The Camino or Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago was the first route to be designated as a European Cultural Itinerary. It is also a Human Heritage Site, and one of the main and oldest pilgrimage routes.
In 2016 the Northern Route was designated a Human Heritage Site in its own right.
Santurtzi is an official port on the seaborne Northern Route, which is an alternative route along the coast.
Santurtzi is part of the alternative Northern Route on the Camino.
The official overland route runs inland from the Puente Bizkaia transporter bridge.
However many people prefer to continue along the coast on the sea-front promenade to the fishing port of Santurtzi, taking in the fabulous views of the El Abra Bay.
The distance is similar to that of the official stage.
From Santurtzi a pedestrian and cycle path runs from the statue of the fishwives to the port of Zierbena.
From there, climb up to the San Roque district and then down to the La Arena beach.
Cross the beach and the bridge to get to Pobeña.
Have you ever considered doing the Camino by boat?
The seaborne Way to Santiago can be sailed from start to finish, just as the overland route can be taken on foot, by bike or on horseback.
Santurtzi is one of the stopover ports on the seaborne Camino.
Pilgrims can make use of a mooring on the floating dock in Santurtzi marina free of charge.
This is an ideal spot a stone’s throw from Bilbao.
If you are considering this option, the tourist information office can help you book a mooring and facilitate access.
Credentials for seaborne pilgrims can be obtained at the Santurtzi tourist information office or at any of the Sail The Way ports belonging to the NORTH MARINAS. sailing association.
Pilgrims need to get their credentials or “pilgrim’s passports” stamped in proof of having sailed a minimum of 100 nautical miles, and must walk the last few kilometres to Santiago to obtain their final stamp at Monte do Gozo.
Santurtzi is a member of the North Marinas association, which organises the SAIL THE WAY voyage every year.
If you do not have a boat of your own but would like to join in the adventure of the pilgrimage, you may be able to sign up as a crew member on a boat which is to make the voyage.
For full information on the voyage, see