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Camino del Norte 3/4 - From Santander to Ribadesella

Camino del Norte 3/4  - From Santander to Ribadesella map

This third section takes you through the western coast of Cantabria with a mixture of coast walking and inland more hilly country.   Leaving Santander you will move inland passing through towns before coming back to the estuary and village of Arce. A hilly day, passing meadows and sleepy villages will have you arrive into Santillana del Mar.

Another day of coastline and pretty villages takes you to the impressive beach of Comillas, where the town also boasts some impressive architecture. A somewhat long day follows with more coast, a Natural Park and then green pastures and a forest to arrive in Unquera.  Now entering Asturias an undulating walk takes you up and then down a few times to reach Llanes. Your last day is a long day but beautiful beaches will warm you up before the steady uphill climb to the Church of San Pedro de Pria before coming down to the town of Ribadesella your final stop on this section.

Trip Stats

151km

distance to walk

6

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Santander
(Arrival)

You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of Santander. The rooms are en-suite.

Day 2
20km

Santander
to
Arce

During this stage, the Camino moves slightly inland and passes through towns such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompia and Boo de Pielagos. The estuary of Boo de Pielagos leads to the village of Arce. A project, currently underway, will eventually shorten the journey by 10 kilometres with the addition of a pedestrian bridge.

Day 3
26km

Arce
to
Santillana del Mar

The Camino follows the pleasant, hilly landscape of the coast. Coming to Miengo, we finally reach the Besaya region. Take your time to visit the charming little village of Suance. Passing meadows and sleepy villages, we arrive in the medieval village of Santillana del Mar.

Day 4
23km

Santillana del Mar
to
Comillas

This stage introduces the pilgrim to the wild western coast of Cantabria. The Camino passes villages of outstanding beauty like Cobreces, with its Cistercian Monastery, and finally arrives in Comillas with its impressive beaches and remarkable architecture. Check out the spectacular “Capricho de Gaudi”, the Palace of Sobrellano with its pantheon chapel, and the Pontifical University.

Day 5
28km

Comillas
to
Unquera

From Comillas, the Camino continues along the coast, and comes to Oyambre Natural Park. Here you will have the chance to witness an outstanding marine ecosystem consisting of a large variety of birds, molluscs and fish. The Camino reaches the town of San Vicente de la Barquera. Finally, passing estuaries, green pastures and forests, we arrive in Unquera.

Day 6
25km

Unquera
to
Llanes

The Camino de Santiago enters Asturias, crossing a bridge over the river Deva and continuing into Bustio. Before Colombres, we have to climb the “Cuesta’l Cantu”. Then we go downhill along the Sierra de La Borbolla. The Way now enters Pendueles. Here, the Camino take a narrow footpath that crosses the road to Andrin and climbs up to the Jorcada pass. The Camino drops to La Portilla and continues to Llanes, where we stay for the night.

Day 7
31km

Llanes
to
Ribadesella

Passing the beautiful beaches of Palombina and Barro, the Camino crosses the river Niembro. Climbing steadily uphill, we reach the Church of San Pedro de Pria, set on a hill overlooking the district’s seven towns. Then, the Camino continues downhill to the medieval stone bridge over the river Gua­damia, it crosses the railway and continues on to Sobares and Ribadesella. Ribadesella is a fascinating town and well worth a stroll around.

Day 8

Ribadesella

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Santander
to
Arce

You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of Santander. The rooms are en-suite.

Section 2

Arce
to
Santillana del Mar

During this stage, the Camino moves slightly inland and passes through towns such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompia and Boo de Pielagos. The estuary of Boo de Pielagos leads to the village of Arce. A project, currently underway, will eventually shorten the journey by 10 kilometres with the addition of a pedestrian bridge.

Section 3

Santillana del Mar
to
Comillas

The Camino follows the pleasant, hilly landscape of the coast. Coming to Miengo, we finally reach the Besaya region. Take your time to visit the charming little village of Suance. Passing meadows and sleepy villages, we arrive in the medieval village of Santillana del Mar.

Section 4

Comillas
to
Unquera

This stage introduces the pilgrim to the wild western coast of Cantabria. The Camino passes villages of outstanding beauty like Cobreces, with its Cistercian Monastery, and finally arrives in Comillas with its impressive beaches and remarkable architecture. Check out the spectacular “Capricho de Gaudi”, the Palace of Sobrellano with its pantheon chapel, and the Pontifical University.

Section 5

Unquera
to
Llanes

From Comillas, the Camino continues along the coast, and comes to Oyambre Natural Park. Here you will have the chance to witness an outstanding marine ecosystem consisting of a large variety of birds, molluscs and fish. The Camino reaches the town of San Vicente de la Barquera. Finally, passing estuaries, green pastures and forests, we arrive in Unquera.

Section 6

Llanes
to
Ribadesella

The Camino de Santiago enters Asturias, crossing a bridge over the river Deva and continuing into Bustio. Before Colombres, we have to climb the “Cuesta’l Cantu”. Then we go downhill along the Sierra de La Borbolla. The Way now enters Pendueles. Here, the Camino take a narrow footpath that crosses the road to Andrin and climbs up to the Jorcada pass. The Camino drops to La Portilla and continues to Llanes, where we stay for the night.

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How to get there

Fly In

Option 1 – Santander
Santander airport with Ryanair offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain (can book return flights).

Iberia offers a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia.

Option 2 – Bilbao
Bilbao airport with Aerlingus, Easyjet or British Airways.



Starting Point

There is a regular airport shuttle bus (15mins).



Getting Home

Santander
Bus to Santander takes 1hr30, several buses a day.



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from €750

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

25km

per day (average)

8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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