Today we leave the beautiful city of Santander to go to the historic town of Santillana del Mar. After walking through the streets of Santander towards the west, we will arrive at our first landmark of the stage: Peñacastillo. The next stretch of the road to Santa Cruz de Bezana is dominated by a continuous succession of underpasses and overpasses Santa Cruz de Bezana is dominated by a continuous succession of underpasses and overpasses between the railway tracks and the motorway.
From the church of Santa Cruz de Bezana we must follow the avenue Mompía, a long promenade between residential areas.
From Mompía we will go to Arce and then to Oruña, crossing the medieval bridge over the river Pas. The section from Oruña to Mar is the official route since 2016. In the past, the route went further north, passing through Boo de Piélagos, Mogro and Cudón.
Well dear pilgrim, from Mar we are not far from the end of the stage, so lots of encouragement and strength, you can do it! We only have to cross the towns of Requejada, Barreda and Viveda, and we will have reached the end of the stage. Today we deserve a good rest.
A very long stage that can be divided in some of the hostels opened during the last years in the different towns that separate Santander from Santillana del Mar.
Places of interest
- Sanctuary of the Virgen del Monte – Miengo
- Tower of Don Beltrán de la Cueva – Santillana del Mar
- Collegiate Church of Santa Juliana – Santillana del Mar
- Houses of the Eagle and the Vine – Santillana del Mar
- Museum of Altamira – Santillana del Mar
- Sorropotun or marmite of tuna fish
- Scorpion fish pie
- Maganos or squid
- Hake in green sauce
- Various fish (monkfish, sea bass, sea bream, turbot)
- Clams with seafood
- Desserts: sobaos and sponge cake of Santillana