Stage 1: Irún – San Sebastián

Stage 1 of the Northern Way is the exciting start of a pilgrimage that runs along the northern coast of Spain, from the French border in Irun to the beautiful city of San Sebastián. This initial stretch offers stunning views of the Cantabrian Sea and the picturesque Basque coast, combining natural charm with the region’s rich history and culture.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Hondarribia: Located at the mouth of the Bidasoa River, it is a charming fishing town with a rich history and a picturesque old town. Cobblestone streets, vibrantly colored houses and the imposing San Telmo Castle make this place a captivating start to the pilgrimage.
  • Pasajes de San Juan: This picturesque fishing town has a charming port and a calm atmosphere. With narrow streets and buildings that line the water, Pasajes de San Juan offers pilgrims an authentic seaside experience.
  • Passia: Known for its stunning sea views, Pasaia is a coastal town with a welcoming atmosphere. Its port, surrounded by green hills, creates a picturesque landscape that invites pilgrims to enjoy the serenity of the surroundings.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Castillo de San Telmo in Hondarribia: This impressive 16th-century castle offers panoramic views of the sea and the city. Its defensive architecture and fascinating history make it a prominent point of interest in Hondarribia.
  • Church of San Vicente in San Sebastián: Located in the heart of San Sebastián, this Gothic church captivates with its imposing façade and its religious history. It is a stopping place for those looking to explore the cultural richness of the city.
  • Miramar Palace in San Sebastián: This elegant palace, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is located in a spectacular coastal setting. A former royal residence, it is now known for its gardens and refined architecture, adding a touch of elegance to the tour.

This initial stage of the Northern Way combines the natural beauty of the Basque coast with the historical and cultural richness of the region, offering pilgrims an unforgettable experience as they begin their journey towards Santiago de Compostela.

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StagesNorthern Way

Etapa 1

Irún-San Sebastián

25 km
3/5
7h15min
Etapa 2

San Sebastián-Zarautz

22 km
3/5
6h
Etapa 3

Zarautz-Deba

21 km
3/5
5h45m
Etapa 4

Deba-Markina Xemein

24 km
4/5
6h30m
Etapa 5

Markina Xemein-Guernika

25 km
3/5
6h45m
Etapa 6

Guernika-Lezama

20 km
3/5
5h30m
Etapa 7

Lezama-Bilbao

11 km
2/5
3h15min
Etapa 8

Bilbao-Portugalete

19 km
2/5
4h45m
Etapa 9

Portugalete-Castro Urdiales

25 km
3/5
6h30m
Etapa 10

Castro Urdiales-Laredo

26 km
3/5
6h30m
Etapa 11

Laredo-Güemes

29 km
3/5
7h15m
Etapa 12

Güemes-Santander

15 km
1/5
3h45m
Etapa 13

Santander-Arce

16 km
2/5
4h
Etapa 14

Arce-Santillana del Mar

22 km
2/5
5h20m
Etapa 15

Santilla del Mar-Comillas

22 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 16

Comillas-Colombres

28 km
3/5
7h
Etapa 17

Colombres-Llanes

23 km
2/5
6h
Etapa 18

Llanes-Ribadesella

30 km
3/5
7h45m
Etapa 19

Ribadesella-Colunga

20 km
2/5
5h15m
Etapa 20

Colunga-Villaviciosa

18 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 21

Villaviciosa-Gijón

30 km
4/5
8h
Etapa 22

Gijón-Avilés

25 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 23

Avilés-El Pito

30 km
3/5
8h
Etapa 24

El Pito-Ballota

26 km
3/5
7h
Etapa 25

Ballota-Luarca

23 km
2/5
5h40m
Etapa 26

Luarca-Navia

21 km
3/5
6h
Etapa 27

Navia-Ribadeo

31 km
3/5
8h30m
Etapa 28

Ribadeo-Vilanova de Lourenzá

28 km
4/5
6h45m
Etapa 29

Vilanova de Lourenzá-Abadín

22 km
3/5
5h30m
Etapa 30

Abadín-Vilalba

21 km
2/5
5h15m
Etapa 31

Vilalba-Baamonde

18 km
1/5
4h30m
Etapa 32

Baamonde-Miraz

15 km
1/5
4h50m
Etapa 33

Miraz-Sobrado dos Monxes

25 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 34

Sobrado dos Monxes-Arzúa

222 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 35

Arzúa-O Pedrouzo

19 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 36

O Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela

19 km
2/5
4h30m

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