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Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Oviedo
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Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Oviedo

Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Oviedo

1st stage of Camino del Norte cycling

  • Stunning cliffs and trails that will be etched into your retina.
  • Distinct, avant-garde cities steeped in history.
  • Renowned cuisine that will leave you speechless.
  • Visit a medieval village that will make your journey even more special.
  • Modernist architecture by the renowned artist Antoni Gaudí
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Day 1: Arrival in Bilbao
Day 2: Bilbao – Castro Urdiales (41 km / 25.5 mi)
Day 3: Castro Urdiales - Laredo (31 km / 19 mi)
Day 4: Laredo - Santander (52 km / 32 mi)
Day 5: Santander - Santillana (40 km / 25 mi)
Day 6: Santillana – Bustio (49 km / 30 mi)
Day 7: Bustio - Ribadesella (56 / 61 km / 35 / 38 mi)
Day 8: Ribadesella – Villaviciosa (39 km / 24,4 mi)
Day 9: Villaviciosa – Oviedo (45,7 km / 28,4 mi)
Day 10: End of Arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Bilbao

As you arrive in the modern and vibrant city of Bilbao you can sample the renowned Basque cuisine. If you arrive early it's worth visiting the Guggenheim Museum, walk through the old town and along the river at the center of the city as you prepare for your Camino. And do not forget to collect the first stamp in your pilgrim’s passport!

Day 2:    Bilbao – Castro Urdiales (41 km / 25.5 mi)

Today you start cycling in Bilbao towards Portugalete on urban areas. From there a long cycle path leads you to the beach of La Arena, where you will meet the Cantabrian Sea, you then follow a path along the cliffs, a very beautiful stretch where you leave the Basque Country to enter Cantabria. The coastal trail leads you to Castro Urdiales, a town with a beautiful harbor and a rich history. Take some time to explore its historic streets and taste the local seafood. 

Challenge: 41 km / 25.5 mi, 575 m ascent

Day 3:    Castro Urdiales - Laredo (31 km / 19 mi)

Your journey continues along the northern coast, with the Bay of Biscay as your backdrop. An interesting stage with beautiful scenery, with several beaches, cliffs and stretches through forest, alternating with green inland valleys. Although relatively short, it's profile is a continuous up and down, with moderate gradients but partially along unsurfaced roads. Laredo, your destination for the day, is known for its golden sandy beaches. Although urbanistically not the most attractive town, it's a great place to relax, recharge, and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze. 

Challenge: 31 km / 19 mi, 735 m ascent

Day 4:    Laredo - Santander (52 km / 32 mi)

Your day starts and ends with two short sails The first from the Puntal de Laredo to Santoña and the last from Pedreña to Santander, leaving you right in the centre of the city at a few steps from the modern art museum Centro Botín. In between the Camino winds through lush countryside and charming villages, passing three long beaches: Salvé (in Laredo), Berria (after Santoña), Helgueras-Trengadín (Noja). You will then turn inland to San Miguel de Meruelo and Güemes to finalize the day with an almost flat section with again two sandy beaches within reach: Langre and Somo. Santander offers a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, making it a perfect ending point for your pilgrimage. 

Challenge: 52 km / 32 mi, 650 m ascent

Day 5:    Santander - Santillana (40 km / 25 mi)

It will take you some time to leave behind the urban environment of Santander, because the city is built on a stretch of land surrounded by water and can only expand in one direction. Again we've found good alternatives for the official Camino, through hilly and often surprisingly serene countryside, ending in the  enchanting medieval town Santillana del Mar, one of the prettiest town in Cantabria. 

Challenge: 40 km / 25 mi, 650 m ascent

Day 6:    Santillana – Bustio (49 km / 30 mi)

Today's route is long and interesting alternating rolling green hills with some brief incursions by the Cantabrian coast. In Comillas, you'll be captivated by the buildings in the modernist style - our art nouveau - such as El Capricho, one of Antoni Gaudí's first works. Continuing your route toward Unquera you will cross several bridges over marshes and estuaries, the largest just before entering San Vicente de la Barquera, an interesting fishing village.The second part of the route takes you land inward. Although the gradients of the continuous ascents and descents are moderate (with a maximum of 100m of ascent in one go), the total sums up 1125 m, so you get the feeling that the mountains are very close. . 

Challenge: 48.7 km / 30 mi, 1125 m ascent

Day 7:    Bustio - Ribadesella (56 / 61 km / 35 / 38 mi)

The first village en-route today is Colombres, where the outstanding villa Quinta Guadalupe catches your eye as you approach the town. It's one of several houses built in the 19th century by so-called Indianos, emigrants who returned wealthy from their stay in America and imported a whole new (and very flamboyant) lifestyle.  As you leave Colombres, the gentle sound of the ocean accompanies your journey as you pass through idyllic fishing villages, immersing yourself in the culture of Asturias. After Andrín you will have a notable slope and after the descent you will reach Llanes, a town with a historic quarter with lively terraces in summer, as well as the fishermen's port and its artistic breakwater. When leaving Llanes you will cross some beaches such as Palombina, Torimbia and San Antolín, all of which are beautiful and quite busy in summer. The route then turns inland once again, through rural areas with less tourist pressure. After crossing a number of level crossings, you will end the day in Ribadesella, a coastal town famous for its prehistoric caves among other things.  

Challenge: 56 or 61 km/ 35 or 38 mi; 950 m in ascent

Day 8:    Ribadesella – Villaviciosa (39 km / 24,4 mi)

A relatively short but interesting route, with some ascents that allow for superb views. Again, there are several beaches along the way to stop for a swim: Santa Marina (in Ribadesella), Vega, Arenal de Morís (somewhat remote), La Espasa and La Isla. In Colunga  you might decide to make a small detour to the Jurrasic Museum (MUJA) or the Playa de la Riega, where you can literally retrace the (fossilized ) steps of dinosaurs. The route continues more inland, through a mountainous landscape typical for Asturias, ith apple orchards, meadows and tiny rural hamlets. The day ends in Villaviciosa, the Apple Capital, famous for its cider production. 

Challenge: 39 km  / 24,4 mi, 800 m ascent

Day 9:    Villaviciosa – Oviedo (45,7 km / 28,4 mi)

Today you will turn your back to the ocean in order to end your pilgrimage in a proper way, at the doorstep of the gothic Cathedral San Salvador in Oviedo. While cycling away from Villaviciosa recommend to visit the prerromanesque church and romanesque monastery in Valdedios before starting with the last (and very steep) ascent of 260 m to el Alto de la Campa. After that you'll sail mostly down, to the market town Pola de Siero and past some modern sub urbs. We have postponed the transition from peaceful countryside to a hectic urban atmosphere as long as possible, by offering an alternative route to the official Camino that follows the old N-634 for kilometers on end. But at the end you will be heading to the magnificent Cathedral of Oviedo, symbolizing the rich history and culture of Asturias which has been linked with the history of the Camino since the 9th century. It's a friendly town with some very good restaurants and numerous sidrerías (cider bars).  

Challenge: 45,7 km / 28,4 mi, 900 m ascent


Day 10:    End of Arrangement

 After breakfast your journey comes to an end. 

You can also combine this trip with the next stage of the Camino

Hotel Iturrienea Ostatua (Bilbao)
Hotel Iturrienea Ostatua (Bilbao)

Iturrienea Ostatua is located in the heart of the historic centre of the city, on the first floor of a building built in 1906 for the Countess of McMahon. With a typical Basque farmhouse atmosphere, this accommodation treasures unique pieces of furniture and decoration.


Hotel Sirimiri (Bilbao)
Hotel Sirimiri (Bilbao)

Located next to the historic center of the city, Hotel Sirimiri offers various services and amenities to make your stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible. For our guests, we have a tourist information desk and a cafeteria where you can enjoy our buffet breakfast.


Pensión Ardigales 11 (Castro Urdiales)
Pensión Ardigales 11 (Castro Urdiales)

Pensión Ardigales 11 in Castro Urdiales offers 12 aesthetic and functional rooms, providing options for single, double, and family accommodations. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the property, and there's a welcoming reception area with a resting zone.


Hotel Cosmopol (Laredo)
Hotel Cosmopol (Laredo)

The Hotel Cosmopol is located in front of the Salvé beach and only a few metres from the beach of Laredo. The complex offers all the necessary services and facilities and has an outdoor swimming pool. All rooms are exterior.


Le Petit Boutique (Santander)
Le Petit Boutique (Santander)

Located 200 meters from Sardinero Beach, enjoy a boutique hotel with personality and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. All rooms offer independent air conditioning and fiber optic wifi.


Hotel Bahía (Santander)
Hotel Bahía (Santander)

Opposite the bay that gave it its name, the hotel is located in a tranquil pedestrianised area in the shopping, administrative and financial centre of the city.


Hotel Los Infantes (Santillana)
Hotel Los Infantes (Santillana)

A 17th century palace converted into a hotel in the centre of Santillana del Mar. The facilities include beautiful lounges and common areas, a magnificent restaurant with a central fireplace, cafeteria, garden terrace with views of the imposing main façade and free WIFI.


Agroturismo Muriances (Vilde)
Agroturismo Muriances (Vilde)

Located on the bank of the Deva river, with views towards the Picos de Europa. With a wide garden, a large living room with chimney and free parking. 


Hotel Jardín de Eugenia (Ribadesella)
Hotel Jardín de Eugenia (Ribadesella)

Family-run hotel with elegant, well-equipped rooms, very well located, next to the Sella estuary and a 10-minute walk from the beach and the centre of Ribadesella.


Hotel Casa España (Villaviciosa)
Hotel Casa España (Villaviciosa)

Situated in Villaviciosa's historic center, Hotel Casa España occupies the restored Casa del Arcediano, formerly a chocolate factory. The Hotel features 12 rooms with amenities like heating, TV, and a bathroom with a hairdryer. It offers services such as a cafeteria, social lounge and restaurant.


Hotel Fruela (Oviedo)
Hotel Fruela (Oviedo)

Located in one of the most central streets of the city of Oviedo, Fruela Street, this hotel is as an excellent point from which to discover all the corners, the gastronomy and the people of Oviedo.



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between Abril 1st and October 15th.

The nearest airport is Bilbao (BIO)

The nearest international train station is Hendaye, on the border with France. From there you can travel by bus (www.alsa.com) from Irun (on the other side of the border) to Bilbao.


Hybrid bikes, 21-speed, lock, pump, repair kit, map holder
Children's bikes, carts and trailer bikes also available

  • Model: Cube Aim Race Allroad
  • Type of bicycle: Híbrids/trekking 
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Speeds: 2x8
  • Suspension: Suntour de 100 mm (with lockout)


  • Model Bike: Trekking Urban FS Alivio 27S Disk
  • Frame: TRK Alu IDF DB 700c alu 6061
  • Fork: Suntour ALU NVX 30 DISK 700C
  • Deraileur: Shimano Alivio 27s
  • Chainwheel: Shimano FC-MT101 44/34/22
  • Shifters: Shimano SLM 2010 27s
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200 Disk
  • Wheels: Raxe 700c Disk DB
  • Seat post: Shock Absorbed PROMAX Suspended PROMAX
  • Tires: TRK 700x40 Protec Michelin/MITAS
  • Weight: 18.00 kg thick

  • Bike model: Trekking Urban FS Alivio 27S Disk
  • Frame: TRK Alu IDF DB 700c alu 6061
  • Fork: Suntour ALU NVX 30 RL DISK 700C
  • Derailleur: Shimano Alivio 27s
  • Chainwheel: Shimano FC-MT101 44/34/22
  • Shifters: Shimano SLM 2010 27s
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200 Disk
  • Wheels: Raxe 700c Disk DB
  • Seat post: Shock Absorbed PROMAX Suspended PROMAX
  • Tires: TRK 700x40 Protec Michelin/MITAS
  • Weight: 18.00 kg thick



Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

     Fun-Trailer/add on bike                         Child seat   




Movelo Kalkhoff

  • Bike model: Movelo Kalkhoff
  • Bike type: Hybrid E-bike
  • Brakes: Shimano M396 180 mm
  • Gear switch: Shimano SLX
  • Tyres: Schwalbe marathon GT tour 28 pulgadas
  • Battery: Bosch PowerPack 500
  • Engine: Bosch  Performance CX (75Nm) Cruise (250Watt)
  • Weight: 26,1 kg

  • Bike Model: NEOMOUV ADONIS 2
  • Bike type: Hibrid E-bike
  • Frame: Aluminum 6061 T6 - 28'' talla 44-48 - Compatible: AXA Defender
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes - ANT: 180mm - ATR: 160mm
  • Tyres: 28 inches - Double wall perforated rims - Stainless steel spokes
  • Battery: 36V: 522Wh (14.5Ah) - 36V: 630Wh (17.5Ah) - Integrated battery - 2A/ 100-240V charger
  • Engine:  250W - Central NEOASSIST - 80nm

  • Bicycle model: NEOMOUV ELIA 2
  • Bicycle type: Electric bicycle
  • Frame: Aluminum 6061 T6
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Tires: 28.0", Stainless steel spokes, double-walled aluminum rim
  • Battery: 522 Wh (80-100 km), 500 cycles
  • Motor: NeoAssist 2 central motor, 250W / 80Nm -> High torque for quick starts
  • Weight: 27.0 kg


GPS tracks area available upon request.



  • 9 nights´ accommodation with breakfasts
  • Luggage transport
  • Digital detailed route notes in English
  • Access to the trip on GUIBO
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Pilgrim accreditation

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Trasfers by public transportation
  • Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
  • Bicycle hire or helmet
  • Personal expenses, such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc
  • Solo traveller supplement for bike rental (if booked through S-Cape), to be applied separately


  • Extra nights at any of the hotels along the way
  • Transfers to and from airport / train station / bus station
  • Bike rental

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