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Camino Lebaniego: 6 days of hiking through the heart of Picos de Europa

Map Camino Lebaniego: 6 days of hiking through the heart of Picos de Europa

3 days along the Cantabrian coast and 3 days in the Picos de Europa.

Embark on the Camino Lebaniego: A Journey Through Nature, History, and Cuisine in Northern Spain

Embark on a fascinating journey from Santander to San Vicente de la Barquera following the Camino del Norte, then continue on the Camino Lebaniego to reach the iconic Monastery of Santo Toribio. This unique route takes you straight into the heart of the Picos de Europa National Park, a must-see for any hiking enthusiast. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of lush green valleys and spectacular mountains, a highlight for those interested in hiking in the Picos de Europa.

Rural accommodation, local hospitality, and the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana await, set against the majestic backdrop of the Picos de Europa. This trip offers a visual and culinary feast, showcasing the best of northern Spain cuisine, from cocido lebaniego to sobaos pasiegos.

Ideal for adventurers and nature lovers, the Camino Lebaniego guide promises a perfect escape from the daily hustle, immersing you in the lesser-known wonders of Spain.

With our customized guide, you’ll fully experience the Camino Lebaniego without missing a beat, ensuring a rich and complete journey.

Looking to extend your adventure? Explore additional days along the coast or in the mountains with our personalized recommendations, perfect for those looking to dive deeper into northern Spain's natural landscapes.

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Explore the Camino Lebaniego:

Difficulty, terrain, climate, and tips for a seamless experience.


What Spain is More offers:

  • ✔ Daily departures from June to the first half of October, catering to those planning their Camino Lebaniego hike.
  • ✔ Carefully selected hotels, always with a private bathroom, ensuring a comfortable stay.
  • ✔ A personalized digital guide by Spain is More, packed with practical information and recommendations for your journey.


Don’t miss out on:

  • Monastery of Santo Toribio: A must-visit for its spiritual significance and the Lignum Crucis, offering a deep dive into the region's sacred architecture.
  • Picos de Europa National Park: A paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering spectacular landscapes and the chance to explore Spain's natural majesty.
  • Local Cuisine: Experience the flavors of the journey with traditional dishes, representing the best of northern Spain's culinary culture
It includes
  1. 9 nights in a double room 
  2. 9 breakfast
  3. Personalized digital guide
  4. 24/7 emergency number during the trip.
  5. Taxes.

Not included
  1. Transportation to the starting point. If required, we can assist with transportation from Madrid, Bilbao...
  2. Short transportation, such as a taxi from Bilbao airport to the bus station.
  3. Feve train from Santander to the starting point (30 min) *.
  4. Bus from Potes to Santander *.



  1. Customize your trip: Extension of stay. Division of stages. Transportation to the departure point and from the final point to anywhere in the world. Ask us, we will be happy to help.
  2. Luggage transport. From hotel to hotel throughout the Camino: price: €180/luggage. From the hotel in Santander to the hotel in Potes directly: price €90/luggage. Max: 15 kgs./luggage.
  3. Extension of stay.
  4. Printed guide. If you prefer the printed guide, it can be purchased for €30 per copy. (You can add this when you buy the trip).
  5. Transportation to the starting point of the trip from any point in Spain.
  6. Cancellation insurance: available during the trip confirmation process. (You can add this when you buy the trip).

Camino Lebaniego: 6 days of hiking through the heart of Picos de Europa

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Single room supplement: 220 EUR

Daily program

Camino Lebaniego: 6 days of hiking through the heart of Picos de Europa

Detailed itinerary (view all days )
Day 1: Arrival to Santander

You usually arrive at Bilbao Airport, and from there it is a short bus ride of 50 min to Santander (included in the price). Santander is a vibrant city located in one of Spain's most beautiful bays. Start your holiday in Spain by taking in the city's sights, the atmosphere and end the evening with delicious tapas. A great way to start to your first day in Northern Spain! In the guidebook, you can find our favorite tapas-bars all over the city.

It is recommended to take a day or two extra in Santander, especially in the summer, where you can start your vacation on the fantastic beaches.

Day 2: Santander - Santillana del Mar (7 / 18 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.


The first 3 stages of

this pilgrimage

to Potes and Santo Toribio 

are on the Camino del Norte.

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.)

A beautiful stage, very close to the sea, along the beautiful coast. The stage moves through green and constantly hilly landscape. A few times you go closer to the  beautiful beaches with breathtaking views. Along the way there are several cozy villages, where you experience a very authentic Spain, the daily rural life.

Comillas is one of the highlights of the trip. Comillas and Santander were the most prestigious place to celebrate summer holidays in the 19th century and countless wealthy families from Spain have built large summer houses here. The best known is El Capricho, built after the design of the famous Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi.

Day 4: Comillas - Serdio (20 km.)

Three rivers are crossed at the stage of today. Before San Vicente de la Barquera it is advisable to make a small detour through the beautiful nature reserve Oyambre. San Vicente de la Barquera, is a beautiful little fishing village.

Then the route enters the country. It is a beautiful and very different area where you are going. In many ways much more authentic - Spain as the Spaniards only know it.

Now you're still on the Camino del Norte, you meet 'like-minded' pilgrims and on the way there are several good restaurants for a well-deserved meal.

Day 5: Camino Lebaniego (21 km.)

After an overnight stay in a beautiful green area in a small village, continue over the Camino del Norte for another 4 km before the actual Camino Lebaniego starts. From here the journey is marked with red arrows, which show the way to the Santo Toribio monastery in Potes.

You follow the Nansa River to the south. The nature here is beautiful and lush, with small waterfalls in the forests. The walk along the river is also a favorite excursion for many locals because of the beautiful scenery.

Accommodation in a charming hotel where you have to try the local cuisine. 

Day 6: Camino Lebaniego (17 km.)

The Camino Lebaniego now comes closer to the mountains. It is a fantastic stage through mountain villages and untouched nature. The many heights are rewarded with a beautiful view and if you want, you can take a short walk to one of the most beautiful views of Picos de Europa, where you can see the highest peaks of the national park.

The village is surrounded by an impressive environment; green fields and forests. A few restaurants and bars are the key points in this town - an experience that will be one of the highlights of the trip.

Day 7: The goal is reached - St. Toribio (21 km)

Today's stage is perhaps the most beautiful of all. There are many levels, but the effort is quickly forgotten when you see the beautiful landscape. It is possible to shorten this stage by about 5 km.

The small Lebeña church is a mandatory stop on the route. The historic site and the small church were of great importance during the re-conquest of Spain on the Moors. From here Camino Lebaniego continues on the other side of the valley, where you can experience the unspoilt nature of Picos de Europe. Here the local farmers want to keep things as they have always been, and tourism is therefore pushed into second place, which can feel pretty liberating. One of the best cheeses in the area is produced here and if you are lucky, you can also taste it.

The last 4 km of the stage goes towards the center of Potes. Potes is the capital of the area with many restaurants, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, etc. A pleasant mountain village with a lively atmosphere.

The monastery of Santo Toribio is another 3 km from Potes, but before you walk the last stretch, you can drop off your backpack at the hotel.

In Santo Toribio you visit the monastery and the surroundings. If you walk a few hundred meters further, you will reach a fantastic panaroma point from where you can enjoy a magnificent view over the Liébana Valley and the highest peaks of Picos de Europa. If your camera's memory card was not already full, it will be the case now! The contrast between the often snowy and majestic peaks, the clouds and the blue sky and the green meadows and forests is amazing. You can choose to take a taxi back to Potes, if you are done walking for today.

In Potes you can stroll through the cobbled streets and alleyways along the river of the city and enjoy the ambiance and the beautiful architecture of the city. The end of the tour can be celebrated with an exceptionally good dinner. In the guide we recommend some of the best restaurants in the Liébana Valley.

Day 8: Potes and the Liébana-Valley

During the day, there are many opportunities for active tourism. We can recommend day trip to Fuente Dé where you can take the cable car up to the mountains to enjoy amazing panoramic views. It is possible to walk all the way back to Fuente Dé from there.

You can also do an exciting activity called Barrancos. This a fun and different experience for everyone in the family. The beautiful mountains and streams are crossed using various methods and you will try both rappelling, climbing and gliding through streams and rivers; a mixture of various fun mountain activities, which is always a big hit among our guests - youngsters as well as older travellers.

Please tell us if you want us to include these, or any other activities in your travel proposal.

There is also an option to extend the trip with 2 extra hiking days (you walk 15 km per day). The trip through the scenic valley ends in Fuente De, where you spend the night surrounded by some of Picos de Europa's highest peaks.

Day 9: Back in Santander - such beautiful beaches

In the morning, the bus will be taken back to Santander (ticket not included - schedule attached to the guidebook). It's time for relaxation, Santander has some amazing beaches where you can enjoy the day. A dip in the refreshing Atlantic is 'rehab' for both body and soul. The Magdalena Park with its palace and parks filled with flowers is also worth a visit. In the evening, Santander has plenty of good restaurants to offer.

It is recommended to spend one day in Santander or Bilbao, depending on your return journey.

Day 10: Departure

Departure from Santander or Bilbao.

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