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Here Is A List Of The Places I Stayed Trekking The Camino Del Norte.

Discussion in 'Camino del Norte' started by WorldTrekker, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. WorldTrekker

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    Red = a must stop

    Green = go for it

    Yellow = caution

    Excellent = extremely good; outstanding

    Irun: Albergue de peregrinos, ok, nothing special, good for meeting others, decent location, once you cross train tracks look for arrow to turn right, back on other side of tracks is a plaza with good bars and a shopping mall with a decent food court

    San Sebastian: Urban house, good location over bridge past tourist info on left, one block back from water, decent facilities, close to everything, maybe the best pintxo alley in Basque country is an easy walk away

    Zarautz: Zarautz hostel, ok location just as you enter town over a gas station, excellent/clean facilities, great kitchen, tienda's close by, nice bars on the promenade,

    Deba: Albergue de Peregrinos, by train station, cramped, could be cleaner, good location, good bar/restaurant across street, no kitchen, mercado close by

    Zenarruza: Monastery, cramped, could be cleaner, good outdoor space, good showers, the monks sell beer and excellent cheese, they provide a vegetarian meal and breakfast, I would bring some provisions from Markina before heading up

    Eskerika: Albergue Eskerika, owner Inaki sells food to cook and drinks or bring your own (recommended) from Gernika, clean, excellent outdoor area, excellent sleeping area, good communal area, good way to make the Bilbao walk shorter

    Bilbao: Youth hostel Aterpetxea: on hill as you exit town, big place, good clean facilities, decent kitchen, must leave backpack in storage room, comes with cafeteria style breakfast

    Castro Uridales: Municipal albergue, bad revues but ok, it is cramped, kitchen is a microwave, by the bull ring (el toro) at the end of town

    Laredo: Convent de San Francisco, good location, only 10 beds, good facilities, breakfast provided, historic, excellent pilgrim mass, close to lots of bars and mercados

    Güemes: Albergue Ernesto’s, famous, outside of town up hill to left, communal dinner and breakfast, good facilities, bar in town has excellent food if hungry on your way in

    Santa Cruz de Bezana: Albergue la Santa Cruz, walk from Santander to here is not pleasant, located by huge super mercado, excellent facilities, bar across street, communal meal and breakfast, good outdoor area, Nieve is a great host, good option to make next days walk shorter

    Santillana del mar: Albergue Casona Solar de Hidalgos, historic, comfortable, nice outdoor space, friendly owners, good location, excellent bathroom facilities, this is a nice tourist town, lots to see, still trying to figure out the del mar part

    Comillas: Albergue de Peregrinos, former women’s prison, nice and clean, facilities ok, location great, at the end of old town up from plaza, pizzeria close by is excellent, another tourist town, lots to see

    Pendueles: Albergue Aves de Paso, good stop, communal meal and breakfast, decent location, Javier great host does your laundry, tienda and bar close by

    Cuerres: Albergue Casa Belen, Camino gem, excellent facilities, communal meal and breakfast, beer and wine also provided, they even do your laundry, Manfred and Brigitta are so cool

    La Isla: Albergue de Peregrinos, location ok, tienda and bar close by, not real clean, free washer, Angelita is a trip, feisty funny curmudgeon

    Cabuenes: Deva Camping cabins, tienda in camp ground, excellent restaurant, cabins are so cramped its comical, showers are up hill from cabins

    Avilles: Albergue de Peregrinos, the last 10K to here is very industrial, not real clean, close beds, crappy showers/laundry area, friendly host, great location, nice town to stroll around

    Cudillero: Hotel Sol de la Blanca, took alternate route through San Esteban to the coast then onto the old Camino trail for the incredible ocean views, hotel provides breakfast, mercado is close by, historic area, tourist area

    Cadavedo: Albergue Covi Y Peter, managed by the same people that run the municipal, sleeps 6 and 4, clean, ok kitchen, ok shower, tienda is 2K before reaching town stock up, restaurant in town is awful

    Pinera: Albergue de peregrinos, former school house, must check in at the host house first about 2k before, dirty, bad shower, no kitchen but microwave, spacious, tienda about 2K down the road, great empanadas

    Tapia: Albergue de peregrinos, million dollar view, dirty, bad showers, cramped, outside of town but walkable to bars and tiendas, did I mention the view

    San Xusto: Albergue de pergrinos, dirty, horrible bathroom (no toilet seat), three separate rooms, no kitchen, bar down the street, tough out the 4.5K to Lourenza it’s mostly down hill

    Gontan: Albergue de peregrinos, clean, excellent laundry facilities, ok bathrooms, good common area, nice kitchen, bars and mercado close by

    Baamonde: Albergue de peregrinos, former school, clean, huge kitchen, ok showers, great common areas, bars and tiendas close by.

    Sobrado: Monastery, excellent location, historic, nice showers, good sleeping area, mercados and excellent restaurants close by
     
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    Maggie, just looked at your blog. Looks like I'm going to miss meeting you by one day. I'm flying in at about 13:00 (the day your in Irun) and trekking from airport to San Sebastian.
    Hope we get good weather. Good luck, God bless and safe travels.
     
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    Which airport are you flying into? Maybe we might catch up further along the trail. Hope so.

    Good weather would certainly be a blessing - but I will be prepared for the worst!
    Buen Camino!
     
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    Maggie, I'm looking at leaving the States on April 20 and arriving in Madrid the 21st. From there, I will connect to San Sebastián Airport which is in Irun. My flight on Iberia leaves about noon and arrives at 13:00.
    If the weather is decent, I'm walking from the airport right to the Camino Norte and onto San Sebastián (about 7 hours). If weather is dreadful I'll be going to the Albergue in Irun. I do hope our paths cross, it would be a honor to meet you.
     
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    Hi @WorldTrekker. So you are walking el Norte for a second time? You must have enjoyed it.

    In case I don't see you, I wish you buen camino, but wouldn't it be great if we were in the same place at the same time.
     
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    I'll be doing the Camino Norte / Primitivo.
    The idea of just doing the Primitivo did not seem enough after my epic journey last year and the chance of repeating the first two weeks of last years Nortern route was to enticing.
    Enjoy your journey and remember to take the GR and E routes whenever available; you will not be disappointed.
    Buen Camino
     
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    Good recomendations.
    Sorry that very few take this way.
    Without mentioning about October-April.
    As a whole "camino" for me the best.
    As a linking way to the French for me via:
    "The Basque Inland Way " or " The Baztanes Way".
    Ultreia.
    JÇ.
     
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    I am new to the Camino group. I will be starting the Camino Norte starting August 30th. I'm taking the bus from Barcelona to Irun. I would like to spend the night in Irun. Will it be difficult to stay at the Albergue de peregrinos in Irun?
     
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    Thank you! Very helpful!
     
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    A sugestión from my experience in the Northen camino in reference to albergues & vegetarians : There is a small primate albergue ( 7 beds) only pilgrims, donativo sistem, includes vegetarian dinner and breakfast, warm & home like stile, no needs Sleeping sacs, just on the side of the camino in a small town called Vega ( Vega de Ribadesella). Opens at 15:30, no reservation available. The owner Marina will welcome the pilgrims like real mother. Close to the Vega beach. Any more information nedded, let me kown . J.C.
     
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    Thanks for the info on Albergues. Did you get your Credential in Irun? and if so where. We are starting early June
    Thanks
    Jo
     
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    I had trouble finding a stamp in Irun. I am not sure at all if they have credencials there. I ordered mine ahead of time from another forum shop. I believe that they are also obtainable from the Confraternity of Saint James or the Americans Pilgrims on the Camino (APOC).
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Will try the CSJ. I got them last year through them for our walk from Malaga to Santiago, but was hoping they were easily accessible in Irun.
    Cheers Jo
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey jo_nz - I’m not sure where you live, but if you’re in The States, you can contact the American Pilgrims as Michael mentioned. Here’s more information about getting the credential from them.

    http://www.americanpilgrims.org/credential-request

    The credential I’m setting off with this spring came from this organization. Buen Camino!
     
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    Hi Wily
    Thanks - we are from New Zealand. I have just received an email from the Albergue in Irun and apparently we can get from them if we need to.
    Jo
     
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