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15 stages on the Camino del Norte

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15 stages on the Camino del Norte

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15-33

days

3-6 h

/ day

228 mi

20,250 ft

19,500 ft

Steep cliffs, rushing waves, wide views out to sea and ancient monasteries and chapels - this is the Camino del Norte. The northern branch of the famous Pilgrim's Way to Santiago is still a real insider tip among pilgrims. The pilgrim's path always winds its way along the coast through the hilly landscape of northern Spain. Walking a pilgrimage path means a lot of peace and self-discovery – even for people who are not religious – and it is precisely this peace and seclusion you can still find on the Camino del Norte. This is an experience that you will live and tell about for the rest of your life.

The Camino del Norte, also known as Camino de la Costa, runs from San Sebastian along the Atlantic coast to Santiago de Compostela. You will need about five weeks for the whole section, but we have put together a compact two-week tour for you. In 15 daily stages you hike from the Asturian capital Gijón to the famous cathedral. This is enough time to get a deep pilgrimage experience and can also be combined with your holiday calendar.

Gijón can be reached via the nearby Asturias airport. From there the train will take you to the city centre. Santiago de Compostela also has an international airport, via which you can return home. Just remember: The popularity of this route is not to be underestimated. It's crucial to book your accommodation well in advance, even if real pilgrim hostels won't turn you away if you're desperate.

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The Camino del Norte, from Gijón to Santiago de Compostela

216 mi

19,075 ft

18,275 ft

Last updated: September 28, 2022

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The Camino del Norte in 15 stages

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    Etappe 01: Von Gijón nach Aviles – Camino del Norte

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    06:58
    16.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    925 ft
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    Your first day on the Camino del Norte starts in the Asturian port of Gijón. It forms with the milestone Aviles the industrial center of the region and you will get to see clearly on this tour. Gijón itself has a very beautiful old town, whose streets can be wonderfully explored. If you have already

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  • Difficult
    07:46
    17.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,550 ft
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    At the port of Aviles, the Centro Cultural Internacional Oscar Niemeyer awaits you with a special architectural treat that stands out clearly from the buildings in the region. If you leave Aviles, it was once with big cities. It is becoming increasingly rural and the rugged topography of the region is

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  • Difficult
    08:02
    17.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,400 ft
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    From the palaces in El Pito you just walk down the hill to the beautiful fishing village of Cudillero. The houses are colorfully painted here and cling to the rock. Take a few minutes to explore the harbor, from the lighthouse you have a particularly good view.

    

    After Cudillero follows the typical ups

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  • Difficult
    07:30
    16.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,825 ft
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    From Ballota it goes down to the small Rio Cabo, the run is overgrown wild and you cross it on a small bridge. At its mouth into the sea, a stone beach has formed. For the next few kilometers beach here clings to cliff to beach. Afterwards you will leave the coast for a while and walk across the typical

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  • Difficult
    07:26
    16.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,350 ft
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    Today you are hiking from Lluarca to Cartavio. If you have some time in the morning, you can take a look around the harbor and stock up on provisions for your day's hiking. The day is relatively relaxed with some distance to the coast. Only two river valleys want to be crossed.

    

    The city of Navia on the

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  • Difficult
    07:42
    18.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    675 ft
    875 ft
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    Today's stage is very long, so get on the track early. On some beautiful beaches, you can rest and take a nap, should you not have been well rested yet. After about half of the way you will reach the beautiful and lively port of Tapia de Casariego.

    

    The border between Cantabria and Galicia is marked by

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  • Difficult
    07:54
    17.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,150 ft
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    After a hearty breakfast in Ribadeo, you make your way to the interior. The best place to look for breakfast is a place that offers a view of the sea, because you will not see that in the next few days.

    

    The Galician hinterland compensates but like for the abstinence of the sea and provides you with enough

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  • Difficult
    07:28
    15.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,775 ft
    1,300 ft
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    With the visit of Mondoñedo today is another delicacy on the plan. The first few kilometers of the day are not particularly remarkable because of their proximity to the motorway, but in and above all Mondoñedo it is really nice.

    

    The city is one of the ancient capitals of the Galician kingdom. You can

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  • Difficult
    05:55
    13.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    875 ft
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    The region around Vilalba is called Terra Cha, which means as much as Flat lands. Accordingly, today you do not expect so many altitude meters today. But the area is wooded and there is a lot of agricultural use. Their products can then be eaten in the market town of Vilalba. Especially the cheese is really delicious.

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    11.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    975 ft
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    The path from Vilalba to your stage destination Baamonde is similar to the previous day, passing agricultural farms and several forests. What you will notice are the elaborately decorated cemeteries of the region. Likewise, the granaries have changed their appearance. While they were still square in

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    04:07
    9.58 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    450 ft
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    On the way from Baamonde to Miraz, another highlight day awaits you. If you are still running the first few kilometers parallel to the motorway, then after crossing the Rio de Parga, you leave behind the big roads behind you.

    

    Then it gets a bit more rural than on the previous days. You expect only slight

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  • Difficult
    06:58
    15.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,150 ft
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    Today you reach the roof of the tour, which, of course, with just under 700 vertical meters is not very impressive, but at least the highest point and a reason to be happy.

    

    To fortify you for the two crisp climbs, you can return to Roxica. The highlight of the day is Sobrado dos Monxes. Shortly before

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  • Difficult
    07:12
    16.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    975 ft
    1,375 ft
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    Now it is over with the tranquility of the Camino del Norte, because you will meet the much more frequented Camino Francés. So be prepared to meet many fellow pilgrims, especially in the warmer months.

    

    Today's stage is actually the only one where you will run more downhill than uphill. This sensed tailwind

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    12.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    1,275 ft
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    This stage is your penultimate one and the proximity to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is becoming more and more visible. Before you leave Arzua, you should try the local cheese specialty, for breakfast, it gives you the perfect basis for the coming day of pilgrimage. Your camp is in O Pedruozo

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    12.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    975 ft
    1,050 ft
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    After two weeks on the feet, your first days on the Camino will probably seem like an eternity away. Now you have almost made it, the big goal, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela is just a day's walk away.

    

    At the latest on Monte do Gozo, the mountain of joy, when you see the cathedral for the first

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    228 mi
  • Duration
    101:04 h
  • Elevation
    20,250 ft19,500 ft

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