Camino del Norte
10 pax min.
The Northern Way has its origin in the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, which remained over 600 years. Almost the entire territory that now covers Portugal and Spain had been conquered, even till Santiago de Compostela, except the north coast. Since the Camino Francés at that time couldn’t be developed, the Camino del Norte along the Cantabrian coast was a journey taken by Christian pilgrims living under the tolerance of Muslim rule.
With this trip we’ll discover all the north region of Spain, passing through many fishing villages and beautiful beaches apart from enjoying a very good gastronomy.
Day 1: Flight to Bilbao or Pamplona
The group will be welcomed by a tourist guide who will be with us the whole trip. Transfer to the hotel in Bilbao with a panoramic view of the city, visit to the Guggenheim Museum, the old town and the Cathedral.
Day 2: From Bilbao to Santillana del Mar
In the morning we’ll leave the city by bus to Laredo where we have the possibility to take a boat to Santoña. From there we’ll take a nice hike along the Camino the Santiago.
We continue our journey to Santander where we’ll have a guided tour and a walk along El Sardinero beach, before continuing to Santillana del Mar.
Day 3: From Santiallana del Mar to Covadonga
Morning guided sightseeing tour of Santillana del Mar, considered one of the most beautiful Spanish villages where we can see a reconstruction of the Cave of Altamira.
Later we’ll travel to Ribadesella, passing through San Vicente de la Barquera, a widely important tourist village in the region. We’ll also walk a short track.
We continue to Cangas de Onis, an old Royal City and Covadonga, a former place of pilgrimage in Asturias.
Day 4: From Cangas de Onis to Oviedo
We leave in the morning to Villaviciosa, well known by its cider which we can taste. Short walk through Asturias so as to enjoy the landscapes.
In the afternoon, before reaching Oviedo, we’ll visit the Monte Naranco and the Pre-Romanesque churches of Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo.
Day 5: From Oviedo to Ribadeo
In the morning, guided tour to visit the city of Oviedo, the capital city of the Kingdom of Asturias. We’ll visit the Gothic Cathedral. Following the visit we’ll continue our journey by bus passing through Luarca and Navia from where we’ll start a walk. To conclude, trip to Ribadeo, a cute fishing village. We leave Asturias to enter Galicia.
Day 6: From Ribadeo to Villalba
In the morning we leave Oviedo to Lourenzá by bus, this place is well known by its beans. Visit to the church of San Salvador which was a former monastery. Short walk along the Camino de Santiago. Transfer to Mondoñedo where we’ll have a guided tour of this small Galician village and a visit to the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral. Transfer to Villalba, capital city of the “Terra Chá” (flat lands), whose name tells us about the relief of this region of Galicia.
Day 7: From Villalba to Santiago de Compostela
We leave the hotel by bus and pass through the villages of Baamonde and Marcela. Then we arrive to the Cistercian convent of Sobrado de los Monjes that we’ll also visit. Later, trip to Arzúa, where the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Francés which we’ll follow until Santiago de Compostela. We’ll go on foot the last kilometres of the Camino de Santiago to reach the Cathedral.
Day 8: Santiago.
In the morning we’ll have a visit of the Cathedral, the oldest in Spain. At 12 noon we’ll attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass which is held every day at this time. Free time to have lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll visit the roof of the Cathedral and later we can have a walk around the old town.
Day 8: Free day, transfer to the airport.
*This program is only an example, as the tour can be modified according to your interests by changing the length or including more excursions. Depending on the group desires, we can visit Finisterre, the Rías Bajas, wineries and Pazos (Galician manor houses).Services we offer