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Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Santiago
Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Santiago
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Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Santiago

Camino del Norte cycling from Bilbao to Santiago

The Northern Way to Santiago in 16 cycling days

  • Breathtaking cliffs and trails that will remain etched in your mind. 
  • Different cities, with avant-garde and history. 
  • Renowned gastronomy that will leave you speechless. 
  • Visit a medieval village that will make your trip even more special. 
  • Modernist architecture by the renowned artist Antoni Gaudí. 
  • You will pass through the beautiful plateau of Lugo, A Terra Chá. 
  • Discover the rural world of the north, with its charming villages and trails.
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ROUTE
Day 1: Arrival in Bilbao.
Day 2: Bilbao - Castro Urdiales (41 km / 25.5 mi)
Day 3: Castro Urdiales - Laredo (33 km / 20.5 mil
Day 4: Laredo – Santander (56 km / 35 mi)
Day 5: Santander – Santillana (47 km / 29.5 mi)
Day 6: Santillana – Colombres (50 km / 31 mi)
Day 7: Colombres – Ribadesella (53 km / 33 mi)
Day 8: Ribadesella - Villaviciosa (19 km /12 mi)
Day 9: Villaviciosa - Oviedo (43 km / 27 mi)
Day 10: Oviedo - Avilés (30 km / 19 mi)
Day 11: Avilés - Cudillero (32 km / 20 mi)
Day 12: Cudillero - Luarca (55 km / 34.5 mi)
Day 13: Luarca - Ribadeo (55 km / 34.5 mi)
Day 14: Ribadeo - Mondoñedo (38 mi / 24 mi)
Day 15: Mondoñedo Vilalba (33 km / 20.5 mi)
Day 16: Vilalba – Sobrado dos Monxes (52 km / 32.5 mi)
Day 17: Sobrado dos Monxes - Santiago de Compostela (56 km / 35 mi)
Day 18: 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. 

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 miles, 750m ascent.

Day 3:    Castro Urdiales - Laredo (33 km / 20.5 mil

Your journey continues along the northern coast, with the beauty of 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. Its profile is a continuous up and down, but with moderate gradients. Laredo, your destination for the day, is known for its golden sandy beaches. This is a great place to relax, recharge, and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze.  

Challenge: 33 km / 20.5 miles, 825m ascent.

Day 4:    Laredo – Santander (56 km / 35 mi)

The trail winds through lush countryside and charming villages, crossing three long beaches: Salvé (in Laredo), Berria (after Santoña) and Helgueras-Trengadín (Noja). From the Puntal de Laredo to Santoña you will take short sail. You will then turn inland to Güemes, before going back to the coast in an area with cliffs and some beautiful scenery. Once in Somo, you take a second passenger boat across the bay, leaving you right in the centre of the city. Santander offers a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, making it a perfect ending point for your pilgrimage.  
 

Challenge: 56 km / 35 miles, 850m ascent.

Day 5:    Santander – Santillana (47 km / 29.5 mi)

Leaving behind the urban environment of Santander, your path guides you towards Santillana del Mar. This long route unfolds through serene countryside, and you'll feel transported back in time when you arrive at this enchanting medieval town, one of the prettiest in Cantabria.  

Challenge: 47 km / 29.5 miles, 725m ascent.

Day 6:    Santillana – Colombres (50 km / 31 mi)

Today's route is long and interesting and alternates inland landscapes with some brief incursions by the sea. The route meanders through rolling green hills, offering captivating views of 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 Colombres you will cross several bridges over marshes and estuaries, with steep inclines between the successive valleys. Although the gradients are moderate, you get the feeling that the mountains are very close. After visiting San Vicente de la Barquera, an interesting fishing village, you will leave Cantabria to enter Asturias and finish the day in Colombres, where the houses built by indianos, emigrants who returned from their stay in America with a wealthy lifestyle, are outstanding.   
 

Challenge: 50 km / 31 miles, 960m ascent.

Day 7:    Colombres – Ribadesella (53 km / 33 mi)

This is a peaceful but long route full of beautiful scenery. 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: 53 km / 33 mi, 1030m ascent.

Day 8:    Ribadesella - Villaviciosa (19 km /12 mi)

Today’s route is scenically very interesting, with mountains and good views of the coast, and passing by several beaches: Santa Marina (in Ribadesella), La Vega, Arenal de Morís (somewhat remote), La Espasa and La Isla. Then you will leave the coast as you arrive to Colunga, after that small town the route takes you through orchards and farmland as you will enter into the agricultural heartland of Asturias, through more mountainous terrain than on previous days and past tiny rural hamlets. Your route takes you to Villaviciosa, the Apple Capital, famous for its cider production.  

Challenge: 19 km /12 mi, 1200 ascent.

Day 9:    Villaviciosa - Oviedo (43 km / 27 mi)

Today you turn towards the interior of Asturias, away from the coast. Leaving Villaviciosa behind, you traverse the rolling hills of Asturias, arriving in Pola de Siero, a bustling market town. The transition from peaceful countryside to a lively urban atmosphere provides a unique and enriching experience, bringing you to the capital of Asturias, where you can delve into the rich history and culture of the region. Visit the magnificent Oviedo Cathedral and savor the local cuisine at one of the city's many restaurants or sidrerías (cider bars).   

Challenge: 43 km / 27 mi, 900m ascent.

Day 10:    Oviedo - Avilés (30 km / 19 mi)

Starting in Oviedo, your route today takes you to the coastal city of Avilés. As you leave the capital of Asturias behind, walking on the mount Naranco foothills, you'll experience a mix of urban and rural landscapes. Avilés welcomes you with its historical quite impressive old town. 
 

Challenge: 30 km / 19 mi, 400m ascent.

Day 11:    Avilés - Cudillero (32 km / 20 mi)

Your journey continues with this route along the coastline. The path offers serene views of the sea and traditional Asturian architecture. The nicest views will be as you arrive to the banks of the Nalón River, where the San Martín Castle is guarding the Camino from its promontory. After an ascent to Muros de Nalón you will cycle a bit further before descending to Cudillero, one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Asturias. 

Challenge: 32 km / 20 mi, 575m ascent.

Day 12:    Cudillero - Luarca (55 km / 34.5 mi)

Leaving Cudillero, you'll venture through picturesque Asturian countryside as you are facing one of the most beautiful stages of the entire Camino del Norte. After crossing Soto de Luiña you will take the Camín Real de Las Ballotas, this coastal route has views over the cliffs, with access to beaches, well signposted and with services, eventually reaching the charming village of Cadavedo. The last obstacle of the day is the climb from Canero, then the arrival in Luarca gives you some beautiful views of the picturesque town. This coastal gem is celebrated for its white-washed buildings, fishing harbor, and natural beauty. Luarca invites you to explore its maritime history and breathtaking scenery. 

Challenge: 55 km / 34.5 mi, 680m ascent.

Day 13:    Luarca - Ribadeo (55 km / 34.5 mi)

Today you will advance away from the coast, along comfortable tracks and roads, with moderate gradients, passing through numerous towns with services, through rolling hills and peaceful woodlands before arriving the coastal town of Navia. From there the path provides stunning views of the sea towards Tapia, a coastal village known for its fishing traditions, with its charming little harbour. Following the coast you will arrive to the Penarronda beach and its cliffs before crossing the river Eo to leave Asturias and enter in Galicia. Ribadeo, with its beautiful estuary and lively atmosphere, is a perfect place to end your day.   

Challenge: 55 km / 34.5 mi, 325m ascent.

Day 14:    Ribadeo - Mondoñedo (38 mi / 24 mi)

From Ribadeo you will move away from the coast towards the interior. The landscape transforms from a coastal path into a mountainous route, entering a sparsely populated rural territory. The most important climb of the day will be at the exit of A Ponte de Arante: 260 metres of ascent in 5 kilometres, before arriving to Gondán, then you will cross the town of Vilanova de Lourenzá, where the church of the old monastery stands out. Your path leads you to Mondoñedo, a town of historical significance, capital of the region of A Mariña Central and episcopal see since the Middle Ages. Mondoñedo’s cathedral and the old quarter, declared a Historic-Artistic Site, are the cultural jewels of the day.  

Challenge: 38 mi / 24 mi, 975m ascent.

Day 15:    Mondoñedo Vilalba (33 km / 20.5 mi)

Today you have An interesting route in which you leave the region of A Mariña and ascend to Terra Chá, the inland plateau of Lugo, passing from 140 to 560 metres above sea level. The route passes through rolling hills and agricultural landscapes through the valley of Valiñadares and Lousada, giving you a sense of the region's rural beauty, as you make your way to Abadín. Following this hilly terrain you'll arrive in Vilalba, a town known for its medieval heritage. 

Challenge: 33 km / 20.5 mi, 600m ascent.  

Day 16:    Vilalba – Sobrado dos Monxes (52 km / 32.5 mi)

Today you will enjoy this varied route: tracks, dirt roads, paths and muddy corredoiras (tractor ruts). At the first half of your route you won’t hardly have any gradients in a pleasant rural environment. Your path takes you to Baamonde, a small village surrounded by lush greenery, before entering in a very solitary route, which you will enjoy it before arriving to the multitudes. The quiet paths through the Galician countryside will take you to As Cruces, very close to Sobrado dos Monxes, which welcomes you with its historic monastery.  
 

Challenge: 52 km / 32.5 mi, 635 m ascent.

Day 17:    Sobrado dos Monxes - Santiago de Compostela (56 km / 35 mi)

In contrast to the previous routes, in which you walk along dirt tracks between small villages, today the landscape is becoming much more urban, as you are approaching Santiago. The route converges in Arzúa with the maelstrom of the French Way. At first glance, this stage seems to provide little interest with its monotonous movement alongside the main road. Yet today ends up being one of the most exciting of the whole week as you feel the collective energy grow, joining hordes of fellow pilgrims all excited to be nearly there! Burst back into modern life as you rush along past the regional airport and cross the highway, railway and ring-road drawn by an immense, irresistible magnet: Plaza Obradoiro. The urban hustle and bustle will not deter you and it’s still easy to imagine ancient pilgrims weeping with joy as they glimpsed the distant spires. Historically, pilgrims pause at Monte do Gozo to set their sights then make one last stop at the spring in Lavacolla, to cleanse their face and feet before meeting their beloved saint.  
 

Challenge: 56 km / 35 mi, 625 m ascent.

Day 18:    End of Arrangement

After breakfast your Camino comes to an end. Option of booking an extra night in Santiago de Compostela.  

STANDARD HOTELS
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.

www.iturrieneaostatua.com

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

ensión 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.

www.pensionardigales11.com

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.

www.hotelcosmopol.es

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.

www.lepetithotelsantander.com

 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.

www.hotel-los-infantes.com

 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. 

www.agroturismo-muriances-guest-house.hotel-costa-verde.com

 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.

www.eljardindeugenia.com

 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.

www.hotelcasaespana.es

 Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)
Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)

Recently renovated hotel located in the heart of Oviedo, facing the Campoamor Theater and close to Gascona Street, a lively area with many traditional cider bars. Featuring comfortable, quiet, and spacious rooms.

www.hotelcampoamoroviedo.com

 Hotel Don Pedro (Avilés)
Hotel Don Pedro (Avilés)

A charming hotel located in the heart of the historic-artistic district of Avilés. Just 30 meters from the Town Hall and Plaza de España, and 100 meters from the international center Oscar Niemeyer.

www.hoteldonpedro.es

 Hotel La Casona de Pío (Cudillero)
Hotel La Casona de Pío (Cudillero)

Ten double rooms, one of them with a lounge, perfectly equipped. The comfort of the facilities, combined with friendly and personalized service, creates a feeling of being in a homely and comfortable environment for our guests.

www.lacasonadepio.com

 Hotel Báltico (Luarca)
Hotel Báltico (Luarca)

A very peaceful hotel located in the heart of the fishing port and in the center of Luarca. It offers guests a pleasant stay and exceptional cuisine, where you can taste typical dishes of the region.

www.hotelbaltico.com

 Hotel La Casona Lazúrtegui (Ribadeo)
Hotel La Casona Lazúrtegui (Ribadeo)

The Casona de Lazúrtegui Hotel is located in Ribadeo. The rooms feature adjustable air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi, hydromassage bathtub, hairdryer, safe, and minibar.

www.hotelcasona.com

Hotel Montero (Mondoñedo)
Hotel Montero (Mondoñedo)

Located at the entrance to the Episcopal City of Mondoñedo, just 200m from the center, our hotel offers 17 comfortable rooms. In our restaurant, you can taste traditional Galician cuisine, always with vegetarian options and choices suitable for celiacs.

www.hrmontero.com

 Hotel San Marcus ** (Sobrado dos Monxes)
Hotel San Marcus ** (Sobrado dos Monxes)

Located in the province of Coruña, in Sobrado dos Monxes, an essential stop on the Northern Way to Santiago, where you can visit the first Cistercian Monastery on the peninsula and enjoy its landscapes through hiking routes in the countryside.

www.hotelsanmarcus.es

 Hotel Bonaval (Santiago de Compostela)
Hotel Bonaval (Santiago de Compostela)

Modern and elegant hotel located in a historically significant building, offering views of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and adjacent to Bonaval Park. It is situated in a very quiet area and just a short walk from the historic center.

www.aldahotels.es

PRACTICAL INFO

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

The nearest airport is Bilbao (BIO)

HYBRID BIKES

  • 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

 

FOR KIDS

Possibility of renting bicycle accessories for children

     Fun-Trailer/add on bike                         Child seat   

           

 

E BIKES

  • 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

urbain-velo-electrique 

 

GPS tracks are available upon request
 

INCLUDED

Included

  • 17 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • Digital route notes in English
  • Access to the trip on GUIBO
  • 24-hour telephone assistance


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


Extras

  • 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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