The Northern Way from Ribadeo to Santiago, 11 days/10 nights

The last 118 mi (190km) of the Northern Camino in Galicia

520.00 €

820.00 €

The Northern Route, or Camino del Norte, runs from France and follows the northern coastline of Spain to Galicia where it heads inland towards Santiago joining the French Route at Arzua. This route follows a stretch of the old Roman road, the Via Agrippa, and is part of the Coastal Route or Camino de la Costa.

This itinerary leaves from Ribadeo in Galicia, covering the last 190km of the Northern Route, which is more than the minimum required to apply for your “Compostela” certificate

- ITINERARY -

1st day: ARRIVAL IN RIBADEO
2nd day: RIBADEO - LOURENZA (28.4 Km - 7h - difficulty 2/3)
3rd day: LOURENZA- ABADIN (24.8 Km - 6h15 - difficulty 2/3)
4th day: ABADIN - VILALBA (20.6 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 1/3)
5th day: VILALBA - BAAMONDE (20.7 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 1/3)
6th day: BAAMONDE - MIRAZ (20 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 2/3)
7th day: MIRAZ - SOBRADO DOS MONXES (20 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 3/3)
8th day: SOBRADO DOS MONXES - ARZUA (21 Km - 5h15 - difficulty 2/3)
9th day: ARZÚA - RUA (18.5 Km - 5h - difficulty 1/3)
10th day: RUA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (18.5 Km - 4h30 - difficulty 1/3)
11th day: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA


The Price Includes:
- 10 nights in handpicked hotels and inns, all with en-suite accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 x max. 20kg bag per person)
- Travel insurance
- Credencial (Pilgrim's passport)
- Tips and maps
- 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking)

The Price does not include:
- Lunches
- Single room supplement: € 230
- Dinners supplement:€ 250

PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE ROOM



DAILY DEPARTURES


DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY
 


1st day: ARRIVAL IN RIBADEO
Fill in your pilgrim’s passport and explore this town, which is famous for its beach, known as the Playa de las Catedrales (a short taxi ride away). The Cathedrals Beach is Galicia’s second most visited site after the Cathedral in Santiago.

2nd day: RIBADEO - LOURENZA (28.4 Km - 7h - difficulty 2/3)
The Camino today takes you inland from Ribadeo to the country town of Lourenza, famous for its local beans. You will follow rural paths, climbing slightly as the terrain becomes gradually more mountainous. There are some small villages and hamlets en route but not many shops or services so make sure you pack snacks and water.

3rd day: LOURENZA- ABADIN (24.8 Km - 6h15 - difficulty 2/3)
Today, you will be climbing from Lourenza towards Mondoñedo, which used to be one of the seven capitals of the Kingdom of Galicia, and has amazing views of the surrounding countryside. Make sure you explore Mondoñedo before you continue on towards Abadin.

4th day: ABADIN - VILALBA (20.6 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 1/3)
Today, the Camino del Norte meanders among the forests, farmland and green pastures of the Terra Chá (Flat lands) leading you to the market town of Vilalba, the local area’s capital.

5th day: VILALBA - BAAMONDE (20.7 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 1/3)
From Vilalba, the Camino del Norte takes walkers through the heart of the Terra Chá region of Galicia. Forest paths, small farming villages and lush countryside make up most of today’s peaceful walk.
At the end of the stage, you will be transferred to Miraz, staying overnight in a cottage.

6th day: BAAMONDE - MIRAZ (20 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 2/3)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Baamonde to begin today’s stage.
Check out the Medieval St James Church (Igrexa de Santiago) in Baamonde before you continue your journey across rural Galicia, following the Camino del Norte. Today is quite an easy walking day.

7th day: MIRAZ - SOBRADO DOS MONXES (20 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 3/3)
From Miraz, the journey across rural Galicia continues. The highest point of the route is at Marcela, where you should take time to enjoy the views. Your destination is Sobrado dos Monxes, home to an impressive monastery. The monastery dates back to the 10th century originally, although the current facade is from the Baroque period.
At the end of the stage, you will be transferred to Miraz, staying overnight in a cottage rural property.

8th day: SOBRADO DOS MONXES - ARZUA (21 Km - 5h15 - difficulty 2/3)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Sobrado to begin today’s stage.
This is the last stretch of the Camino del Norte before it joins the popular French Route in Arzua. Remember that Arzua leads to the designation of origin of its famous cheese.

9th day: ARZÚA - RUA (18.5 Km - 5h - difficulty 1/3)
Today’s route is a nice and easy walk over gentle slopes through woodland, alternating with stretches near the road, we have to go through sometimes areas, ending in Rua (500 m before the village of Pedrouzo). Don't miss the beautiful sculpture of Saint James the Pilgrim in the Church of the same name in Boente.

10th day: RUA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (18.5 Km - 4h30 - difficulty 1/3)
The last stage on your Camino de Santiago. The proximity of your goal will bring mixed feelings. On one hand, you will be eager to reach the desired end of the journey, yet on the downside, the feeling that comes to every pilgrim is that the journey is over. A stage of anxiety and joy, where distance does not matter, because you are “already there”. The route today is flat, except for the climb to San Marcos, from Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo and down to Santiago de Compostela. The entire city of Santiago de Compostela is magical, but especially its Cathedral, which deserves a special visit.

11th day: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast, go to exchange your pilgrim’s passport, if you haven’t already done it. Alternatively, we suggest you visit the cathedral and the surrounding areas or attend a pilgrim mass. Free afternoon to return



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