Camino de Santiago por la Costa: Lo que hay que saber

Te contamos todo lo que necesitas saber sobre los diferentes itinerarios del Camino de Santiago por la costa.

Peregrino por la costa | Envato

Peregrino por la costa | Envato

The Camino de Santiago along the coast can be extended into two routes: the Portuguese Way along the Coast and the Northern Way. The latter more specifically is also known as Camino de la Costa. Two essential itineraries if you are looking for landscapes of great beauty until arriving at Santiago de Compostela, but also demanding routes that will put your physical resistance to the test.

Below we will talk to you at length about both itineraries, which one best suits your desires to travel the Camino de Santiago; the characteristics of each route and more. We start the journey!

Camino de la Costa: Imposing landscapes

The Camino de Santiago del Norte, also known as the Camino de la Costa or the Camino del Mar, is one of the oldest and least traveled routes on the Camino de Santiago. It stretches along the northern coast of Spain, from Irún in the Basque Country to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

Unlike the Camino Frances, which is the most popular route, the Camino del Norte offers a more solitary and peaceful experience. During the stages of the Camino del Norte, the routes follow the coast of the Cantabrian Sea and offer spectacular views of the ocean, cliffs and beaches along the way.

Costa País Vasco | Envato

Costa País Vasco | Envato

The northern path is about 825 kilometers long and can be done in about six weeks. Pilgrims who make this route experience great cultural and linguistic diversity, passing through regions such as the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia.

Along the way, pilgrims can visit numerous churches and cathedrals, including the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, which is the final destination on the way. There are also many picturesque towns and cities along the way, such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander, Gijón and Lugo. In turn, the Camino del Norte will not offer any problem to pilgrims looking for places to sleep and eat.

Portuguese Way along the Coast

The Camino Portugués along the Coast is one of the alternative routes of the Camino de Santiago and runs along the Atlantic coast of Portugal and Spain. It begins in the Portuguese city of Porto and runs along the coast until it reaches Spain, where it heads towards Santiago de Compostela.

The Portuguese Coastal Way is a very beautiful and varied route that offers breathtaking views of the ocean and nature along the way. Along the route, pilgrims can visit various beaches, fishing villages and picturesque towns, as well as enjoy the local cuisine.

The route of the Camino Portugues along the Coast is around 280 kilometers long and can be done in about two weeks. Most pilgrims start in Porto and follow the path through cities and towns such as Vila do Conde, Póvoa de Varzim, Esposende, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, A Guarda, Baiona and Vigo, before arriving in Santiago de Compostela.

Costa de Portugal | Envato

Costa de Portugal | Envato

It must be taken into account that the variant of the Portuguese Coastal Way is longer than the general route, however it also allows you to enjoy the great characteristics of the itinerary: its imposing landscape. A Jacobean route that will allow us to discover the Rías Baixas without losing the essence of the Camino de Santiago; Recognized since 2009 as the official Jacobean route by the Xunta de Galicia.

The Portuguese Way along the coast does not disappoint for the most expert pilgrim or for those who are starting this route. We find a perfectly signposted itinerary, trails in very good condition and in which there will be no shortage of hostels and restaurants to replenish energy for the next stage.

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