Arrow painted on the road of the Camino del Norte

The Day with the Detour: It was raining as we set out on the Camino del Norte from the Pitis Hostel but it didn’t phase us even one bit. We had slept well – the first good sleep on our pilgrimage. Since there were only fellow pilgrims in the hostel, everyone was in bed …

Two Women on a Carnival Ride in Bilbao on the Camino del Norte

The Day We Went to a Carnival: We woke up on Day Five of walking the Camino del Norte feeling well-rested and relaxed. Because we were in the attic far above the commotion of the albergue, we didn’t hear everyone heading to the communal table for breakfast and, remarkably, not one of the four …

Painted sign on the Camino del Norte

The Day We Went on a Camino del Norte Pub Crawl: Our guide book advised us that this stretch of the Camino del Norte was boring and ugly, so we did what most people do when they go on a long walk…we put it in Google Maps! By going off of “The Way,” we …

Two women gaze at the view along the Camino del Norte

The Day We Left Basque Country: The Camino del Norte – or northern Camino route – turns back toward the coast on this stage. It felt so good to see the water and feel that breeze again!

A beach sunset on the Camino del Norte

The Day We Hit 100 Miles Walked: We hit a major milestone on day eight of walking the Camino del Norte. Just as we reached our destination of a beachside campsite in Islares, we finished our 100th mile walked. But mile 99 might have been the hardest mile yet.

A beach sunset on the Camino del Norte

The Day We Didn’t Move: We gave ourselves a rest day on Day 9 of walking the Camino del Norte. Our bodies just needed it. We honestly thought we would go to the beach and splash around in the water, but we couldn’t be bothered to do anything but lounge around and drink sangria. …