Camino del Norte 3/4 - From Santander to Ribadesella
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.
This trip creates 0.2175 tonne(s) of CO2, we offset it for free
Santander city is surrounded by beautiful nature and best known for its beautiful beaches. The Cathedral de Santander from the 13th Century is not to be missed. If you have extra time to spare, a visit to the Museum of Prehistory and Archeology could be an interesting visit!
Santillana del Mar
Santillana del Mar is a well preserved historic village from the Medieval times with brick buildings and cobblestone roads. The Collegiate Church from the 12th Century with its finely crafted Romanesque works is a must see. Located 2 km from Santillana del Mar, you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Altamira caves.
Bufones de Arenill
Bufones de Arenilla is a spectacular natural feature with a seawatter eruptions of 20 m high. When the sea is calm, you will hear the sound of the water and the sea splashing below. On the way to Ribadesella you will be passing the ruined Monsaterio de San Antolin with a beach of the same name close by.
Santander to Ribadesella
Camino del Norte
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You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of Santander. The rooms are en-suite.
Day 2 19.5km
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.
Day 3 25.2km
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 21.9km
SANTILLANA DEL MAR
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 27.1km
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 27.2km
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 29.8km
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.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
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