nicknamed ‘the little white town on the Green Coast’. Luarca has stunning medieval buildings, 19th-century houses, and fishermen’s cottages. The bustling fishing port of Luarca is dotted with colorful fishermen’s boats.
  • Ribadesella – Ribadesella is a lovely seaside town with medieval and modernist architecture. The old town has pretty plazas, narrow streets, the old fishing port, elaborate Indianos mansions, and seafront sidrerias (cider houses). But, the most popular site in the town is probably Ermita de la Virgen Guia, a church on the cliff overlooking the entire Ribadesella. The 35000-year old Cueva de Tito Bustillo cave, a UNESCO site with prehistoric rock drawings similar to the famous Altamira Caves is in the area.
Ribadesella is a stop on the Camino del Norte route to Santiago de Compostela
Ribadesella in Asturias
  • Tapia de Casariego – Tapia de Casariego is a picturesque fishing port in Asturias. It is a well-known resort town with lovely beaches, dramatic cliffs, refreshing baths, great surfing spots, a breathtaking seaport, and an elegant Isla de Tapia lighthouse.
Tapia de Casariego along the Camino del Norte route in Spain
Tapia de Casariego in Asturias on the Camino del Norte route

HIGHLIGHTS OF GALICIA: Camino del Norte from Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela

  • Mondoñedo – Mondoñedo is a national cultural-historical site of Spain. This small Galician town is best known for the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of La Asunción.
Mondoñedo is a stop on the Camino del Norte route
Mondoñedo Cathedral
  • Santa Maria de Sobrado dos Monxes – Sobrado Abbey (Santa Maria de Sobrado dos Monxes monastery) is a Cistercian (Trappist) monastery on the Camino de Santiago route. The Baroque abbey church is one of the most beautiful churches in Spain. Trappist Cistercian monks keep an Albergue for Camino pilgrims in one part of the monastery.  Santa Maria de Sobrado dos Monxes monastery is a must-see on Camino de Santiago.
Santa Maria de Sobrado dos Monxes monasterz on the Camino del Norte route
Santa Maria de Sobrado dos Monxes
  • Santiago de Compostela – The Old City of Santiago in Galicia in Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old City displays an incredible mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicist buildings. The city’s heart is St James Cathedral, and the main Praza do Obradoiro square. The tomb of St James in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral officially marks the end of Camino de Santiago.
Santiago de Compostela is the end of Camino del Norte
Me in front of the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

CAMINO DEL NORTE STAGES – summary

Camino del Norte sign

There are 36 stages of Camino del Norte in total.

The Camino stages, or Camino etapas, do not necessarily equal the walking days of Camino. Some Camino stages are more demanding to hike, and some are easier for hiking. There are some days when it is possible to walk two stages in one day.

To hike the entire route of Camino del Norte you need around 30-34 days.

My friend and I hiked the entire 36 stages of Camino del Norte in only 28 days. We have hiked 18.6 mi (30 km) a day on average. We had limited time for Camino de Santiago, as my friend needed to be back at work in 30 days. It was challenging, but we did it! Hurrah for us!

The most comprehensive online guide to all Camino del Norte stages you can find on Gronze.com. You can find a detailed description of all Camino del Norte stages there. And not only of Camino del Norte route but of all Camino de Santiago routes)

As you hike Camino del Norte, you will notice that hikers you meet on the way use Gronze.com. 

Here I want to thank the priest in Parroquia San Gabriel – Santa Gema in Irun who told us (my friend and me) about Gronze.com.

Here I want to thank the priest in Parroquia San Gabriel – Santa Gema in Irun who told us (my friend and me) about Gronze.com.

Camino del Norte
The priest and I with my Camino Pilgrim Passport in Irun, July 2021

CAMINO DEL NORTE ROUTE PLANNER

Camino del Norte stages

Starting
Point
Finishing
Point
Distance (mi)Distance (km)Duration (hours) Difficulty
(1 very easy … 6 very difficult)
Stage 1IrunSan Sebastian15.4 mi24.8 km6 hModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 2San SebastianZarautz13.8 mi22.2 km5 h 30 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 3ZarautzDeba13.5 mi21.8 km5 h 30 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 4DebaMarkina15.0 mi24 km6 h 15 minDifficult
(4 out of 5)
Stage 5MarkinaGuernica15.3 mi24.6 km6 hModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 6GuernicaLezama12.9 mi20.8 km5 h 15 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 7LezamaBilbao6.7 mi10.8 km2 h 45 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 8BilbaoPortugalete
(next to estuary)
8.3 mi13.3 km3 h 15 minVery easy
(1 out of 5)
Stage 9PortugaleteCastro Urdiales15.8 mi25.4 km6 h 30 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 10Castro Urdiales Laredo16 mi25.7 km6 h 30 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 11LaredoGüemes17.8 mi28.7 km7 h 15 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 12GüemesSantander9.5 mi15.3 km3 h 45 minVery easy
(1 out of 5)
Stage 13SantanderSantillana del Mar22.5 mi36.3 km9 h 15 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 14Santillana del MarComillas13.8 mi22.2 km5 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 15ComillasColombres17.4 mi28.0 km7 hModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 16Colombres Llanes14.2 mi22.9 km6 hEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 17LlanesRibadesella18.6 mi30.0 km7 h 45 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 18RibadesellaColunga12.5 mi20.1 km5 h 15 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 19ColungaVillaviciosa10.7 mi17.2 km4 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 20VillaviciosaGijón18.5 mi29.8 km8 hDifficult
(4 out of 5)
Stage 21GijónAvilés15.8 mi25.4 km6 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 22AvilésMuros de Nalón14.4 mi 
23.2 km
5 h 45 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 23Muros de NalónSoto de Luiña9.5 mi15.3 km3 h 45 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 24Soto de LuiñaCadavedo11.5 mi18.5 km5 hModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 25CadavedoLuarca9.5 mi15.3 km3 h 45 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 26LuarcaLa Caridad19.0 mi30.5 km7 h 30 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 27La CaridadRibadeo (by Tapia de Casariego)14.0 mi22.4 km5 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 28RibadeoGondán13.0 mi20.9 km5 h 15 minModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 29GondánMondoñedo9.7 mi15.6 km4 hVery easy
(1 out of 5)
Stage 30MondoñedoAbadín10.3 mi16.6 km4 h 15 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 31AbadínVilalba13.0 mi20.8 km5 h 15 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 32VilalbaBaamonde11.5 mi18.5 km4 h 30 minVery easy
(1 out of 5)
Stage 33BaamondeSobrado dos Monxes (by As Cruces)19.9 mi32.0 km8 hModerate
(3 out of 5)
Stage 34Sobrado dos MonxesArzúa13.7 mi22.0 km5 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 35ArzúaO Pedrouzo12.0 mi19.3 km4 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)
Stage 36O PedrouzoSantiago de Compostela12.1 mi19.4 km4 h 30 minEasy
(2 out of 5)

WHERE TO START CAMINO DEL NORTE?

Camino del Norte officially starts in the town of Irun on the French-Spanish border.

HOW TO GET TO IRUN?

  • The closest airport to Irun is San Sebastián Airport.
    San Sebastián Airport is only 1.2 mi (2.8 km) away from Irun. Several daily buses go from the airport to Irun. Despite its name, San Sebastián Airport is closer to Irun than San Sebastian. San Sebastian airport is 12.7 mi (20 km) away from San Sebastian.
  • Another airport close to Irun is Bayonne-Anglet Biarritz Airport. I flew to Bayonne airport. 
    Bayonne-Anglet Biarritz Airport is about 18 mi (30 km) away from Irun. The airport is in the French part of the Basque country. Several daily buses run from the airport to Irun.
  • One of the close airports to Irun is Bilbao Airport.
    Bilbao Airport is an international airport and the main airport of the Basque Country. Bilbao Airport is about 71.8 mi (115 km) away from Irun. Several daily buses run from Bilbao Airport to Irun.

WHERE TO GET PILGRIMS’ CREDENTIALS FOR THE CAMINO DEL NORTE

The Credential or Credencial del Peregrino in Spanish is the official Camino passport. You collect stamps in the Credential as you walk Camino.

Pilgrims can get their Credentials, or Pilgrim’s Passportin hostels (albergues), parishes and tourist offices along the Camino.

I got mine in Parroquia San Gabriel – Santa Gema church in Irun. Irun was the starting point of my Camino del Norte.

CAMINO DEL NORTE ALBERGUES

An albergue on the Camino del Norte in Spain
An albergue on the Camino del Norte

Where to sleep on Camino del Norte?

You can choose to sleep on the Camino del Norte route between pilgrims’ hostels (called albergues de peregrinos), ordinary hostels (not exclusively for pilgrims), and hotels in bigger towns.

I strongly advocate sleeping in albergues. Pilgrims hostels are where you meet other peregrinos (pilgrims), where pilgrims share their stories, where the Camino community lives, and where the Camino spirit is shared.

If you want to feel like a true Camino peregrino, choose albergues de peregrinos. Hiking Camino de Santiago is about the community of pilgrims.

Camino del Norte albergue
Pilgrims and a host in the privately-run albergue ‘Casa Belen’ in Cuerres in Asturias. Thank you Manfred and Brigitte for your kindness and hospitality!

Some of the albergues de peregrinos are donative (there’s no fee. You give money if you want to, and how much you want to), and the majority cost from 5 EURO to 15 EURO.

StagePlace (village -town) to sleepRecommended albergue Recommended
hotel
IrunIrunAlbergue de peregrinos Jakobi
(donation; address: C. Lesaka, 1)
Pensión Bowling
(Booking.com)
Stage 1Irun – San SebastianSan SebastianAlbergue juvenil Ondarreta – La Sirena
Koba Hostel
(Booking.com)
Stage 2San Sebastian – ZarautzZarautzZarautz Hostel
(Booking.com)
Hotel Olatu
(Booking.com)
Stage 3Zarautz – DebaDebaAlbergue de peregrinos Geltoki
(mail: turismo@deba.net)
Pensión Zumardi (Booking.com)
Stage 4Deba – MarkinaMarkinaAlbergue de peregrinos Convento del Carmen (donation; mail albergues@hosvobi.org)Albergue-Casa Rural Intxauspe
Stage 5Markina – GuernicaGuernicaAlbergue juvenil de Gernika (mail: : 
gernikaterpetxea@gmail.com)

Pensión Akelarre (Booking.com)
Stage 6Guernica – LezamaLezamaAlbergue de peregrinos de Lezama (donation: mail: albergues@hosvobi.org) )Casa Rural Madarian (Booking.com)
Stage 7Lezama – BilbaoBilbaoAlbergue de peregrinos de Bilbao (donation: mail:albergues@hosvobi.org)Quartier Bilbao Hostel (Booking.com)
Stage 8Bilbao – PortugaletePortugaleteAlbergue de peregrinos de Bilbao (donation: mail: albergues@hosvobi.org)Bilbao Hostel (Booking.com)
Stage 9Portugalete – Castro UrdialesCastro UrdialesAlbergue de peregrinos de Castro Urdiales (donation: phone: : 
+34 620 608 118)
Pensión Jade (Booking.com)
Stage 10Castro Urdiales – LaredoLaredoAlbergue-Residencia Casa de la Trinidad (mail: trinicom@telefonica.net)Hotel Cosmopol (Booking.com)
Stage 11Laredo -GüemesGüemesAlbergue La Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto (donation; mail: ernestobustio@yahoo.es)Posada Camino del Norte (Booking.com)
Stage 12Güemes – SantanderSantanderAlbergue de peregrinos Santos Mártires (phone: +34 942 219 747)Hostal Liébana (Booking.com)
Stage 13Santander – Santilana del MarSantillana del MarAlbergue El Convento (mail: elconventosantillana@gmail.com)Posada Camino Altamira (Booking.com)
Stage 14Santillana del Mar – ComillasComillasHostel La Huella del Camino (Booking.com)El Tejo de Comillas (Booking.com)
Stage 15Comillas – ColombresColombresHostel El Cantu (mail: cantu@netcom.es)Hotel Valbanera (Booking.com)
Stage 16Colombres – LlanesLlanesAlbergue La Estación (Booking.com)Hotel Don Paco (Booking.com)
Stage 17Llanes – RibadesellaRibadesellaHotel Argüelles
(Booking.com)
Hotel Ribadesella Playa (Booking.com)
Stage 18Ribadesella – ColungaColungaHotel Villa de Colunga (Booking.com)Hotel Mar del Sueve (Booking.com)
Stage 19Colunga – VillaviciosaVillaviciosaAlbergue VillaviciosaHotel Arcea Villaviciosa (Booking.com)
Stage 20Villaviciosa -GijónGijónBoogalow Hostel (Booking.com)Hotel Avenida (Booking.com)
Stage 21Gijón – AvilésAvilésAlbergue de peregrinos Pedro Solís (phone: +34 684 658 208)Hotel Alda Palacio Valdés 
(Booking.com)
Stage 22Avilés -Muros de NalónMuros de NalónCasa Carmina Hostel (Booking.com)Globales Playa de Las Llanas 
(Booking.com)
Stage 23Muros de Nalón – Soto de LuiñaSoto de LuiñaAlbergue de peregrinos de Soto de LuiñaHotel Casa Vieja del Sastre
(Booking.com)
Stage 24Soto de Luiña – CadavedoCadavedoAlbergue de peregrinos de Cadavedo (phone: +34 653 128 642)Hotel Astur Regal (Booking.com)
Stage 25Cadavedo – LuarcaLuarcaAlbergue Villa de LuarcaHotel Dabeleira (Booking.com)
Stage 26Luarca – La CaridadLa CaridadAlbergue de peregrinos de La Caridad (mail: albergueacarida@hotmail.com)Hotel Rural Casa Xusto
(Booking.com)
Stage 27La Caridad – RibadeoRibadeoAlbergue Ribadeo A Ponte (Booking.com)Hotel Mediante 
(Booking.com)
Stage 28Ribadeo – GondánGondánAlbergue de peregrinos de Gondán (phone:
+34 630 329 028)
Albergue Savior (Booking.com)
Stage 29Gondán – MondoñedoMondoñedoEl Albergue del Montero (Booking.com)Casa Bracamonte 
(Booking.com)
Stage 30Mondoñedo – AbadínAbadínAlbergue Xabarín (Booking.com)Casa Goas (Booking.com)
Stage 31Abadín – VilalbaVilalbaAlbergue de peregrinos de VilalbaPensión Villa Alta (Booking.com)
Stage 32Vilalba – BaamondeBaamondeAlbergue de peregrinos de BaamondeKm101
(Booking.com)
Stage 33Baamonde – Sobrado dos MonxesSobrado dos MonxesAlbergue de peregrinos del Monasterio de Sobrado dos MonxesVía Sacra (Booking.com)
Stage 34Sobrado dos Monxes – ArzúaArzúaAlbergue de peregrinos de ArzúaAlbergue Ultreia (Booking.com)
Stage 35Arzúa – O PedrouzoO PedrouzoAlbergue O Burgo (Booking.com)Albergue Mirador de Pedrouzo
(Booking.com)
Stage 36O Pedrouzo -Santiago de CompostelaSantiago de CompostelaAlbergue del Centro Europeo de Peregrinación Juan Pablo II (mail:ceperegrinacion@alfaexpress.net)Mapoula PR Boutique (Booking.com)
Casa de la Trinidad in Laredo is on the Camino del Norte route
A nun of the Casa de la Trinidad in Laredo serves breakfast to pilgrims

WHERE TO WASH THE CLOTHING ON CAMINO DEL NORTE

All pilgrims’ hostels have soap and dedicated places where you can wash your clothing by hand and allocated places for getting the clothing dry.

The majority of albergues have washing machines and drying machines. Washing costs 3 EURO (3,29 USD), and drying costs 3 EURO (3,29 USD).

CAMINO DEL NORTE BUDGET

Camino del Norte path
A path on Camino del Norte in Spain

How much does it cost to hike Camino del Norte?

The average budget for hiking the entire route of Camino del Norte varies from 1,150.00 USD (1,000.00 EUR) to 1.650.00 USD (1,500.00 EURO) for 30 days.

The budget depends on the places you sleep on the Camino (whether you sleep in donation albergues, budget albergues from 5-15 EUR, budget hotels, or even luxury hotels), and the food you eat (whether you buy food in supermarkets, small restaurants with a daily pilgrim menu of 11 EUR, or fancy restaurants).

BEST TIME TO HIKE CAMINO DEL NORTE

A path on the Camino del Norte
Camino del Norte

Northern Spain has a humid maritime climate with lots of rainfall. That’s why the north of Spain is known for its greenery and it is popularly called Green Spain.

The Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia have a maritime climate with plenty of rain, clouds, and fog. The best time to travel to northern Spain is summer with the lowest chance of rainfall.

The best time to hike Camino del Norte is July and August if you want to avoid the rainfall.

I hiked Camino del Norte from July 16 to August 13 and had mostly sunny weather along the route. I had rain in Asturias. If you hike Camino del Norte even in the summer months, be prepared to have some rainy days.

WHAT TO PACK FOR CAMINO DEL NORTE

I have written a detailed guide to packing for Camino del Norte.

The most important is not to overpack. There’s no need to pack anything else than only necessary items. You walk through the towns, villages, and cities on the Camino del Norte route and you can always buy something if needed (think of supermarkets, pharmacies, grocery shops .. and, even Decathlon in big cities).

Read my ultimate Camino de Santiago packing list!

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FAQ

Do I need to hike the entire Camino del Norte route to get my Compostela?

You don’t need to hike the entire route.
Camino pilgrim needs to hike only 100 km of the Camino to get their Compostela certificate.
You could hike only the last 100 km of Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago to get your Compostela.

Do I need to hike the entire Camino del Norte at once?

No, you don’t need to do the entire Camino del Norte at once.
Pilgrims collect stamps along the Camino, so it’s easy to track the stops. You can always return to the place where you stopped walking the Camino and continue the Camino from there.
Some people hike Camino del Norte for several years, each time continuing to walk from the place they had previously stopped.

How long is Camino de Santiago?

There are several Camino de Santiago routes.

Camino Frances (the French Way), the most popular route, is about 500 mi (800 km) long.

Camino del Norte (the Northern Way, also called the Coastal Route) is 515 mi (828 km) long.
Camino Primitivo (the Primitive Way, also called the Orginal Way) is 200 mi (321 km) long, and Camino Inglese (the English Way) is 73 mi (118 km).

Camino Portuguese (the Portuguese Way) is 380 mi (610 km) long. And, the longest route is Via Plata which is 600 mi (1000 km) long.

STEPS AND TRAVEL RESOURCES FOR YOUR PERFECT TRIP
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4. Get travel insurance (insure yourself against any accident, sickness, theft, and canceled flight): WorldNomads.com
5. Find and book great guided day tours: GetYourGuide

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