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.

Coastal Path to Santander
Seaside and green hills mix
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Trip Highlights

Santander

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.

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.

Day 3
25km

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
22km

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
27km

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
27km

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
30km

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.

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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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.



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Starting Point

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



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Getting Home

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



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