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.

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 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)

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 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)


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