Camino Del Norte/Primitivo preview
The Camino del Norte, as its name suggests, follows a route along the north coast of Spain, parallel to the Camino Frances, but follows the cliff-tops and does not go inland for the most part. Depending on the route you take, it is 825 km from its starting point in Irun, on the France/Spain border and, whereas the Camino Frances enjoys over 100000 pilgrims each year, only 30000 travel on this camino annually. You can cycle the route, too, and there are quiet stretches of newly-built motorway.
The walk will take 5-6 weeks and the walk will be hilly at times. For the most part the route runs parallel to the sea, so you cross several rivers descending and climbing each time. to be crossed with the attendant descents and ascents that this implies. It is not an easy stroll. There are tremendous cliff-top views in places but for several kilometers you will be out of sight of the sea. There is some road-walking, but there are also mountain tracks.
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