A northern approach to Santiago along Spain’s breathtaking Atlantic coast.
The Camino del Norte, or Northern Way, starting in the Basque region, stretches an epic 806 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. You’ll walk along spectacular coastline, stay in local fishing villages and have all the time in the world to enjoy the beautiful beaches. To your right, enjoy endless ocean views; to your left, it’s rugged mountains scenery. Often referred to as the ‘nature lovers’ route’, the Northern Way gained popularity as pilgrims attempted to minimise the risk of being attacked while walking the Camino Frances, which had become increasingly dangerous in the Middle Ages.
The Northern Way is a more challenging route, with sometimes testing terrain and an increased chance of wild weather; however, the extremely picturesque countryside is a well-earned reward, while the quieter trail will give pilgrims plenty of time for reflection. With the trail running through the cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao and Santander, pilgrims will also enjoy some incredible dining options and a fantastic cross-section of Spain as they make their way south to Santiago de Compostela.