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3.40km → Lezama
Altitude: 
75
History: 

Larrabetzu is one of the most outspoken villages in the Basque fight for independence. The city was a key location in the line of defense known as the Iron Belt. The hillsides here are criss-crossed with trenches and fortified bunkers designed to defend against the capture of Bilbao by the...

San Isidro, the patron of the town, is celebrated on the 15th of May.

The Road: 

The camino turns right at the entrance to Larrabetzu, leaving the main road behind. In town it turns right and begins to follow a different road directly to Lezama.

Accommodation in Larrabetzu

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Larrabetzu
Municipal
Lehendakari Agirre
20 Donativo€
10.40km → Bilbao
Altitude: 
60

Lezama is the eastern-most village with rail access to Bilbao and the last city before reaching its outer suburbs.

The Road: 

The camino keeps to the main road, passing straight through Lezama. It goes straight through two large roundabouts and turns left at the third to pass underneath the railway lines. After doing so it arrives at another roundabout, on the right-hand side is a trail that will take you under the AP-...

Accommodation in Lezama

Municipal

1

Albergue de Lezama
Municipal
Garaiotza 133 E
20 Donativo€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Madarian
Casa Rural
Barrio Aretxalde, 88
Photo in Casa Rural Madarian on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

3

Hotel Rural Matsa ⭑⭑
Hotel
Aretxalde, 153
Photo in Hotel Rural Matsa on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
60

Both Zamudio and Derio are located along the road from Lezama and can be reached by simply keeping straight at the third roundabout mentioned above.

Accommodation in Zamudio

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural Iabiti
Casa Rural
Arteaga Auzoa, 13
Photo in Casa Rural Iabiti on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

2

Hotel Aretxarte ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Pq. Tecnológico de Zamudio edf. 200
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Located 1.5 off the camino in a suburb near the Bilbao airport.

Accommodation in Derio

Private

1

Albergue Juvenil Residencia Mañarikua
Private
Larrauri, 1C
80 17€
Camino del Norte Map 5
13.10km → Barakaldo
Altitude: 
20

The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, a building voted for and funded by its citizens, was the first step in putting this historically industry-bound city on the tourist map. Since its opening in 1997, the city has grown rapidly to accommodate the explosion in visitors.

It is a large...

History: 

Though settled by the Romans, the modern city of Bilbao didn’t really take root until the 14th century, alongside the majority of cities along the Basque coastline.

Within a few centuries iron ore would be discovered in the mountains nearby and the city would achieve a level of...

The main festival of Bilbao is known as La Semana Grande (though you will more likely see posters for ‘Aste Nagusia’); it celebrates the Assumption of Mary on the 15th of August. The 9-day celebration kicks off the following Saturday.

The Road: 

The route through Bilbao is not singular. Indeed if you spend any time wandering off the camino (and you should) you are likely to find yellow arrows pointing a way. There is no wrong way, but there are many.

There are essentially three different options ahead; all routes cross the river...

Accommodation in Bilbao

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos de Bilbao
Municipal
Kobetas, 60
40 Donativo€
Private

2

Albergue Bilbao Central Hostel
Private
Fernández del Campo, 24
40 17*€ Photo in Albergue Bilbao Central Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Moon Hostel Bio
Private
Luzarra, 7
92 10€ Photo in Albergue Moon Hostel Bio on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Bilbao Akelarre Hostel
Private
Morgan 4-6 - Metro Deusto
36 15/17*€ Photo in Albergue Bilbao Akelarre Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue BBK Bilbao Good Hostel
Private
Miraflores 16 - Metro Bolueta
104 18*€ Photo in Albergue BBK Bilbao Good Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

6

Bilbao Hostel
Private
Carretera Basurto - Castrejana 70
142 18*€ Photo in Albergue Juvenil de Bilbao on the Camino de Santiago

7

Albergue Ganbara Hostel
Private
Prim, 13
62 18*€ Photo in Albergue Ganbara Hostel on the Camino de Santiago
Parochial

8

Albergue de peregrinos Santa Cruz de Begoña
Parochial
Padre Remigio Vilariño, 1
22 Donativo€
Association

9

Albergue Claret Enea
Association
Plaza Corazón de María
28 11*€
Pension

10

Pensión de la Fuente ⭑
Pension
Sombrereria, 2
Photo in Pensión de la Fuente on the Camino de Santiago

11

Pensión Zubia Urban Rooms ⭑
Pension
Amistad, 5
Photo in Pensión Zubía on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

12

Pil Pil Hostel & Suites
Hostal
Sabino Arana, 14
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Hotel

13

Hotel Carlton ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Federico Moyúa, 2
Photo in Hotel Carlton on the Camino de Santiago
4.50km → Sestao
Altitude: 
30

January: San Vicente on the 22nd.
February: Santa Águeda on the 5th.
July: Santiago on the 25th and San Ignacio on the 31st.
August: San Roque on the 16th
October: Santa Teresa on the 15th.

Accommodation in Barakaldo

Pension

1

Pensión Zeus ⭑⭑
Pension
Telleria 10 (Cruces)
Photo in Pensión Zeus on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

2

Hostal Retuerto
Hostal
Noberto Acebal, 2
1.50km → Portugalete
Altitude: 
65

June: San Juan and San Pedro, patrons of the city, on the 29th with a party that runs into the 30th.
July: Santiago on the 25th and San Ignacio on the 31st.
August: Santa Rosa de Lima on the 30th.

11.20km → La Arena
Altitude: 
50

Portugalete was once the main competitor to Bilbao’s port, but for reasons unknown, it lost the deal early on. It remains a miniaturized version of the capital.

If you didn’t already come across it, and if you are fascinated by the marvels of civil engineering, follow the signs to the...

La Virgen de la Guía is celebrated on the 1st of July, San Roque and La Virgen from August 15th to 17th.

The Road: 

The route from Portugalete to La Arena is almost entirely on paved surfaces, and getting out of the expanses of the city require twisting and turning your way around and under the complex network of highways that crowd out green space. Much of the trail is along a dedicated bike path, separated...

Accommodation in Portugalete

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Portugalete
Municipal
Casilda Iturrizar, 8
28 Donativo€
Private

2

Albergue Bide Ona
Private
Julio Gutiérrez Lumbreras, 10
34 12€
Pension

3

Pensión La Guía
Pension
Virgen de la Guía, 4

4

Pensión Bellamar ⭑
Pension
Ortuño de Alango, 31
Photo in Pensión Bellamar on the Camino de Santiago

5

Pensión Buenavista
Pension
San Juan Bautista, 1
Hotel

6

Gran Hotel Puente Colgante ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Doña María Díaz de Haro, 2
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0.90km → Pobeña
Altitude: 
20

The long boardwalk here makes for a comfortable place to have a pause. All of the bars and shops are on the east end of it.

Notice: 

Just prior to arriving in La Arena, you may notice old arrows directing you to your left. They occur shortly before passing under a bridge and should be ignored. Continue straight into La Arena.

The Road: 

The camino follows the boardwalk in La Arena, where it eventually joins a new foot bridge over the small estuary and into Pobeña.

After crossing the bridge you have the option of going across the parking lot to the town, where you will find the albergue and several restaurants.

6.00km → Ontón
Altitude: 
5

There are several restaurants in this small town, some are fancier than others. Take a quick stroll to scout them out before settling in.

The Road: 

To keep on the camino, do not cross the parking lot. Instead look to your right; just past the Residencia Pobeña is a narrow path that takes you uphill for a beautiful walk along the headlands.

The camino turns inland and passes under the A-8 just before arriving into Ontón, and along the...

Accommodation in Pobeña

Municipal

1

Albergue de Pobeña
Municipal
Barrio de Pobeña
40 Donativo€
4.60km → Mioño
Altitude: 
30
The Road: 

In Ontón the camino climbs a set of stairs to bring you back up to the level of the N-634, at a point where the road curves sharply and arrows point in two distinct directions.

‌Option 1: Along N-634 through Mioño & tunnel- 7.1
To follow the new route, simply...

2.50km → Castro Urdiales
Altitude: 
15
Notice: 

There is a variant here which directs you to leave the N-634 before arriving into Mioño. It takes you to Castro Urdiales via the coast.

The Road: 

In Mioño the camino leaves the N-634 by turning left just before the church, following the signs to the Asador El Tunel. Just past the Asador (a bar and restaurant) is the Tunel, an 800m path cut through the mountainside. At the other end are the southern suburbs of Castro Urdiales, which you...

5.00km → Otañes
Altitude: 
100
3.60km → Santullán
Altitude: 
80
2.20km → Sámano
Altitude: 
75
2.70km → Castro Urdiales
Altitude: 
20
5.00km → Allendelagua
Altitude: 
5

The life of Castro Urdiales still revolves around the Puebla Vieja, or old village. It is here that you can explore the most impressive and oldest monuments.

Make your way down to the harbor (a short distance from the camino) to visit Iglesia de Santa Maria perched up...

History: 

Castro Urdiales was settled first by the Romans, who used the location more for its iron than the sea. It prospered under the reign of the Kingdom of Castile right up until 1813 when the French Army destroyed the city. It was quickly rebuilt and fortified.

June: San Juan on the 24th, and San Pelayo Mártir (the patron of Castro Urdiales) on the 26th.
July: La Virgen del Carmen on the 16th, and Santa Ana on the 26th.
August: The Assumption of Mary is celebrated on the 14th.
November: San Andrés on the 30th.

The Road: 

The camino through Castro Urdiales follows the N-634 but it is possible to walk the coastline, a route which is a great deal more scenic. It can be followed as far as the beach at which point you will need to turn back towards the main road. A short distance later the camino turns left towards...

Accommodation in Castro Urdiales

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Castro Urdiales
Municipal
Behind the Bullring on the way out of Castro
16 6€
Pension

2

Pensión Chili
Pension
La Ronda, 16
Photo in Pensión Chili on the Camino de Santiago

3

Pensión Ardigales 11 ⭑⭑
Pension
Ardigales, 11
Photo in Pensión Ardigales 11 on the Camino de Santiago

4

Pensión La Marina ⭑
Pension
La Plazuela, 16
Photo in Pensión La Marina on the Camino de Santiago

5

Hostería Villa de Castro
Pension
Los Huertos, 2
Photo in Hostería Villa de Castro on the Camino de Santiago

6

Pensión La Mar ⭑⭑
Pension
La Mar, 27
Photo in Pensión La Mar on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

7

Hostal Catamarán
Hostal
Victorina Gainza, 3
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Hotel

8

Hotel La Ronda ⭑
Hotel
La Ronda 18 bis
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9

Hotel Sercotel Las Rocas ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Flaviobriga, 1
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10

Hotel Agua Viva & Spa Castro
Hotel
Alto de la Cruz, 6
Photo in Hotel Agua Viva & Spa Castro on the Camino de Santiago

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