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2 Nights – Coastal Trails of the Camino del Norte

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3 Days, 2 Nights
Max People : 14
Iberian Adventures > Destinations > Camino del Norte > 2 Nights – Coastal Trails of the Camino del Norte
Tour Details

2 days of the best coastal trails of the Camino del Norte.

Self-Guided. 3 days, 2 nights

This exclusive Iberian Adventures self-guided itinerary offers 2 days of hiking spectacular coastal trails on the “Camino del Norte” along the rugged Atlantic seaboard before heading inland to stately Oviedo, capital of the Principality of Asturias – starting point of El Camino Primitivo.

This short trip is perfect as an “add-on” prior to beginning any of our Camino Primitivo trips in Oviedo, or combining with our Oviedo to Ribadeo route of the Camino del Norte to make a 7 or 8 day trip.

Note: if you do this as an “add-on” to a Camino Primitivo trip, you’ll arrive in Oviedo on Day 1 of the standard Primitivo itinerary

Duration:

3 Days, 2 Nights.

Day 3 of this add-on itinerary is Day 1 of a standard Camino Primitivo itinerary.

Meeting Point:

Bilbao

several daily flights from Madrid, Barcelona and other European cities

Ending Point:

Oviedo.

Rail service to León and Madrid. Flights to Madrid, Barcelona and some European cities.

Walk Difficulty and Terrain:

B / B+ (Easy) – mostly gently rolling terrain / occasional short but steep ascents. Surfaces range from grassy or earthen paths along cliff-top meadows, some dirt or muddy farm tracks, sandy beaches (depending on tides) and very short sections along quiet paved village roads

Daily distances & times:

9 – 11.2 km / 5.6 – 7 miles. Both days are about 3 hours of easy walking

Accommodations:

Bilbao – quality 3* or 4* hotels in a great location on or near the river, close to the Guggenheim Museum and old town.

Llanes – a comfortable hotel in a refurbished 17th century convent.

All properties are personally chosen for their comfort, character, location and overall quality. Rooms with en-suite facilities and modern fittings

Custom Dates:

You can start on any weekday

Group size:

from 1 or more

Price:

365 euros per person in twin or double rooms
50 euros single room supplement

Price includes:

2 nights accommodation

2 breakfasts

All transfers of luggage and persons, required to complete the itinerary from Bilbao to Oviedo.

Optional walking tours (at extra cost) with local expert guides in Bilbao. Consult us!

Extra Nights in Bilbao:

Price Per Person: 80 euros per person in twin or double rooms. 15 euros single room supplement. Includes breakfast and tax.

Highlights

Coastal Camino Trails – this trip features 2 days of hikes on some of the finest coastal paths in Europe. Scenic paths, beautiful sandy beaches, rocky coves, green pastures and gorse and heather clad clifftops.

Prehistoric cave art – you’ll visit a fascinating cave with some of the world’s oldest known cave art. This visit is optional.

Bilbao – this dynamic port city has become a global model for excellence in urban renewal, and a showcase for some of the world’s best architects, crowned by Frank Gehry’s fantastic Guggenheim Museum building.

Oviedo – capital of Asturias and declared “cleanest city in Spain”. The city has a beautifully conserved, pedestrian-only old quarter with attractive squares and pleasant safe streets, as well as several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Holy Chamber of the Gothic San Salvador cathedral with relics that made it Spain’s second most important pilgrimage site after Santiago de Compostela.

Asturias – a “principality” within Spain, this is the peninsula’s most mountainous region and the Camino traverses its most rural and isolated corner, home to western Europe’s largest populations of wolves and brown bears. Here, traditional lifestyles prevail, and the people are fiercely proud of their Celtic legacy and indomitable spirit – the Christian Reconquest of Iberia from the Moors began here with the 1st major defeat of the Moors at the Battle of Covadonga in 792.

Itinerary

Day 1Bilbao

Explore the area around the world famous Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao’s old town. Dinner at a typical Basque tavern, sharing “pintxos” – the local version of “tapas” – tasty morsels of varied kinds.

Overnight: 4 star hotel near the old town and Guggenheim.
Meals: we include no meals on arrival day, but we’ll provide recommendations for some great eating options!

Day 2Cave art, coastal trails of the Camino del Norte & Llanes

This morning you’ll leave the Basque Country, transferring westward along the coast to the picturesque former whaling town of Llanes, in the “Principality of Asturias”. A stop en-route in Cantabria to visit a fascinating cave with prehistoric art – a UNESCO World Heritage site. After lunch, explore the historic old quarter of Llanes and begin your first hike on the Camino de Santiago, along lovely clifftop trails linking sandy beaches and rocky coves.

Hike: 9 km / 5.6 mi
Overnight: 4 star hotel in a former 17th century convent in the old quarter of Llanes.
Meals: Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner on your own to explore. We’ll provide recommendations!

Day 3Coastal trails of the Camino del Norte & Oviedo

A short transfer to the start point of today’s superb hiking route on the coastal route of the Camino de Santiago, more scenic paths crossing meadows, beautiful beaches and rugged coastline. In the afternoon, a transfer to Oviedo.

Optional guided tour of the cathedral and surrounding area available.

NOTE: THIS IS DAY 1 OF ALL OUR STANDARD SELF-GUIDED CAMINO PRIMITIVO ITINERARIES (ARRIVAL DAY IN OVIEDO)

Hike: 11.2 km / 7 mi
Overnight: 4 star hotel in the old quarter of Oviedo.
Meals: Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner on your own to explore. We’ll provide recommendations!

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