Reasons to Walk Camino del Norte in Asturias

Asturias is one of the best-kept secrets in all of Spain, but it’s gradually becoming more and more popular with walkers embarking on the Camino de Santiago. The landscapes are utterly enchanting, stringing together coastal towns and villages, bordered by golden beaches and the deep blue Cantabrian Sea on one side, and the green mountains and meadows of the hinterland on the other. Coastal footpaths have a special attraction and when coupled with charming hotels, warm hospitality, exciting fresh local gastronomy we think the Camino del Norte in Asturias is something special. According to Greenpeace, the Asturias coast is the best preserved in Spain.

You will need at least two weeks to walk this part of the Camino. Fortunately, this works really well with a short rest break in the regional capital Ovideo. Ovideo lies slightly inland, surrounded by rolling green countryside and is full of interesting places to visit. Not least the Cathedral, which also marks the start of the Camino Primitivo which is the oldest of all the Caminos de Santiago and often referred to as the Original Way.

From Ovideo you have a choice of directions – either continuing along the wonderful west coast of Asturias, or joining the more challenging terrain of the Camino Primitivo to finish in Santiago de Compostela.

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