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10 Days

difficulty

Moderate - Challenging

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10 Days

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Moderate - Challenging

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trip cost

from $1650 pp

Nature Immersion

Cultural Interest

Self-Guided Trip

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Overview

Camino del Norte - Gijon to Ribadeo

This fourth stage of the Camino del Norte covers approximately 156km from Gijon to Ribadeo along Asturias’ green coastline and into Galicia. There are numerous picturesque fishing villages and bustling fishing ports to explore along the way, each with their own distinct character and rich history to discover. This coastline also offers many beautiful beaches, some are sandy and ideal for a dip, while others are impossibly wild and rugged with spectacular natural landscapes making them a photographer’s delight. There is plenty to interest architecture enthusiasts with some unique and well preserved sites, and for foodies the abundance of fine Asturian and Galician seafood to sample will undoubtedly be a highlight.

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Luarca, Asturias, Camino del Norte

Highlights

Get Ready For

  • Marvel at the spectacular natural monuments of Praia das Catedrais 
  • Hike the less visited trails of Asturias’ ‘Green Coast’
  • Visit beautiful Cadavedo village with its well preserved architecture and traditional horreos
  • Indulge in fresh seafood and tasty Asturian specialities in Gijon
  • Explore the narrow streets of Luarca’s ‘Fisherman’s Quarter’
Camino del Norte

On the trail

What it's like underfoot

After leaving Gijon city behind, the Camino del Norte’s route through the inland and coastal areas of this section provides pleasant hiking along countryside paths, quiet woodland trails and with some paved sections. The predominantly undulating terrain is often gentle, however some steep ascents and descents and the long distances between destinations do provide a physical challenge. At times alternative route options may be taken, although we usually advise keeping to the main marked Camino path. There may be some options to take public transport in some places, which can help to reduce some of the longer hiking distances.

Itinerary

Daily Details

Day 1: ARRIVE GIJON

The port city of Gijon (Xixón) is the largest city in Asturias province. With approximately 3,000 years of fascinating history and an industrial past, Gijon today is a prosperous modern city on the Cantabrian Sea, known for its maritime pursuits, historical remnants, cheerful atmosphere, and its fine shopping and excellent cuisine. After arriving and settling into your accommodation, the remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 2: GIJON at Leisure

Today you have a full day at leisure to explore Gijon. Discover the charming old fisherman’s quarter known as Cimavilla. Stroll through its narrow streets, immerse yourself in the historic atmosphere, and marvel at the traditional architecture. Visit San Lorenzo Beach and explore the Plaza Mayor and the Campo Valdes area, with its historic palace and Roman Baths. If time allows, stop at one of Gijon’s interesting museums or galleries before sampling some local dishes, such as fabada Asturiana, a hearty bean stew. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the region’s famous cider and fresh seafood or satisfy your sweet tooth with traditional Asturian desserts like rice pudding (Arroz con Leche). Another delicious treat is the Pantortilla, a traditional Asturian dessert made with eggs, sugar, and lemon zest. For travellers with time and energy to explore further afield, it may be possible to make an optional day trip to the spectacular Covadonga Lakes, part of the wild Picos de Europa National Park area.

Meals: B

Day 3: Walk Gijón to Avilés (25km)

Today, you will experience a mix of urban and industrial landscapes before the trail gradually transitions from highways and roads to scenic pathways. You will walk on a combination of footpaths, roads, and hard compacted dirt, so be mindful of your feet on the harder surfaces. Hikers may choose to take a local bus to Camino Rebesou or local taxi to Monte Areo Park, to avoid walking through the city’s urban sprawl. 

Avilés is renowned for its shipbuilding past, historical heritage and well-preserved old town. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit two noteworthy attractions: the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, an architectural masterpiece designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, and the Iglesia de Santo Tomás de Cantorbery (Church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury), an important religious site in Avilés. This church is a splendid example of Gothic architecture dating back to the 13th century.

Meals: B

DAY 4: Walk Avilés to El Pito/Cudillero (28km)

Enjoy a lovely day of mostly inland walking, with just a short section near the coast as you pass Salinas. Passing the village of San Cristobel the trail continues through some sections of woodlands and tree lined paths before crossing the medieval bridge into El Castillo de San Martin. Continuing further along, San Esteban de Pravia is situated by the Nalón River and provides a nice place for a picnic. In El Pito visit San Salvador Chapel, the “Cathedral of Asturias” which features intricate stonework and a beautiful rose window. Another landmark worth visiting is El Pito is the Palacio de Selgas, a grand neoclassical palace surrounded by lush gardens. If you are not too tired, treat yourself to dinner in the coastal town of Cudillero, located nearby, showcasing fresh seafood as well as other regional specialties like Cachopo (breaded and stuffed veal) and Asturian cheeses.

Meals: B

DAY 5: Walk El Pito/Cudillero to Ballota (25 km)

After a few days of largely inland walking, you can also appreciate some views of the coastline as you hike the hilly terrain towards Ballota. The beautiful Concha de Artedo beach offers an opportunity to relax and soak your tired feet. Take time to enjoy the spectacular coastal landscapes nearby Castanares, including the rugged Playa del Silencio. Your destination Ballotta is a small but picturesque village, with traditional Asturian houses and a peaceful ambiance. It’s an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the coastal setting – its sandy beaches with crystal clear water are popular destinations.

Meals: B

Day 6: Walk Ballota to Luarca (24km)

Enjoy a leisurely day’s walk with some hills and accompanied by some coastal scenery interspersed with stretches of green countryside. Pass by Cadavedo with its well preserved architecture. Previously a medieval whaling port, it is said to be one of the oldest villages in Asturias and was previously declared as the most beautiful village in the province. Outside the village there are numerous traditional horreos, which are regarded as significant cultural relics. The Playa de Cadavedo is also worth visiting.

The fishing town of Luarca, or ‘White town of the Green Coast’, is situated at the mouth of the Rio Negro. The busy town is known for its beautiful harbour lined with colourful fishing boats, and its setting surrounded by green hills. Its traditional maritime character is evident with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and traditional buildings of the ‘Fisherman’s Quarter’. Strolling through the streets, you can explore the local shops, cafes, and restaurants that showcase the region’s delicious seafood cuisine. Seven bridges span the river with the Puente del Beso (Bridge of the Kiss) being the most famous, due to the famous legend that gave the bridge its name. 

Meals: B

DAY 7: Walk Luarca to Navia (22km)

Today, the trail leads inland, passing through rolling hills, shaded forests, and some meadows. After a climb out of Luarca, the gently undulating terrain allows you to fully immerse yourself in the tranquil countryside. Navia sits next to the Navia River, from which the town derives its name and serves as a backdrop to the town. Food enthusiasts will be delighted by the culinary offering which often features mouthwatering seafood dishes such as scallops and octopus, known as Pulpo.

Meals: B

Day 8: Walk Navia to Ribadeo (32km)

Hopefully you are well-rested and ready to embark on this long walking day, although most hikers find it not too physically challenging, due to its more gentle terrain. Today’s journey holds special significance as it marks your final day following the coastline, before the trail turns inland for good as the Camino del Norte heads towards Santiago de Compostela. A memorable feature today as you arrive into Ribadeo is the Bridge of the Saints or Puente de los Santos, which spans the Eo River and marks the border between Asturias and Galicia. 

Meals: B

Day 9: Ribadeo at Leisure

Today is free to explore Ribadeo and its surroundings. Definitely don’t miss a visit to the famous Praia das Catedrais (Playa de las Catedrales – Cathedrals Beach) located a short distance from the city. This stunning beach is renowned for its impressive rock formations and natural arches, which resemble the grandeur of cathedral interiors! 

Within the town, the Historical Quarter, the fascinating Barrio de San Roque and the area surrounding the Playa del Espana with its variety of architectural styles, are all worth exploring. Ribadeo is a great place for an introduction to Galician cuisine. Of course seafood is in abundance with octopus, lobster and squid amongst the dishes on offer – a tasting menu is a great way to sample a wide range of local dishes.

Meals: B

Day 10: Depart Ribadeo

After breakfast, make your arrangements for onward travel to next destination.

Meals: B

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Gijón

The port city of Gijon (Xixón) is the largest city on the Costa Verde and in Asturias province. It is a prosperous modern city on the Cantabrian Sea, known for its maritime pursuits, historical remnants, cheerful atmosphere, and its fine shopping and excellent cuisine. From here, you can make a day trip to the spectacular Covadonga Lakes, part of the wild Picos de Europa National Park area.

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Avilés

With its shipbuilding past, historical heritage and well-preserved old town, there is plenty to see and do. The Iglesia de Santo Tomás de Cantorbery (Church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury) is an important religious site in Avilés. This church is a splendid example of Gothic architecture dating back to the 13th century.

El Pito

Notable landmarks in this town include the San Salvador Chapel, which features intricate stonework and a beautiful rose window, and the Palacio de Selgas, a grand neoclassical palace surrounded by lush gardens. Nearby is the coastal town of Cudillero, which showcases fresh seafood as well as other regional specialties like Cachopo (breaded and stuffed veal) and Asturian cheeses.

Ballota

The small and picturesque village of Ballota has traditional Asturian houses and a peaceful ambiance. It’s an ideal spot to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of the coastal setting.

Luarca

The busy fishing town of Luarca – ‘White town of the Green Coast’– is known for its beautiful harbour lined with colourful fishing boats, and its setting surrounded by green hills. Its traditional maritime character is evident with its narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and traditional buildings of the ‘Fisherman’s Quarter’.

Navia

Navia sits next to the Navia River, from which the town derives its name and serves as a backdrop to the town. The culinary offerings include mouthwatering seafood dishes such as scallops and octopus (pulpo).

Ribadeo

As you arrive into Ribadeo, you’ll see the Bridge of the Saints or Puente de los Santos, which spans the Eo River and marks the border between Asturias and Galicia. Ribadeo is a great place for an introduction to Galician cuisine. A short distance from the city is Praia das Catedrais, a stunning beach famous for its impressive rock formations and natural arches, which resemble the grandeur of cathedral interiors!

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 9 nights accommodation including hotels, small guesthouses and country houses, on a double/twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x <20kg bag per person)
  • Use of RAW Travel navigation APP during your Camino, with maps of your hotel locations and emergency contact numbers
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain
Excluded
  • Single supplement $650
  • Solo Traveller surcharge if applicable for luggage transfers
  • Peak season surcharge if applicable at time of booking
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Local buses, trains, boats or taxis if needed  
  • Flights 
  • Train tickets 
  • Travel insurance
  • Guidebook and phrasebook
  • Arrival or departure transfers
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Camino de Santiago

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