Spain 8 Day Northern Way (San Sebastian – Bilbao)

Durartion: 8 Days

Price: From $1,054 (excluding flights)

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Running from the French border town of Irún to Santiago de Compostela, the Northern Way is a cracking alternative to the busier French Way route which can be found adjacent, yet, further inland.

This 8 day walking experience takes in 125km of ‘El Camino del Norte’ (its entire length is 825km) through the Basque Country. Coastal scenery takes in some splendid images of fishing villages, vineyards that provide the fruit for what is known locally as ‘white gold’ Txakoli wine and wooded pine forests as well as providing a cool sea breeze from where stunning beaches, mountains and medieval heritage merge into one.

To ensure walkers get to experience the very best of the northern Spanish coastline without getting completely worn out, we’ve created a wonderful walking route. From the chic provincial capital of San Sebastian to the coastal fishing villages of Getaria and Deba, the historical town of Gernika that inspired one of the most famous paintings by Picasso to the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao, this trip through the lush green Basque Country allows for chances to pause and drink a glass of Txacoli wine overlooking the sea rather than slogging it out from morning till night.

This trail is ideal for those who would like to begin at the ‘start’ of the Camino and be able to pick up where they left off at a future date. Please note this section has daily ascents and descents of 250-350m and is recommended for people with a moderate level of fitness and walking experience.

The seaside trails, dense pine forests and country lanes allow you to become completely absorbed in an atmosphere that inspires solitude as well as providing 4 star hotels in San Sebastian and Bilbao and comfortable, homely, 2 or 3 star hotels or rural guesthouses between the two cities. Having self guided notes, luggage transfers from one hotel to the next, hand-picked accommodation and 24hr telephone assistance allows confidence to grow as you stroll from town to town also lessening the stress of attempting this trip with complete independence.



Day 1 – Arrival day to  San Sebastián

Day 2 – San Sebastián to Zarautz or Getaria (23km or 27km)

Day 3 – Zarautz or Getaria to Deba (21km or 17km)

Day 4 – Deba to Markina (24.2km)

Day 5 – Markina to Gernika (24.8km)

Day 6 – Gernika to Lezama (21 km)

Day 7 – Free Day in Bilbao

Day 8 – Departure day from Bilbao

 Total Distance 125km



Mid Season

April, May, June and October

Price €875 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €385


High Season

Easter, July, August and September

Price €975 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €490



  • Add airport transfers
  • Add additional free days in San Sebastian or Bilbao

If you choose not to include airport transfers, we will provide detailed advice how to get from /back to the airport.



Self guided, tailor made trips are available from April to mid October. Choose a start date that suits you/your group. You can secure your booking with a 20% deposit.



For further information about this package, contact us on 01 – 442 8921 or email us at

At a glance:

  • 7 nights (3 nights in 4 star hotels in San Sebastian and Bilbao and 4 nights in 2 or 3 star Hotels/Rural Houses/Pensiones)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
  • Taxi Transfer from Lezama to Bilbao
  • Pilgrim’s Passport
  • Camino Information Pack and Walking Notes
  • 24 hour phone assistance
  • Transfer in case of emergencies

Quote of the day:

“Experience, Travel - These are an education in themselves.”