• the camaraderie of sharing the route with a multitude of pilgrims
  • beautiful cities and villages along the coast of Spain
  • ever-changing scenery as we cross Northern Spain from east to west
  • the indescribable sensation of arriving in Santiago
15 Days
14 Nights
848 Total kms
60.571428571429 km/day (avg)
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The Camino de Santiago route along the coast of Northern Spain, from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela.

Tour Route

Day
1
Arrival
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San Sebastián

Arrival in San Sebastián. It is difficult to say enough about this wonderful city and its unique setting. Not to forget of course the splendid tapas bars and also the highest concentration of Michelin stars in the world. It is of course possible to spend an extra night here and maybe take the local train to the nearby French border and cycle back to San Sebastián.
Day
2
San Sebastián
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Lekeitio

We leave San Sebastián, westwards to follow the coast towards Bilbao. This is some of the finest coastal scenery in Spain. At times we ride along the water's edge; other times we ride high above it with the most fantastic views of the coast, interspersed with charming villages. Tonight's stop is at the picturesque fishing village of Lekeitio.
72km
Day
3
Lekeitio
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Getxo (Bilbao)

Another ride along the impressive coastline. En route we see fishing villages in dramatic settings such as Elantxobe, completely surrounded by high cliffs. We cycle round the estuary of Urdaibai to finally reach the town of Guernica, subject of the painting by Picasso which depicted the horrors of war. Then back to the coast and the villages of Mundaka, Bermeo, the incredible chapel on the island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (of Game of Thrones fame) and then finally Getxo with the fascinatng transporter bridge, now a World Heritage monument. Add an extra night here to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao.
78km
Day
4
Bilbao
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Santoña

We cross the river using the unique Puente Vizcaya, a transporter bridge which dates back to 1893, and is a World Heritage Site. We then follow the coastline to Cantabria and the fishing port of Castro Urdiales with its pretty harbour and gothic church on the seafront. From here we follow the coast past the headland of Sonabia with its impressive colony of Griffon Vultures. Then through Laredo with its enormous beach and across the estuary to the fishing village of Santoña, famous for its exquisite anchovies. Accommodation in beachfront hotel just ourside Santoña.
61km
Day
5
Santoña
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Santander

From Santoñá the route continues along delightful coastline through the resorts of Noja, Isla, Ajo and Galizano. The beqches of Galizano and Langre are magnificent. Somo is a surfing mecca with its long beach. Finally we cross the beautiful Bay of Santander to reach the capital of Cantabria, a fine city in a magnificent setting. Spend the afternoon getting to know Santander and trying the fine tapas in its lively town centre.
29km
Day
6
Santander
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San Vicente de la Barquera

Leave Santander and cycle to the village of Liencres. From here we follow the beautiful beach through pìne forests with the Picos de Europa visible in the distance. Then it is on to the medieval village of Santillana del Mar and the famous Altamira Caves with their 15,000 year old paintings. More beautiful countryside leads to Comillas, with Gaudi's El Capricho. Finally we reach the fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera.
79km
Day
7
San Vicente de la Barquera
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Ribadesella

After San Vicente we reach the beautiful headland of Pechón formed by the salmon fishing rivers of Nansa and Deva on each side. We cross the Deva and enter Asturias. We cycle with the magnificent backdrop of the Sierra de Cuera and the Picos de Europa to our left and the unspoilt coastline to our right. Our next stop is the picturesque and lively fishing village of Llanes surrounded by beautiful beaches. West of Llanes we pass the incredible landlocked beach of Gulpiyuri before reaching the charming town and harbour of Ribadesella.
73km
Day
8
Ribadesella
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Gijón

Before leaving Ribadesella, we can take the opportunity to visit the Caves of Tito Bustillo with their famous cave paintings. The coast of Asturias is famous for its dinosaur footprints, and in Colunga we can take the opportunity to visit the Jurassic Museum. We thee continue past the beautiful fishing village of Lastres. Villaviciosa has a fine estuary and is also famous for production of cider, as much a symbol of Asturias as whisky in Scotland. From here a short hop takes us to the bustling seaside city of Gijón.
72km
Day
9
Gijón
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Cudillero

More seaside fishing villages such as Candás and Luanco. We pass the town of Avilés and continue along the coast to reach our destination of Cudillero, one of the most picturesque villages on the Asturian coast with its brightly coloured houses cascading down to the harbour with its restaurants and pavement cafés.
73km
Day
10
Cudillero
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Navia

West along the coast with more great beaches for en-route swimming. The pretty harbour and fishing village of Luarca makes a great lunch stop before we reach the fishing village of Navia.
74km
Day
11
Navia
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Mondoñedo

Today marks a big turning point in the tour. West of Navia we reach the estuary (Ría de Ribadeo) of the River Eo. On the Asturian side we have the village of Castropol. As we cross the estuary, we reach the village of Ribadeo and we are now in Galicia. From here we turn to the south and say goodbye to the coastline which has accompanied us from San Sebastián onwards. Tonight we stay in the village of Mondoñedo with its Romanesque / Gothic / Baroque cathedral, home to the English Madonna, rescued from St Paul's Cathedral in London in times of Henry VIII.
66km
Day
12
Mondoñedo
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Lugo

We now ride through charming green Galician countryside and tiny villages to our next destination, the city of Lugo. Lugo sits on the River Minho and is completely surrounded by a virtually intact Roman Wall dating back to the 3rd century AD.
66km
Day
13
Lugo
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Arzúa

Another beautiful ride through the enticing Galician countryside with mounting excitement shared with the pilgrims we meet as our goal becomes nearer. Tonight we stay in Arzúa, just a short hop from Santiago de Compostela and the grand finale of our tour.
66km
Day
14
Arzúa
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Santiago de Compostela

A short ride which will enable us to savour the satisfaction of arriving in Santiago itself. Nothing can compare with the arrival at the Plaza do Obradoiro in front of the magnificent cathedral. Time to pay a visit to Saint James himself and then to celebrate with some scallops, a glass of white wine or two whilst reflecting on our last 2 weeks and our one in a lifetime achievement.
39km
46km
Day
15
Santiago de Compostela
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Departure

Depart from Santiago de Compostela after breakfast, or extend your stay to see more of this delightful city.

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