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10 day Camino del Norte costal route

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Hi there,

I am coming on Friday 27 may (arrive late evening to Santiago) --> 6 June (leave late eve from Santiago) and was planning on doing 9/10 days of walking of the Camino del Norte. I wanted to do as much coast as possible as well as seeing some nice towns/villages. I was wondering if anyone had any reccomendations of where I could get a bus to on the first day and what stops to make along the way on the way back to Santiago. I currently don't have any accomodation booked.

I have been reccomended maybe stopping by Llanes, Colugna, Villaviciosa but thought it would be great to hear some suggestions !

Thanks so much!
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Well larat, I guess I have some surprise/admiration for your laid-back approach, to be 5 days away from setting off and not to have nailed anything down yet.. 😲
Just had a quick look at Gronze and the Alsa timetable..
I would have thought it'd be straightforward to recommend Ribadesella or Colunga to Ribadeo, depending on how energetic you are. But Alsa looks like it's just running one very slow bus east along the coast on Saturday 28th. So unless there's another better bus option I'd say -
Start in Aviles instead - bus will get you there by 13.30. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon in Aviles which is a handsome town, plus it has the fab Oscar Niemeyer Centre a must-experience if you are curious about modernist architecture. Next day 23km to Muros or go slightly off-path to cutesy coastal village San Juan de la Arena. Then some good coastal days through to Ribadeo, including the option to detour (but takes a bit longer) via coastal E9 path. Lots of swimming possibilities. That should leave you with 2 days to venture hinterwards through some gorgeous rolling countryside to delightful Mondonedo where it looks like there are a few bus options with Arriva Galicia, including an early evening one that goes straight to the airport...

Dennis Pack

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Camino de Santiago Norte 2018
If you want a "feel" of what the walking is like, walk from Irun for a day or two ... I found Ribadesella to be one of the most beautiful places, but if you haven't been there, just about any stretch will be worth it.
As far a planning goes ... I think it's overrated ... Spain isn't a third world country ... it's easy to get around and the locals are exceptionally helpful.
On a Friday, having just arrived in Bustio, I decided to take an "intensive" Spanish class in Cadiz and managed to get there via bus and train by Saturday afternoon ... with very limited Spanish. Just go for it ... and have fun. The Camino really does provide.

Bob from L.A. !

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Try Laredo, Portugalete, San Sebastián and Luarca. All accessible via Alsa. All beach communities

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