Camino del Norte: Stretch 3 from LLanes to Ribadeo

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Camino del Norte. Stretch 3 from LLanes to Ribadeo

1 pax min.

Stretch 3 from LLanes to Ribadeo

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.


Day 1: Arrival in LLanes

Transfer from Oviedo or Santander airport and opportunity to have a walk around Llanes.

Day 2: From LLanes to Ribadesella, 29 km approx.

This stage joins the small town of LLanes with Ribadessella, a formerly pilgrimage place. Walking along the coast we pass by the villages of Celario and Niembro until we reach the Cistercian monastery of San Antolín, where only remains the church. Along Nueva and Piñeres we reach Ribadesella.

Day 3: From Ribadesella to La Isla, 19 km approx.

Today we enter Asturias and we’ll enjoy from its beauty.We’ll also go along the coast. We see small villages with “hórreos” (raised granaries) which are square-shaped instead of elongated as they are in Galicia. Walking along a path dated to the Middel Ages, we get to Berbes and after, to La Isla.

Day 4: From La Isla to Villaviciosa, 23 km approx.

Today’s stage also runs partly along the coast to enter later the countryside. We’ll pass many villages like Colunga, Pernús or Sebrayo.

Day 5: From Villaviciosa to Gijón, 30 km approx.

We’ll pass the village of Grases and from there we can choose between two variants, one goes along the coast and the other through the interior. The camino along the coast is prettier and pass the villages of La Parra and Peón, where we can visit the church of Santiago, before arriving in Gijón. This city has Roman origin. We’ll see a nice old town and we can visit the church of San Juan and the Revillagigedo Palace.

- Between Gijón and Oviedo there is a branch that can be taken by pilgrims who want to follow the Camino Primitivo going through Oviedo instead of the Camino del Norte through Ribadeo.

If you are interested in this alternative, please contact Viajes Orbis.

Day 6: From Gijón to Avilés, 26 km approx.

Today’s stage runs along the industrial area of Asturias. We’ll pass a few villages before reaching Avilés, industrial city where we can visit the old town and the church of San Nicolás de Bari, as well as the International Cultural Centre designed by the Brasilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

Day 7: From Avilés to soto del Barco, 21 km approx.

We’ll go through the villages of Salinas and La Ventanilla where we can visit the hermitage of Los Remedios and the village of El Castillo which name is given by the San Martin castle.

Day 8: From Soto del Barco to Soto de Luiña, 20 km approx.

We continue through typical Asturian landscapes and villages. We’ll pass Rellayo and  Munamayor before reaching the small village of Soto de Luiña.

Day 9: From Soto de Luiña to Cadavedo, 25 km approx.

In the village of Ballota we have to cross the medieval bridge which inspired a popular French song from the 17th century where it’s described as “shaken bridge”. This stage, like most in Asturias, has small uphills but not very steep.

Day 10: From Cadavedo to Luarca, 19 km approx.

Today we go through San Cristóbal and Querúas before reaching Caroyas, all of them typical small villages from the region. Between Caroyas and Luarca we’ll see the coast. Luarca is a typical fishing village.

Day 11: From Luarca to Navia, 20 km approx.

Walking through Otur we reach Villapedre, where we can visit the church of Santiago dated back to the13th century. In Navia we’ll see again the houses of “indianos”, luxury houses made by returning migrants from America.

Day 12: From Navia to Ribadeo, 30 km approx.

In Cartavio we can visit the Romanesque church of Santa María before reaching La Caridad. Today we leave Asturias to enter Galicia. Ribadeo was founded in the 13th century and it was an important fishing port in Middle Ages, and is still today.

Day 13: Ribadeo

Free time to discover this beautiful coastal city. Transfer to Oviedo airport

*There is the possibility to extend the stay in LLanes or Ribadeo, if you are interested in it please don’t hesitate to contact Viajes Orbis. When extending your stay, apart from having more time to enjoy the city, we can arrange some excursions.

*It is also possible to combine different trips e.g. to continue the Camino de Santiago along the Camino del Norte through Ribadeo or the Camino Primitivo through Oviedo. If you are interested in it please don,t hesitate to contact Viajes Orbis 

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