Camino del Norte - The Northern Way
Camino del Norte: The coastal & hilly Basque Country from San Sebastian to Oviedo
The Camino del Norte, or Northern Way, is also referred to as the Ruta de la Costa. This Camino was used for centuries by Spanish pilgrims making their way along the magnificent coasts of the Basque region and Asturias to finally arrive in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of the Apostle Saint James.
The Camino del Norte is a unique journey, favoured by many of today’s pilgrims. This Camino route crosses some of the most spectacular scenery on Spain’s northern coast, visiting superb cities such as San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo. Ultimately, this Camino joins the Original Way or Camino Primitivo in Oviedo, which continues on to Santiago de Compostela.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds and heat of summer, walking the Camino del Norte is perfect for you. This area of Spain combines the sea and mountains to a spectacular visual display. Its many glorious beaches allow you the opportunity to go for a swim and cool down after your walking day is done. Rich in culture and authenticity, the Northern Way is bursting with charm. This route ends in Oviedo, a city undoubtedly made for strolling around at your leisure, with its pedestrianised historic quarter and many squares to stop for a rest at a chigres and sample the region’s emblematic drink – cider.
In 2006, Follow the Camino have invented new and innovative ways to walk the Northern Way. There are four manageable sections, each about seven days long. You’ll stay in carefully selected and regularly assessed, authentic accommodation, such as family-owned hotels, great pensiones and genuine casa rurales. The exhilarating cultural and social scene is a huge attraction on the Camino del Norte and enjoyed by all who travel it.
“Our Camino experience went beyond my expectations. The hiking was more challenging than I had imagined. But this made the holiday more rewarding for me because it tested my physical abilities. Walking also let me experience every sight and sound of the land and its people. I fell in love with the Basque country and its people. Our hotels and food were always superb and a wonderful reward for all the physical exercise. I will definitely take another walking holiday with your company!”
Robin P – USA