The Coastal Camino

The Camino del Norte is also referred to as the "Ruta de la Costa". This Camino was used for centuries by Spanish pilgrims making their way along the magnificent coasts of the Basque region and Asturias to finally arrive in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of the Apostle Saint James.

The Camino del Norte is a unique journey, favoured by many walkers. This Camino walk crosses some of the most spectacular scenery of the Northern Coast of Spain with superb cities like San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo, and is part of UNESCO World heritage list. 

This is the perfect route for walkers wanting a more achievable Camino, through the fantastic coastal areas of Northern Spain.

If you are looking to escape the crowds and heat of the Summer, then walking the Camino del Norte is perfect for you. This area of Spain combines the sea and mountains, and the route also enables you to swim off of any of the beaches on the route, after a long walking day! 

Rich in culture and authenticity the Northern Way is bursting with charm.  This route ends in Bilbao, a world-famous city and an incredible cultural destination.


Walk the Camino de Santiago with Destiny of a Child
and raise vital money for Dogs For Good

Each walker will need to cover their Camino costs
and fundraise a minimum of £1,500 for the charity

The Key Facts:

  • This Camino will be held across two periods; 5 May 2018 - 12 May 2018 (note: now Sold Out) and 26 May 2018 - 2 June 2018 (if you would like to join us, you can choose your ideal dates at registration)
  • 8 days (6 walking)
  • 77 miles / 125 km
  • Hilly terrain, covering marshlands and some sandy areas
  • Groups of 20 walkers maximum
  • You can download the full itineraries for both date ranges here



  • Single room occupancy on the Challenge: €881 
  • Shared room occupancy on the Challenge: €729
  • The price includes airport transfers, breakfast and dinner each day, hotel rooms, luggage transfer to your next hotel each day, and a guide
  • A 50% non-refundable deposit will be required when you register
  • Note: does not include flights, or additional fundraising requirement


Due Date Payment Type
On Registration 50% of your non-refundable deposit payable via Destiny of a Child website
31st Jan 2018 Registration Closes
31st Jan 2018 Remaining 50% fee due to Destiny of a Child
30th Apr 2018 £1,500 minimum fundraising amount payable to Destiny of A Child (via JustGiving or cheque)
30th June 2018 Any further donation amounts raised

The Camino del norte Route: Day by day

Image courtesy of Follow The Camino - click to enlarge

DAY ONE: San Sebastian - Arrival

A transfer from Biarritz airport will be organized around 18:30 to San Sebastián.

You will then be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town, with the rest of your walking group - giving you a chance to unwind before the challenge, and get to know your fellow walkers.

DAY TWO: From San Sebastian to Getaria (26km, 7h30)

Leaving San Sebastian and the magnificent Bay of Biscay, the Camino follows the beautiful coastline along grassy fields on rolling hills. First, we find the Roman Church of San Martin de Tours, then we pass through ancient whaling villages. Finally, we arrive in the picturesque village of Getaria, perched on a rock above a small harbour.

 DAY THREE: From Getaria to Deba (17km, 6h30)

The Camino starts on a small country road, following the coast. Arriving in Zarautz, we take a small footpath into farmland. Passing the church of Santa Maria la Real and the village of Juan Sebastian Elcano, we continue our stroll to the coast. The last stop is the pleasant coastal resort of Deba.

 DAY FOUR: From Deba to Markina (20km, 5h)

Today we abandon the sea for more mountainous landscapes and we won?t see it again until Bilbao. The Camino crosses a river and starts climbing steeply into dense vegetation, until it reaches the Hermitage of El Calvario. From here, we will follow a narrow footpath (GR-121) passing through many hamlets. Finally, the Camino goes steeply downhill to Markina, a village with strong Basque traditions.

DAY FIVE: Markina to Gernika (25km, 7h15)

Leaving Markina, the Camino follows a country road and crosses the river in Bolivar (28 km). It ascends to the medieval monastery of Cenarruza. Leaving the monastery, we take a path into a dense forest, to the top of Gontzegarai, and onwards to the village of Gerikaitz. At the Hermitage of Santiago, a steep footpath leads downhill to a creek and finally to Gernika.

DAY SIX: From Gernika to Lezama (24km, 6h30)

The Camino leaves Gernika by the hermitage of Santa Luzia Zallo. Shortly after, we start a climb to reach a road (PR-173), and then a cobbled path leads to the the top of the village of Morga. Here, we leave the farmland and enter a forest, following a steep descent to the traditional villages of Goikoletxea, Larrabetzu and finally, Lezama.

DAY SEVEN: From Lezama to Bilbao (13km, 3h30)

This is a relatively short stage across farmland. First we pass Zamudio and the interesting Roman church of San Maarten. The Tower of Malpica is visible above us. Slowly climbing to reach the summit of Mount Avril, we are rewarded with spectacular views of Bilbao and the valley below. On arrival in the suburbs of Bilbao, don?t forget to visit the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Bego?. Finally, we come to Place de Unamuno, in the old quarter of Bilbao.

DAY EIGHT: Bilbao. End of the Camino

No walking today (except perhaps a stroll around the town!). After breakfast the teams from Destiny of a Child and Follow the Camino will bid you farewell.