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    Camino del Norte 1/4 - From San Sebastian to Bilbao

    Camino del Norte 1/4 - From San Sebastian to Bilbao map

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 1San Sebastian

    You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town. The rooms are en-suite.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 2 From San Sebastian to Getaria (26km, 7h30)

    Leaving San Sebastian and the magnificent Bay of Biscay, the Camino follows the beautiful coastline along grassy fields on rolling hills. First, we find the Roman Church of San Martin de Tours, then we pass through ancient whaling villages. Finally, we arrive in the picturesque village of Getaria, perched on a rock above a small harbour.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 3From Getaria to Deba (17km, 6h30)

    The Camino starts on a small country road, following the coast. Arriving in Zarautz, we take a small footpath into farmland. Passing the church of Santa Maria la Real and the village of Juan Sebastian Elcano, we continue our stroll to the coast. The last stop is the pleasant coastal resort of Deba.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 4 From Deba to Markina (20km, 5h)

    Today we abandon the sea for more mountainous landscapes and we won?t see it again until Bilbao. The Camino crosses a river and starts climbing steeply into dense vegetation, until it reaches the Hermitage of El Calvario. From here, we will follow a narrow footpath (GR-121) passing through many hamlets. Finally, the Camino goes steeply downhill to Markina, a village with strong Basque traditions.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 5 Markina to Gernika (25km, 7h15)

    Leaving Markina, the Camino follows a country road and crosses the river in Bolivar (28 km). It ascends to the medieval monastery of Cenarruza. Leaving the monastery, we take a path into a dense forest, to the top of Gontzegarai, and onwards to the village of Gerikaitz. At the Hermitage of Santiago, a steep footpath leads downhill to a creek and finally to Gernika.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 6From Gernika to Lezama (24km, 6h30)

    The Camino leaves Gernika by the hermitage of Santa Luzia Zallo. Shortly after, we start a climb to reach a road (PR-173), and then a cobbled path leads to the the top of the village of Morga. Here, we leave the farmland and enter a forest, following a steep descent to the traditional villages of Goikoletxea, Larrabetzu and finally, Lezama.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 7From Lezama to Bilbao (12km, 3h30)

    This is a relatively short stage across farmland. First we pass Zamudio and the interesting Roman church of San Maarten. The Tower of Malpica is visible above us. Slowly climbing to reach the summit of Mount Avril, we are rewarded with spectacular views of Bilbao and the valley below. On arrival in the suburbs of Bilbao, don?t forget to visit the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Bego?. Finally, we come to Place de Unamuno, in the old quarter of Bilbao.

    Camino del Norte 1/4 Day 8 Bilbao. End of the Camino

    After breakfast we bid you farewell.

    What you get

    Camino de Santiago included tick box Accommodation in 2-3* hotels
    Camino de Santiago included tick box Bed & Breakfast
    Camino de Santiago included tick box Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
    Camino de Santiago included tick box Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack

    What you can add

    Camino de santiago can be included Add nights where you want
    Camino de santiago can be included Upgrade in authentic & luxury accommodation
    Camino de santiago can be included Great dinners with local food
    Camino de santiago can be included Get your airport transfers

    Make it WOW

    Visit San Sebastian with a guide

    Camino del Norte 1/4

    Camino del Norte 1/4


    Flight information

    (It is best to fly to Bilbao and back from Bilbao)

    1 - To France, Biarritz

    Ryanair, easJet, Air France (via Orly)
    Biarritz airports information: http://www.biarritz.aeroport.fr/

    Paris
    Virtually all companies fly to paris

    2 - To Bilbao


    A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport is from internal destinations and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo.
    There are also European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
    At the moment easyJet, Iberia and AerLingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. easyJet offer daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operate out of Dublin.

    3 - To Santander


    Ryanair is the only low-cost airline that currently offer direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain.
    Iberia offer a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia.

    More info see: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/
     

    To start your walking holiday: San Sebastian


    1 - From Bilbao airport

    Bus to San Sebastian (takes 1hr15), several buses a day

    2 - From Biarritz

    Train to Handaye (45mins), several trains a day
    Then bus to San Sebastian (45mins), several buses a day

    3 - From Santander

    Bus to Bilbao 1hr, several buses a day
    Then take a bus to San Sebastian (1hr15), several buses a day

     

    Back home

    1 - From Bilbao airport

    (see above)

    2 - From Santander airport

    Bus to Santander (1hr), several buses a day



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    • Distance:120 km
    • Duration:8 Days
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