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Camino del Norte walking from Ribadeo to Santiago 
Camino del Norte walking from Ribadeo to Santiago 
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Camino del Norte walking from Ribadeo to Santiago 

Camino del Norte walking from Ribadeo to Santiago 

The 5th stage of Camino del Norte walking

  • Visit numerous historic villages, such as Mondoñedo, whith its historic old town
  • You will walk through green meadows and forests of native trees in the A Terra Chá region
  • Join pilgrims from all over the world in some parts of the journey
  • Arrive at the spectacular Obradoiro Square after a rewarding pilgrimage
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Day 1: Arrival in Ribadeo
Day 2: Ribadeo – Gondán (21 km / 13 mi)
Day 3: Gondán - Mondoñedo (16 km / 10 mi)
Day 4: Mondoñedo – Abadín (17 km / 10.5 mi)
Day 5: Abadín – Vilalba (21 km / 13 mi)
Day 6: Vilalba – Baamonde (19 km / 12 mi)
Day 7: Baamonde - Alto Mamoa / A Roxico (19,2km / 20,2km)
Day 8: Alto de Mamoa/A Roxico - Sobrado dos Monxes( 23,8km / 15,6 km)
Day 9: Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzúa (22 km / 13.5 mi)
Day 10: Arzúa – A Rúa (18 km / 11 mi)
Day 11: A Rúa - Santiago de Compostela (21 km / 13 mi)
Day 12: End of Arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Ribadeo

Arriving in Ribadeo, you're immediately struck by the unhurried pace of life of the town. The picturesque harbor, with colorful fishing boats, and the salty sea breeze create a peaceful ambiance. A perfect place to get ready for the Camino de Santiago. 

Day 2:    Ribadeo – Gondán (21 km / 13 mi)

At your first route in the Camino you will move away from the coast towards the interior, direction to Compostela. 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. 

Challenge: 21 km / 13mi, ascend 600m, descend 450m

Day 3:    Gondán - Mondoñedo (16 km / 10 mi)

Today is a quite easy route, with only a couple of steep climbs which offers many sights. In your way 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: 16km / 10mi, ascend 450m, descend 510m.

Day 4:    Mondoñedo – Abadín (17 km / 10.5 mi)

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. 

Challenge: 17 km / 10.5 mi, ascend 630m, descend 250m.

Day 5:    Abadín – Vilalba (21 km / 13 mi)

This is a very pleasant route, with interesting scenery and little gradient. You will walk along comfortable dirt or tarmac tracks between green meadows and groves of native trees at the region of A Terra Chá, with a hilly terrain and whose main activity is livestock farming. As your pilgrimage progresses, you'll arrive in Vilalba, a town known for its medieval heritage. 

Challenge: 21km / 13mi, ascend 250, descend 270m.

Day 6:    Vilalba – Baamonde (19 km / 12 mi)

Today you will enjoy at this varied route: tracks, dirt roads, paths and muddy corredoiras (tractor ruts). All of this in a route with hardly any gradients in a pleasant rural environment. Your path takes you to Baamonde, a small village surrounded by lush greenery. The serene countryside offers a tranquil backdrop for your pilgrimage. 

Challenge: 19km / 12 mi, ascend 210m, descend 270m.

Day 7:    Baamonde - Alto Mamoa / A Roxico (19,2km / 20,2km)

Today, you will have the option to choose between two different routes depending on the distance you feel like covering. You will walk along dirt or asphalt tracks through a rural and solitary territory, sustained by the family-based livestock activity.

Whichever destination you choose for today, a transfer will be arranged to take you to your hotel located in Regüelas.

Challenge: 19.2km / 20.2km, ascent 400m / 600m, descent 200m / 400m.

Day 8:    Alto de Mamoa/A Roxico - Sobrado dos Monxes( 23,8km / 15,6 km)

Today, the hotel will arrange a transfer to take you to the starting point of the new stage, which can be either of the two places we propose, to reach Sobrado dos Monxes. During the day, which presents a fairly steep profile, you ascend, almost without noticing, to the highest point of the entire Northern Way.

Challenge: 23.8 km / 15.6 km, ascent 400m / 600m, descent 200m / 400m.

Day 9:    Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzúa (22 km / 13.5 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 to Santiago. The route converges in Arzúa with the maelstrom of the French Way. 

Challenge: 22km / 13.5mi, ascend 220m, descend 340m.

Day 10:    Arzúa – A Rúa (18 km / 11 mi)

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! It’s a relatively short day, leaving time to relax at your hotel and meld with the peaceful surroundings. 

Challenge: 18km / 11mi, ascend 200m, descend 230m.

Day 11:     A Rúa - Santiago de Compostela (21 km / 13 mi)

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: 21km / 13 mi, ascend 350m, descend 370m.

Day 12:    End of Arrangement

Your arrangement comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Option of booking an extra night in Santiago de Compostela. 

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

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


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 and gluten-free options.


 Pensión Casa Goás ** (Abadín)
Pensión Casa Goás ** (Abadín)

Casa Goás guesthouse-restaurant is a family-run business where you can eat, sleep, and have a good time chatting in a friendly atmosphere; we are currently managed by the fourth generation.


 Pensión Suites Camiño Norte
Pensión Suites Camiño Norte

It is located in the old town of the village. It is a three-story house, over a hundred years old, completely restored with meticulous decoration, making each room unique and special.


 Hotel Km101(Baamonde)
Hotel Km101(Baamonde)

KM101 is a hotel inaugurated in July 2020 that offers all services and amenities. Each room has a private bathroom, and there is covered and private bicycle parking available. Individually adjustable heating, television, and free Wi-Fi are provided throughout the property.


Hotel Bi Terra (O Roxico/Regüelas)
Hotel Bi Terra (O Roxico/Regüelas)

Nine cozy double rooms, all equipped with central heating, of course. We have a reading area, a living room located by the fireplace (lareira), and a lounge in what used to be the stables, featuring a fireplace. Free Wi-Fi access and board games are available.


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 trails in the countryside.


Pazo de Santa María (Arzúa)
Pazo de Santa María (Arzúa)

This important 'Pazo' is located in the town of Arzúa. The complex consists of a set of buildings that together form a small village. Very cozy accommodations designed to provide the utmost comfort for the guest.


 Hotel O Acivro (A Rúa)
Hotel O Acivro (A Rúa)

O Acivro is located in the final stage of the Camino de Santiago, 10 minutes by car from Lavacolla Airport, and 15 minutes from Santiago itself. In Santiago, you can find an extensive road network that connects to all of Galicia.


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

Modern and elegant hotel located in a historic building, with views of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and next to Bonaval Park. It is situated in a very quiet area and just a step away from the historic center.



The nearest airport is A Coruña (LCG) or Asturias (OVD)

GPS tracks area available upon request.



  • 11 nights´accommodation with breakfasts and And 3 dinners on the 7th, 9th, and 10th.
  • Luggage transfer
  • 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
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme


  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme or in Bilbao.

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