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Stage 8: Bilbao-Portugalete

Stage 8 of the Northern Way is a fascinating journey that takes pilgrims from the bustling city of Bilbao to the picturesque town of Portugalete. Throughout this route, walkers experience a unique combination of urban environments, tranquil nature and the constant presence of the Cantabrian Sea.

Towns that pass through the stage

  • Bilbao: The starting point, where pilgrims can say goodbye to the cosmopolitan and cultural energy of the city while they venture towards new horizons.
  • Getxo: A charming coastal municipality that dots the route, with its elegant architecture and promenades that invite you to enjoy the fresh sea air.
  • Portugalete: The final destination of this stage, known for its unique architecture, in particular the Hanging Bridge, and its cozy atmosphere facing the sea.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Zubizuri Bridge in Bilbao: A pedestrian bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava that stands out for its elegance and offers pilgrims an impressive view of the Nervión River.
  • Suspension Bridge in Portugalete: An architectural marvel that connects Portugalete with Getxo, this suspended bridge over the Nervión River is a World Heritage Site and an emblematic attraction of the Northern Way.
  • Etxebarria Park in Bilbao: A green space in the heart of Bilbao, where pilgrims can relax and enjoy nature before embarking on the stage.
  • Old Marina of Getxo: A picturesque place that offers views of the sea and the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of the coastal environment.
  • Chávarri Palace in Bilbao: An architectural masterpiece that represents the beauty of the city, this palace is an interesting stop for those who appreciate history and architecture.

This stage combines the urban vitality of Bilbao, the serenity of Getxo and the uniqueness of Portugalete, providing pilgrims with a varied experience on their way to the Cantabrian Coast.

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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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