On the Camino del Norte, Lezama to Bilbao, Spain

March 5, 2016 — Leave a comment

You have a choice if you’re walking the Camino del Norte west of Lezama. Should you climb Monte Avril or take the lower route along the highway? Even easier is the bus that connects Lezama, Zamudio, and Bilbao. Since I was determined to walk the Camino, bypassing on an easier route or taking the bus wasn’t an option. If you choose to climb Monte Avril, ahead of you is about 300 meters of elevation gain along a road which completely wore me out on a hot Summer’s afternoon.

I left my last post, On the Camino del Norte, Pepiena to Lezama, Spain, just as I entered the town of Lezama with Bilbao just over 11 kilometers away. At the time of writing, Lezama had an albergue, but it was still early for me and I continued on what would be a difficult walk ahead.

The Lezama town hall or ayuntamiento.

Lezama town hall Euzkadi espana



Lezama ayuntamiento Euzkadi camino



The 16th century Iglesia de Santa María.

Lezama iglesia de Santa María camino norte



I’m not sure which church or ermita this is. If you know, please leave a comment below.

Lezama la cruz ermita camino



Under cumulus skies, walking along the highway between Lezama and Zamudio.

Lezama La Cruz Camino del norte Euzkadi



The Iglesia de San Martín de Arteaga in Zamudio.

Zamudio Iglesia de San Martín de Arteaga camino

Butterfly bush along the Camino.

butterfly bush camino del norte



And then it was time to climb Monte Avril. The track started off gently.

Lezama Bilbao camino del norte



Looking over one of the communities on the outskirts of Bilbao.

Bilbao monte avril camino del norte



My hiking partner as we continued to climb Monte Avril. It was very warm in the mid afternoon and I had to make frequent stops.

Bilbao monte avril camino del norte



The colours of the Camino.

Bilbao monte avril camino del norte spain



A mix of dirt and paved roads as we continued to climb.

Bilbao monte avril camino del norte path

Getting closer…

Bilbao monte avril camino del norte sign
Bilbao monte avril camino del norte Euzkadi



Looking toward the great city of Bilbao!

Bilbao monte avril camino del norte espana



If you take the bus or walk along the highway, this is what you’re missing!

monte avril Bilbao camino del norte spain



Finally we emerged from the rural area in to a residential area of Bilbao.

Bilbao camino del norte monte avril spain
I hope you enjoyed this post. I got sicker as I climbed Monte Avril in the heat. I was so happy to reach the city but was a little shocked that there was another climb to the albergue. This time I joined the others in the group for the short but steep bus ride. The walk through Bilbao will be on my next post, On the Camino del Norte in Bilbao, Spain. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


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