The magnificent Northern Route of the Camino de Santiago stretches some 825km from the Basque Country of Irun to the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela. It hugs the northern coastline of Spain boasting spectacular views and meanders inland until it meets the Camino Frances in Arzua. In comparison to the Camino Frances, this route is less traveled by the pilgrim and offers a more challenging hike.

For the history buffs and those who appreciate Roman history, in particular, the Norte follows the Via Agrippa in some parts. The Via Agrippa is any stretch of the network of Roman roads that were built by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, in his reorganisation of the Gauls. The routes of the Camino de Santiago never fail to produce some of the most beautiful scenery and a trip back in history all rolled into one incredible journey.

The best way to demonstrate this routes beauty is in Efren Gonzalez’s vlog series, currently available on YouTube.