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Walking the coastal Camino

It’s a 850km trail from one side of Spain to the other, with diverse scenery – rugged coastal cliffs, surf beaches, rolling countryside, mountains, medieval villages and bustling cities with impressive architecture.

The Camino del Norte, the coastal variant of the Camino de Santiago – the ancient pilgrimage path that crisscrosses Europe – is less popular than the famous French route and that’s part of its appeal. I walked it in 2013 and part of it again in 2015.

The changing scenery kept me walking day after day. There were just enough other pilgrims on the trail to make it social, without it becoming too much. Walking all day everyday for weeks was an awesome experience and one that I intend to repeat some where in the future.

The above image is from a stage in the beautiful Asturias region of Spain. In the distance is the coastal town of Llanes, which has dozens of beaches nearby and is only 30km from the Picos de Europe (Peaks of Europe).

See my other images of the pilgrimage here:

2 thoughts on “Walking the coastal Camino

  1. This is the first time that I have heard of this trail. We have scenic drives such as the highway 1 in the states but that was for driving. For 850km trail, that is a lot to be explored.

    1. Hey Daryl. It’s what I call a cultural walk as it passes through many, many urban areas as well as quiet countryside and hilly areas. It’s a wonderful journey!

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