Camino del Norte

For more than 1000 years, Christian pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago to reach the tomb of St James in Santiago de Compostela. The main route, known as the Camino de Francés, lies someway to the south, but an alternative path follows the northern seaboard. Recently designated a Unesco-listed trail, the Camino del Norte, or Ruta de la Costa (Coastal Route), snakes its way from Irún on the French border through the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturia to Santiago. It’s a tough 825km hike that involves plenty of arduous mountain work but rewards with some wonderful scenery. For a taste, the first leg runs from Irún to Hondarribia and on to Pasaia and San Sebastián, entering town via Playa de Zurriola.