The following updates highlight any changes to the Camino del Norte in 2017 to The Northern Caminos. Please note that we have not included minor price changes here (for example, an albergue price increasing by a euro), though inflation has struck many of the accommodations along the way. Page numbers corresponding to the 2015 edition are included in parentheses. 2015 and 2016 updates can be found in previous posts; the 2016 updates following our re-walk are particularly significant.

Stage 12: Santander to Santillana del Mar
Stage 16: Llanes to Ribadesella
  • Piñeres de Pría's Casa Rectoral open June 15-Sept 15 (36 beds available); the phone number for the Casa Rectoral is 617 942 141. (129)

Stage 17: Ribadesella to Sebrayo
  • A reader reports a confusing waymark just after Berbes: the right turn onto the Camino Real is clear, but when making you are faced with two tracks--the Camino follows the smaller left-hand track. (135)
  • New albergue in Priesca, La Rectorial de Priesca, (12€, 22 beds, kitchen, serves breakfast, W/D, wifi, 636 056 520; may have limited supplies available for purchase) (137)
  • Keys for the Pre-Romanesque Church of San Salvador are available from the owner of the Albergue La Rectorial de Priesca (137)

Stage 20: Avilés to Soto de Luiña

Stage 23: Luarca to La Caridad
  • New albergue in Navia: Albergue San Roque (10€, 24 beds, open March 1 - November 30, Kitchen, W/D, wifi, Avda Manuel Suárez 3 bajo, 691 904 242) (166)

Stage 25: Ribadeo to Lourenzá
  • Vilela's Albergue de Peregrinos is no longer open year-round. Instead, its opening season is less clear, as it operates now primarily as an over-flow space for Ribadeo's small albergue, primarily in the summer. Before leaving Ribadeo, make sure to confirm that Vilela's albergue is operational.
  • Reader Andrew shares that "while there is an albergue in Gondan there is no place to by food in the village. However, there is a little shop in Villamartin Grande.They have some food items for sale and will fix a simple meal if asked. They also have three or four very nice rooms for rent, I think they asked 25 euros." The facility in Villamartín Grande may be Habitaciones Tentempé Peregrino (3 rooms, 30-35€, open Semana Santa - October 31, 610 451 518)

Stage 27: Gontán to Baamonde
  • New albergue in Abadín: Albergue Xabarín (15€, 25 beds, Kitchen, W/D, wifi, 690 181 811) (183)
  • New albergue after Abadín, in Castromaior: Albergue O Xistral (12€, 19 beds, Kitchen, breakfast available, W/D, wifi, 673 524 257) (183) 
  • New albergue in Vilalba: Albergue As Pedreiras (10€, 28 beds, Kitchen, W/D, wifi, open all year, 620 137 711) (187)
 
 
The following updates highlight any changes on the Camino Primitivo in 2017 to The Northern Caminos. Please note that we have not included minor price changes here (for example, an albergue price increasing by a euro), though inflation has struck many of the accommodations along the way. Page numbers corresponding to the 2015 edition are included in parentheses. 2015 and 2016 updates can be found in previous posts; the 2016 updates following our re-walk are particularly significant.

Stage 10: Cádavo Baleira to Lugo
  • New albergue in Lugo: Albergue Casa da Chanca (12€, includes breakfast, 15 beds, open all year but call ahead Dec-Mar, W/D, 648 574 300)
 
 
 
The following updates highlight any changes to the Camino Inglés in 2017 to The Northern Caminos. Please note that we have not included minor price changes here (for example, an albergue price increasing by a euro), though inflation has struck many of the accommodations along the way. Page numbers corresponding to the 2015 edition are included in parentheses. 2015 and 2016 updates can be found in previous posts; the 2016 updates following our re-walk are particularly significant.

Stage 3 - Betanzos to Hospital de Bruma
  • Stage 3: Reader Andrew shares that in summer 2017 the route changed in part towards the end of this section. He writes, "the path after Leiro is very different and does not include a stop by Bar Julia. The final stages are probably the same but the route did look knew, the way markers were quite pristine. I used an app to log the route and the new one takes you through Leiro on the DP - 0150. It then takes you off the road and onto a wide dirt track uphill for several miles. It takes you past the Encoro de Beche. This is a reservoir. It has toilets and a camping area. You then get back onto the road and route takes you under AP9.  You follow the road and then go off onto a path through woods to Vao.  You then go across countryside which is mostly heathland and some woods. This takes you eventually to a side road and onto AC542. Here you find the Bar Casa Avelina on Avenida Travesas in Veira. You then walk down the AC 542 alongside an electricity plant. You then turn left opposite the road to the Castro das Travesas Hill fort. You go down the track past a chicken farm. This conforms to your instruction "After 400m, near farm buildings, turn right..." etc. This gets you to Bruma"


Stage 4 - Hospital de Bruma to Santiago
  • Reader Andrew also shares news on a route change entering Santiago: "It diverges at the Hotel Castro. The route takes you through some woods at the back of the hotel (the hotel has an honesty bar for pilgrims). It then takes you parallel to the Estrata Porrino Redondela. On the other side of the road is a wood processing factory which is huge.  You then walk through the back of an industrial estate, past a large cemetry and into the suburbs of Santiago. The route takes you into Parque de Fermin Bouza Brey and along Avenida de Xoan XX111. We lost the route in terms of way markers but were so close that it did not matter"