In Euskadi you can enjoy up to two alternatives in the Camino de Santiago, we tell you about them.
The Camino de Santiago in the País Vasco has up to two variants. One of the routes runs the length and breadth of the coast of the Basque Country, being located within the Camino del Norte. It is one of the most popular routes thanks to its breathtaking scenery. The other variant, called the Basque Way through the interior, is an alternative to the Northern Way and, as its name indicates, crosses the community through the interior.
The Northern Way begins in the town of Irun, on the border with France. This route enters Euskadi through the French Basque Country, passing through the cities of San Juan de Luz, Bayonne and Biarritz. Already in the heart of the Spanish Basque Country, the route continues to pass through some of the most emblematic cities of the region, such as San Sebastian, Zarautz, Getaria, Bilbao or Markina-Xemein among others.
The Coastal Route lives up to its name. In the stages that run through the areas closest to the coast, impressive postcards of coastal landscapes, mountains and green hills are common. Another of the keys of this route is to get to know the Basque culture up close, whether for its gastronomy, architecture or traditions.
Of course, the Northern Way is one of the most physically demanding options compared to others such as the French or English Ways. The mountainous and rugged terrain, along with variable weather conditions, make this route one of the most demanding, although more than compensated by its beautiful scenery and how rewarding it is to complete it.
The Inland Basque Way is the alternative to the Northern Way. A route that also starts in Irun, but instead of following the coast it goes into the interior of the Basque region, passing through the mountains and valleys of the Basque Country.
Although it is less known than the other routes, and also less traveled, the Inland Basque Way is still a very interesting option and full of beautiful scenery. Along the pilgrimage, the pilgrim can enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, beautiful valleys and picturesque Basque towns and villages.
Although it is not one of the most chosen routes by pilgrims, don't be fooled, the Inland Basque Way is even more demanding than the Northern Way. Its constant ascents and descents require the pilgrim to be very well prepared physically. However, the Inland Basque Way is well signposted, offering a good number of shelters and lodgings.
Through the Northern Way we can get to know a large part of the Basque culture, although with the Inland Basque Way we enter much more deeply into the gastronomy, culture and traditions of this region. A route that despite the physical challenge it involves, it is still a unique experience to live closely the beauty and culture of the País Vasco.
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