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Camino de Norte on a bike

Listed under Cycling in Ourense, Spain.

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  • Photo of Camino de Norte on a bike
  • Photo of Camino de Norte on a bike
  • Photo of Camino de Norte on a bike
  • Photo of Camino de Norte on a bike
  • Photo of Camino de Norte on a bike
  • Photo of Camino de Norte on a bike
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This was once an important pilgrims route for Christians when the Camino Frances was made too dangerous. It winds along the Asturian coast and Galicia and was originally an old Roman road called the Via Agrippa.

This is a more challenging trip with multiple river crossings and some dangerous feeling tracks quite close to the ocean’s edge, it’s also at times rocky and sandy and the markings aren’t brilliant - it is spectacular though and well worth any difficulties you encounter along it.

Much of the path can be followed on side roads off the motorway which were built for cars so pretty smooth.

The route proper begins in Irun on the French border and crosses the plains towards the coast before following the coastline along to Galicia then turning inland towards Santiago. The entire length of the path is 825ks and to give you an idea of the route it passes through Bilbao, Santander, Luarca, Mondonedo and joins the Camino Frances at Arzua.

Alternatively base yourself in one of the coastal towns and take day trips out. Summer would probably have the best weather conditions but it’s quite a rainy region so factor in a couple of extra days just in case you need to take cover unexpectedly. Expect to see plenty of religious architecture and some relics as well as beautiful coastal and rural scenery.

Written by  Jake Marsden.

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Hi Jake Marsden, Thanks for your post. This path is an important pilgrims route for Christians. The path is very difficult also. So, it is fair for Camino de Norte on a bike. You can gather more info here www.hybridbikers.com

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