The Way of St. James

The Way of the Coast or Northern Way of St. James is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes, passing through the Basque coast and coexisting with the farming and urban life of the region. It comes from Gipuzkoa and enters Bizkaia through Markina-Xemein, passes throughout the inland section of the territory until Bilbao and from there goes to Enkarterri, then hits the coast in Muskiz before going on to Cantabria.

Zalla (Enkarterri)


The Way of the Coast or the Northern Way passes through coastal towns that will allow you to walk along the coastline from Gipuzkoa to Cantabria. It passes through towns including Markina-Xemein, Gernika-Lumo, Larrabetzu, Lezama, Zamudio, Bilbao, Sestao and Pobeña.


This is an age-old Jacobean route from Bilbao to Villafranca del Bierzo, in León, which was recovered in 21 stages in 1993.

The route goes through Alonsotegi, Sodupe, Güenes, Zalla and Balmaseda, allowing pilgrims to gaze at the remains of Roman and Medieval roads, bridges, churches and Romanesque art with Jacobean iconography.

Those highly of interest cultural gems include: St. James's Cathedral and St James Square in Bilbao, the Devil's bridge over the Cadagua River and the Saint Martin San Martín de Iturriaga hermitage in Güeñes.

Devil´s Bridge