Camino de Santiago del Norte from San Sebastian to Bilbao

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish San Sebastian / Bilbao
  • Distance 133 km / 82 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    March - October
  • Price From $718

Overview

Discover also the so-called Camino de la Costa, which takes place along a coastal stretch of one of the most primitive routes related to Christian pilgrimage of medieval origin: the current Camino Frances, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Explore the Guipuzcoan coast from the luxurious city of San Sebastian and its landscape dominated by the Bay of La Concha to the bustling Bilbao, capital of the province of Biscay in the Basque Country, passing through the historic cities of Deba, Markina, Lezama and Gernika, inspiration for the work with the same name, created by Pablo Picasso.  

  • Explore San Sebastian, the scene of the famous International Film Festival and the Jazz Festival.
  • Get to know the fishing villages and valleys in the Bay of Biscay.
  • Discover the popular "pintxo" bars, small slices of bread with a portion of food. 
  • Visit Guetaria, birthplace of the first man who walked around the world.
  • Visit Ekain Cave in Deba, An Archaeological Heritage of Humanity site.
  • Tour the Basque Coast Geopark, a UNESCO distinction given to territories with geological heritage.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in hotels and country cottages
    • Rooms with private bathroom
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transport between accommodations
    • Camino de Santiago pilgrim credential
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Assistance vehicle in case of emergency
    • Taxes

    Excluded

    • Unspecified lunches and dinners
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Personal equipment

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights
    • Picnics

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    You can reach San Sebastian Airport, although as it is quite small and with only a few routes, we suggest you to reach Bilbao Airport and take a bus from there.

    If you arrive at San Sebastian Airport, take bus route E21 "Donostia-San Sebastian/Airport/Hondarribia" or you can take a taxi from the airport.

    From Barcelona, Madrid or Paris, you can take a direct train on a journey of approximately 5 hours.

    For your return from Bilbao, take a bus or taxi to the city airport.

    FAQs

    We recommend you to have an active lifestyle and be in good physical condition as this route is qualified as of medium-high difficulty, and is mostly completed on demanding ascents and descents.

    On average, the walks are 20 km per day, amid coastal trails, agricultural fields and arid terrain. We suggest preparing the months before starting the route by walking daily.  

    Any time between March and October will give you an amazing experience. May is undoubtedly one of the best months to complete the route, as the temperatures are moderate, as is the influx of pilgrims.

    In spring, mornings and evenings are usually cool and during the day, temperatures are pleasant, with a sun that is not as scorching as in summer. However, at this time and in autumn, especially in the north where the ocean climate predominates, there are frequent rains, so we suggest you check the weather forecast.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    It is ideal for you if you are passionate about pilgrimage walks surrounded by art and culture, walking trails along the coast and in towns and cities that preserve the spiritual roots of the old continent.

    You'll also love the Cantabrian landscape, if you enjoy culturally diverse experiences as you tour artistically inspired and history-filled cities.

    The pilgrim's credential can be found upon arrival at your first accommodation.

    This credential must be stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels during your journey on the Camino de Santiago. At the end of the trip in the city of Santiago, you can obtain the Compostela that certifies you as a pilgrim.