Stage from Portugalete to Pobena

Information about stage 9: Stage from Portugalete to Pobena

Information about stage 9: Stage from Portugalete to Pobena

It take 3 to 4 hours if you walk it in one day


  • Km 0. Portugalete (All services)

Portugalete puts an end to the urban world of the last days. Situation that only increases the desire to see the coast again, although we will still have to wait 11 kilometers to step on the beach again. From the pilgrims’ hostel we headed out onto Casilda Iturrizar street. We continue straight on Carlos VII street, where the metro station is located, and without loss we go down to the bike lane (bidegorri) . This route stars almost exclusively in this ninth stage. As soon as you cross a road junction and the A-8 above, some yellow arrows point to an alternative route that enters Ortuella. In the guide we follow the route that goes along the bike lane, indicated by the official wooden post with the indication “La Arena 10 km” (Km 2). The journey is placid but very monotonous. We pass a picnic area and further on, after kilometer 8 of the bidegorri, next to the Nocedal neighborhood , belonging to Ortuella.

  • km 4.3. nocedal

During the march, Mount Serantes , a place name that refers to a place populated with blackthorns, 450 meters high, acts as a screen facing the sea and the port of Bilbao. At the top, an abandoned fort from the early 18th century and a telecommunications tower look out over the old mining landscape, not in vain are we in what was the most important iron extraction area in Bizkaia. A geological and also human legacy. Later we will enter Gallarta , the neighborhood that holds the capital of the municipality of Abanto and Zierbena .

  • km 5.5. gallant

In the Campo Diego area there is a museum dedicated to mining . Leaving Gallarta, the bidegorri will set its sights on the pyramidal summit of the Montaño , with an altitude of 320 meters. The Jacobean itinerary passes under the A-8 and is separated from the bike path for a stretch. Go back to recover it and at kilometer 3 of the bidegorri we pass a picnic area (Km 8.1) . On the right there are some orchards from the nucleus of Kardeo . In a gentle descent through this valley of Somorrostro we arrive at Playa de la Arena , between the mouth of Barbadun and Peña Lucero.

  • km 11.1. La Arena (Bars. Store. ATM)

Back, almost in the remote past, remains the memory of the last time we saw the sea. The beach is shared by the municipalities of Zierbena and Muskiz . To get to Pobeña you have to continue to the left, crossing a picnic area and a stretch of beach to reach the bridge over the Barbadun river . We leave aside the hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Socorro , of special devotion and patron saint of Pobeña , place of Muskiz. In the car park, the Camino de Santiago continues towards the stairs on the right. To go to the hostel you have to continue straight towards the town. It is the last in the province, also managed by the Association of Volunteer Hospitalers for Bizkaia .You do a great job! .

  • km 12.3. Pobeña (Seasonal hostel. Rural apartments. Bar)


  • Stage practically without difficulty that takes us to Pobeña , being able to lengthen the stage without complications either to Ontón where there is a hostel for pilgrims, or the most daring to Castro Urdiales .


About one kilometer after taking the bike lane at the Portugalete exit, there is an indication to go through the urban center of Ortuella, this detour can cause confusion and our recommendation is to continue straight along the bike lane.The Pobeña hostel is usually open from the beginning of April to the 15th of October. The rest of the months there is the option of staying in these apartments located in Pobeña itself:Rural Apartments Mugarri Plaza de Pobeña, s/n Pobeña For information and reservations call Telephone: 639 65 10 57 5 kilometers after Pobeña is the “Tu Camino” pilgrims’ hostel in Onton, already in Cantabria.

What to see, what to do

  • Pobena

    belongs to the municipality of Muskiz . Its La Arena beach is a beautiful extension open to the sea. It is an almost urban beach, where services are multiplied, but out of season it has a certain decadent and very beautiful air.

    • Church of San Nicolas de Bari

      Located in the Pobeña neighborhood , it dates from 1750 and was built by Don Pedro de la Quadra, Archbishop of Burgos . The building, in a bare Baroque style, has a rectangular plan with a square front tower, centered on the façade and topped with a small hipped roof. It consists of a single nave, with a rectangular apse. Its interior houses three altarpieces : that of San Nicolás , that of Nuestra Señora del Carmen and that of San José .

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