Duration:

14 Days / 13 Nights

Distance:

236,4km / 146.9 mi

Difficulty:

Medium - High

Itinerary:

Madrid - San Sebastian - Santiago

Self-guided Camino del Norte: Walk along the breathtaking coastline of Northern Spain

Our North Coast Camino tour is designed to give you the very best that this beautiful route has to offer! First, you will walk 125km from San Sebastian to Bilbao, enjoying the spectacular scenery and world-famous gastronomy of the Basque Country. Next, you will be transferred to Vilalba, the beginning of the North Coast Camino in Galicia and the start of the essential last 100km to Santiago. After another five walking stages through the lovely forests and hills of Galicia, you will arrive in Santiago, where you will claim your Compostela pilgrim certificate. Your route joins the famous Camino Francés for the last two stages, so you will enjoy the best of both worlds: a less travelled path on the Camino del Norte and the most popular and social trail on the Camino Francés!

Tours all year round:
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Cancellation Insurance

With our cancellation insurance, you will be covered in case of cancellation of your travel due to health reasons, legal, labor or extraordinary reasons.

The cost of the cancellation insurance will be 2.6% of the value of the tour + extras.

If you need more information regarding our cancellation insurance and procedures, you can contact us here

Dates & Price 2020:

1850 €

Single Supplement + 950 €

  • Sep 07 - Sep 20, 2020

Dates & Price 2021:

Single Supplement + €

The price includes:

  • Accommodations with private bathrooms
  • All breakfasts
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Daily transfer of ONE piece of luggage per person
  • Informational program with daily stages
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Train transfer from Madrid to San Sebastian
  • Transfer from Bilbao to Villalba

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Transfer to San Sebastián

One of our representatives will meet you personally in Madrid on the first day of your tour for your welcomer briefing. Next, you will take the train to San Sebastián, from where you will start your pilgrimage the next day.


San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is a stunning and chic seaside city, as well as a paradise for foodies. Stroll down the Playa de la Concha, or wander through the historic center and treat yourself to pintxos at one of the city’s many restaurants before you start your Camino!

Night in San Sebastian

Day 2

San Sebastian - Zarautz
22,2 km / 13.5 mi

Today your Camino truly begins! The Camino starts from San Sebastián’s beautiful La Concha beach and follows the coastline of the Bay of Biscay, travelling through beautiful pastures and gentle hills. You will see the Roman Church of San Martín de Tours, and pass through the charming coastal village of Orio. The stage finishes in the beautiful seaside town of Zarautz.

Night in Zarautz.

Day 3

Zarautz - Deba
21,7 km / 13.5 mi

During this beautiful stage, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Cantabrian coast. Upon leaving Zarautz, you can choose between the pleasant coastal route which follows the road to the fishing town of Getaria, and the official Camino which takes an inland route through the mountains. Today’s stage finishes in the lovely seaside village of Deba.

Night in Deba.

Day 4

Deba - Markina
23,4 km / 14.6 mi

Today’s stage is a beautiful and challenging route through the Basque mountains, and will present you with sharp descents and ascents. First, you will ascend along a beautiful mountain path that will reward you with stunning views of the coast until we reach the village of Olatz. From here we begin the most challenging part of this stage, climbing Mount Arno surrounded by beautiful Basque countryside, before descending into the town of Markina.


Night in Markina.

Day 5

Markina - Guernica
25,6 km / 16 mi

After your night in Markina, the trail follows a quiet country lane and crosses the river in Bolibar before ascending to the medieval monastery at Zenarruza. From here, the trail keeps climbing through sheltered woodland to the top of Gontzegarai and on to the hamlet of Gerrikaitz. After passing the Hermitage of Santiago a sharp descent leads to a small river and the historic town of Gernika, made famous by Picasso’s masterpiece.

Night in Gernika.

Day 6

Guernica - Lezama
20,8 km / 13 mi

After your night in Gernika, the Camino will take you past the hermitage of Santa Luzia Zallo shortly before climbing towards a road (PR-173). From here, a cobbled path continues climbing to the village of Morga, where you will begin a sharp descent through the hamlets of Goikoletxea and Larrabetzu and once again enter woodland before reaching today’s destination: Lezama.

Night in Lezama.

Day 7

Lezama - Bilbao
10,8 km / 6.7 mi

After your night in Lezama, your path will take you through farmland to the town of Zamudio, the Roman church of San Martin, and the Tower of Malpica. From here, there is a gradual climb to the top of Mount Avril, where your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views of Bilbao and the valley below. Explore Bilbao’s old town with its quaint taverns and taste a few of the fantastic pintxos!

Night in Bilbao.

Day 8

Bilbao - Villalba
Transfer to Villalba

Today we say goodbye to the Basque country and head for Galicia, passing through Cantabria and Asturias with magnificent views of the coast and the Picos de Europa mountain range along the way.

You will take the train from Bilbao to Ponferrada, where your private transfer will pick you up and take you to your hotel in the market town of Vilalba.

Night in Vilalba

Day 9

Villalba - Ferreira
27,1 km / 16.8 mi

Your first stage of the essential last 100km to Santiago takes you through the heart of the Terra Chá (Flat lands) region of Galicia. Forest paths, small farming villages and lush countryside make up most of today’s peaceful walk. Check out the medieval St James Church (Igrexa de Santiago) in Baamonde before finishing in Ferreira.

Night in Ferreira

Day 10

Ferreira - Sobrado dos Monxes
23,4 km / 14.5 mi

Today you will reach the highest point of the trail at Marcela, so take a few minutes to enjoy the views. Your destination is Sobrado dos Monxes, home to an impressive monastery which is one of the highlights of the Camino del Norte. The monastery dates back to the 10th century originally, although the current facade is Baroque.

Night in Sobrados dos Monxes

Day 11

Sobrado dos Monxes - Arzúa
22,4 km / 14 mi

Today you will walk the last stretch of the Camino del Norte before it joins the most popular Camino trail, Camino Francés, in Arzúa. Prepare yourself to meet many pilgrims in this busy market town. Arzúa is famous for its local cheese so make sure you give it a try!

Night in Arzua.

Day 12

Arzúa - O Pedrouzo
19 km / 11.8 mi

Today’s Camino walk will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. Make sure you visit the chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago. You will spend the night in the town of Pedrouzo.

Night in Pedrouzo.

Day 13

O Pedrouzo - Santiago
20 km / 12.5 mi

Today is the last walking day of your Camino trip, starting in the town of Pedrouzo. Your next point of interest is Lavacolla on the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. The cathedral has a pilgrim mass every day at noon.

Night in Santiago.

Day 14

Santiago
End of Tour

End of the Tour.

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