The following updates highlight any changes to the Camino del Norte in 2017-18 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.

Camino del Norte Baggage Transfer

Jose Luis Pardo Rodríguez (316) no longer offers baggage transfer services on the Camino del Norte. Instead, your best bet is now the service offered by Correos (the Spanish post office). +34 683440022

Stage 1: Irún to San Sebastián
  • Irún's Albergue de Peregrinos is open March-October in 2018
  • Pasajes de San Juan's Albergue de Peregrinos is open April - mid-October in 2018

Stage 3: Zarautz to Deba
  • Getaria's Kanpaia Aterpetxea is open March-October in 2018
  • Zumaia's Albergue de Peregrinos in Convento San José is open Easter - 15 October in 2018

Stage 4: Deba to Markina-Xemein
  • Markina's Albergue de Peregrinos is open April - mid-October in 2018

Stage 5: Markina to Gernika
  • New albergue in Olabe, 5.5km after Munitibar: Albergue Andiketxe (20 beds, 12€, meals available, kitchen, W/D, 946 253 150)

Stage 6: Gernika to Bilbao
  • Larrabetzu's Albergue de Peregrinos is open April - mid-October in 2018
  • Bilbao's Albergue de Peregrinos (on the far side of town) is open April - mid-October in 2018 and now offers communal meals; while the guide (for now) still lists this as the endpoint of stage 6, we encourage pilgrims who want to enjoy Bilbao to consider other options, including the newer options near the Plaza de Unamuno: Albergue Parroquia Barrio de la Cruz and Albergue Claret Enea (see the 2016 updates below for more)

Stage 7: Bilbao to Pobeña
  • New albergue in Baracaldo: Albergue del Polideportivo de Gorostiza (donativo, 16 beds, open June-Sept, kitchen, 687 529 627)
  • Portugalete's Albergue de Peregrinos has relocated to the nearby polideportivo (just a block from the old location), now has 30 beds, and is open June-September

Stage 9: Castro-Urdiales to Laredo
  • Islares's Albergue de Peregrinos is temporarily closed (as of December 2017). Check with the turismo in Castro-Urdiales to confirm its availability (and please update us!)

Stage 10: Laredo to Guemes
  • Here's the 2018 Laredo-Santoña ferry schedule: 2€, July-Sept every 10min 0900-2000, May/June/Oct 0900-1800, Mar-Apr and Nov – early-Dec 0900-1400, closed Dec. 12 – Feb; 675 874 742

Stage 12: Santander to Santillana del Mar

Stage 15: Colombres to Llanes
  • A reader reports on a route change: "From Andrin , the official yellow arrows now follow the coastal variant, but somewhat different from the book, making the guidebook's explanations highly confusing" (124)
  • New albergue in Llanes, near the entry to town via the GR: Albergue La Senda del Peregrino (15€, 24 beds, includes breakfast, open Mar-Oct, 985 404 486)

Stage 16: Llanes to Ribadesella
  • A reader recommends Hotel Gavitu in Celorio, particularly outside of peak season when options decline considerably
  • 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)
  • Casa Belén in Cuerres will be closed in 2018. (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)
  • A reader suggests Hotel Las Vegas in Colunga (singles 28-35€, doubles 35-55€, 985 856 025) and notes that Hostal El Mesón is currently closed and "looks awful" (136)
  • 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 18: Sebrayo to Gijón
  • New albergue in Villaviciosa: Albergue de Peregrinos la Payariega (donativo, 6 beds, open all year, communal meals, kitchen, W/D, 651 068 840). 

Stage 20: Avilés to Soto de Luiña

  • New albergue in Salinas: Beach Hostel El Pez Escorpió (20€, 16 beds, Kitchen, W/D, wifi, 985 500 859) (150) 
  • Hotel/Restaurante Mariño is permanently closed

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)
  • New albergue in La Caridad: Albergue La Xana (11-17€, 14 beds, kitchen, W/D, Avda de Asturias 18, 984 196 830)


Stage 24: La Caridad to Ribadeo
  • Here are the route directions along the coast, from Tapia de Casariego's Albergue de Peregrinos to Ribadeo's Albergue: Continue straight into the center of Tapia. At a T-junction, turn left and then take the next right through a small parking lot. Turn left at a T-junction, then right onto the main road through Tapia, the Avda de Galicia. 800m later, towards the end of town, fork right onto a pedestrian track skirting the coastline. After looping around the inlet, 1.6km later, turn left on a minor road. The route zigzags through fields, arriving in the village of Santa Gadea 4.7km later and then the Playa de Peñarronda (Hostal Parajes – doubles 40€+, meals available, @, 985 979 050) after another kilometer. Continue winding along the coast for 3km before passing by another beach, the Playa de Arnao, and then veer inland 600m, turning right and proceeding alongside the A-8. Cross the Ría de Ribadeo, descend from the bridge back toward the river, and then turn left. Ribadeo’s albergue is on your right, 1km from the center of town. This route is 13.2km total 


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 2017-18 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 1 - Ferrol to Pontedeume
  • A significant shortcut is possible from the 12th-century San Martín de Xubia, turning right immediately after the old monastery and crossing the pedestrian bridge over the Ría de Ferrol. Just before the Neda station, turn left and then right immediately after, passing under the A-8. Cross the N-642, turn right, and then left immediately after, rejoining the official route here. This trims 6.4km off the day’s walk 
  • The route has changed soon after the Viaduct Romariz, passing a roundabout with a café and then turning inland, largely circumventing Cabañas. Here's the route description: Turn left at the roundabout, cross through a second roundabout, then turn right on the other side of the N-651. After 500m, at house #32, turn left uphill and then turn right soon after. Fork right 400m later, descending back to the N-651. 600m later, turn right on a path heading due south. At a T-junction 100m later, turn left and then pass under the E-1. Continue 600m and then turn R at the next T-junction. Proceed 1.1km, cross the N-651, and then keep straight on for another 500m. Fork right, turn left, and then cross diagonal-ly over another highway. Finally, join the N-651 on the outskirts of Cabañas (bars). Fol-low the highway for 1.2km, crossing the bridge over the Río Eume. Turn right immediately after the bridge and proceed 200m to the albergue in Pontedeume. 

Stage 2 - Pontedeume to Betanzos
  • The route has changed after Miño. After passing the Mesón Alameda and crossing under the N-651, turn left and then right immediately after, joining a riverside road. 1.3km later, turn right and cross a stone bridge. Turn left and proceed 800m into Lambre. Turn left, then right, then right again, walking downhill. Arrive at the N-651 700m later and turn left in Viñas. At this point, you rejoin the old route

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
  • There are many route changes in this stage (and really, it should be two stages at this point, now that plenty of albergue options exist in Sigüeiro--this is something that will change in the next edition). These include:
  • After crossing the E-1 expressway, some 6km from Calle de Poulo, turn right on the other side; the next 4.5km proceed roughly alongside the expressway, following dirt tracks. Just before arriving at an industrial plant, fork left and then turn right 400m later. Follow this road for 1.2km and then turn left onto a footpath. Pass along the left side of the swimming pool and continue straight for 500m to the roundabout. Turn left and then take the next right on Rúa Río Lengüelle. Turn left on Rúa do Tambre and then the next right on Rúa Camiño Real. Turn left on the main road, in the center of Sigüeiro
  • Leaving Sigüeiro, cross over the Río Tambre and continue along the N-550 for 600m. Turn right and then left, and then right again, following a minor road across the E-8 900m later. Turn left on the other side and then continue to zigzag through quiet countryside, following minor roads and dirt tracks for the next 3.5km, passing the edge of A Torre and the Hotel San Vicente
  • Join the N-550 800m later, following it for the next 700m. Fork right onto a minor road, cross the railroad, and then turn left 500m later onto a dirt track. Proceed 1.8km through the woods. Loop behind the Hotel-Restaurante Castro (singles 41€, doubles 50€, 981 509 304) and then join a track running alongside the N-550 soon after. 1km later, turn right away from the highway, skirting the edge of an industrial plant, before turning left to enter it 1.2km after that (Café-Bar Poligono on right).
  • Keep straight on for the next 1.7km, ultimately joining the Rúa do Tambre. Shortly after Bar Miro, fork left, following the Rúa do Meixonfrío for 400m before rejoining the Tambre. Descend to the N-634, cross it using the crosswalk to your left, and then proceed straight ahead, curving to the right, on Rúa de Mallou 300m later. Continue straight through a minor intersection, then fork right, following this road for 800m. Shortly after it curves right, turn left and proceed 100m, arriving at a major intersection. Pass to the left of a McDonald’s, cross over the N-634, and then turn right on the other side, following a pedestrian walkway as it curves left. Perform a similar maneuver at the next roundabout, continuing straight on Rúa da Pastoriza, which becomes Rúa dos Basquiños, Rúa de Santa Clara, and Rúa de San Roque in quick succession. 1.1km later, fork right onto Rúa Santa Clara as you pass by the Convento de Santa Clara.
  • You are now entering the old town of Santiago. Follow the road as it winds through the compact quarters, becoming Rúa dos Loureiros, Rúa da Porta da Pena, Rúa da Fonte de San Miguel, and then Rúa da Troia. Turn right to proceed into the Plaza Immaculada, de-scend the steps through the arch, and arrive in the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago!