To Santiago: 
0.00
Altitude: 
20

And another disclaimer — The Olvidado/Invierno combination is my all time favorite camino. So don’t expect balanced and objective information from this peregrina!

As always, the first task is to get yourself to Bilbao and get oriented. There’s a great airport bus, but of course that’s to be expected since you are in Spain. I don’t believe the tram goes to the airport, but the bus will drop you off at the station if you are going to a place served by the tram. But I just got off at the main stop and crossed the river to get to the old town where my pensión was.

Bilbao, in my...

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: 

Day 1. Bilbao to Güeñes, 25 km.

The departure from Bilbao has changed since I walked the Olvidado from Bilbao in 2014. It now continues along the river past the Guggenheim and splits from the Norte when crossing a small tributary at Puente del Diablo. Comparing...

Accommodation in Bilbao at the start of the Camino Olvidado

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos de Bilbao
Municipal
Kobetas, 60

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

2

Albergue Moon Hostel Bio
Private
Luzarra, 7

92
10€
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Photo in Albergue Moon Hostel Bio on the Camino de Santiago

3

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

4

Albergue BBK Bilbao Good Hostel
Private
Miraflores 16 - Metro Bolueta

104
18*€
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Photo in Albergue BBK Bilbao Good Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

5

Bilbao Hostel
Private
Carretera Basurto - Castrejana 70

142
18*€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Bilbao Hostel

6

Albergue Ganbara Hostel
Private
Prim, 13

62
18*€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ganbara Hostel

7

Albergue Bilbao Central Hostel
Private
Fernández del Campo, 24

40
17*€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Bilbao Central 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 at the start of the Camino Olvidado on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Bilbao at the start of the Camino Olvidado on the Camino de Santiago
4.60km → La Quadra
To Santiago: 
489.10
Altitude: 
29

Accommodation in Alonsotegi

Private

1

Albergue Mendizain
Private
Barrio San Martin
Hotel Rural

2

Agroturismo Ordaola
Hotel Rural
Pagasarri Bidea

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Agroturismo Ordaola
4.00km → Sodupe
To Santiago: 
484.50
Altitude: 
50
5.40km → Güeñes
To Santiago: 
480.50
Altitude: 
56
To Santiago: 
475.10
Altitude: 
76

The 25 km option takes you to Güeñes. It is a good sized town, with all services.

Hotel Erreka.  It is a good sized town, with all services.
Report of a single room in 2018 — 38.5€ with breakfast. Yes, prices are higher in País Vasco. Recommended restaurant — Katay. 100 m from hotel, to the left in front of a furniture factory. Menú was 10€ in 2018.

There is an albergue on the outskirts of town, but it is only open to groups, not individual pilgrims. So, just ignore anything you see about it....

The Road: 

Day 2. Güeñes to Nava de Ordunte (22.5) or Villasana de Mena (27.5)

If you’ve slept in Güeñes, you will go through several good sized towns. Zalla at 4 km,  and Balmaseda is 5 km beyond that. Balmaseda has a very pretty old bridge with tower.

After...

Accommodation in Güeñes

Municipal

1

Albergue de Santxosolo
Municipal
Santxosolo Auzoa, 9

36
Hotel

2

Hotel Erreka Güeñes ⭑
Hotel
Lugar Barrio Lasier, 17
1.90km → Mimétiz
To Santiago: 
472.90
Altitude: 
85
7.90km → Balmaseda
To Santiago: 
650.70
Altitude: 
91
To Santiago: 
462.90
Altitude: 
147

Accommodation in Balmaseda

Municipal

1

Albergue Ikastola Zaharra
Municipal
Calle Castillo, 3
Private

2

Albergue La Garbea
Private
Calle La Piedra 4
Hotel

3

Hotel Convento San Roque
Hotel
Campo de las Monjas Kalea, 2

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