The Way of the North is deeply linked to the Cantabrian sea and connects Santiago de Compostela with important Spanish towns such as San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Gijon. Although, technically The Way of the North begins at Santiago's Bridge in Hendaya (frontier area with France), Irun is the place where it traditionally begins for a lot of pilgrims. Also known as Cantabrian Route or High Route, the Way of the North is considered an extension of the Soulac Route or of the Aquitaine Coast in France, which crosses the Silver Coast to link up to Irun.
In Asturias, the Way of the North is divided into two different routes. Pilgrims can choose between continuing to Oviedo in order to join themselves to the Primitive Way, which is the oldest route of all, even more than the French Route, or continuing along the coast up to Ribadeo, to leave the littoral and continue along Galician towns such as Mondoñedo, Villalba or Sobrado dos Monxes. Both itineraries get together again in the town of Arzua, in A Coruña.
The Way of the North goes from Irun along 800 km which are traditionally divided into 32 stages (on foot) in which you will be able to enjoy the most beautiful natural, mountainous and maritime settings as well as the hospitality of their people. It is a long way, so a lot of people decide to make the journey by bicycle. If this is your case and you want to come back home with Monbus, remember that you should indicate during the purchase process of your tickets the transport of bicycles for their check-in as special baggage, since, due to space limitations in the boot of the buses, we have limited seats.
Not all the pilgrims are satisfied with ending the Way in the capital of Galicia. Some pilgrims still preserve energies to continue around 90 km more to the Cabo Finisterre, which represented the end of the Earth (Finis Terrae) for the Roman Empire, or to Muxía. If you are willing to make this journey and get the Fisterrana we inform you that Monbus has buses that connect Fisterra with Santiago de Compostela. You can also travel with Monbus from Santiago to Vigo, to Pontevedra, A Coruña and Ourense and to many more cities of Galicia.
How to come back from Santiago de Compostela?
For the trip back home, Monbus offers transport services by bus between Vigo and the main cities of the north of Spain such as Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Irun among many other destinations, in order to come back in the most secure, comfortable and economical way.