On this section of the Northern Way from Santander to Ribadesella you will cover 145 kilometres of the Cantabrian coast. A trip that will reveal breathtaking panoramic views of beaches, cliffs and crystal clear waters that cross the Natural Park of Oyambre. A Way to know Cantabria with tranquility and without haste.


Travel Itinerary

Once you have arrived in Santander and have settled into your accommodation you can enjoy the charms of this coastal city, capital of the region of Cantabria. You can’t miss its famous Sardinero beach as well as its historic quarter where iconic places such as the Cathedral of Santander or the Magdalena Palace stand out. It is also a day to rest, get ready and prepare to live an unforgettable experience in this Camino del Norte, as Santander is a unique place to enjoy a pre-walk day.

You will make your debut as a pilgrim in the most difficult stage of the whole itinerary, not because of the terrain 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 you will head inland, passing through some villages such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompía and Boo de Piélagos.

In the second part you will enjoy the mountainous landscape of the north coast, where the village of Suances stands out, an ideal place to make a stop before reaching your destination. Once in Santillana del Mar you can enjoy one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. If you have time, it’s worth taking a taxi and making a trip to visit the Altamira caves, declared a World Heritage Site.

This stage runs along sections of the rugged coast of Cantabria. On your way to Comillas you will pass through beautiful villages such as Cobreces, where you will find a beautiful Cistercian monastery. Continuing the stage it crosses landscapes of great beauty such as the natural park of Oyambre, declared of Cultural Interest.

Once in Comillas, you can spend the afternoon visiting its fantastic beaches and strolling through the old town. This town has places of great architectural interest such as the Pontifical University or the Sobrellano Palace.

Today you will leave Cantabria to enter Asturias for the first time. The path runs along the Cantabrian coast, with breathtaking views of the estuaries. This is a somewhat more demanding day due to the distance to be covered, although we will find numerous villages where we can stop to regain strength on our way to Colombres.

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

This stage offers two alternatives to reach Llanes: the coastal route that will allow you to visit the famous Bufones de Arenillas, while the “original” route will lead you inland, with slight ascents and descents along the Sierra de Borbolla. Both roads converge a few kilometres before reaching the end of the stage.

Llanes is a small town on the Asturian coast that was once dedicated exclusively to fishing and has now seen a development of its tourism sector. Its enclave between the coast and the Picos de Europa make it a very beautiful village worth visiting.

The stage begins along the coast crossing places of great beauty such as the beaches of Palombina and Barro. From here you will start a slight ascent that will take you to the Church of San Pedro de Pría, where you will enjoy wonderful views of the local villages.

You will finish your stage in Ribadesella, a town known for the famous descent of the Sella river by canoe. A lively village that has all the services to relax and have fun.

This is the end of your section of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella. Remember that you can add as many extra nights as you wish to your trip and enjoy the beautiful town of Ribadesella. You won’t be able to resist the descent!

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation


Services included

7 days / 6 nights accommodation7 days / 6 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Santander to Ribadesella
BreakfastBreakfast50€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)145€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single room150€ per single room
Extra nightExtra night55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Breakfast Breakfast
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Santander to Ribadesella 50€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Santander to Ribadesella 145€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Santander to Ribadesella 150€ per single room
Extra night Extra night
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Santander to Ribadesella 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)


Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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