Please check out the daily details of our Camino del Norte itinerary from June 17 - July 1, 2018 below. The route is 770 kilometers long over ten cycling days, which averages out to 77 kilometers (48 miles) per day. Although stages are relatively short, each day will involve climbing. Anyone with a basic level of fitness should be able to complete the trip. Road bicycles are strongly recommended. For more technical details about the trip, consult the blog. We will be staying in a mix of hostels (5 nights), historic luxury "Paradores" (5 nights) and several nights in boutique hotels (4 nights) for a real "Spanish" ambience. For a summary sheet of the trip, click here.
Sunday, June 17
Participants should fly into the San Sebastian, Spain airport (check it out in the photo) which is right on the border with France and less than a mile from our historic, luxury hotel the Parador de Hondarribia. Take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. In the afternoon we will put all bicycles together, enjoy the local sites and beach and meet in the evening for introductions and dinner. Talk to us to help you find the best prices to fly cheaply into and out of Spain. There are options.
Monday, June 18
In the morning, we will ride from the hotel to pick up our pilgrim passports at the nearby Irún Pilgrim Hostel and then go to the Santiago Bridge which connects Spain and France and is the official starting point of the Camino del Norte. From there we will cycle as a group about 20 kilometers to the "La Concha" beach (right) in San Sebastian and have a chance to tour the beautiful, historic city famous for its incredible tapas and other gastronomic delights. In the afternoon, we have a climb up to just over 300 meters out of San Sebastian and then a downhill into the Basque resort town of Zarautz. Total ride distance will be a light 50 kilometers. We will be staying at the Zarautz Hostel near the beach. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here.
Tuesday, June 19
The total ride distance for the day is 92 kilometers. The route winds along the coast before heading inland in Basque Country for Bilbao, the Basque capital, where we will stay for two nights at the BBK Bilbao Good Hostel. The hostel is a 5-minute metro ride from the old town section of Bilbao (pictured left) and convenient to all the sites. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here.