Stage 9: Portugalete-Castro Urdiales

Stage 9 of the Northern Way takes pilgrims from the charming town of Portugalete to the picturesque town of Castro Urdiales. Throughout this day, walkers experience a unique combination of coastal landscapes, seafaring traditions and the beauty of the Cantabrian Sea.

Towns that pass through the stage

  • Portugalete: The starting point, known for its iconic Hanging Bridge and lively port atmosphere.
  • Pobeña: A small coastal town that dots the route, offering pilgrims a quiet respite in front of the sea.
  • Muskiz: A municipality that combines mining tradition with rural serenity, where pilgrims can explore the rich local history.
  • Castro Urdiales: The final jewel of this stage, a coastal city with an impressive port, charming beaches and an old town full of charm.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Suspension Bridge in Portugalete: An architectural marvel that dominates the beginning of the stage, offering pilgrims a spectacular view of the Nervión River.
  • Church of San Juan Bautista in Castro Urdiales: A Gothic church that stands majestically in the heart of Castro Urdiales, adding a historical touch to the urban landscape.
  • Puerto Viejo in Castro Urdiales: A picturesque port with its colorful boats and typical fishermen’s architecture, where pilgrims can immerse themselves in the maritime atmosphere.
  • Hermitage of Santa Ana in Pobeña: Located on a cliff with panoramic views of the sea, this hermitage offers a quiet place for reflection.
  • Loizaga Tower in Gatika: Just off the route, this tower houses an impressive collection of vintage cars and is a point of interest for lovers of automotive history.

This stage provides pilgrims with a varied experience, from the modernity of Portugalete to the authenticity of the seafaring traditions in Castro Urdiales, all accompanied by the majesty of the Cantabrian Sea.

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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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