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We Got Kicked Out Of The Camping! | First Day Of Camino Del Norte

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    Hello, everyone! We are a young couple who dedicates themselve to creating photo and video content, as well as our own music. Our content is related to travelling and adventures. We are passionate walkers who love hiking, trekking and camping. Our goal is to promote the healthy lifestyle, to motivate people to walk more and care for nature around.

    Our first official day started at 9 am when we were woken up by the people and cars moving around in the camping that we found the night before. We slept only for 5 hours, still tired from the yesterday nightmare, but we had nothing to do but start walking and walk at least several kms. Because even though we didn't have a plan to rush we still wanted to be moving everyday and getting closer to our goal. So we got up and tried to pack everything up very quick and went to find a place to cook breakfast and eat it. Finally it was time to eat smth for us! Cause yesterday we didn't have time nor powers to make it happen. So we started walking and saw the ocean for the first time cause yesterday night we just heard it and it was even scary for us being dark and noisy. It was a beautiful moment and it's obviously very hard to evaluate it's extents and measures but we could feel that it was different, different from any sea that we've ever seen before. You could tell it just from the look and the sound of it, it's huge massive waves and tasty smell. What appeared to be scary yesterday today was very attractive. Later in the day we realized that on the map it says Cantabrian Sea to this part of ocean but to us it will always stay Atlantic ocean and our first meet with it. We saw lots of people on the beach swimming so we assumed it was very warm and we thought we may do it as well one day. Also we realized that the names of the villages and some institutions were double and in the unknown Basque language, so we learnt that the French territory also makes part of the Basque country. It is our first time in here so we were excited to learn more about it. So we started the hike from the village of Bidart on the coast walked through the village Guethary and found our camping site Merko further down the coast. So it sums up to just 6 km we made that day but for us it was just enough considering our physical state. The camping was really nice 3 star camping with everything that you need with a good facilities and the little supermarket nearby. The whole area was a compilation of 5 campings, several beaches, couple of bars and restaurants and some shops. The rest of the day we spent just resting, taking a nap and eating tasty fruit that we bought at the local shop(the peaches were excellent!). We met a breathtaking and sensational sunset at the ocean coast and this first sunset we will never forget. We felt so grateful that we got to experience this beauty and for the great warm cloudless weather that we had (we knew that it's not going to be forever).

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    You two are adorable! Sorry you had a difficult start. The video is very good. I did only sections of the Norte, so will be eager to follow you and see the parts I missed. Hope you've gotten some rest and that your next day goes more smoothly.
     
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    Thank you so much for your words and support! Every day is different and some are harder, some are easier. But it was probably the hardest day in terms of mental state. We also hope that you will enjoy the rest of the episodes! And feel free to ask any questions.
     
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    I enjoy watching your video and Northern Spain is so beautiful. Are you finding the Camino Norte well marked with the Camino symbols? I look forward to more videos!
     
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    Thank you very much for your kind words! We found that it was pretty well marked all the way through, but we were searching for alternative ways most of the time so can't be sure about every part. Hope you will enjoy our next episode!
     
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    First meeting with the ocean and getting the pilgrim credentials in Irún| Day 3 of Camino del Norte

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    Beautiful video of ocean views and so many horses! Where did they all come from?! You did not make it to San Sebastian but it was a good day anyway!
     
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    Thank you, yes, it was a beauttiful day, lots of good memories. The next episode is out now where we finally got to San Sebastian.
     
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    Breathtaking oceancoast hiking | Day 4 of Camino del Norte from Irún to San Sebastián

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    First stormy and rainy day getting to Zarautz | Day 5 of Camino del Norte

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    Hiking with the Donkey | Day 6 of Camino del Norte from Zumaia to Deba

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    Hope you made it to camping site before dark!
     
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    We did! It was very exhausting but we made it, thank you:)
     
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    Hiking in the Beautiful Basque Country, Spain | Camino del Norte from Mutriku to Markina Xemein-Day 7

    This was our day 7 of Camino del Norte when we hiked through the mountains from the village of Mutriku to Markina Xemein.
    That night was a hell, it was raining almost all the night and the morning and we slept only for a couple of hours. So we woke up very late at 9 am and then all day long we were feeling sleepy.

    We finally found the camping gas that we needed so badly already while we were paying for the night at the reception.

    We came down to the village Mutriku to go to the tourist office for the stamp and decided not to buy any food to go lightweight cause we knew we had to do 20 plus kms that day.

    We had a dillema in front of us. As we realized that the Camino wasn't going along the ocean coast and was going away from it in the mountains but we planned our route and the camping spots to stay in close to the coast. And now had to decide whether to follow our plans but go on the unknown car road or follow the Camino and stay in the hostels or stealth camping. Because there wasn't any camping sites in that places to our dissapointment all the way to Bilbao. And that would take us around 3 days to accomplish.

    And so hesitating which way to go we took the Camino and realized that it goes in different direction from the car road so we have no chance to check whether it was possible to walk there.

    But soon we were glad with our decision to take the Camino. We walked through the beautiful rural areas which looked like the eco farms with peaceful pastures and green eternal meadows. Mountains were everywhere and we met a lot of natural springs on our way that day. It was reminiscent to our home in the mountains and the route was very similar to the ones we take regularly while living in Eastern Pyrenees.

    The route was constantly going up and down giving the scenic views over the mountain peaks and the ocean mingling between the mountain ranges. The roads were quite dirty and slippery after the rainy days in some places so we had to walk carefully and watch the step.

    All that distance you pass by the farm houses, pastures and couple of restaurants and only at the end of the day you get to the city. So it's important to keep in mind that this day is quite long and challenging.

    The first uphill was the hardest though the rest of the way was quite gentle except for the entrance way to the city - that downhill was an absolute killer.

    We met the first bike pilgrims that were carring their bikes uphill but we must say it is a difficult trail if doing it by bike. Overall we met less pilgrims than the previous days.

    The weather was great that day sunny and warm with the clouds passing by and most of the route was going through the forest so walking was an absolute pleasure. But still at the end of the day we felt like we did too many kms from the soreness in the muscles and overall fatigue but for the most part it was because we didn't slept well the night before.

    So we got to the Markina Xemein city quite late at 7pm so we were rushing to buy some food and then to find a place to camp. We knew that all the places in hostels would be occupied so not to lose any time we headed out of the city searching for some dirt road to lead us to the field or the forest. Finally we found a place above the highway on the meadow close to the forest and almost at complete dark were ready to go to sleep.

    We understood that every day we can't do the same kind of distance for the long time. If not we would be fired up and couldn't continue our way. And as we didn't want to stop our Camino we decided to slow it down whenever it's possible. And also try to start hike early to come to the places earlier so that we have more time to recover. So with all these thoughts we were falling asleep.

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    Green Forest day and the Camino Burnout! | Camino del Norte from Markina Xemein to Gernika-Day 8

    On the day 8 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we did 27 kms going from Markina-Xemein to the Gernika village.

    We got up to the beautiful sunny morning in the little forest above the highway that we found yesterday night. The night was extremely quiet and calm and nothing could disturb our sleep. We were lucky to find this place quite fast and not going very far from the city. As it's been extremely hard the last couple of days to find a camp spot because of the area being very populated and with lots of traffic.

    I did my stretching yoga routine in the morning as it was very needed for my sore muscles. We still felt tired because the tireness accumulated from day to day. But we had to do the 25 km going from Markina Xemein to Gernika city and we had no other option but to start the trail.

    We knew that we won't have a camping there and we'll have to find a stealth camping spot so we moved as quickly as possible.

    After the previous quite hard route in the mountains we were ready for the hard trail. But the Camino started quite smoothly going along the river and then gently starting to go uphill. We walked through several little villages that day and there were some pavement routes but the most of the day we were walking in the forest enjoying the greenery of it, the shadow that it gave us and the fresh air. And we even called this day the green forest day.

    The places were very unique with the houses and farms in beetween the mountains coming out of nowhere. The whole region that we were walking through the last days was like that. Sometimes we even wondered how the people can manage to get to their houses as all the the roads were dirt roads and the whole area was very rural. But it was very special and we enjoyed being around it.

    We met the cutest pigs ever pasturing in some garden and they were the highlight of the day for sure. Also we put a stamp in the beautiful monastery that we met on the way that also had an albergue in it.

    There wasn't any steep uphills or downhills so the route turned out to be quite easy for us. But because of our general exhaustement at the end of the day we were killed and tired. We promised ourselves yesterday that we wouldn't do more than 20 km a day but we had to do it because there just wasn't any camping or shop earlier on the way and for us it is very important cause we prefer to stay in our tent and cook our own food. So for us it was twice as hard.

    At the end we had to walk around 3 km more to the spot where it was possible to camp. As we said it is super hard to find these spots in the region. But the spot we found was very nice and quiet located in the dense forest. And we even managed to have an improvised shower cause we couldn't stand more to hike the third day being all sweaty and sticky. So we made the holes in the water bottle and we had the best moment of the day washing off all this sweat and dirt. Then we had our dinner and went to sleep right away.

    On the next day we woke up in our luxurious camping spot in the forest and felt all worn out and broken so weren't sure about how we will start the Camino today. We tried to plan it yesterday and all we saw was that we are coming close to the big city Bilbao and that there isn't any camping spot in the area. And we didn't want the repetition of the same situation over and over again when we had to search hard and walk extra kms to find the stealth camping spot after we already did more that 20.

    And we had to make this decision. It was very hard for us but we did it for the sake of our health and the rest of the Camino. So we decided to take the bus from Gernika where we were at that moment to Bilbao and then from Bilbao to Castro Urdiales where the next camping spot was and where we could start the Camino again. So we were about to sacrifice about 3 days of the Camino. We felt quite bad about it because it was absolutely possible to do if we weren't searching so hard for the camping spot every day and pushing to our physical limits. Because there are a lot of albergues and not a single camping on this part of the way for the people like us who enjoy doing it this way. If it was like that we could continue going and didn't have this situation of extreme tireness. So we felt like it was quite unfair. What do you think of it? Are there any camping fans as us experiencing the same problems? We need to know that we are not alone.

    So we catched the bus (the transport connection is very nice here) and were in Bilbao in 30 min probably. We saw the big mountains in the background and thought that maybe we skipped the most difficult part of the Camino. But we tried not to think about it as it wasn't our intention anyway. Bilbao seemed to us very huge city that spreaded all around the coast. We saw lots of factories and port facilities while we were passing through it on the bus. And wondered how the Camino goes in these places and thought that probably we won't miss much just taking a bus and skipping the city part. At least it was the best decision for us-nature lovers. So we hoped on another bus going to Castro Urdiales and in 20 minutes we were at the place. We rushed to the only supermarket that was open on Sunday and fortunately we were on time and bought everything we needed and went to the camping. To our surprise the camping was very close to the Camino trail so the next day we didn't have to go very far to start going. The rest of the day was filled with very trivial things like doing washing up, drying our clothes, charging our gear etc. And most importantly we had time to rest and recover a bit from the last crazy days that we had before.

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    First day hiking in Cantabria, Spain | Camino del Norte from Castro-Urdiales to Oriñon-Day 9

    On the Day 9 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we hiked from the town Castro-Urdiales to the coastal village Oriñon.

    That night it was raining a bit and the highway that was under our camping was quite noisy all night long. But we had some good sleep and were planning to do 15 km to Orinon.

    Only in the morning we realized how cool the spot where we camped was with the views of the ocean and coast and no one around. We met the stunning sunrise there, had our breakfast, packed everything up and were good to go.

    Also we figured out that we're in the other province now in Cantabria we moved from Viscaya very quickly without even noticing it. We understood it by different indicators because that is what you first see on the way.

    We were glad to be back on the trail and keep on walking and moving forward. We started probably at 11 am so not very early but we knew that the distance that we planned we should do without a problem.

    First part of the way was going along the highway without any interesting scenery or views. But when we crossed it by the tunnel the route started to go closer to the coast and we finally saw the great and incomparable Ocean! We were so happy to see it and to be able to walk close to it again. As you can see we missed it a lot, its sound, its smell and look.

    The route was partly going on gravel ground partly on asphalt but was very easy overall especially comparing our previous days in the mountains. But it was very needed then, this chill out day. Because we didn't want to skip days, we wanted to keep on moving but just less distance. The less distance you go the more you see and feel the place so we always try to remember it and not start to race for the kms number.

    We didn't find a place to put a stamp in that day as all the churches were closed and there wasn't any tourist offices. The area was quite rural that we were passing by comparing to Viscaya province, we saw more old villages and more vegetable gardens with farmers working in it. And we didn't hear the Euskara language anymore just the Spanish. We tasted the most delicious figs right from the fig tree by the route - they were so juicy and sweet.
    We met some pilgrims that we didn't know because we skipped part of the way and we simply didn't come across with them like we did on our initial route.

    The Camino continued along the ocean and we decided to take the round in Las Islares to go even closer to the cliffs cause the map was showing us some path there. It was very picturesque with unusual relief place but at the end we turned to the wrong direction and then had a hard time finding the way out. So couldn't recommend anyone with a backpack to take it. Better just to follow it for 1 km to see the view and go back to follow the Camino. We are fans of doing rounds and taking alternatives but this one is not perfect at all. Sometimes it felt like there was no actual path there and we had to go blindly.

    Then we came out to the beach of Arenillas, ate the ice cream there because the weather was quite hot and continued on to Orinon. Almost all the route to Orinon was going on the highway because there was just no other way there. And we had to do the big round going over the area where the river comes into ocean. But when we crossed the bridge there was a dirt road that we took and the area was quite unique with the river coloured in turquoise, lots of herons around and rocky mountains in the background.

    After this 3 km of beautiful route we got to Orinon, checked in in the campground and even had time to go to the beach to have a snack there. This rythm of the day was appealing more to us and we were aiming to continue our Camino this way. Less kms, coming early to the spot and have more time to breath and enjoy the places.

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    Beautiful video today, lovely ocean views and rocky cliffs. I especially like to sheep herd! I hope Oriñon campground was good and no highways tomorrow! Be safe.
     
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    Thank you very much, our friend, we enjoyed the oceancoast part throughly too, the next day would be more impressive when we hiked the cliffs at the coast, one of the most memorable days;)
     
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    Rock climbing and Incredible Oceancoast Hiking in Cantabria, Spain | Camino del Norte from Oriñon to Laredo-Day 10

    On the Day 10 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we hiked from the coastal village Oriñon in Cantabria to the town Laredo.

    That day we left the camping quite late at around 11 am cause we slept in (you know it happens sometimes when the alarm rings and you don't want to get up). The camping itself was ok but it could be much better for the price when we payed 20 + euros for the standard pitch with a car and a tent which we feel is very unfair to the backpackers like us. And it wasn't the first camping doing that. As well as paying extra for electricity just for charging our phones and cameras.

    So we left it and started walking uphill from Oriñon to Sonabia. We were told by locals that there is an alternative way to the city of Laredo where we were heading to today taking the mountains path instead of going on the national highway. It seemed like a great idea to us so we planned to do that. Especially for us who always would take and alternative closer to the coast and escape the noisy car roads. It was a 13 km hike.

    So we started walking and the first thing we saw was the falling tide and it was a stunning scenery. When we yesterday came to Oriñon it was a completely different picture and a different beach.

    Then the indicator directed us left, we walked a bit along the gardens and then started ascending the mountain. Already seeing that probably there won't be any shadow all the way up. And the day promised to be very hot and clear, without any clouds. But we were fresh and ready for the challenge.
    Right away when we hiked a bit higher we started to see the splendid views of the ocean and rocky cliffs. And we must say the mountain that we were climbing was a very beautiful one itself. First we climbed in the sand then the ground was turning harder and rockier and the path was becoming steeper and steeper. And in some places it was even dangerously steep and very narrow so we had to watch every step. The ocean was magnetically attractive and we felt like we could sit and stare for hours on end at it. But the way was calling and we continued on. At some point the path became so steep that we had to use our hands to be able to hike up so it looked more like rock climbing than hiking. But our experience in the mountains and hiking several summits helped a lot so it wasn´t bad for us at all.

    But we got it why the Camino doesn't go this way and why we didn't meet any pilgrim on this path. It just simply not for everyone. For someone with the bad knees or any leg problems or with a heavy backpack for example it would be hard to impossible to do. You have to be quite an experienced and confident hiker to be able to do that. Also if you have a limit of time, you need to do more kms and you're not starting in Oriñon like us it may not also be for you. But for us it was worth it and we're happy we did it. In the future we plan to do the same, we don't enjoy walking on the car roads at all.
    We took lots if great pictures there and even had time to sit at the edge of a cliff and enjoy the view. The downhill wasn't as extreme as an uphill so we didn't even noticed how we were down. And so after probably 8 km we saw the Camino indicator so we understood that we were back on the Camino again. And we met the first pilgrims that probably just turned from the highway to this dirt road.

    It was the last 3 kms to Laredo, and it seemed to us very easy if it wasn't for the heat and lack of shadow. The city of Laredo seemed like an island from above and looked very intriguing and we were assuming that we'll have to cross the channel in a ferry tomorrow. So quite quickly we got to the city and found a church where we got our next stamp, it was the second time we were able to do it in the church in 10 days after the very first day of Camino.
    The route was a mesmerising beauty that day and we wished that every day from now on would be like this one. We will remember this day for a long time and we're happy that we were able to film it.

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    Extremely sleepy and gloomy day | Camino del Norte - Day 11 from Laredo to Noja in Cantabria, Spain

    On the Day 11 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we hiked from the town Laredo in Cantabria to the Noja village.

    This day started in the camping Laredo where we stopped in yesterday and we were very happy about it. They left us to choose the pitch and gave us a reasonable price for the backpacker so that we didn't have to pay for the car or caravan we don't have. And the facilities were very good. At night it was quiet except for the chickens and ravens singing that we're a bit annoying.

    We left the camping at 11 am because we felt extremely sleepy and didn't want to get up at all. The weather was cloudy and very humid that day and we felt it all day long getting over us.

    When we got out of the camping and walked along the sea front with the huge sand hills we had to hop on the ferry that took us from Laredo to Santoña. It wasn't a very long ride probably just about 5 min. But it saved us a huge amount of distance - 15 km if we did the round through the bridge and the highways. And we certainly didn't want that especially because it meant to go all the way with the cars. From this boat you get beautiful views of the surrounded area that is all wetlands and ponds and is considered to be a natural park.

    When we got to Santoña we found a tourist office where we put a stamp of the city. We saw that there is a mountain that we can hike over but we realized that it will take us several hours to do so and we won't get to the planned destination today so we decided to go with the Camino.

    This part of the route was quite boring going straight ahead through the suburbs of the city and then we passed by the huge wall which we then realized was a jail. So it was quite stressfull to walk there. It was very weird that there was a walking pass for bikes and people.

    But then we got to beach of Berria - a bit neglected area it seemed to us or maybe it was because of the gloomy and foggy weather that made everything black and white. It was very humid that day with the water drops coming down but at least it wasn't raining.

    So we passed along that beach and decided to hike up the cliff that we saw wasn't as high and big as the previous one cause we wanted to get some views after this sad environment we were in the last couple of kms. And this was the best part of our day it was quite fast but very beautiful with the views of the ocean from above. Soon we started seeing on the horizon the beach of El Brusco and on a falling tide it was an epic view with the rocks looking out of the sand that shortly would be under water again.

    We had a quick snack and looking at the maps we realized that we won't get to La Isla town how it was planned and should stay in the town Noja. The trail of the Camino was getting away from the ocean again in this place, not so much as it was in the Basque country but still. We didn't see it before and planned to walk along the coast as always. But it was obvious why it was going this way. It was because of the river floods and lots of wetlands in the area that we needed to go over and the bridges were only on the highways. And if we wanted to go closer to ocean we had to get away from it every time there was a river flood. That's why the Camino was going higher. And if we knew it before we would do more kms that day following the Camino because it makes sense in this case and stayed in the city Beyroa where there was a camping actually which is a rare case.

    So once again we suffered from the lack of planning the trail. So we decided to compensate it next day and do more kms then. We still needed these several easy days to recover completely from our collapse that happened earlier. So now with the exact plans for the next day we with a peace of mind did our shopping and headed to the camping.

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    The most efficient day - hiking through beautiful beaches | Camino del Norte from Noja to Loredo in Cantabria, Spain - Day 12

    We woke up in the city of Noja in the very nice camping Playa Joyel that we were very happy about. It was the second camping in the row that we liked a lot. It had a good price range, nice facilities and direct access to the beach. It was the first camping where there was the hairdresser saloon and a cashpoint, not to mention the supermarket and camping related stuff shop. But the best part was the beach Playa de Candado of course in a very scenic location where we met the sunrise and enjoyed the view just for a bit. It had a little bit less space but for the rest was an excellent spot.

    So as we promised yesterday we had a big plan for today to do 20 + kms and to follow the Camino because we wanted to compensate a bit the last day when we did less than normal.

    All the first part of the day we were walking on the asphalt and car roads so we were able to do more kms that way without getting too exhausted having said that it was way less interesting and exciting with practically the same landscape of the green hills and villages and spreaded farm houses. So we did it very quick but it wasn't very exciting.

    So that way we got to Galizano at the coast at 14 pm and that was already very close to our final destination so it was our personal record coming the earliest to the place when doing so many kms a day.

    And this last several kms were the best of the day. We spent probably two hours at the beach just watching the tidal wave coming and people surfing - finally we got time to see that! The views were absolutely incredible there with the green fields and the rocky steep cliffs. We couldn't receive the better reward than this at the end of this kind of boring day.

    So we got to Loredo later in the evening cause we spent lots of time at the beach, bought some groceries and headed to the camping. The supermarket called Coviran was really weird, it had very little with poor assortment and the customer service was really bad when you can't take and choose veggies and fruits and they do it for you.

    But our biggest dissapointment was the camping "Derby Loredo". The first thing we noticed when we walked in was a lot of trash on the ground where we needed to camp in and when we went to the toilets it was even more disgusting it seemed like there was no cleaning for several days. So we had to sweep the ground with the broom that we found and only then we could set up the tent and put our things on the ground. So for the future we decided to check the reviews of the place if we could before going there. And we will leave the appropriate review on that camping because this is intolerant.
    Because of that we went to sleep quite late. We had a lot of thoughts about the following day because we had to cross to Santander and we were willing to skip it and just didn't know how to do it yet.

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    Escape the city and beautiful camping | Camino del Norte from Santander to Santillana de Mar - Day 13

    On the Day 13 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we got from the village Somo close to Santander to the village Santillana de Mar.

    That morning we got up very early and quickly left the camping. We didn't want to stay in this dirt for no longer and found a good spot on the beach to cook our breakfast. We weren't sure whether it was a falling tide or a tidal wave but the water was coming at us and we decided to back up to the dry sand to be safe.

    The morning was absolutely stunning from the beach de Loredo with the foggy views of the city Santander, the lighthouse at the Cape and the enlightened by the morning light fluffy clouds in the background. We even saw the photographer with a big lense trying to create the great photos. Surfers were already on the go again and later we realized that it was a falling tide.

    So we had our breakfast and went to take the ferry. We finally made a decision that for our own sake and for the sake of video material we needed to escape this big city again and take the public transport to where the more natural places start. Because our aim wasn't to do every single km of the way but rather to enjoy it and to show the natural beauty of it and explore it as much as we can. We knew we won't film anything in the caos of traffic and walking by warehouses and factories. We thought it would be for the better and went with our intuition.

    At the Somo where we were taking the ferry we saw two indicators of Camino one going straight to the ferry and the other was obviously taking a round and getting to the city from land and it would be 27 km more of the way - so you have a choice. Overall in Cantabria we saw lots of alternatives offered by a Camino which we think is very important as in such way everyone can make its own unique Camino.

    The ferry trip that we took was nice it was the longest one that we took here on Camino so far. You get the panoramic views of the port and the city and we personally think it is the best way to know it - is from a distance. When we took off the ferry we walked a bit through the city to the train station. And we assumed that this area was the central one because of the beautiful facades, lots of national banks and governmental buildings.

    We got to the train station pretty quickly and the lady from the information said that there were two buildings for the trains departure one was for long distance and the other for proximity neighbourhood lines, and we needed the latter. We bought our ticket from automatic machine it was pretty easy knowing the stop we needed and also having lived in Spain for the last 4 years helped a lot cause they have similar system everywhere. The train itself was very small and a bit old. It had only two wagons and a narrow track.

    After 8 stops and probably 15 minutes of a ride we took off on the stop Rejuejada. We chose it because we saw on the map that the the Camino goes close by it. And sure enough we found it very easily and started to follow it.

    All the first hour the Camino went along the highways and one big factory, this part assured us that we made a right decision by skipping this 20 kms of the way - it wasn't anything exciting or enjoyable. We were very happy when we finally turned off these big roads and could enjoy a bit of quiet time and fresh air. And wondering why the Camino couldn't escape such polluted areas we made a conclusion that probably it couldn't because there are simply no alternative way and there are lots of traffic and factories all around.

    With these sad conclusions and thoughts we progressed further on the way. It was quite similar to the yesterday's one when we walked through lots of farmhouses, fields and green hills. All the route was on the car road but thanks god this time there was almost no traffic. It was mostly sunny that day and walking on the asphalt it gets even hotter but there wasn't any major uphills or downhills so it was ok. And at the end of the day the clouds came out.

    We decided to stop at Santillana de Mar village that day because it had some supermarket but we were ready to search for the stealth camping spot in the fields. To our surprise walking away from the city we stumbled across the camping Santillana and having a look at it it wasn't bad at all. With that last bad experience we were really cautious. But it was clean and spacious close to the forest area so it seemed to be quiet. So we headed to the reception and there they had a good service too letting us to choose any free place that we want and giving a good price. They even put us a stamp in the credential and used it as a document for making a registration process. They didn't even ask any other documents and that was very unusual and cool experience.

    Because we were early at the spot we could walk in this village Santillana de Mar a bit. It was a cute old village but quite touristic though with lots of little shops of artesanal things, hand made things and local food. And with lots of hotels and guest houses as well. So that day we had time to rest very well and could go to sleep early that almost never happened before.

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    The hottest and most tedious day | Camino del Norte from Santillana de Mar to Comillas - Day 14


    On the Day 14 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we got from the village Santillana de Mar to the town Comillas at the oceancoast.

    We rested well and with fresh powers started the day. We left the camping Santillana a bit late at 11 am but we knew we will be on time because we saw that the trail is going on the car asphalt roads and it always means that it will be easier.

    Right from the start the route was going up and down and up and down all the time. And even though we walked mostly on asphalt routes that day at the end the muscles of the legs felt really sore.

    So it was quite tiring and a bit boring day. We passed by several villages with little white red roofed houses, met couple of beautiful churches on the way but we missed a lot the ocean side views. All we saw was the row of similar buildings and the roads but at least they were almost with no traffic.

    So when we got to Cobreces we finally get to see the ocean and the beach at least for a little bit before going on the road again and walking under the hot sun. The sun was killing us all day long especially because there wasn't any shadow in the fields.

    So all sweaty and tanned we entered the Comillas - our final destination for the day. As always we needed to buy some groceries but we couldn't find any open supermarket and we remembered that it was a religious holiday that day and they all closed very early. Saved us the locals who directed us to the little food shop that was open and it had everything that we needed.

    After having a quick snack we went to the camping and could see a bit of the town Comillas. It was similar to the yesterday one with lots of people on the streets- tourists and pilgrims and tons of little commercials on every corner. But it seemed a cute little town with old houses made out of rock.

    The camping was not bad, anyways we didn't have much choice as it was the only one in this town. There we met an English guy who was very kind and gave us little cakes saying that doing the Camino must be hard. Then my husband had a little talk with him about life and he even offered us to use his bigger cooking stove so that we could prepare the food more comfortably. So on that positive note we finished this exhausting day.

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    Camino is Addictive! | Camino del Norte from Comillas to Sant Vicente de la Barquera - Day 15

    On the Day 15 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we got from the town Comillas to San Vicente de la Barquera.

    From the start of the day it was cloudy and gloomy with lots of humidity in the air. Everything around was wet. That was the first night when we had to wear the hats so we felt that the nights are getting colder.

    And we hadn't big plans for the day - we aimed to walk just 11 kms till the outskirts of Sant Vicente de la Barquera. Because the next camping was in 27 km and we reasonably thought that it would be impossible to do in 1 day so we decided to split it in two days.

    So it was a very chill out day. We really enjoyed walking in a slow pace and our legs were grateful for that too. Also we could actually see the places we were walking by and had time to stop and enjoy the view. It felt very important to us to have these kind of relaxed days to make memories and to feel better so we decided to do them regularly from now on.

    We took the coastal route at first and tried to follow it. There was no Camino indicators on it and we don't know where the Camino was going but in our opinion this route is a great alternative. It is easy and quiet with the great views and it is going almost parallel to the official one. To our surprise we met no pilgrims and just when we crossed the Camino we started to see them. And it was very common observation of ours whenever we took an alternative route there was no pilgrims so we made a conclusion that nobody wants to use the GPS and explore different routes even when it is so easy and obvious. And in most of the cases they are better because they go closer to the coast and on more quiet routes.

    Surprisingly we weren't feeling too sleepy, probably the clouds were higher and it didn't affect us as much. The day wasn't great for filming but we still got some decent shots especially when we got to walk at the beach. It was the best part of the day when we really got to enjoy the feeling of stepping on the wet solid sand that feels like the ground and walk for several kms. That was a new experience for us and we liked it a lot. We feel like we could walk forever like this. We've only been at the sea before and there it is nearly impossible because the tidal waves are not so obvious. In such way we walked through two long beaches Playa de Oyambre and Playa de Meron. On the last one we had a little nap listening to the waves crushing at the coast.

    Then we didn't noticed how we got to the camping El Rosal which was full of surfers with their tents and vans so there were quite a lot of people. And very close to it there was a supermarket and we assumed that it should be open as there were so many surfers and that worked to our advantage. That wasn't the first supermarket where they had a very weird system when you can't choose the fruits and vegetables that you like and you have ask the assistant to do it for you. It was really annoying cause you can't touch the veggies neither choose the best ones for you like you normally do in any modern supermarket. Not sure why in this region they left it like that. The camping was very reasonably priced and we payed probably the cheapest price for it. We were just a bit worried about the neighbours disturbing our sleep but for the rest it was ok. So we had our rice with salad for dinner and went to sleep.

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    The most scenic campsite ever at the atlantic oceancoast!? | Camino del Norte - Day 16

    On the Day 16 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we got from the town San Vicente de la Barquera to Campsite "Playa Las Arenas".

    The start of the day was very bright and sunny very contrasting to the yesterday's weather. And it was obvious that it's gonna be hot. The camping was a bit noisy and overcrowded and so at night there were some disturbing noises. In the early morning we heard something moving outside close to our tent and when we looked out we saw the hedgehog attracted by the food leftovers, most probably skin of the peach. We thought it was a cat cause there are lots of them in the area. We felt dissapointed because we didn't have time to film it - it ran away so quickly and we didn't react accordingly. But it was such a sweet accident.

    So we decided for that day that we will do 17 kms to the camping Playa las Arenas. And we saw that the Camino goes quite far from oceanside again because of the difficult river flood areas. So we wanted to follow it for the first half and then get closer to the coast if possible.

    But we underestimated the heat that was getting over us, very tremendously and furiously. Already from the start we felt extremely hot and then when we did the first uphill we were almost dead. So we had to stop at under every tree and every shadow we could find in order not to overheat ourselves. And the route was going in the fields with a little to no shadow. That was hard.

    So having felt that we quickly decided to follow the Camino for longer cause it was a shorter way to our destination. And when we did the first 8 kms we found a great shadow and took a little nap there. It was very nice and refreshing. With that rest we were be able to hike further to where we planned. Thanks god there wasn't as hard uphills anymore as the first one and we got to the crossroads quite easily.

    Then we had to leave the Camino and take the highway for a little distance in order to get to the supermarket and then to the camping. It wasn't very pleasant experience as expected but al least this road wasn't the busiest at that moment.

    We did our shopping and turned in the direction of our camping. We had to walk away from a Camino, closer to the coast to get there and we were pretty tired at that point. But gosh it was so worth it! It was the most luxurious camping we ve ever been in. And if we didn't turn away from the Camino we wouldn't have a chance to know it.

    The location the camping is in is very scenic on the one side with the river banks with dense forests and on the other the small beach between the cliffs. The camping itself is enormous and we couldn't even see it all. We hardly could choose a place for our tent cause there were so many great available ones. Not to say that the facilities were all great. The price was probably the most expensive that we payed for a tent 23 euros but there were campings where we paid 20 and they weren't even close to the level of this one. We moved from the cheapest to the most expensive camping in one day. And for us this is what we like the most about staying in the campings because you never know what to expect (cause you know you can't trust the photos at the website) and sometimes it's awful but sometimes it goes beyond your expectations like in this case.

    And it felt like paradise after this hot exhausting day under the sun. But the best part was the beach of course where we cooked and had our dinner and spent all the evening just watching the waves and listening to the sound of the ocean rush. We haven't been to any camping with a private beach before and it felt so unusual but cool at the same time when you could have all the beach just to yourself. We spent some time taking photos and just being silly. We didn't see the sunset because of the cliffs blocking the view but at least we had this time to just be present and enjoy the view. And so, tired but happy after full of the impressions day, with the sounds of the waves that were rocking us to sleep we quickly fell asleep that night.

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    Spectacular Atlantic Oceanside and the Most Secluded Campground | Camino del Norte from Pechón to Pendueles - Day 17

    On the Day 17 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we got from the village Pechón to the Campsite "La Paz" in Pendueles.

    We slept very well with the sound of the ocean wash. We left the camping at a very late hour - 12 a.m. We were filming my favourite hairstyles for hiking(the bathrooms were very spacious and the light was perfect for that) and also because we slept in a bit. The lady on a reception gave us a 10 percent discount and put us a camping stamp which was very nice, now this special place will stay in our credential as well.

    The start of the day was cloudy and the sky was completely covered in clouds that wasn't bad for us after our last day burning in the sun. All the first part of the day was similar to others crossing the villages and the highways.

    We've been wondering whether the Camino was the same 100 or 200 years back in time and how much it has changed because of the industrialization and building of car roads and highways. We would love to go back in time even for a one day and see what it was like.

    And we realized that out of animal world all we met were farm animals like horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, cows and not much of a wildlife. Most of the wildlife we saw were the seabirds: hernets, seagulls and some eagles and hawks. But we started to miss quite a bit the deers and marmots that we used to see in the mountains where we live. But this all wasn't a surprise because the Camino in the area goes through heavily populated areas so most probably that was the case.

    The last bit of our day was spectacular when finally the Camino turned to the oceanside and we got to enjoy it throughly. We realized that now we are in the other province of Asturias, the indicators were a bit different and we felt like they got more confusing and less accurate sometimes.

    The most scenic part started from la Franca to the village Pendueles. We remember the powerful foamy flows of water crashing into the rocks sticking out of water. We were hiking at the very edge of a cliff and crossing over the cave through the natural rocky bridge with a massive water flows underneath us. The cliffs itself were so unique and self sufficient that we could just stare at them for hours.

    And so we didn't notice how we got to the camping with a loud name La Paz. After our last camping we didn't expect anything special from this one but we were so wrong. It was situated right at the ocean on the side of a cliff. It would be impossible to camp here if they didn't adapt the ground by making it flat for the tents. The scenery was unbelievable - on the one side there were rocky cliffs and the beach and on the other perfectly adapted places for the tents on different levels that it almost looked like steps. And there were so many different places to choose from but you have to be ready to hike up and down quite a bit. So the camping was very big but the best thing about it was the quiet and secluded location -that's what makes it so special. So now we know that it can definetely compete with the last camping Las Arenas. And so we met two exceptional campings in the row. It was the happy ending of this very exciting day.

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    Nice video Guys ! Really emjoyed it . Brought me great memories ? Will you be doing the Portugese ?
     
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    Thank you so much, glad that you enjoyed it:) We think we will be doing it in the nearest future as we haven't been to Portugal still and would love to explore it.
     
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    Hiking through Wonderful Bufones de Arenillas and beautiful beaches in Asturias, Spain | Camino del Norte Pendueles, Llanes, Celorio - Day 18


    On the Day 18 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we got from the campsite "La Paz" in Pendueles to the campground "Playa de Troenzo" in Celorio.

    We woke up pretty late to a cloudy morning in a beautiful location at camping La Paz. We were more than happy with it because of its incredible location between the two beaches and unusual concept. It was extremely hard to wake up to the gloomy weather that was staying lately and you know when you like the place you kind of don't hurry to leave. We tried to pack everything up as quickly as possible and get on the trail. We started getting through the fields and went out to the beautiful viewpoint that produced the strange sounds. We took some pictures of the rocks and cliffs and got closer to the place where a thunder like sounds were heard...


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    Very bright and sunny day on Camino del Norte| From Ribadesella to Colunga in Asturias, Spain - Day 21

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    On the Day 21 of our Camino de Santiago del Norte we hiked from the village Ribadesella to Colunga in Asturias.

    The campground was quiet except for the jackdaws that were disturbing our sleep in the middle of the night. We left the camping in Ribadesella and planned to get to Colunga till the evening. So we started hiking late as usual already when all the pilgrims are close to their final destination - we just start our day. The weather was drastically different from the last day with the hot sun above our heads and completely clear sky. We were to follow Camino indicators that day because it seemed to be going fine and as close to the coast as possible. So first part was almost all uphill but with quite a lot of shadow so that wasn't too bad. The route was going through the forest, fields and rural areas...
     
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