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Camino del Norte (Santander - Gijón)

Camino del Norte (Santander - Gijón)

Camino del Norte

Camino del Norte - A picturesque and alternative route along the North Coast, the Camino del Norte (The Coastal Route) will satisfy your every desire for nature, physical activity and a chance to indulge yourself at the same time. Camino del Norte passes some of the most iconic cities in Northern Spain such as San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander and Gijón.

  • From 1190 EUR/pers.
  • 209 Km
  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • Difficulty
    NOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!

    1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.

    2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.

    3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

    5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.
  • Nature

This section of the Camino del Norte featuries one of Spain's most beautiful coastlines and some of Spain's most charming fishing and seaside vacation-site villages of all of the north coast. There's a reason why these are favourite destination spots when it comes time for Spaniards to vacation.

During summer the region exudes atmosphere, since it's one of the Spaniards' favorite holiday spots. The food is fantastic, nature impressive and uncountable experiences await you.

This is the only place in Europe, where you will find 2 km high mountainpeaks and coasline within 30 km.

On this Pilgrimage hike on you will experience stages 13 to 21 of the 35 Camino del Norte stages to Santiago.

Make your trip personal! Spain is More offers and guarantees the following on this trip:

✔ Daily Departures between mid March to end October.

✔ Hotel-to-Hotel Baggage Service is optional.

✔ Your personal Pilgrim's Passport.

✔ Specially Selected Hotels - always with private bathroom - selected for best location, service and authentic charm.

Spain is More Camino Guidebook (which you will receive some weeks before departure) contains practical pilgrim information, suggestions for packing list, recommended restaurants, maps of all cities along The Camino- and hotel location, Pilgrim's Passport/Credential, advice and guidance, service phone numbers and much more, all to make your trip on The Camino an experience of a lifetime!

✔ This trip can be combined with other Camino routes.

✔ Dividing stages: Yes, always!

It includes

From 1.190 EUR/pers.Per person in a double room.

Single room supplement: 180 EUR

It includes
  1. 9 nights in a double room - always with private bath/toilet.
  2. 9 x breakfast.
  3. Train from Madrid, Bilbao* or Barcelona to Santander.
  4. Transport from Gijon to Madrid, Bilbao* or Barcelona.
  5. Spain-is-Mores digital travel Guidebook.
  6. Pilgrim Passport / Credencial.
  7. 24/7 emergency telephone number.
  8. Taxes.
  9. *Discount apply.
Not included
  1. Some short local bus or taxi journeys, e.g. from airport to bus or train station in the same city.
  2. Summer: 15 July to mid-end sept is high season. Unlike the French route the hotels are filled with summerguests why the price increases considerably. During this time you should expect extra costs of around 120 € / person.
  1. Personalise your Camino: Extended stays, divide stages, transportation to startingpoint from anywhere in the world and back. Please ask us, we will be happy to assist you.
  2. Baggage Transport on the pilgrim route can be purchased. If you buy a luggage service your bag / suitcase will be transported from hotel to hotel on the scheduled days of hiking. Price: 100€/luggage. Máx: 15 kgs.
  3. Cancellation insurance: available in the trip confirmation process. (can be added when ordering).

This stretch that runs between Santander to Gijón is a clear example of the best of Northern Spain:  lovely beaches, quaint fishing towns, impressive natural landscapes and culture.

The cuisine is some of the best and judging from a scenery point of view, it would be difficult to find anything more beautiful. 

The terrain along the Camino del Norte is quite varied without being difficult to hike. The majority of the days it's possible to divide the stages, if one chooses. In summary, this route has everything one could desire in a vacation in the North of Spain.

In the "stages" section you will find more detailed information as well as maps of the stages profiles and photos.

Service functions are very good throughout the length of the route.

Possibility of dividing stages: Yes.  See description of the stages.

Detailed itinerary
Detailed itinerary (view all days )
Day 1.- Arrival Santander

You arrive at Cantabria's largest city, Santander, typically via train or bus from either Bilbao or Madrid. Santander is a beautifully located city and is also a very popular holiday area. The beach El Sadinero attracts thousands of bathers in the summer, which like to go evening walks around the La Magdalena Palace or along the beautiful seafront promenade. The major bank, Banco Santander, supports everything in the city, which has given Santander a wide range of cultural activities. A major fire in 1941 coused that the city do not have any 'old town', as many other cities in Spain, but the new city are nicely landscaped and has, despite a lot to offer.

Day 2.- Santander - Santillana del Mar7 Km

A small train transports you through the relatively boring suburbs and industrial areas of Santander. After about 20 minutes in the train you will see the lush green tones, which will be characteristic for the rest of the journey.

You can choose to leave the train in two places, depending on how far you want to walk. The train ticket must be purchased at the station (not included - about 3 € / person), we add a step-by-step plan. You can decide how much time you want to spend in Santander before the walk begins.

Depending on where you get off the train, you will walk 7 or 18 km. The practical information will be included in the Spain is More guidebook, which you will receive before departure, this way you will easily get to the beautiful Santillana del Mar. The rivers and infrastructure have have made it a little dificult for pilgrims because you have to make a considerable detour if you do not take the train.

Santillana del Mar was founded in the 9th century by monks who brought relics of St. Juliana and built a chapel and a small monastery here. The monastery has since been expanded by various donations. Church Santa Juliana is Romanesque style from the 12th century. The city of Santillana del Mar is a monument in itself and it is nice to wander in the small streets with mansions and castles.

In addition, it is possible to visit the caves of Altamira, just outside Santillana del Mar. One of the world's most important architectural findings, with its 17,000 ancient cave paintings.

Day 3.- Santillana del Mar - Comillas 22 Km

Comillas, and its beaches, in the 19th Century become, along with Santander, one of the most prestigious places to spend the summer and practice the famous sunbathing.

The major attractions in Comillas are: Universidad Pontificia, El Capricho de Gaudí and the port of Comillas.

Distance: 22 Km

ComillasSantillana del Mar
Day 4.- Comillas - Serdio 20 Km

Three are the rias that the pilgrim will cross today and it will spend the night next to another before leaving Cantabria. 

Before reaching San Vicente a detour can bring your throug the wonderful natural reserve, Oyambre. San Vicente de la Barquera, is a lovely little fishing town village.

Unquera is a town strategically located in a privileged location, with the beach and the mountains just a few kilometers far. At the mouth of the River Deva in the Cantabrian sea and the mountains of Picos de Europa, are only 30 kilometers apart.

From its source in Picos de Europa, river Deva runs 62 kilometers winding through the Liébana and the Hermida gorge. It flows into the Tinamayor estuary in Unquera, creating a natural border between the regions of Cantabria and Asturias.

Distance: 20 Km

Day 5.- Serdio - Llanes 29 Km

We start crossing the bridge over the river of Tina Mayor, thus we enter Asturias. This friendly way, by which we advance our way to Llanes, reward us in some places with good views of the sea.

Later, a sign will indicate that we are dealing with the ”Bufones of Arenillas”. These cracks or open fires on the coast, and connected with marine abysses, where the salt water penetrates with pressure, forming water spray jets that can reach over 20 meters high.

We will be able to admire it if the conditions are propotious.


The stage is long and sloped, and it is recommended to split the stage in two with an extra night. Another possibility is to split this and tomorrow's long stage in a total of 3 stages.

Distance: 29 Km

Day 6.- Llanes - Ribadesella 31 Km

Extensive and entertaining stage thanks to the many parishes of the councils of Llanes and Ribadesella accompanying the walk of the pilgrim. It's a hilly stage, which most people choose to split up in two - or split as well with yesterday's stage into three shorter stages!

In this area in the 19th Century it began an urban exploitation with modernist mansions and villas that were occupied by members of the aristocracy and gentry of Asturias and Madrid.

It now has a boardwalk and during the summer it has a rather high occupancy and it is perfect to practice water sports.

Distance: 31 Km

Day 7.- Ribadesella - Colunga 23 Km

Today the route continues across the council of Ribadesella and visits Caravia and Colunga.

In the first kilometers, to La Isla, we do not find any natural barrier that separate us from the sea. In the Council of Caravia we have to ascend to a track that soon falls between eucalyptus and ferns to Arenal de Moris.

It begins a few kilometers of great beauty as we walk up the side of the mountain by the sea.

Distance: 23 Km

Day 8.- Colunga - Villaviciosa 18 Km

A relatively hard stage, in a hilly terrain through larges forests. The stage is in turn relatively short. Villaviciosa is known for its sidra-production, and a few manufacturers can be visited. If you can't get enough of the beach, you can spend the afternoon at the beautiful Rodiles-beach, where you will also find a few good restaurant.

Not far from Villaviciosa is a small idyllic fishing village with really good restaurants. However, it is necessary to take a taxi or bus to get there.

Distance: 18 Km

Day 9.- Villaviciosa - Gijón 29 Km

The toughest stage on the Camino del Norte, with two very long climbs. The stage can be splitted with an extra nights approx. 10 km. before Gijón. Alternatively, our guidebook provides a few tips how to skip the most difficult part of the stage.

Gijón is a city that has plenty to offer and the city is one of the most beautiful and vibrant along the Northern Coast. Lots of great restaurants, shopping and exciting tours make the city an interesting tourist town. 
If weather permits, the beach and along the beautiful promenade are always exciting places to be.

The old town is beautiful and well maintained, and in the evenings you will find everyone pouring sidra from green bottles. A glorious city and an ideal place to begin your pilgrimage. Adding an extra night in town is certainly recommended if your time permits.

Distance: 29 Km

Day 10.- Departure