6 places you can’t miss in the Northern Camino

Have you decided to make the Camino de Santiago and chosen the Northern one (Camino del Norte)?

Then we’d like to help you so that your experience can be awesome, referring you to 6 places that you can’t miss.

The fact is that, although there are many more landscapes, villages, monuments… that you can’t miss in the Camino del Norte, we want to highlight these 6 places (if not, we would lengthen this too much):

1- Monastery of Samos

If you take our advice, do not just watch it from outside; it’s worth entering and visiting it.

It’s an architectural ensemble from the 16th to 18th centuries that comprises a neoclassical church, two cloisters, etc.

2- Comillas

If you’re traveling the Camino del Norte, you can’t miss taking a walk through the charming streets of this noble and aristocratic town, seated over hills that shelter its lovely beach and its little harbor.

We recommend touring the old square, the church, and some houses in the town center featuring the popular architecture of the 18th century.

3- Enjoy the Cantabrian Sea

It will “wash your feet” in a large stretch of the route, that through the Basque Country and Cantabria lies along the shore, very close to the sea.

It’s a really spectacular stretch that leads to Castro Urdiales.

4- Walking among vineyards

Another landmark in the Camino del Norte, although it should be said that it’s true for every stage of the Camino de Santiago, is having the possibility of walking among vineyards.

In this case, you can travel through the vineyards where the delicious Txakoli wine comes from.

5- Faro de Plata (Silver Lighthouse) in Pasajes

You just can’t miss the views from the Faro de Plata in Pasajes, as they will rest engraved forever in your memory.

A panorama of the Gulf of Biscay that, although being tough to accomplish due to the steepness of the stairs, is really worth it.

6- Playa de las Catedrales (Cathedrals Beach)

The 26th stage of the Camino del Norte stretches from La Caridad to Ribadeo… We recommend a lot that you to take advantage of this stage, or the next one, to lose a little time and go to the Playa de las Catedrales.

We don’t have much to say that haven’t yet been said about this natural marvel.

And we end saying that in future articles we’ll show you other places that you can’t miss in the different Caminos: Francés, Aragonés, Primitivo, Portugués…

Virtual tours to the Camino de Santiago by Baidu

Baidu, the most popular Chinese search engine, has announced new alliances to offer virtual tours to the Camino de Santiago (and El Prado Museum and the route of Don Quixote) to Chinese users.
In this way, after their first digital museum success, dedicated to the architect Antonio Gaudi (with more than 3.5 million visitors), they stand up for the Camino as a tourist attraction for their users, putting at their fingertips the possibility to become a virtual pilgrim.
Thus, Baidu wants to go a step further, and has reached some agreements with the objective of creating additional virtual tours, among them the Camino de Santiago.
How will the Camino de Santiago tour be like?
We understand that, the same way that Chinese Internet users can visit today the digital museum dedicated to the architect Antonio Gaudi, it will be done through an application developed by Baidu Baike, an online encyclopedia owned by the big Chinese search engine.
This way they will be able to travel different routes with 360º panoramas and photos with 20 billion pixel resolution.
A possible addition will be a virtual tour with VR goggles (the same way the Sagrada Familia cathedral can be seen to the smallest feature today).
A different pilgrimage.
It’s true, this way of peregrinating to the Holy Door of Santiago de Compostela has nothing to do with the real thing. First, because it’s always better living it in person than seeing photos. And because, as good as the image quality could be, you will always feel there’s something missing. And second, because it lacks those real world experiences that enrich the Camino so much.
However, in case traveling the Camino and coming close to the magic places that make it up is something inaccessible to you, the best option is a virtual tour featuring the smallest details.
We impatiently look forward to its presentation, and the visitor numbers it could reach…