SANTIAGO NORTH OR COAST WAY
1 A (IRUN - SAN SEBASTIAN (sur) 52,5 km)
2 B (IRUN - SAN SEBASTIAN (norte) 26 km)
2 SAN SEBASTIAN ZARAUTZ 22,1 km
3 ZARAUTZ DEBA 25,5 km
4 DEBA CENARRUZA 29,5 km
5 CENARRUZA GERNIKA 18,7 km
6 GERNIKA LARRABETZU 18,5 km
7 LARRABETZU BILBAO 17 km
8 BILBAO PORTUGALETE 20,5 km
9 A PORTUGALETE CASTRO (carretera) 27 km
9 B MUSKIZ CASTRO (camino) 23,5 km
10 CASTRO-URDIALES LAREDO 36 km
11 A LAREDO GÜEÑES 26 km
11 B LAREDO NOJA 21,3 km
12 A GUEÑES SANTANDER 14,5 km
12 B LATAS SANTANDER 45,5 km
13 SANTANDER SANTILLANA DEL MAR 40,3 km
14 SANTANDER S.V. DE LA BARQUERA 33,4 km
15 S.VICENTE LLANES 38,6 km
16 LLANES S.ESTEBAN 32,8 km
17 S. ESTEBAN SEBRAYO 28,4 km
18 SEBRAYO GIJÓN 28,6 km
19 GIJÓN AVILÉS 22,2 km
20 AVILÉS SOTO DE LUIÑA 36,5 km
21 SORO DE LUIÑA CADAVEDO 20,6 km
22 CADAVEDO LUARCA 16,4 km
23 LUARCA LA CARIDAD 27,9 km
24 LA CARIDAD RIBADEO 21,6 km
25 RIBADEO LOURENZÁ 29,4 km
26 LORENZÁ ABADÍN 25 km
27 ABADÍN VILALBA 20 km
28 VILALBA BAAMONDE 20,9 km
29 BAAMONDE SOBRADO 40 km
30 SOBRADO ARZÚA 22,4 km
31 ARZÚA MONTE DEL GOZO 35,1 km
32 MONTE DEL GOZO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
1 SEBRAYO VEGA DE SARIEGO 23,1 km.
2 VEGA DE SARIEGO OVIEDO 25,1 km.
3 OVIEDO AVILÉS 29,5 km.
1 OVIEDO GRADO 21,5 km.
2 GRADO SALAS 21,4 km.
3 SALAS TINEO 18,9 km.
4 TINEO POLA DE ALLANDE 25,3 km.
5 POLA DE ALLANDE LA MESA 19,9 km.
6 LA MESA GRANDAS 15 km.
7 GRANDAS A PONSAGRADA 25,9 km.
8 A PONSAGRADA CÁDAVO BALEIRA 24,6 km.
9 CÁDAVO BALEIRA LUGO 30,8 km.
10 LUGO S. RAMÓN DE RETORTA 19,8 km.
11 S. RAMÓN DE RETORTA MELIDE 30,7 km.
12 MELIDE ARZÚA 14 km.
The jacobean route of the Way of the North runs along the Cantabrian coast from Irun to Santiago.
In Asturias it divides into two branches: The Way of the Coast and the Primitive way. It was one of the most active routes in the first years of pilgrimage. Pilgrims' hospitals and monasteries are as trace, as well as documentation that attests the step of pilgrims in the 10th century.
The reasons for realizing the pilgrimage were varied. The most common was the devotion, the search of the forgiveness of sins, the fulfillment of a vote or the cure of diseases. The overcrowding and the strengthening of security on the route served to join to the way thousands of merchants or gentlemen who used the pilgrimage to satisfy their curiosity about people and lands.
The Way of the North is closely tied to the Cantabrian Sea. Thousands of Christians peregrinate to Santiago by boat, stopping at various ports of the Cantabrian coast, where it has been aware of the step of the pilgrims. Since the 16th century, the religious wars and the less care of the Spanish kings make The Way of Santiago lead to the decadence. Almost half a millennium the pilgrimage to Santiago stays in lethargy until the end of the20th when it comes back strong. The declaration of the French Way as a World Heritage in 1985, the emergence of associations and confraternities, and the support of the Church, as well as of public administrations, lead to the Way of Santiago to the other end of the scale.
The pilgrimage is available to all and also became a tourist route. Given the unusual push, the Church, associations and the public administrations agree to promote the pilgrimage for other routes. The way of the North, formed by the Way of the Coast and the Primitive Way, is emerging as an important alternative for those who already know the French Way, or for the one who does not wish the overcrowding and the scorching heat of summer in Castile, seasoned with a more green landscape and varied relieve.
The presence of the town of Portugalete within the Way of the Coast in the pilgrimage to Santiago comes stated by a direct Jacobean source. This is the Armenian Martyr Bishop Arzendjan, (Obispo Mártir de Arzendjan) which in 1494 made the round trip by this coastal route and on his return took up residence in Portugalete's town. We can also see many signs of that presence in the Basilica of Santa Maria. In the chapel of Santiago is notable the small altar dedicated to Santiago Matamoros in the Battle of Clavijo. He is the Patron of many places of Spain.
Document that certifies to the carrier the status of pilgrim. It Can be received in the associations, confraternities, and refuges in which the Archbishopric of Santiago has delegated. The card must be stamped, signed and dated once or twice a day, to prove that you are making the pilgrimage. It is necessary to request accommodation as pilgrim in hostels and refuges.
It is a document of the Cabildo Catedralicio de Santiago that certifies that you have made the pilgrimage with Christian spirit. To get it, you must show the card with stamps and dates along the road. The minimum requirement is to arrive in Santiago after making the last hundred or two hundred miles on foot by bicycle. The Catholic Church decreed that in the Holy Year and after fulfill certain requirements, you can obtain the plenary indulgence (the remission of all sins including deaths.
It is that one which the festivity of Santiago, July 25, coincides with Sunday. The Catholic Church decrees that, in The Holy Year and fulfilling certain requirements, you can obtain the Plenary Indulgence (the pardon of all the sins, included the mortal ones). Holy years were 1999, 2004 and 2010. The near ones will be in 2021. The Pilgrim's Town Hostel is situated at Casilda Iturrizar Street, 8 This building is called "Ramón Real de Asua" in honor of the dean of the engineers' school of Biscay. He had a great social interest since in September, in 1902, created the Foundation of the schools "Dona Casilda Iturrizar" managed for years by the Augustinian Fathers. Home pride is prominent neo-Romanesque with Gothic Revival details. In the second section provides the niche with the image of the Saint Tomás de Villanueva. The hostel has capacity for 28 beds and is open from 1 July to 31 August. It has shower, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker ... and a large terrace to rest. In the morning it is attended by the staff of the Tourism Office and in the evening the hosts of the Association of Friends of the Way of Santiago of Biscay (Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Bizkaia). The tour by the town is signposted by pilgrim’s scallops of bronze. Found since the end of the Sestao’s municipal area until the end of Portugalete’s municipal area. It connect with the way for bikes (bide gorri) that (after 13 Km.) ends in the next stage, the municipality of Muskiz (Pobeña). In this town there is a pilgrim hostel which is open from June 1 until September 30 and has a capacity of 22 beds. The next stage of The Way of the North enters in Cantabria. For more information about the Coast Way of Santiago, visit the following web site: www.jacobeo.net