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Camino del Norte Map 3
3.80km → Galbario Ermita
Altitude: 
5

A small and compact town with a large beach, and one of the few towns along the way built on terrain so steep that elevators have been installed to help people get up and down. The Ermita de San Roque, on the hillside, is along the camino as you descend into Deba.

There are a lot...

History: 

Not many ships come to Deba these days, but that has not always been the case. Because of the Ermita de San Roque, it was once a popular starting point for pilgrims arriving at the peninsula by sea.

Notice: 

Wave goodbye to the sea. It will be exactly 80km before it returns into view in Bilbao. Between here and there are several mountainous stretches.

San Roque is celebrated from the 14th to the 18th of August.

The Road: 

The camino and the GR-121 alternate route meet in Deba near the ermita. The camino crosses the river along a footbridge near the train station and on the opposite bank turns right. A short distance later it crosses the road and just beyond that it turns left, going upwards once again along a...

Accommodation in Deba

Association

1

Albergue de Deba
Association
Plaza de Arakistain
56 5€ Photo in Albergue de Deba on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

2

Pensión Zumardi ⭑⭑
Pension
Marina, 12
Photo in Pensión Zumardi on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

3

Hotel Aisia Deba
Hotel
Markiegi, 6
Photo in Hotel Aisia Deba on the Camino de Santiago
1.20km → Ibiri Auzoa

Excellent sea views and a suitable place for a rest, the ermita is ordinarily locked up.

The Road: 

The camino joins the road when it reaches the ermita, and follows it to the small village of Ibiri Auzoa.

2.90km → Olatz
Altitude: 
260

The bar is in the albergue, and opens at 12:30.

The Road: 

Just beyond the Albergue and bar turn left at the fork to follow a trail instead of the road. You will rejoin the asphalt road shortly before Olatz

Accommodation in Ibiri Auzoa

Private

1

Albergue Izarbide
Private
Barrio de Ibiri 3-A
32 13€
16.10km → Markina-Xemein
Altitude: 
200
Notice: 

The distance from Olatz to Markina is without services of any kind. Be sure to re-fill your water here.

The Road: 

Follow the road past the bar and small park, and when it forks keep to your right uphill on the narrower option. From here to Markina the camino twists and turns quite a bit. It is countryside walking all the way to Markina, where a steep descent brings you into the city from the north.

Accommodation in Olatz

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Koostei
Casa Rural
Barrio Artzain Erreka
3.90km → Iruzubieta
Altitude: 
85

Having left the province of Gipuzkoa behind, Markina-Xemein is the first city of note in Viscaya.

There are a number of monuments in town, thanks in large part to the pilgrimage route.

They are the Convento e Iglesia de la Merced, Santa María de la Asunción de Jeméin...

Market day is Thursday, in the Plaza del Mercado.
June: San Juan is celebrated on the 24th and San Pedro the 29th.
July: San Martín on the 7th, San Cristóbal on the 10th, and San Ignacio de Loyola the 31st.
August: Goerria on the 1st, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves on the 5th, and San Jacinto on the 17th.
September: Nuestra Señora de Erdotza on the 8th and San Miguel Arcángel on the 29th.
October: Santa Teresa de Jesús on the 15th.

The Road: 

The marked camino passes the church and convent and turns right at the first street past them. Follow the road across a small river and turn left at the first road, keeping close to the nearby building to follow a park trail as is wiggles its way along the river. The camino will take you back...

Accommodation in Markina-Xemein

Private

1

Albergue Pitis
Private
Carmen, 11
6 12€
Association

2

Albergue de peregrinos Convento del Carmen Markina
Association
Carmen, 5
40 Donativo€
Casa Rural

3

Albergue Intxauspe
Casa Rural
Barrio Atxondo 10
20 12€
Hostal

4

Hostal Vega
Hostal
Abesua, 2
2.30km → Bolibar
Altitude: 
120
The Road: 

You will enter town from a back road. There is a car park on your right when you get to the main road. Turn left here (facing east) to get to the bridge over the river. Cross the river and then turn right again, quickly followed by another right to leave the road and the town. More mountain...

1.00km → Ziortza
Altitude: 
170
History: 

Simón Bolívar, leader of many South American independence movements and namesake to both Bolivia and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, was not born in this town which carries his name and a monument and a museum dedicated to him. Neither were any of his relatives, but as things go...

The Road: 

At the roundabout at the start of town, follow the road sign to Urua (the only option which crosses the river). This is only to get you off of the main road, which you could just as easily follow to the end of town. The camino passes the Simon Bolivar Museum and arrives at the church...

Altitude: 
280
The Road: 

Where the camino meets the road in Ziortza, it is 50m to your left to the bar and albergue, or less than 300 to your right to get to the Monastery.

Accommodation in Ziortza

Private

1

Albergue Ziortza Beitia
Private
Barrio Goierria, 13
46 12€
4.00km → Munitibar
Altitude: 
305
History: 

On the west gate of the Monastery is a relief carving of an eagle carrying a skull, not a traditional motif for any building but one that illustrates the story of the monastery’s early days. On the day of the Assumption in 968, residents of a nearby Munitibar (the next town on the camino) were...

The Road: 

Beyond the monastery the camino turns right and into the forest again.

Accommodation in Monasterio de Zenarruza

Parochial

1

Albergue de peregrinos del monasterio de Zenarruza
Parochial
Monasterio de Zenarruza
18 Donativo€
6.20km → Olabe
Altitude: 
185

If you ask the locals, or don’t since they will none-the-less volunteer their opinion, Munitibar is the very heart of the Basque country. It kind of feels that way too.

History: 

The old trading routes once passed through here, sending wool and wine from Logroño up to the sea while hauling back fish on the return trip.

January: San Vicente on the 22nd.
June: San Pedro on the 29th.
July: San Cristobal on the 10th.
September: Nuestra Señora de Gerrikaitz on the 8th.

The Road: 

After crossing the main square in Munitibar, the camino turns left at the church to follow the main road out of town, though only for a short distance. Less than 50m beyond the river it turns left up a side road, climbing up to and beyond the Ermita de Santiago. From the ermita it...

Accommodation in Munitibar

Private

1

Albergue Lea
Private
Herriko Plaza, 3
10 15€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Garro
Casa Rural
Barrio Gerrikaitz, 33
Photo in Casa Rural Garro on the Camino de Santiago
Camino del Norte Map 4
3.00km → Marmiz
Altitude: 
105
The Road: 

There are several points along this stretch of the road where you may see an errant arrow or two pointing in a direction which doesn’t feel like the camino. This is because in years past the camino followed a different route into Gernika. Follow the freshest arrows and the wooden post signs. The...

Accommodation in Olabe

Private

1

Albergue Andiketxe
Private
Barrio Olabe, 13
20 12€
Altitude: 
230

Located 1km off the camino on a marked trail to the left. It is not necessary to return to the camino, as the road from here re-joins it in Marmiz. If you go that way, pay close attention to the turn to the right in town, see below for a description.

Accommodation in Elejalde

Municipal

1

Albergue Municipal Idatze Etxea
Municipal
Elexalde, 7
36 7€
2.80km → Ajangiz
Altitude: 
120
Notice: 

The camino only touches the edge of town, nearing the main road but turning right before it gets to it. It climbs a bit and traverses the hillside before descending to Ajangiz.

1.90km → Gernika
Altitude: 
65
The Road: 

In town the camino crosses the main road to cut through the square and around the church. It will make its way back to the road and follow it all the way down into Gernika, passing a small park just before arriving at the main road.

Upon reaching the main road, the city of Gernika is to...

7.30km → Alto de Morga
Altitude: 
20

The tragedies of war have created in Gernika something of an anomalous urban layout; a great many buildings were destroyed, nearly three-quarters of them, and new buildings were shoehorned into their place. It remains pedestrian friendly and is large enough to take up your afternoon.

On...

History: 

The names of Gernika and Picasso are inseparable, bound together since the talented artist was commissioned by the Second Spanish Republic to commemorate the horrific events that took place here on an April market day in 1936; it was propaganda at its most artistic level. The massive painting,...

Notice: 

Beyond Gernika the camino is without any services for 15km, pack accordingly.

Andra Mari y San Roque from the 9th to 18th of August.
Monday remains the Market day, as it has for centuries.

The Road: 

Keep going straight after crossing the bridge into Gernika, following the road to where it ends at a large mural recreating Picasso’s famous painting depicting the city under bombardment. Turn left there, uphill and against traffic, passing the Iglesia de Santa María de la Antigua. A...

Accommodation in Gernika

Municipal

1

Albergue juvenil de Gernika
Municipal
Zeharreta, 11
35 Donativo€
Private

2

Albergue Gernika Lumo Aterpetxea
Private
Kortezubi bidea, 9
40
Pension

3

Pensión Akelarre Ostatua
Pension
Barrenkalea, 5
Photo in Pensión Akelarre Ostatua on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

4

Hotel Boliña
Hotel
Barrenkale, 3

5

Hotel Gernika ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Gangoiti, 17
Photo in Hotel Gernika on the Camino de Santiago
2.70km → Eskerika (Morga)
Altitude: 
195
Notice: 

Mind the traffic at the Alto, which comes faster than expected.

The Road: 

You will arrive at the Alto at a large and fairly dangerous highway crossing. The way ahead is marked, and you are heading towards the signs marked Larrabetzu. After crossing the highway, turn left at the first junction, uphill. You will pass the small Ermita de San Esteban and return...

5.60km → Goikolexea
Altitude: 
240
The Road: 

If you stayed at the albergue here, remember to return to the camino by going uphill. Otherwise follow the arrows through this place, eventually descending to Goikolexea and the Iglesia de San Hemeterius and Celedonius at the entrance to town.

Accommodation in Eskerika (Morga)

Private

1

Albergue Eskerika
Private
20 14€ Photo in Albergue Eskerika on the Camino de Santiago
1.30km → Larrabetzu
Altitude: 
95

The Iglesia de San Emeterio and San Celedonio is the most massive building for miles. It, like the Tree in Gernika, was a meeting point for the Lords of Viscaya.

The Road: 

After passing the church and bar at the start of town the camino comes to the main road where it turns left and follows the road all the way to nearby Larrabetzu.


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