CAMINO DEL NORTE
This Camino del Norte starts in Irun and ends, after 825 km, in Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage route stretches along the northern Spanish coast. In the past, this route was often used by Dutch and Flemish pilgrims who docked in the North Spanish port by ship. They then moved west along the ocean, to Oviedo, and then walked via the camino Primitivo to Santiago.
Again to the camino
The number of pilgrims on the del Norte has grown considerably in recent years. Partly because pilgrims who have previously hiked or biked the Camino Francés want to get back on the camino and then choose, for example, the Camino del Norte. Also because pilgrims who go on a pilgrimage path for the first time choose the Camino del Norte as an alternative to the “full” Camino Francés.
During your camino del Norte you pass several interesting cities. Think of ‘food walhalla’ San Sebastian, known for its famous pintxos and many Michelin restaurants. Or Bilbao. This modern hip city of more than a million inhabitants symbolizes the progressiveness of the Basque Country, the world famous Guggenheim museum is the best example of this. Santander is also well worth a visit. It will not surprise you that you can also eat the most delicious fresh fish along the Camino. So enjoy!
Pure enjoyment during your pilgrimage
Walking or biking the del Norte means pure enjoyment during your pilgrimage. The pilgrimage route is well signed and on the way the cliffs and deep blue sea contrast sharply with the snowy peaks of the Picos de Europa. You will see deserted beaches and medieval coastal towns. Occasionally the path turns inland into the wooded hills, but it never took long before you descend to the ocean again. And the view? That is unsurpassed on the Camino del Norte!
This pilgrimage contains everything for a successful trip. For pilgrims who like adventure and are in good shape, this is an ideal Camino, as it has more heavy parts than the Camino Frances.