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Rest days on Norte.

2020 Camino Guides

CTreacy

Oh no , not again.
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese ( Sep 2017)
Primitivo ( Sep 2018)
Norte (Aug / Sep 2019)
del Plata ( Mar / Apr 2020 ?)
Looking at the various stagings for the Norte they seem to vary between 31 and 36 stages. I would like to add a couple of rest days ( maybe three ). Excluding Bilbao, are there any recommended places for taking a rest day along the route ?
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
so many!!!! If you like biggish cities, obviously Avilés, Gijón or Santander.
If you want just a quiet bucolic place with not much on it, by the seaside, this would be a list of my favourite places

Zarautz
Laredo
Buelna
Ribadesella (try kayaking in the river, it is BEAUTIFUL)
Luarca

and, for some reason, remote town of Tapia de Casariego

I could see myself very easily spending a few days in any of those...
 

CTreacy

Oh no , not again.
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese ( Sep 2017)
Primitivo ( Sep 2018)
Norte (Aug / Sep 2019)
del Plata ( Mar / Apr 2020 ?)
so many!!!! If you like biggish cities, obviously Avilés, Gijón or Santander.
If you want just a quiet bucolic place with not much on it, by the seaside, this would be a list of my favourite places

Zarautz
Laredo
Buelna
Ribadesella (try kayaking in the river, it is BEAUTIFUL)
Luarca

and, for some reason, remote town of Tapia de Casariego

I could see myself very easily spending a few days in any of those...
Thanks. I am meeting a friend in Mondonedo so I will factor in a few rest days even if I dont need them to synch our arrival times there. I think Gijon and one or two of those places will do just fine.
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
I completely agree with Trecile. Rest when your body tells you not the sights.
Indeed, you will be surprised by some unexpected place. In my case, Luarca is a place I fell in love with on the spot!
 

Antonius Vaessen

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte (to Sobrado)
2019 Norte again
Take a side trip to the plata de cathedrals from Ribadeo. You can go there by taxi or train. If you feel like it you can walk back along the coast (the trail is marked "ruta de cantabrico") We thought this was the most beautiful stretch of this years camino ( we started in Santillana). Little asphalt, much see and many flowers. It is not really a rest day, but we found it very relaxing to walk a day without our backpacks
 

Bob from L.A. !

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
Santander
san sebastian
ribadesella
luarca - (Great Shrimp soup)
 

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