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best place (or places) to have a day's rest on the Norte?

TsafiK

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August 2023
Hi,
We're walking the Camino in August, there's still a long time till then, but hey, planning is part of the fun, isn't it?
We have six weeks including everything and we plan to start from Irun. We thought of stopping on the way two or three times for more than one night, both to rest and to enjoy interesting places. In which cities/villages would you choose to stay in such a case? What were the places you said to yourself: "I wish I could stay here for another day" or "I will definitely come back here"?
 
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If you're foodies San Sebastian and Bilbao for the Guggenheim, agree with Tincatinker, Llanes great for a chill out and Oviedo great too, I went off onto the Primitivo so I can't say for the rest of the Norte.
 
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My personal favourite on the whole Camino was Avilés. I would recommend looking online at the many towns along the way and seeing from the Tourist Information Offices etc. which places appeal most to your particular interests. If you are keen on art, for example, Bilbao is a great place - but not the only one. And some smaller beachside villages are wonderful if you want only a day of resting and relaxing. I found that every town had it sites of special interest: Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Llanes... the list of fascinating places goes on and on! Buen Camino!
 
Hi,
We're walking the Camino in August, there's still a long time till then, but hey, planning is part of the fun, isn't it?
We have six weeks including everything and we plan to start from Irun. We thought of stopping on the way two or three times for more than one night, both to rest and to enjoy interesting places. In which cities/villages would you choose to stay in such a case? What were the places you said to yourself: "I wish I could stay here for another day" or "I will definitely come back here"?
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Bilbao, sure. Santillana del Mar is touristy quaint but with the Museo Altamira nearby a half day at least stop here is a must. We were in Laredo for a medieval festival in September. Took us way back in time. When my wife got the norovirus I spent 3 days wandering around Ribadeo and loved it. So many delightful SMALL towns along the coast. Buen Camino
 
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I enjoyed extra time in Ribadesella with a side tour to the Tito Bustillo caves to see the prehistoric cave art. Santillana del Mar has Altamira (prehistoric cave museum)but it's a replica, not the original deal as in Ribadesella. Also enjoyed Ribadeo with a side trip to As Cátedras. Guernica with a side trip to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
 
Depends on your wants/needs. I decided not to do a rest day on the Norte unless I needed it - I did need it in Oviedo as I switched to the Primitivo. Before the Primitivo there are lots of big cities, but I preferred the smaller seaside villages myself. San Sebastian is nice as far as the big cities go - but I recommend seeing what inspires you as you w alk.
 
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