The Camino del Norte Map & Additional Info
Distance: Approx. 825 km
Landscape: Some who have walked this route claim it to be the most beautiful, with craggy mountain walks, lush vegetation, winding rivers, ancient roads and stone bridges, and breath-taking sea-views. There are also some parts that will be walked alongside busy roads, but mostly you will travel through beautiful natural settings. Foggy wet weather which makes sea and walking visibility poor can often last for days.
Duration: Normally takes from 4-eight weeks depending on your chosen pace, or your fitness levels
Route: Though some start in San Sebastian or Bilbao, this route generally starts in Arun, France and pilgrims pass through the Spanish towns and cities of San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Ovieda and Arzua before arriving in Santiago de Compostela.
Sign-Posting: This is good in some areas, and harder to find in others. It is wise to take a compass and map to compensate where signage is lacking. It is not as busy a route as others and depending on the season, you may not encounter other pilgrims along long stretches of road. It is a good idea to make sure that you are as self-sufficient as possible.
Accommodation: This route is an ancient one, but not so well-supported in terms of catering for pilgrims. Pilgrim accommodation is sometimes found at great distances between certain points and walkers are advised to take a tent and extra food provisions along certain stretches of the road.
The Camino in All Seasons
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