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Camino del Norte from San Sebastián to Bilbao

From

570 €*

Distance

~ 124 km

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Difficulty

Medium - High

Bed and breakfast

Private room with bathroom

Backpack transport

*Price per person in a double room.

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Day 1 : Arrival in San Sebastian
Day  1 : Arrival in San Sebastian

Just as Paris is worth a fair, every motive is good to get to know San Sebastián. La Concha Bay presides over the city, a city that combines tradition and modernity. We are also in the Basque Country with its more than remarkable gastronomy, so it is not a bad idea to do a good pintxos route to gather strength before you embark on the Way of St. James. His monuments include the San Telmo Museum, the Victoria Eugenia Theater and the María Cristina Hotel, both in neoplateresque style, the Buen Pastor Cathedral and of course Rafael Moneo's modern Kuursal building.Arrive in San Sebastián on your own.

Accommodation in San Sebastian


Day 2 : San Sebastian - Zarautz (22.2 km ~ 5 hours)
Day 2  : San Sebastian  - Zarautz (22.2 km ~ 5 hours)

Difficulty level: medium to high.

We start our Camino del Norte from San Sebastián. We leave the ascending Monte Igueldo, which closes the Bahía de la Concha. It's an important slope, so you have to face it in a good mood, a spirit that, without a doubt, doesn't offer the wonderful view of the city that we left behind. This is a phase in which good prospects will prevail, both from Igueldo and from the descent to Zarautz, the end of today. We drive through the fishing village of Orio with an interesting old town, in which the church of San Nicolás de Bari stands out.


Accommodation in Zarautz

Day 3 : Zarautz - Deba (21.8 km ~ 5 hours)
Day 3 : Zarautz - Deba (21.8 km ~ 5 hours)

Difficulty level: medium to high.

Stage similar to that of the previous day, in which ascents and descents predominate again, but also the wonderful view of the coast, which is dominated by the Cantabrian Sea. We will have to consider three climbs, one at the beginning and one towards the end, although we will end the stage with the descent from Itziar to Deba, a descent in which precautions have to be taken with slips during the rainy season.


Accommodation in Deba.

Day 4 : Deba - Markina (24 km ~ 6 hours)
Day 4 : Deba - Markina (24 km ~ 6 hours)

Difficulty level: high.

The route gets harder when we leave the coastal landscape and enter mountainous areas inland. We will visit beautiful valley areas that are typical of the Basque Country. It is an area without important cities, we will find only a few farmhouses here and there, so it is advisable to get used to it well.


Accommodation in Markina.

Day 5 : Markina - Gernika (24.6 km ~ 6 hours)
Day 5 : Markina - Gernika (24.6 km ~ 6 hours)

Difficulty level: high.

Again we face significant ups and downs. The most difficult part of the stage is the ascent from Bolibar to Ziortza. In this city we can take a short break to relax and visit the Zenarruza monastery and its cloister. Upon arrival at our destination, it is recommended to visit the meeting house and the Guernika tree.


Accommodation in Gernika.

Day 6 : Gernika - Lezama (20.8 km ~ 5 hours)
Day 6 : Gernika  - Lezama (20.8 km ~ 5 hours)

Difficulty level: medium to high.

We start the day with the most important climb of the day with a gradient of about 300 meters. We are in the heart of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, so it is worth quietly enjoying the natural landscapes that accompany us, even though we are still in a difficult geographical area. In today's phase we come through the city of Larrabe, where Eneko Atxa operates its two restaurants with a Michelin star, Azurmendi (***) and Eneko (*).


Accommodation in Lezama

Day 7 : Lezama - Bilbao (10.8 km ~ 3 hours)
Day 7 : Lezama - Bilbao  (10.8 km ~ 3 hours)

Difficulty level: medium.

After several stages with around twenty kilometers, we face a much shorter one. We will also have only one climb, Mount Avril, with a 300m gradient, but quite progressive so it is not overly difficult. The descent leads us to the historical center of Bilbao, past the Basilica of Our Lady of Begoña. In Bilbao, besides Santiago de Compostela, we find the only cathedral on the Spanish mainland that is dedicated to Santiago Apóstol. Visits to the old town's taverns are also essential for a traditional pintxo tour and of course for the Guggenheim Museum.


Accommodation in Bilbao

Day 8 : Bilbao
Day 8 : Bilbao

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Included

  • Bed and breakfast in room with private bathroom
  • Luggage transport for each stage on the way (max. 20 kg - 1 piece of luggage per person)
  • 24-hour emergency line
  • Maps for all stages
  • Pilgrim pass
  • Pilgrim scallop
  • Travel Insurance

Optional

  • 3rd person disccount sharing room with 2 adults: 10%
  • Half board supplement: 18 € / person / night
  • Picnic Supplement: 10 € per person and day
  • Private transfer to San Sebastián: on request
  • Private transfer to the airport: on request
  • Extra piece of luggage: € 4 per stage and piece of luggage (maximum 20 kg)
  • Extra nights: on request
  • Travel cancellation insurance

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