Portugalete | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
1.50km → Portugalete → La Arena
To Santiago: 

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 Viscaya Bridge; it is the first of its kind and a UNESCO heritage site.


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...