Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is the world’s most famous hike, but the Northern Route (Camino del Norte) is quickly becoming the favorite route among hardcore hikers. I had the pleasure of hiking the entire route in 34 days covering +835km(+520miles) and I even created an Adventure series/Guide – 7 episodes documenting the entire journey! Below you will find the trailer to the series and even further below you will find all 7 episodes. This series was produce in collaboration with the Spain tourism board, the tourism boards of Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia. You might also want to check out the TOP 5 REASONS TO DO THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO or 10 HELPFUL TIPS FOR DOING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu
For more than 1000 years, the Way of St. James has been one of the world’s most popular hikes. One of it’s best kept secret’s Is it’s northern passage, known as the Camino Del Norte. Following Spain’s most northern coastline lies a path with small traditional villages, rugged shores, and beverages soaked in prideful dedication. A path that takes you in as you are and releases you anew. In the next 7 episodes I’ll be bringing you along on an 835km pilgrimage across the coastline of 4 distinct regions of Spain. The Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. We’ll be experiencing the best of each region from the tasty tapas in rural towns to the boundless nature in between. Some come for the challenge… And some come seeking spiritual growth, NEITHER leave disappointed. Come with me to find out why they call the Camino del Norte one of the best and most scenic hikes of the Camino de Santiago.
Starting in Irun and ending in Gernika, the first 5 days of this journey set the tone for the entire trip. What an amazing experience that still to this day I remember vividly.
Day 1 – Irun to San Sebastian
Day 2- San Sebastian to Orio
Day 3 – Orio to Deba
Day 4 – Deba to Markina
Day 5 – Markina to Gernika
I left Gernika and would make it all the way Laredo. Leaving behind the Basque Country and entering into Cantabria.
Day 6 – Guernica to Lezama
Day 7 – Lezama to Bilbao
Day 8 – Bilbao to Portugalete
Day 9 – Portugalete to Castro Urdiales(Cantabria)
Day 10 – Castro Urdiales to Laredo
I left Laredo and in the next 5 days I reached Colombres, which would also mark the end of my expedition in Cantabria and I would now enter Asturias.
Day 11 – Laredo to Güemes
Day 12 – Güemes to Santander
Day 13 – Santander to Torrelavega
Day 14 – Torrelavega to Comillas
Day 15 – Comillas to Colombres
Waking up in Colombres and in a new region of Spain was a great way to start the next leg of the camino, which would take me all the way to Avilés.
Day 16 – Colombres to Llanes
Day 17 – Llanes to Ribadesella
Day 18 – Ribadesella to Villaviciosa
Day 19 – Villaviciosa to Gijón
Day 20 – Gijón to Avilés
This segment of the Way of St. James begins in Avilés and ends in La Caridad. At this point, every step I take feels as if I am getting infinitely closer to the endpoint of this truly mesmerizing odyssey.
Day 21 – Avilés to Muros de Nalón
Day 22 – Muros de Nalón to Soto De Luiña(Novellana)
Day 23 – Novellana to Cadavedo
Day 24 – Cadavedo to Luarca
Day 25 – Luarca to La Caridad
It is hard to believe how far I have walked to this point, but all it takes is a brief pause to remember all the terrain I had passed by. In this stage I left La Caridad and would continue all the way to Baamonde and I would enter the final region of Galicia.
Day 26 – La Caridad to Ribadeo (Galicia)
Day 27 – Ribadeo to Lourenzá
Day 28 – Lourenzá to Abadín
Day 29 – Abadín to Vilalba
Day 30 – Vilalba to Baamonde
The final stage of the Camino del Norte was the hardest. Not because I was tired or in pain…but because I truly didnt’ want the experience to end. There was something so pure and sole enriching to walking everyday with nothing but your thoughts as your companion. I left Baamonde and would make way to the final destination of the entire journey…Santiago de Compostela.
Day 31 – Baamonde to Sobrado dos Monxes
Day 32 – Sobrado dos Monxes to Arzúa
Day 33 – Arzúa to O Pedrouzo
Day 34 – O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostella