Experience…A pilgrims journey
Hiking in the footsteps where pilgrims have passed for hundreds of years with the support and encouragement from experienced guides. Challenge yourself mentally and physically with healthy exercise walking each day.
The Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of the apostle St. James located in north-west Spain. The most popular route is the Camino Frances which stretches 780 km. (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago.
The following is an itinerary prepared for pilgrims interested in traveling a portion of this ancient route. The route prepared covers approximately 122 km on foot. We have prepared every detail to provide a unique experience to ensure your comfort and support throughout the entire journey.
What to Expect
Average walking distance on the Northern Camino is around 21 Km a day. Everyone can go at their own pace. We will provide a 8-person support van that will sweep for anyone who needs a ride. Your hiking packs will be transported for you. You will only need a day pack to carry water, snacks and any small items.
Regular walking helps to prepare you for the hike. Yes, it is advisable to be in good condition but not a prerequisite. You will be amazed at some of the people you see on the Camino from all walks of life. For those that need assistance the support vehicle will meet you once you have met your distance goal. During the walk stop at scenic lunch spots along the way. Accommodations include a continental breakfast.
Transfer from Bilbao airport to Hondarribia
Hondarribia to San Sebastian (22.5 Km)
Starting close to the border between France and Spain,embark on your Camino from the seaside town of Hondarribia. Traverse the coastal mountain Jaizkibel and arrive in Pasaia, a favorite summer holiday of Les Miserable author Victor Hugo. Right next to San Sebastian, the tiny port of Pasaia, is a working port, but also hides secret charm for those that know where to look.
San Sebastian to Zarautz (22 Km)
Walk through the resort town of San Sebastian and enjoy a breakfast of local pintxos as you pass through laconcha beach. Admire sculptor Eduardo Chillida’s “Wind Combs” before you climb Monte Igueldo and make your way to the riverside town of Orio, passing though local farms and txakoli white wine vineyards.
Zarautz to Deba (22 km)
On this day you will pass the beautiful seafaring towns of Getaria-birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elcano-the ships captain credited with circumnavigating the globe after Magellan’s was killed in the Philippines. Make your way to Zumaia with its rocky coastline and geological wonders the flysch – which were recently the back drop of the last season of Game of Thrones.
Markina to Gernika (24 Km)
Head inland and discover the home town of Simon Bolibar’s family, travelling deep into the countryside, passing rural farm houses, small chapels, cobble stone roads and old oak forests. Spend the night in Gernika, inspiration for Pablo Picasso’s famous painting.
Gernika to Larrabetzu (16 Km)
Larrabetxu to Bilbao (14.5 Km)
On the final day, start in the town of Larrabetzu and hike into Bilbao. One of the most important destinations for pilgrims on the Camino is the Basilica de Begona. Check in to Bilbao hotel and relax as you have arrived at your destination.
Enjoy the city and relax.
Enjoy the day in Bilbao!. See thw Guggenheim museum, visit the old town, and shops.
Buen Viaje! End of trip services.