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3.40km → Lezama
To end of camino: 
699.70
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...

Fiesta: 

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€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de peregrinos de Larrabetzu
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Miamendi
Casa Rural
Barrio Legina, 1

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Miamendi
Photo of Larrabetzu on the Camino de Santiago
10.40km → Bilbao
To end of camino: 
696.30
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...

Accommodation in Lezama

Municipal

1

Albergue de Lezama
Municipal
Garaiotza 133 E

20
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Lezama
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Madarian
Casa Rural
Barrio Aretxalde, 88

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Madarian
Hotel

3

Hotel Rural Matsa ⭑⭑
Hotel
Aretxalde, 153

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Rural Matsa ⭑⭑
Photo of Lezama 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

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Iabiti
Hotel

2

Hotel Aretxarte ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Pq. Tecnológico de Zamudio edf. 200

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Aretxarte ⭑⭑⭑

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
22€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Juvenil Residencia Mañarikua

Camino del Norte Map 5

Camino del Norte Map 5
13.10km → Barakaldo
To end of camino: 
685.90
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 city, and while the old town can be seen in an afternoon it would take two days minimum to get around the new town. If you are crunched for time or want to go easy on your feet there are plenty of public transport options; you would do right to avoid the quality metro and stick to the above ground...

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...

Fiesta: 

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...

Accommodation in Bilbao

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos de Bilbao
Municipal
Kobetas, 60

40
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Peregrinos de Bilbao
Private

2

Albergue Bilbao Central Hostel
Private
Fernández del Campo, 24

40
17*€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Bilbao Central Hostel

3

Albergue Moon Hostel Bio
Private
Luzarra, 7

92
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Moon Hostel Bio

4

Albergue Bilbao Akelarre Hostel
Private
Morgan 4-6 - Metro Deusto

36
15-17*€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Bilbao Akelarre Hostel

5

Albergue BBK Bilbao Good Hostel
Private
Miraflores 16 - Metro Bolueta

104
18*€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue BBK Bilbao Good Hostel

6

Bilbao Hostel
Private
Carretera Basurto - Castrejana 70

142
18*€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Bilbao Hostel

7

Albergue Ganbara Hostel
Private
Prim, 13

62
19+€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ganbara Hostel
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

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión de la Fuente ⭑

11

Pensión Zubia Urban Rooms ⭑
Pension
Amistad, 5

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Zubia Urban Rooms ⭑
Hostal

12

Pil Pil Hostel & Suites
Hostal
Sabino Arana, 14

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pil Pil Hostel & Suites
Hotel

13

Hotel Carlton ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Federico Moyúa, 2

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Carlton ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Bilbao on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Bilbao on the Camino de Santiago
4.50km → Sestao
To end of camino: 
672.80
Altitude: 
30
Fiesta: 

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)

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Zeus ⭑⭑
Hostal

2

Hostal Retuerto
Hostal
Noberto Acebal, 2
Photo of Barakaldo on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Barakaldo on the Camino de Santiago
1.50km → Portugalete
To end of camino: 
668.30
Altitude: 
65
Fiesta: 

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
To end of camino: 
666.80
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 Viscaya Bridge; it is the first of its kind and a UNESCO heritage site.

Other monuments include the 15th-century Basilica de Santa Maria, the Torre de Salazar, and the town hall; and strolling between them all takes you over and under the medieval...

Fiesta: 

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...

Accommodation in Portugalete

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Portugalete
Municipal
Martin Fernandez Villaran, 2

28
Donativo€
Private

2

Albergue Bide Ona
Private
Julio Gutiérrez Lumbreras, 10

34
15€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Bide Ona
Pension

3

Pensión Bellamar ⭑
Pension
Ortuño de Alango, 31

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Bellamar ⭑

4

Pensión Buenavista
Pension
San Juan Bautista, 1
Hotel

5

Gran Hotel Puente Colgante ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Doña María Díaz de Haro, 2

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Gran Hotel Puente Colgante ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Portugalete on the Camino de Santiago
0.90km → Pobeña
To end of camino: 
655.60
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...

Photo of La Arena on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of La Arena on the Camino de Santiago
6.00km → Ontón
To end of camino: 
654.70
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...

Accommodation in Pobeña

Municipal

1

Albergue de Pobeña
Municipal
Barrio de Pobeña

40
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Pobeña
Photo of Pobeña on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Pobeña on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Pobeña on the Camino de Santiago
4.60km → Mioño
To end of camino: 
648.70
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...

Accommodation in Ontón

Private

1

Albergue Tu Camino
Private
N-634, 71

25
7€
2.50km → Castro Urdiales
To end of camino: 
644.10
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...

5.00km → Otañes
To end of camino: 
655.10
Altitude: 
100
3.60km → Santullán
To end of camino: 
650.10
Altitude: 
80
2.20km → Sámano
To end of camino: 
646.50
Altitude: 
75

Accommodation in Santullán

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Santullán
Municipal
Santullán, 39

14
10€
2.70km → Castro Urdiales
To end of camino: 
644.30
Altitude: 
20
5.00km → Allendelagua
To end of camino: 
641.60
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 high. Nearby is the Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana, the Medieval Puente Romano, and the Ermita Santa Ana. When you are done exploring hustle back to the Plaza Del Ayuntamiento for a fill-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.

Fiesta: 

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...

Accommodation in Castro Urdiales

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Castro Urdiales
Municipal
Behind the Bullring on the way out of Castro

16
6€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de peregrinos de Castro Urdiales
Pension

2

Pensión Chili
Pension
La Ronda, 16

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Chili

3

Pensión Ardigales 11 ⭑⭑
Pension
Ardigales, 11

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Ardigales 11 ⭑⭑

4

Pensión La Marina ⭑
Pension
La Plazuela, 16

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión La Marina ⭑

5

Hostería Villa de Castro
Pension
Los Huertos, 2

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostería Villa de Castro

6

Pensión La Mar ⭑⭑
Pension
La Mar, 27

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión La Mar ⭑⭑
Hostal

7

Hostal Catamarán ⭑
Hostal
Victorina Gainza, 3

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Catamarán ⭑
Hotel

8

Hotel La Ronda ⭑
Hotel
La Ronda 18 bis

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel La Ronda ⭑

9

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

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Sercotel Las Rocas ⭑⭑⭑⭑

10

Hotel Agua Viva & Spa Castro ⭑⭑
Hotel
Alto de la Cruz, 6

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Agua Viva & Spa Castro ⭑⭑
Photo of Castro Urdiales on the Camino de Santiago

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