The Northern Way
The most ancient route of the Way of St. James goes along the Cantabrian Coast and throug the Cantabrian mountains, that means is the perfect route if you like dramatic landscapes, mountains, green valleys and the sight of the sea. Is not the easiest route, but its natural wonders will make your way worth the effort. And, of course, we can not forget to mention the rich gastronomy you will find in this route, specially the Basque Cuisine.
The first pilgrim in walking this route was the King Alfonso II, after the discovery of the apostle's tomb, and in the past, before the reconquest, was the most popular way to Santiago's cathedral.
The best moment to do this way is during the summer, so the weather is soft and sunny. Its 800 kilometres makes it the second longest route of all, divided in 32 o 34 stages, so you really have to be minded about the temperatures and weather.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2015, the first signaling we find of it is the one located on the Hendaye Bridge over the Bidasoa River, called the Santiago Bridge. From there you will tour the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia.
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