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CF: '06: SJPP -> San. '10 - '11: Pamplona -> Finisterre '12: Ponferrada -> San. CN: '12: Irun -> San
Hi Everyone
I did the camino Fances in 2006 and now I am trying to figure out if I should re-do it or opt for the Norte. I was wondering if someone could advise me on which guide book to buy? I have been hunting the web, but there ins't too much out there. Also, how well is the way marked on the north route? In '06 the "French" way was very, very well marked! Anyone out there who has done them both know how they compare in regards to trail markers, signs, etc.?
Thank you!
 
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Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
Hi there, The Camino del Norte is very well marked, although if you expect it to be the same as the CF it doesn't compare. The waymarks on the CF can only be described as prolific whereas on the Norte I would describe them as adequate (and a few times - spartan - but there, nonetheless!). There are occasions when you will have to cast your eye around to find the next marker - but it should be there for you to find. There are discrepencies sometimes with the shells that are used as a sign, because different provinces have them pointing in different ways - somtimes it shows to follow the "pointy" end of the shell and in another province it is the opposite. You soon get used to it though and just adapt.

I have heard stories of people getting lost, but I never found this (unless it was my own carelessness), and successfully followed some interesting detours which were well signed.

It is a lovely way. Regards, Janet
 
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CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
We walked part of the Norte without a guidebook and did fine. You can pick up brochure guides in the albergues along the way that are very nice. I wrote a post about them yesterday, giving phone numbers to request information.
 
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CF: '06: SJPP -> San. '10 - '11: Pamplona -> Finisterre '12: Ponferrada -> San. CN: '12: Irun -> San
Thank you both for info/advice! I was dead set on doing the CF again this year... but for some reason I am being pulled to do del Norte... should follow that inclination I suppose!
Thanks again!
:D
 

Bridget and Peter

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Home to Reims 2007
Reims to Limoges 2008
Camino Ingles 2009
Limoges to Gernica 2009
Gernica to San Vicente de la Barquera 2010
San Vicente to La Isla 2012
La Isla to Santiago Sept/Oct 2014
el nadador del sol said:
I was dead set on doing the CF again this year... but for some reason I am being pulled to do del Norte... should follow that inclination I suppose!

Do it - it's beautiful - sometimes by the sea over cliff paths with lovely views. In April the wild flowers were amazing. Some lovely places to visit - eg Santillana del Mar is not some Eastbourne type place (seaside resort) as I imagined but an ancient town with cobbled streets, a beautiful church and a lovely refuge in the grounds of a museum of the work of Jesus Otero - a 20 C sculptor. And it's near Altamira (get a taxi for 3 euros) so you can have art from 15,000BC, 1200AD and 20 C all in the same day!!!
 
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CF: '06: SJPP -> San. '10 - '11: Pamplona -> Finisterre '12: Ponferrada -> San. CN: '12: Irun -> San
Wow! You should write a travel guide -- this makes it sound absolutely beautiful! :)
(Thank you!)


Bridget and Peter said:
el nadador del sol said:
I was dead set on doing the CF again this year... but for some reason I am being pulled to do del Norte... should follow that inclination I suppose!

Do it - it's beautiful - sometimes by the sea over cliff paths with lovely views. In April the wild flowers were amazing. Some lovely places to visit - eg Santillana del Mar is not some Eastbourne type place (seaside resort) as I imagined but an ancient town with cobbled streets, a beautiful church and a lovely refuge in the grounds of a museum of the work of Jesus Otero - a 20 C sculptor. And it's near Altamira (get a taxi for 3 euros) so you can have art from 15,000BC, 1200AD and 20 C all in the same day!!!
 

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