Camino del Norte

The Camino del Norte begins in Irún, Spain, a coastal city along the French border. The route was originally established in medieval times as an alternative route when the Francés route was deemed too dangerous because of fighting between Christians and Muslims in that area.

The trail follows the rugged northern coast, meeting with the Francés route in Arzúa. Main cities on the route include Irún, San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander and Gijón. The route is well-marked, though not as thoroughly as the Francés route.

The Norte route is also outfitted with a network of pilgrim hostels, though the distance between them is greater than on the Camino Francés.

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