Camino de Santiago from Santander

The Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella is the stretch on the Camino del Norte that runs through Cantabria and Asturias. This route of 8 days and 7 nights is ideal for all those people who want to enjoy the contrast offered by the Cantabrian Sea with mountainous environments and that are in good physical condition, to face the continuous slopes that this route proposes.

The tour departs from the beautiful city of Santander, to cross charming villages such as San Vicente de la Barquera, Santillana del Mar, Comillas or Llanes, where you will find enormous cultural richness. During the journey, you will also have the opportunity to discover the excellent cuisine of this region of Spain.

The trip ends in the beautiful fishing village of Ribadesella, where you will find numerous activities to do. Among them, relax on its beaches and enjoy the Cantabrian Sea.

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    Day 1
    Arrival in Santander
    Santander is a beautiful city, which will seduce you from the first minute. The capital of Cantabria has many places where you can enjoy its sea and mountain environment, such as one of its eleven urban beaches or one of its viewpoints.

    The city also has many places of interest, such as the Palacio de la Magdelena or the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Cathedral, not to mention its excellent gastronomy. To fully discover this Cantabrian gem, it is necessary to have at least two days, so if you have time, we recommend adding an additional night to your trip in Santander. Contact us for more information.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Santander.

    Day 2
    From Santander to Arce
    On the first stage of the Camino del Norte from Santander, you will have the opportunity to visit towns such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompia and Boo de Pielagos. At the end of the tour you will cross a beautiful medieval bridge to head to Arce, where the stage concludes.

    Distance: 16 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Arce.

    Day 3
    From Arce to Santillana del Mar
    Today you will enjoy a mountainous environment and visit places such as Miengo and Suances. The day ends in the beautiful town of Santillana del Mar, from where you can visit the Altamira Caves.

    In the town centre you will also find various attractions such as the Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana or numerous Baroque palaces. We recommend that you take advantage of your visit to try Santillana cake, very typical of the town.

    Distance: 22 kilometres.

    Accomodation: Overnight in Santillana del Mar.

    Day 4
    From Santillana del Mar to Comillas
    On this stage you will enjoy one of the most beautiful natural places in the region, the Oyambre Natural Park. You will also have the opportunity to visit places of great cultural value such as the Cistercian Monastery in Cobreces.

    The day ends in the beautiful town of Comillas. In it, you will find various attractions such as the Capricho de Gaudi, the Palacio de Sobrellano or the Universidad Pontifica in Comillas.

    Distance: 20 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Comillas.

    Day 5
    From Comillas to Unquera
    Today you will advance along the Cantabrian cornice, through wooded sections. On your path, you will find numerous estuaries, interesting geological formations and charming villages such as San Vicente de la Barquera.

    The stage ends in Unquera, the last town in Cantabria. We recommend you try the delicious Corbatas de Unquera, a sweet made with almonds, flour and sugar.

    Distance: 28 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Unquera.

    Day 6
    From Unquera to Llanes
    Leaving Unquera, and after crossing the bridge of the River Deva, you will enter Asturias, the cradle of cider. The first Asturian town that will cross your path is Colombres, where you will find numerous Indiano houses.

    Then, you will find two options to complete the tour to Llanes. One is to follow the official path of the Camino de Santiago, which has a beautiful landscape, but follows the path of the main road. The other is to follow the route of the GR path that runs near the sea.

    The end of the day is especially picturesque. Llanes is a beautiful fishing village that still retains some of its strong fishing tradition. On its streets, you will find various points of interest such as the remains of its ancient medieval wall or several palaces.

    Distance: 21 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Llanes.

    Day 7
    From Llanes to Ribadesella
    On your last day of walking you will enjoy numerous fishing villages and various beaches, such as Palombina and Barro. You’ll even find some stretches that you can complete walking through the sand.

    The day will not lack visits of interest such as the Los Dolores Church, located next to the marshes, or the Church of San Pedro de Pria, located on top of a hill and with excellent panoramic views of the region.

    Distance: 28 kilometres.

    Accommodation: Overnight in Ribadesella.

    Day 8
    To conclude the trip, you can enjoy the charming fishing village of Ribadesella. On its beautiful streets you will find various points of interest such as the Palacio de Pietro Cutre or the Church of Santa Maria Magdelena.

    In the vicinity of the village there are also several archaeological sites such as the Lloseta Caves or a route along the cliffs that allows you to explore dinosaur footprints. In addition, the village has several nearby beaches where you can relax and enjoy the Cantabrian Sea.

    If you want to add an additional night in Ribadesella to enjoy all its surroundings or extend your trip adding some stages on the stretch that joins Ribadesella with Vilalba, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


    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 Santander.
    • Taxes included.
    • Booking of single rooms at an additional cost.
    • Picnics to go (includes sandwich, drink and dessert).
    • Additional night in Santiago de Compostela (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.