Camino de Santiago from Bilbao

The Camino de Santiago from Bilbao to Santander is the stretch of the Camino del Norte that allows you to enjoy the so-called Green Spain, visiting part of the Basque Country and the community of Cantabria. It is a route of 7 days and 6 nights, and ideal for all those people looking for a route that alternates stretches of coast and inland areas.

The tour starts in the lively city of Bilbao, famous for the Guggenheim Museum, and crosses picturesque coastal villages such as Castro Urdiales or Laredo. The route ends in Santander, a place where the sea and the mountain intermingle with urban areas.

During your stay on the Camino del Norte from Bilbao you can enjoy the excellent gastronomy in this region of Spain, where both meat and fish are very important.

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    Day 1
    Arrival in Bilbao
    Bilbao is a very lively city that offers a multitude of activities. On your arrival day, you can visit the Guggenheim Museum or spend the afternoon strolling through the beautiful old town, where you will find numerous bars offering skewers and txakoli wine.

    However, the city also has numerous other attractions such as the Deusto Bridge, the Cathedral of Santiago, the Kiosko Arenal or the Casas Americanas, among others. If you want to have more time to visit the city you can add an additional night in Bilbao to your trip. Please contact us for more information.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Bilbao.

    Day 2
    From Bilbao to Portugalete
    The first day of walking is mostly done on urban terrain, although that does not mean that it is not an interesting stage. The tour crosses through the suburbs of Bilbao, where you can discover the less touristic places in the city.

    Following the course of the River Nervion and with sections that run on an old Camino Real, you will reach the spectacular Puente Colgante, which gives access to the end of the stage: Portugalete. In the city, you will find a beautiful old centre, listed as an Artistic Historical collection, where you can visit places such as the Basilica of Santa Maria or the Kiosko de la Musica, among others.

    Distance: 14 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Portugalete..

    Day 3
    From Portugalete to Castro Urdiales
    Today, after leaving Portugalete behind, you will encounter the Cantabrian Sea. Then, on a comfortable track and in the company of a cliff, you will cross a region where you will find numerous mines and deposits.

    On the route, at Onton, you will leave Basque lands to enter Cantabria. The stage ends in the beautiful town of Castro Urdiales, where you can visit various chalets and palaces, in both modernist and medieval style.

    Distance: 27 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Castro Urdiales.

    Day 4
    From Castro Urdiales to Laredo
    This stage will be carried out surrounded by an interior landscape, in which you will be enveloped by the fragrance of eucalyptus trees. On the tour, you will cross the emerald green Liendo Valley, and you can visit some villages with interesting temples such as the Chapel of Santa Isabel or the Magdelena Church.

    The day ends in the tourist village of Laredo, where you can again enjoy the Cantabrian Sea, on the beach of La Salve. In the historic centre of the town, known as Puebla Vieja, you will find numerous medieval monuments.

    Distance: 24 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Laredo.

    Day 5
    From Laredo to Escalante
    This is one of the most beautiful stages along the Camino del Norte, in landscape terms, as it runs through the surroundings of the Santona Nature Reserve. From Colindres, you will have the option to take a boat that allows you to cross Santona, and then continue advancing surrounded by its spectacular marshes.

    The day ends in Escalante, a quiet town where you will find some churches to visit and where you can taste the savoury anchovies from Santona.

    Distance: 16 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Escalante.

    Day 6
    From Escalante to Santander
    Today you will enjoy beautiful meadows and the spectacular cliffs of Trasmiera, which give access to the bay of the city of Santander, where this route on the Camino de Santiago del Norte ends. You will find two options to complete this stage.
    One involves taking the boat from La Pedrena (the cost of the trip is 2 euros and is not included in the price of the trip), to reach the pier of Somo. Being able to enjoy a unique perspective of the cliffs during the crossing. The other option is to take the inland route, heading to Loredo and passing through Santa Maria de Latas.

    Distance: 17 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Santander.

    Day 7
    Santander is a beautiful city surrounded by an environment in which sea and mountain are combined. From its urban centre, you can visit numerous city beaches, no less than eleven, or enjoy natural environments like the one that runs next to Playa del Sardinero.

    The city also has exquisite gastronomy and a high number of attractions, such as the Cathedral of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, Palacio de la Magdelena or el Castillo de la Corbanera. It also has an extensive network of museums.

    Discovering the great diversity of attractions that the capital of Cantabria has requires a minimum of two days of visiting. If you have time and want to add an extra night in Santander, please contact us for more information.

    Likewise, if you want to extend your trip with some of the stages on the stretch that links Santander with Ribadesella, do not hesitate to inform us.


    Selection of hotels and cottages

    Our partner travel agencies only works with accommodation that have private bathrooms and that guarantee maximum comfort and convenience to those pilgrims who book with us.

    Since reservations are subject to availability, the name of the hotels and cottages you will stay in will be provided to you 1 month before you start your pilgrimage.

    Booking single rooms

    You can book your stay on the Camino de Santiago by staying in single rooms, which also include a private bathroom. Single rooms are subject to an additional charge for the selected route.

    Accommodation in single rooms is subject to availability in hotels and cottages as it is a highly sought-after service. Reservations must be made in advance.

    Commitment to quality

    To ensure the quality standards of the accommodation with which we collaborate, our partner travel agencies teams travels to each of them to check that their facilities and services, as well as the quality of their attention, are excellent. Only in this way, can we guarantee you the best rest and an unforgettable stay while you are on the Camino de Santiago.

    In addition, if due to the low capacity of some of the hotels or cottages with which we collaborate, there is no availability, we guarantee that they will offer you other accommodation of the same range or even of superior quality.

    Accommodation partners

    All hotels and cottages have been selected with the utmost care, to guarantee your rest and comfort on all stages of the Camino de Santiago

    • Staying in hotels and cottages.
    • Accommodation with a private bathroom in your room.
    • Detailed itinerary of the reserved route.
    • Selected meal plan.
    • Baggage transfer between stages.
    • Personal assistance 24/7, by phone, throughout the trip.
    • Emergency assistance car available
    • Information dossier for the Camino de Santiago from Bilbao.
    • Taxes included.
    • Booking of single rooms at an additional cost.
    • Picnics to go (includes sandwich, drink and dessert).
    • Additional nights (breakfast included).
    • Transfers according to your needs.
    • Assistance insurance during the tour.
    • Travel cancellation insurance.
    Excellent and well organised walking
    We walked from Lugo to Santiago. All of the accommodation was very good, good meals and drink. All in all a very good holiday and walking experience. We’ve already booked to do another walk next year as they make it so easy to do.
    Well done!
    They arranged all accommodation and transport of luggage flawlessly. Not a single glitch was experienced. Well done!
    Camino Trail
    Amazing experience and I was very satisfied. I would highly recommend booking with this company as they were organized, helpful and I never had to worry about anything other than enjoy hiking the Camino.
    They really are excellent!
    The tour was really superb! We were impressed with all aspects of communications both during the booking and planning stage as well as during the trip. Transfers were flawless and the standard of accomodation excellent! Highly recommend… And will surely use them again!
    Fabulous experience
    Fabulous experience. Walks in Spain were a very good company to travel with. Highly recommend them. Accommodation was very good and food excellent.