The route that runs between Portugalete and Covarón (Kobaron) is one of the shortest and most beautiful stages of the so-called Camino de Santiago along the coast of the Basque Country . The section that allows the union of these two localities is made under the shadow of the Serantes and the Montaño, both excellent viewpoints over a landscape dotted with a multitude of galleries and open-pit mines.
Camino de Santiago from Portugalete to Kobaron
It is a 16 km path that runs almost entirely along a bike lane and, later, along a fully upgraded Greenway . Although not in its entirety, there are parts of this route, the beginning and the end, that can be done with a pushchair, turning the route into a nice little walk for the whole family and without excuses. A fast, transitional stage, rewarded by being reunited with the sea after almost a week.
The route of this last Basque stage runs through the mining area of ??Bizkaia and part of Portugalete and reaches the towns of Ortuella, Abanto-Zierbena and the beautiful beach of La Arena with hardly any shocks. In the neighborhood of Pobeña, belonging to the municipality of Muskiz, there is a hostel where you can see its marshes or the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Socorro, built on what used to be an island, now connected to land.
This section of the Camino del Norte, once you leave the town of Pobeña, enters the path of the old mining railway that transported merchandise to the La Arena loading dock, without a doubt, one of the sections with the best views. This step has now become a fully upgraded Greenway.
In the La Arena beach area, the traveler will be able to see a very special dune ecosystem , although this is in the process of recovery, so it is recommended not to leave the marked path that crosses the dunes to avoid erosion.
The route has several recreational areas where you can take a break to recover your strength or refill your water bottle. The areas have tables and benches, fountains and a shaded area that are welcome on very hot days.
It is a simple route, suitable for the whole family, where extreme caution must be exercised when crossing the road at some point along the way and in the rainy season, because there may be small landslides at the height of the Vía Verde del Piquillo. Already on the sand, the bridge over the Barbadun connects the beach with Pobeña, synonymous with hospitality.
Once the route is over, you can take a bus in Kobaron to return to the starting point in Portugalete.
monuments of interest
The church of San Nicolás de Bari is located in the Pobeña neighborhood and dates back to 1750. It was built by Don Pedro de la Quadra, Archbishop of Burgos. The building consists of a single nave with a rectangular apse and, inside it houses three altarpieces: that of San Nicolás, that of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and that of San José.
The monument to Víctor Chávarri was made in honor of the well-known Basque engineer and businessman, born in Portugalete in 1854. He is one of the most notable figures in the industrial and economic development of the Basque Country. He founded the La Vizcaya factory, which would later become Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, participated in multiple businesses related to the railway industry, real estate companies, banks and mines.