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Any suggestions for an interesting start point on Camino Norte

Conciliator

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I have completed the Camino Frances and Portuguese in recent years and will be walking the Norte in May 2019. Unfortunately, I only have ten days, so am seeking advice on a good start point. I am a good walker and will be taking poles - I like sea views, but don't want to walk on sand. Hills are good......
 

H Richards

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Start at Irun or Bilbao. Both wonderful.
 

H Richards

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San Sebastián is a beautiful place to start. The best tapas bars.
Pasajes San Juan is so gorgeous I'd be tempted if starting at San Sebastian to just start that one stage earlier so you can see that :) Staying at the hostel there too was idyllic.
 
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Camino del Norte Sept 2013
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Camino del Norte 2015,16,17,18
Pasajes San Juan is so gorgeous I'd be tempted if starting at San Sebastian to just start that one stage earlier so you can see that :) Staying at the hostel there too was idyllic.
I agree. Very memorable hostel and experience. Walking to it from Irun, challenging but fantastic
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte Sept 2013
Camino del Norte Sept 2014
Camino del Norte 2015,16,17,18
I have completed the Camino Frances and Portuguese in recent years and will be walking the Norte in May 2019. Unfortunately, I only have ten days, so am seeking advice on a good start point. I am a good walker and will be taking poles - I like sea views, but don't want to walk on sand. Hills are good......
Do you want to end at Santiago?
 

Conciliator

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Camino(s) past & future
Starting May 9th 2015
Do you want to end at Santiago?
Not this trip. I want to start before it heads off too far away from the coast. I may return next year and do the rest leading into Santiago. I like coastal walking, but find walking on sand really tiring - do you know if the coastal stretches can be navigated on paths/cliffs? Ive seen videos of pilgrims happily strolling across beaches, but that's not for me. Not sure if they were filmed that way for impact rather than that's the way the path actually goes.
 

H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Incomplete Le Puy / Francés
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
Not this trip. I want to start before it heads off too far away from the coast. I may return next year and do the rest leading into Santiago. I like coastal walking, but find walking on sand really tiring - do you know if the coastal stretches can be navigated on paths/cliffs? Ive seen videos of pilgrims happily strolling across beaches, but that's not for me. Not sure if they were filmed that way for impact rather than that's the way the path actually goes.
Yes the stretch Bilbao to Santander is full of alternative coastal stretches. There isn't much walking on the sand involved.
 

trecile

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SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Not this trip. I want to start before it heads off too far away from the coast. I may return next year and do the rest leading into Santiago. I like coastal walking, but find walking on sand really tiring - do you know if the coastal stretches can be navigated on paths/cliffs? Ive seen videos of pilgrims happily strolling across beaches, but that's not for me. Not sure if they were filmed that way for impact rather than that's the way the path actually goes.
I can only remember a very short stretch that was actually on the beach. Mostly you are on paths, cliffs, road, etc.
 

Conciliator

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Camino(s) past & future
Starting May 9th 2015
I can only remember a very short stretch that was actually on the beach. Mostly you are on paths, cliffs, road, etc.
Thanks, sounds good. I walked part of Camino Francaise with a Catherine from Hood River. Is she a neighbour of yours?
 
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2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
If you are not bound to arrive in Santiago, then start at Irun-- while the first day is tough, it brings you into the justly-praised San Juan de Pasaje/Pasaia, which is one of the most interesting and least-touristy villages along the del Norte. As far as walking on sand goes, I have done this route several times and am trying hard to think of anywhere that this is necessary. Beaches are paralleled by roads, walking paths, or boardwalks. Depending on your speed and how you take Bilbao, your ten days will finish you in Bilbao or Santander, both good connecting transit points.
 

Antonius Vaessen

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2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte?
I woud start in iron and take the high road over the Jaizkibel, it is tough but very pretty. If you want to walk further than San Juan but don't want to stay in the city of San Sebastian there is a nice albergue 3 kilometer before San Sebastian ( Los dolce tribes) it is a kind of religious community. It is donativo. They don't serve alcohol or bottled beverages like cola
 

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