Guided 2024: Santander to Ribadesella

Stage 3 of 4


8 days


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12.7 min | 20.2km average | 27.6 max


264.3 min |404.4m average | 476.2 max


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Santander, another port city, not only boasts a historic centre and beaches but is also where the royal family of Spain use to take their summer breaks. This third section of the traditional Camino del Norte 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.
Our fun and friendly guides are all Follow the Camino certified and speak Spanish and English, so they’ll make sure that all your questions are answered. They will ensure that your experience on this incredible journey is enhanced even more! We can also add a guide to any pre-arranged group booking! Get in touch with our Camino Planners for a quote!
Important: Follow The Camino guided tours are guaranteed at a minimum of seven people. In case we do not reach this number, the tour will continue as self-guided and we will refund the price of the guide to you.


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 Arenilla

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.

Guided 2024: Santander to Ribadesella

Starting from € 1138



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You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of Santander. Once the summer destination of the Spanish royal family, nowadays there is an eclectic mix of tapas bars and restaurants, busy shopping streets, and sandy beaches all within easy walking distance of each other.



12.7 km


During this stage, the Camino moves slightly inland and passes through typical Cantabiran towns such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompia, and Boo de Pielagos. The estuary of Boo de Pielagos leads to the village of Arce, where you will stop for the night.



17.8 km


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



17.3 km


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.



22.8 km


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 species. The Camino next reaches the town of San Vicente de la Barquera. Finally, passing estuaries, green pastures, and forests, we arrive in Unquera.



23 km


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 la 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.



27.6 km


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 main towns. Then, the Camino continues downhill to the mediaeval 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. Ribadesella is visited year-round for its history, sport activities, and food – meaning there is plenty to do once you have finished your Camino. Ribadesella is also known for its prehistoric cave, Tito Bustillo, which is open to visitors all year round.

How to Get There

Getting to Santander, Spain

It is best to fly to Bilbao or Santander and then back from Santander.

Fly into Bilbao

A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport comes from internal flights and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish Airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo. European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris, and Stuttgart are also available.  At the moment, EasyJet, Iberia and Aer Lingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. EasyJet offers daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flies from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operates out of Dublin.

Take the bus or the train from Bilbao to Santander.

    Fly into Santander

    Ryanair is the only low-cost airline that currently offers direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome, as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain. Iberia offers a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia.

    There is a shuttle bus from the centre of town to the airport which takes 15 mins.

      Getting home from Ribadesella, Spain

      Fly from Santander

      The bus to Santander takes 1hr30, several buses a day.

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