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Camino del Norte: Baamonde to Santiago

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 7 days

    Regular days with
  • 15 - 20 km per day
  • 250 - 500m ascent per day
  • T1 Trails
Overview
Route
What's included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Walk from Baamonde to Santiago
> Cover over 100 kilometers in 5 days
> Spend your nights in cozy hotels and pensións

Santiago de Compostela is a familiar name to pilgrims; for more than 1,000 years, many feet have walked to this Spanish destination. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the cathedral in this city, having completed a journey of many kilometres on a Camino.

The Camino del Norte is one of the routes leading to Santiago and starts on the Spanish coast near the Bay of Biscay. The Camino del Norte starts in Irún, located on the border of Spain and France, and has a total length of 822 kilometres. Along the way, you can enjoy expansive ocean views, beautiful beaches, pass by cosy towns and have no lack of culinary delights. 

During this trek, you will walk from Baamonde to Santiago in five days. Covering over 100 kilometers in total, you will walk along the Camino del Norte and meet many pilgrims on the way. You'll spend the nights in cozy hotels, pensións, or guesthouses including breakfast. Suitable accommodation can sometimes be a challenge on the Camino del Norte, your personal hiking guide can slightly differ from the stages described below.

Why book with us?

You can hike the Camino del Norte independently and self-guided. However, stringing an itinerary with all the accommodations together can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all accommodations on the Camino del Norte and we can take the load of booking every accommodation yourself off your shoulders. Let us help you to make your Camino del Norte memories stress-free and enjoy free hiking advice from our trekking experts while you're at it.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival in Baamonde
You arrive in Baamonde the day before you start on the Camino del Norte. This contributes to a relaxed start of the trip.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2, Stage 1: Baamonde - Miraz
The first hiking day takes you through nature, passing several churches and chapels. Along the way, you can enjoy Galicia's peaceful landscape, on paved and unpaved paths that are slightly undulating. The stage ends today in Miraz, where you can toast to a beautiful day.

Distance: 14.5 kilometres
Duration: 3 hours
Ascent: 170 metres
Descent: 120 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3, Stage 2: Miraz - Sobrado dos Monxes
Today you walk uphill on narrow paths and roads, eventually reaching the highest point of the entire Camino del Norte, located at 710 metres. Along the way, you will encounter the typical horreos, fun to see up close. You end today in Sobrado dos Monxes, where you can visit the beautiful monastery. It includes a church, several chapels and magnificent cloisters. Well worth a visit!

Distance: 25.6 kilometres
Duration: 5.5 hours
Ascent: 400 metres
Descent: 350 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4, Stage 3: Sobrado dos Monxes - Arzúa
Today's stage is gradually downhill, passing churches and water points along the way. In the meadows you will see cows and enjoy beautiful views. Today the stage ends in Arzúa, through which the Camino Francés also passes. You will meet more pilgrims on their way to Santiago here.

Distance: 22.2 kilometres
Duration: 5 hours
Ascent: 210 metres
Descent: 240 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5, Stage 4: Arzúa - O Pedrouzo
Today is a relaxed walking day, fine after the efforts of the previous days. You will follow the route of the Camino Francés from now on, the walk taking you through eucalyptus forests, charming villages and along small rivers. We highly recommend visiting the chapel of Santa Irene, a popular attraction among pilgrims. Legend has it that James' body was meant to be buried in the tomb of this church instead of Santiago, until it was discovered that dragons lived on nearby Pico Sacro. Who knows what else you might encounter along the way....

Distance: 20 kilometres
Duration: 4.5 hours
Ascent: 280 metres
Descent: 390 metres

Accommodation: Pensión

Day 6, Stage 5: O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela
The last walking day of the Camino del Norte has arrived. From the top of 'Monte do Gozo', you have a view of Santiago de Compostela and its magnificent cathedral. A special moment. When you arrive in Santiago, don't forget to go to the Pilgrims' Office for your final stamp and official compostela. A special journey is complete, now you can explore Santiago and perhaps attend the pilgrim mass at the cathedral.

Distance: 20 kilometres
Duration: 4.5 hours
Ascent: 300 metres
Descent: 310 metres

Accommodation: Pensión

Day 7: Departure from Santiago
Your Camino del Norte has come to an end, today you will leave Santiago to travel home or to another destination.

What's included

Included:

√ Booking accommodation
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on the Camino del Norte in hotels, guesthouses, or pensións, always with a private bathroom. There are several options to choose from along the trail. We have selected the accommodations on our trek based on the length of each stage and recommendations from trekkers who have done the Camino del Norte before us. 

 Accommodation before and after the trek
Before the trek, you will stay in a hotel in Baamonde and after the tour, you will stay in a hotel in Santiago, which contributes to a relaxing start and finish of the trip.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included every morning during your trip.

√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

√ Credencial and Compostela
We will provide you with a Credencial before your departure. After arriving in Santiago, you can collect your Compostela by presenting your stamped Credencial.

Excluded:

× Transport to Spain
You have to find your own way to Baamonde and from Santiago. The price does not include transport to and from Spain. Bus tickets and other transport costs are not included. 

× Transfers
Once in Spain, you will have to make your way to the starting place in Baamonde. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there. Transport to Baamonde and from Santiago is not included.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch and dinner during the day
Breakfast is included if applicable in the price of this trek. Lunch and dinner, however, are not included. During the day, you can get something to eat along the way. In the evenings, you can get dinner in the villages you are staying.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During your Camino del Norte trek, you will spend your nights in cozy hotels, pensións or guesthouses on or close to the trail. The booked accommodations may differ from the below program here and there, due to limited accommodations being available. A beautiful location and great food are at all times guaranteed.

KM101
This modern and well located hotel is a perfect spot to start your Camino del Norte. After a good night's sleep, you are ready for the coming days.


Hotel Biterra
This beautiful location is surrounded by nature, a perfect place to unwind after a day of hiking. Enjoy the views and have a good meal, afterwards you can relax and get ready for a new day.


Hotel San Marcus
Located in the center of town, this hotel offers modern rooms with a view of the monastery. Give your feet some rest here, enjoy a shower and have a good meal in town.


Hotel Arzúa
This comfortable hotel has everything you need after another day on the Camino del Norte; a hot shower and a good bed. Get to know the town after freshening up and find a cozy spot for a drink. Cheers to another day!


Pensión Residencial Platas
Located next to the trail, this pensión offers cozy rooms and also opportunity to do laundry, should you have to. Restaurants and other facilities can be found nearby, after breakfast the next morning you are good to go again.


PR Campanas de San Juan
This cozy pensión is located in the middle of Santiago, close to the cathedral. A perfect place to end your trip and to get to know beautiful Santiago. Enjoy the nice rooms and a good breakfast the next morning.

Packing List

Packing list

It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long: Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. Hiking the Camino del Norte, you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack. The size of your backpack will depend on how many days you will be spending on the trails, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:

Essentials
- Walking boots (worn in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer tops – ideally thermal
- Mid-layer tops (eg. fleece)
- Trekking Trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Gloves
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layer
- Casual clothes & footwear for evenings
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Toiletries
- Cash

Extras
- Small first aid kit
- Blister Plasters
- Insect repellent
- Electrical socket adapter
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- Whistle
- Reading book(s)
- Energy snacks
- Walking poles
- Buff

FAQ

FAQ

Where is the Camino del Norte?

The Camino del Norte is located in northern Spain and runs via Irún near the Spanish-French border to western Santiago de Compostela. The Camino del Norte has a total length of 822 kilometres.

How do I get to and from the Camino del Norte?
The Camino del Norte has several places to start, all of which can be reached by plane, bus, or train. Irún is the starting place of the entire Camino del Norte, Bookatrekking.com starts its package in Baamonde.

Starting in Baamonde
Baamonde can be reached by train and bus, with Santiago airport being the closest. From the airport, you can travel on to Baamonde with a direct bus connection. Trains make limited stops in Baamonde, if you have the time you can arrive by train via a change in A Coruña or Monforte de Lemos.

Departure from Santiago
From Santiago, you can go in different directions. By plane, train or bus, you can travel home or to another destination. The airport is easily accessible from Santiago city centre and flies to many European destinations.

Safety

Safety

The Camino del Norte is a safe route, though it is important to pay close attention to your important belongings. Should you become distressed despite your preparations, the most important thing to do in an emergency situation is to stay calm and get an overview of the situation. Do not panic or take useless risks if the people in need are difficult to reach. In an emergency situation, first and foremost, call for assistance. When calling for help, provide your location and the number of victims and the nature of injuries. Then, protect the victim from cold and other environmental hazards and administer first aid, if you can.


Useful emergency phone numbers:

General Spanish Emergency number: 112
Police (national): 091

COVID-19

COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had its grip on us, and accommodations around the world have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, most of the measurements are not taken into consideration anymore, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

Stay informed about the current rules per country. Make sure you know before you leave which measures you need to take during your stay. The best thing to do is to check the websites of the government.

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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