NORTHERN WAY BY BIKE FROM IRUN (824 Kms)

Just you and your bike, from Irun to Santiago, where the Northern way ends! Become a real bicigrino!

The Northern Way is considered by many pilgrims to be the most beautiful and environmentally friendly route to Santiago. Green, coast, mountain and culture are its defining features. Doing this Northern way by bike will allow you to cover its impressive 824 kilometers, distributed from Irun to Santiago de Compostela in 16 stages. During this route, you will cross the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia, alternating incredible coastal landscapes with mountain areas.

The beauty of the landscapes along the Northern way through these four autonomous regions will delight the most adventurous, and the challenge from Irun for bike lovers can be one of the most exciting on the Camino de Santiago.

Arrival in Irún

Once you have arrived in Irun on your own and settled in your accommodation, you will be able to enjoy the charms of this border town. A starting point for pilgrims who have chosen the northern way, Irun is also a city that has historically been very important in foreign trade and transport. This day in Irun is the perfect time to check our bike, and that everything is ready to have no problem on the Northern way. We recommend taking advantage of the afternoon to visit some of its museums, such as the Roman museum Oiasso or other tourist attractions such as the island of pheasants. Make sure you rest well, get mentally prepared and live an unforgettable experience.

Irún – Zarautz

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5hDistancia47 Km

The adventure begins at the symbolic Santiago Bridge over the Bidasoa River. After leaving Irun on your bike, this first stage of the Northern way runs through Mount Jaizkibel and Mount Ulía until it reaches San Sebastián. In San Sebastian, Donostia, you will find yourself halfway through the stage, so it is a good place to take a break and get to know a little of the city’s historic center. From Donostia, the stage continues with a few climbs and trails overlooking the sea, which in their final stretch offer beautiful panoramic views of Zarautz and Getaria.

The town of Zarautz is also known as the “queen of beaches” because it has one of the most beautiful beaches on the entire Cantabrian coast. We recommend relaxing on the promenade and taking advantage of the opportunity to taste the typical dishes of the place.

Zarautz – Markina

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 5hDistancia46 Km

This stage is characterised by moderately steep climbs and descents until reaching Deba. In return, this section offers impressive natural and coastal landscapes. From Deba, the road becomes harder than in the first part of the stage. From here, you will not have many services until you reach Markina and you will go through a hard but beautiful mountain route that will bring you closer to the most authentic Basque Country.

Once in Markina, you will be able to enjoy its great historical heritage, including its old paths, now reconstructed for the enjoyment of pilgrims and tourists.

Markina – Bilbao

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 6hDistancia57 Km

This third stage is again characterised by running through mountain sections. One of the main landmarks of the stage is the historic city of Gernika. The second part of the stage, until reaching Bilbao, continues to run through mountainous sections away from the coast, passing through Lezama and Zamudio.

Bilbao, the capital of the Basque Country, is a beautiful city that perfectly combines its historical identity with modernity. Perfect for walking and eating pintxos, as well as enjoying its varied heritage such as the Guggenheim Museum.

Bilbao – Laredo

Dificultad MediaTiempo estimado 6hDistancia65 Km

In this stage, the company leaves Bilbao to continue its journey and enter the community of Cantabria during the day. The route runs from Bilbao in the direction of Portugalete and continues parallel to the coast until it reaches Castro Urdiales. From Castro Urdiales to Laredo the route is dominated by beautiful coastal landscapes full of cliffs and beaches.

Laredo stands out for being the place where the Coniscos, an ancient Cantabrian tribe, lived. It is also worth taking a walk through its old town also known as Puebla Antigua de Laredo, to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and gastronomy of this coastal town.

Laredo – Santander

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 3h 30′Distancia35 Km

The route begins by crossing by boat from Laredo to Santoña. Before reaching the iconic point of Güemes, the route passes through the emblematic beaches of Berría and Noja. From Güemes, the route heads towards Somo to cross the bay of Santander by boat to the city.

It disembarks right in front of the Pereda Gardens, in the heart of the city. In Santander you cannot miss the famous Sardinero beach, its cathedral or its historical centre. On the other hand, we recommend that you take advantage of the afternoon to enjoy the local cuisine, which has as its star dishes the cocido montañés and rabas.

Santander – Santillana del Mar

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 3h 30′Distancia37 Km

This stage is probably the most densely populated section of the Northern route so far. For this reason, there will be much more paved tracks than on the previous days. After leaving Santander, you will alternate different tracks through rural areas without significant unevenness, until you reach the end of the stage in Santillana del Mar.

Once in Santillana del Mar we will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. If you have time and you feel like it you can make a break to visit the Altamira caves, declared World Heritage.

Santillana del Mar – Colombres

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia57 Km

The first part of this stage runs away from the sea, passing through towns such as Cigüenza or Cóbreces until it reaches Comillas. Comillas is a beautiful town that consists of several houses of picturesque architecture, built in the 19th century by returned emigrants. It is perfect for a short break. In the second part of the stage, we will go through a lot of small villages, especially San Vicente de la Barquera. The slopes up to Colombres are beginning to be noticeable, something that shows that the road is getting closer to the Asturian mountains.

Once in the small village of Colombres we recommend taking advantage of the afternoon to enjoy the local cuisine, as well as visiting its characteristic wall paintings.

Colombres – Ribadesella

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5hDistancia55 Km

This stage has as its main point half way through the beautiful and touristic village of Llanes. This area in the east of Asturias is very popular during the summer season, due to its climate and beautiful beaches. From Llanes to Ribadesella the road turns a little inland and runs through beautiful rural paths.

Ribadesella is a town known for the famous descent of the river Sella by canoe. It is a lively town with all the services that a pilgrim might need to rest after this exhausting stage. In addition, this town enjoys an exquisite typical Asturian gastronomy.

Ribadesella – Gijón

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 6h 30′Distancia67 Km

On this day you will arrive at one of the three most important cities of the Principality: Gijón. This is a rather long stage in which you will pass through typical villages of the northern route such as Colunga or Villaviciosa. Despite being a slightly long stage, its difficulty is low.

The reward for pedalling so many kilometres is to be found in Gijón, a city that stands out for the atmosphere of its characteristic and historic seafaring district of Cimadevilla. You will enjoy the best cider in the country accompanied by an unbeatable gastronomy.

Gijón – Muros de Nalón

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5hDistancia48,6 Km

Continuing through Asturian lands, on this day we set out for Muros de Nalón. As a main stage you will find another of the three great Asturian cities: Avilés. This beautiful city will surprise you and make you fall in love with the wonderfully preserved architecture typical of its historical centre. From Avilés, the route continues along inland paths and tracks until it reaches Muros de Nalón.

Muros de Nalón is a beautiful Asturian village located on the banks of the Nalón River, famous for being an important seaport that offers its visitors a wide range of water sports. Muros de Nalón is also a village that has all the necessary services to rest and equip us for the remaining stages.

Muros de Nalón – Luarca

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5hDistancia49 Km

From Muros de Nalón to Luarca you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes and emblematic places of the western part of Asturias. The first stretch of the stage to Soto de Luiña is simple, so we recommend making a detour towards the coast to visit the famous fishing village of Cudillero. The next section of the stage, between Soto de Luiña and Cadavedo, consists of two possible itineraries: one along the coast and the other through the mountains. Whichever option you choose, you will be equally enthralled by the impressive natural landscapes of this stretch of the Asturian coast. Afterwards, you will have a few kilometres left to reach Luarca, the end of the stage.

Luarca is a famous coastal town in western Asturias, which stands out for having one of the most spectacular hermitages and cemeteries on the Cantabrian coast. You will enjoy visiting its patrimony and having tapas in its lively centre.

Luarca – Ribadeo

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5hDistancia50 Km

At this stage you will enter Galician lands through the municipality of Ribadeo. The stage is divided into two parts, the first from Luarca to La Caridad. In this first part you will pass through the industrial city of Navia and the beautiful village of Cartavio. The second part starts from La Caridad to Ribadeo and you can choose between a coastal route through Tapia de Casariego and an inland route through Tol. We recommend choosing the coastal option because of the variety of beaches and landscapes it presents.

Ribadeo is a town in the Lugo region of the Mariña, with an impressive historical centre, where the San Roque district stands out. This district has a large number of brightly coloured Indian houses with elegant decorations, built by the wealthy Indians who returned from American emigration. One of the most attractive points of Ribadeo is its famous beach of the Cathedrals.

Ribadeo – Abadín

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia52 Km

In this first stage in Galicia, you will leave the coast to go progressively into the mountains of Lugo. You will pass through the towns of Lourenzá, famous for its fabas, and Mondoñedo before arriving at Abadín. This stage is characterised by areas of dense Atlantic vegetation and heritage elements that have their roots in the old Kingdom of Galicia, such as the Cathedral of Santa María.

Abadín is a small rural village in the interior of Lugo. Here you will have the opportunity to know the life and tradition of the villages of the interior of Galicia and of course, to enjoy an exquisite gastronomy.

Abadín – Baamonde

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 4hDistancia39 Km

Today’s route alternates between dirt and asphalt paths in its first section to Villalba, crossing the parishes of Ponterroxal, O Rei and Candia, until it reaches the village of Martiñán, where there is a beautiful bridge over which the route passes and which you will reach shortly after starting the stage. Leaving behind the iconic Torre de los Andrade de Villalba, you will head towards the second part of the stage to Baamonde. The last kilometres of the stage are very interesting from a landscape point of view and you will discover a lot of small forests with native vegetation and green meadows.

In Baamonde, you will have at your disposal all the services and you will be able to visit the church of Santiago and the house museum of the local sculptor Víctor Corral.

Baamonde – Arzúa

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 6hDistancia63 Km

This stage follows the tone of the previous stage, crossing two characteristic landscapes of the Galician interior. Halfway through the stage, Sobrado dos Monxes is situated, where you can visit its famous Monastery of Santa Maria, inhabited by Benedictine monks and which today also houses a pilgrim hostel. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument, it is one of the most important convents of medieval origin in the province. From Sobrado dos Monxes to Arzúa, it heads for the last stretch of the Northern Way, as when it reaches Arzúa the road links up with the French route.

Arzúa is a pilgrim village with a strong Jacobean tradition, famous for its rich cheeses with designation of origin that you cannot fail to taste.

Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 4hDistancia39 Km

On this day we finally set out for Santiago de Compostela. It is a comfortable stage in which you will cross asphalted tracks and paths until you reach O Pedrouzo in the concello of O Pino. From O Pedrouzo, there are only a few kilometers left to Santiago de Compostela, which you will do with a great sense of joy and excitement, especially from the arrival at Monte do Gozo. As you descend on your bike from there to the city, the blisters and tiredness will disappear until they disappear completely in the most magical moment of the entire Northern Way, since you started in Irun: the entrance to the Plaza del Obradoiro.

Santiago de Compostela

This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with one more journey in your lives, but not a journey of miles, but of experiences, of emotions and of new friendships; a journey that will be projected into your lives and will help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.

You made it! Congratulations pilgrims!

*After leaving the accommodation, end of the service.

THIS TRIP INCLUDES

  • 18 days / 17 nights of accommodation
  • Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
  • Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
  • Telephone assistance service 24/7
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Cancellation insurance due to COVID
  • Single room supplement: 340 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ single room
  • Breakfast: 135 €/pax
  • Half-Board: 345 €/pax

PRICE

  • 1400€ pax hotels & guesthouses

ACCOMMODATION

Hoteles y alojamiento superiorHotels and guesthouses 1400€

*All accommodations are of the highest quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our clients.

H O T E L

ACCOMMODATION

We have selected for you the best accommodations so that you don’t have to worry about anything else but walking this path. The Northern Way on bike presents from Irún a series of small hotels, hostels and rural houses with a lot of charm. They are simple, comfortable and without great luxuries, but very cozy, ideal for sleeping and resting.

*In the case of an individual reserve it would have a supplement.

Alojamiento en Hostales, hoteles y alojamientos rurales

We have selected for you the best accommodations so that you don’t have to worry about anything else but walking this path. The Northern Way on bike presents from Irún a series of small hotels, hostels and rural houses with a lot of charm. They are simple, comfortable and without great luxuries, but very cozy, ideal for sleeping and resting.

*In the case of an individual reserve it would have a supplement.