Stage 5: Markina Xemein-Guernika

Stage 5 of the Northern Way is a fascinating stretch that runs from Markina Xemein to Guernika, passing through picturesque landscapes and offering pilgrims a unique cultural experience. During this journey, walkers will enjoy the combination of natural environments, historical heritage and the hospitality of local people.

Towns that pass through the stage

  • Markina Xemein: The starting point, where pilgrims can soak up the rich local history and architecture before setting out on their journey.
  • Gernika: The final destination of this stage, known for its historical and cultural importance. Gernika is home to the famous Gernika Tree, a symbol of the freedom of the Basque people.
  • Xemein: A small town on the road, which offers pilgrims a quiet break to enjoy its rural charm.
  • Munitibar: Another charming town that the route passes through, with cobblestone streets and traditional buildings that invite you to explore.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Ancient Sanctuary: Located near Markina Xemein, this ancient sanctuary is a point of interest that displays the religious devotion of the region.
  • Rentería Bridge: An ancient medieval bridge that crosses the River Lea, offering stunning views and a reminder of the architectural history of the area.
  • Tree of Gernika: In Gernika, pilgrims can admire the emblematic Tree of Gernika, historical symbol and meeting place of the General Meetings of Vizcaya.
  • Euskal Herria Museum: In Gernika, the museum offers a fascinating look at the culture and history of the Basque Country, providing additional context to the pilgrim’s journey.

This stage of the Northern Way is not only a physical challenge, but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Basque region.

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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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