The day starts with a small ferry trip from Somo to Santander (not included, about 3 € / pers - timetable in our guidebook).
Santander (172,000 inhabitants) is an elegant city surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Not far from the center is the peninsula La Magdalena, a fantastic park with large playgrounds, cycling and hiking trails, restaurants, cafes, etc. On a beautiful day this is the place where locals hang out or on Santander's famous beach, El Sardinero. There is time for some sightseeing in Santander. This stage of the camino leaving from Santander is not the most exciting stage and that is why you take a local train today. The train leaves a few times per hour, but because tickets cannot be purchased in advance, we add a roadmap and other practical information about the train ticket in the guidebook that you will receive before departure (ticket price of 3 euro / person). The train ride takes about 30 minutes.
Upon arrival, a 6 km walk will take you to one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, Santillana del Mar. Near Santillana del Mar are the famous Altamira caves where 17,000-year-old cave paintings have been discovered. A replica of the caves can be visited and is well worth a visit. The museum is interesting and gives a good insight into human evolution through the millennia.
Overnight stay in a cozy and authentic hotel in the old center.
(Do not forget that the luggage is transported from hotel to hotel on all walking days.)