The section of the Northern Way that goes from Ribadesella to Ribadeo combines the rural and seafaring Asturias with a more urban and industrial character. An itinerary that knows how to combine sea and mountain to perfection. The rural landscapes are giving way to some of the villages and fishing villages that will make you fall in love with their gastronomy, nature, culture, history and tradition.


Travel Itinerary

Located in a privileged position, at the mouth of the river Sella and on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, Ribadesella is one of the most beautiful and visited villages in Asturias. What luck to start here!

After settling into your accommodation, you can wander through the narrow streets of the old town, enjoy its fantastic beach and its various viewpoints, as well as visit a cave with fantastic cave paintings from thousands of years ago.

But undoubtedly, the best start of your Camino del Norte from Ribadesella to Ribadeo will be to try the most typical Asturian dishes, such as cachopo and fabada, as well as rice, squid, scallops and other fish and seafood dishes. Your mouth will be watering!

You will start your Camino del Norte from Ribadesella to Ribadeo with a fairly gentle stage along the Cantabrian coast. It is characterized for being a route without big slopes where we will be able to visit some beaches like Santa Marina, La Espada or La Isla. So if you travel in summer don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and towel in your backpack.

Near the end of the stage, the road will go inland to reach Colunga, a small charming village located between the sea and the mountains where we can rest before returning to resume our journey the next day. We recommend visiting the Estrada Palace (Town Hall) and the Chapels of San Loreto and Santa Ana as main attractions.

Throughout this stage you will hardly pass through urban areas, so we recommend you to carry in your backpack everything you need to face its 17 kilometers. The route moves away from the coast and enters mountainous terrain with slight ascents and descents that will take us to Villaviciosa.

Villaviciosa is characterized for being a pleasant capital city of the area that has all the necessary services to regain strength after the stage. We recommend taking advantage of the afternoon to visit the Romanesque church of San Juan de Amandi, its main monument.

This is a very important stage because a few kilometres after starting to walk, specifically in the small village of Casquita, you will find the fork that separates the Northern Way (towards Gijón) from the Primitive Way (towards Oviedo). The day also presents a challenge. It is one of the hardest stages due to the accumulated altitude in the two main ascents that we will have to do.

Once in Gijón you can relax and enjoy the charms of this coastal city. You can’t miss the old fishermen’s quarter of Cimadevilla, the hill of Santa Catalina or the palace of Revillagigedo. To regain strength we recommend trying its famous fabada, which, washed down with a glass of local cider, will be the greatest reward after the walk.

In this stage you will travel a route of great commercial importance between two cities with a highly developed industrial sector. The entrances and exits to both cities are characterized by an urban and industrial landscape that will give way to a central section characterized by a more rural environment.

The main attraction of the stage focuses on Avilés, a town with a fishing tradition whose historic quarter has been brilliantly restored and declared an area of artistic and monumental interest. We recommend visiting the Church of Santo Tomás or the beach of Salinas to taste some of its typical dishes.

Today the protagonists of the day will be the constant slopes that you will have to overcome until our arrival to Muros de Nalón. Most of the route runs along asphalt tracks and through the interior, leaving behind numerous villages. The only point where the road approaches the coast will be at the height of Salinas.

Finally we will arrive at Muros de Nalón, a beautiful Asturian village located on the banks of the river Nalón, famous for being an important seaport that offers its visitors a wide range of water sports.

You are facing one of the easiest stages of the whole route with only 15 kilometres characterized by slight ascents and descents in a route that runs through the interior. A day that is appreciated to rest a little legs and enjoy the nature that surrounds the road more quietly.

Finally we arrive at the quiet village of Soto de Luiña, where we recommend visiting the palace of La Quinta de Selgas, stroll through its narrow streets or visit one of its nearby beaches such as the beach of San Pedro.

In this stage you can choose between two different routes: the Camí Real de Las Ballotas (along the coast) or the path of the Sierra de Las Palancas (through the mountains). Most pilgrims opt for the coastal route which offers impressive views from its cliffs as well as perfectly signposted access to beautiful beaches.

You will finish the stage in Cadavedo, a small village that was chosen as the most beautiful village in Asturias for its magnificent location, surrounded by idyllic mountain and beach landscapes. Here you will find everything you need to rest after the stage and recharge your batteries for the stages to come.

Short stage of low difficulty that will allow you to enjoy the scenery offered by the town of Luarca. The route is mostly flat except for a slight climb crowned by the Hotel Canero. From this point on the descent you will be able to enjoy impressive views of the small coastal town of Luarca, the final destination of this stage.

Once in the village we recommend a stroll through the port and the fishing district. You cannot leave without tasting the typical products of the locality where abundant seafood and red meat dishes stand out.

This stage is characterized by a more monotonous and urban landscape, with many stretches along the road. Extreme caution! One of the most beautiful points of the stage is at Navia, where you will cross one of the most important rivers of the Cantabrian coast.

The day ends in La Caridad, a small Asturian village, capital of the council that offers all the necessary services to rest and get ready for the next stage. The village’s economy is based on agriculture and livestock, so we recommend you try the local products that guarantee top quality.

In this stage you can choose between several routes to reach our final destination, Ribadeo. Most pilgrims opt for the Castropol variant although those who prefer to visit Tapia de Casariego can also do so by opting for the coastal route.

Ribadeo is the gateway to Galicia from Asturias. A villa located in a strategic point that has always had great historical and commercial relevance. From this point the path becomes busier and the number of pilgrims will increase. One of the most attractive points is the famous beach of the Cathedrals that we will be able to visit with Ribadeo as a base point.

This is the end of your section of the Camino del Norte from Ribadesella to Ribadeo. We recommend you to spend the day touring the stunning beaches of the Mariña lucense. Remember that you can extend as many nights as you wish. This part of Galicia has a lot to offer you!

But if you are still hungry for more, we recommend you to continue 9 more stages until you reach Santiago de Compostela.

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation


Services included

12 days / 11 nights accommodation12 days / 11 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ribadesella to Ribadeo
BreakfastBreakfast70€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)235€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single room195€ per single room
Extra nightExtra night55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Breakfast Breakfast
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ribadesella to Ribadeo 70€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ribadesella to Ribadeo 235€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ribadesella to Ribadeo 195€ per single room
Extra night Extra night
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ribadesella to Ribadeo 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)


Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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