The Northern Way is considered by many pilgrims to be the jacobean route of greatest scenic and environmental beauty, and in this itinerary you will cover the 145 kilometres that separate Santander from Ribadesella. During your route you will be able to enjoy a landscape that alternates coastal zones with mountain zones. This itinerary is characterized by its exuberant landscapes and spectacular views that will accompany the pilgrim.

Arrival in Santander

Once you have arrived in Santander on your own and have settled into your accommodation you will be able to enjoy the charms of this coastal city, capital of the region of Cantabria. You can’t miss visiting its famous Sardinero beach as well as getting carried away by its historical center where such iconic places as the cathedral of Santander or the Palacio de la Magdalena stand out. It is also a day to rest, get mentally prepared and live an unforgettable experience on this Northern Way, as Santander is a unique place to enjoy a day of pre-walking.

Santander – Santillana del Mar

Dificultad HighTiempo estimado 9hDistancia37 Km

Our journey will begin with the most difficult stage of the entire itinerary, not so much because of the orography but because of the distance to be covered. Even so, the effort will be more than rewarded by the beauty of the landscapes along the way. In the first part of the stage we will head inland through some villages such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompía and Boo de Piélagos.

In the second part we will enjoy the mountainous landscape of the north coast where we highlight the town of Suances, an ideal place to make a stop before reaching our destination. Once in Santillana del Mar we can enjoy one of the most beautiful villages in Spain where if we have time we can also make a getaway to visit the caves of Altamira, declared world heritage.

You can see the caves of Altamira! Find out more about it in this post!

Santillana del Mar – Comillas

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5h 30′Distancia22’1 Km

This stage will take us through sections of the steep coast of Cantabria. On our way to Comillas we will leave behind beautiful villages such as Cobreces, where we highlight its Cistercian monastery. Continuing the stage we will cross landscapes of great beauty as the natural park of Oyambre, declared of cultural interest.

Once in Comillas we can take advantage of the afternoon visiting its fantastic beaches as well as strolling around its historic centre with places of great architectural interest such as the Pontifical University or the Sobrellano Palace.

Comillas – Colombres

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 7hDistancia29 Km,

In this stage we will leave Cantabria to enter Asturias for the first time. The road runs along the Cantabrian coast and its numerous estuaries that will give us breathtaking views. It is a somewhat more demanding day for the distance to travel although we will find many villages where to stop to replenish forces on our way to Colombres.

Once in the small village of Colombres we recommend to take advantage of the afternoon to enjoy the local gastronomy as well as to take some time to visit its characteristic parietal paintings.

Colombres – Llanes

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 5h 45′Distancia23’2 Kms

This stage offers us two alternatives to reach Llanes: on the one hand we have the layout of the coast that will allow us to visit the famous buffoons of sand, while if we prefer the “original” layout will lead us inland with slight ascents and descents along the Sierra de Borbolla. Both roads converge a few kilometers before reaching our destination.

Llanes is a small village on the Asturian coast that was once dedicated exclusively to fishing and has now seen a development of its tourist sector. Its enclave between the coast and the Picos de Europa make it a very beautiful town worth visiting, highlighting the Palacio del Conde de la Vega del Sella as one of its main attractions.

Llanes – Ribadesella

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 7h 45′Distancia31,4 Kms

We will start the stage along the coast crossing places of great beauty such as the beaches of Palombina and Barro. Leaving the beaches behind we will begin a slight ascent that will take us to the Church of San Pedro de Pría, located in a hill where we will be able to enjoy marvellous views of the towns of the place.

Finally we will arrive at Ribadesella, a locality known by the famous descent of the Sella in Canoe. It is characterized for being a lively town and that has all the services that a pilgrim can need to rest after this exhausting stage.


In Ribadesella you will finish a journey that may well be the beginning of many. This last day will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships. You have been through a lot since you started this adventure in Santander, and now this stretch of the Northern Way ends here.

We encourage you to continue the Northern Way to Santiago de Compostela!

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  • 7 days / 6 nights of accommodation
  • Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
  • Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
  • Telephone assistance service 24/7
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Single room supplement: 150 €/pax
  • Breakfast: 50 €/pax
  • Half Board: 145 €/pax


  • 420 € pax double room


Accommodation in hostels, guesthouses and/or rural accommodations

The accommodation in Hostels has double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple and rooms, ideal for sleeping and resting.

* In case of an individual room, it will be necessary to pay a supplement.