Today we are going to introduce you to one of the best known routes in Cantabria. This is the Nansa River Path, an old pass created by trout and salmon fishermen in the area that runs between the villages of Muñorrodero and Cades. Now, it has become one of the most exciting rides in the region, making the 7 km of trail available (14 km if you do a round trip) one of the most enjoyable experiences.

All the routes of the Camino de Santiago

During the journey, where the Nansa River is especially relevant, you will find carved stone stairs, wooden footbridges, ropes anchored on rocks, narrow passages and the good vibes of nature that will help you to complete the journey. But you will also enjoy beech forests, woods and meadows, where you will also see cows and horses grazing freely. Here it is possible to do family tourism, since the route is perfect to go with children because of its low level of difficulty.

the Nansa River

Don’t miss the opportunity to go hiking on the Nansa River Path, to appreciate its natural treasures and discover why it is also known as the Fishermen’s Route.

What to do in the Nansa River Path?

Nansa River Balcony

The route is a must after your arrival in Cantabria. You can reach it on your way from the North Way before you get to Colombres. From start to finish it will never cease to amaze you. But before you start, you must choose which one to do.

One of them is the one that ends at the recently restored forge of Cades. The second (and shortest) is the one that ends at the Trascudia Hydroelectric Power Station and which we will make special reference to.

The road follows the old paths made by the constant walking of fishermen in search of trout and salmon. For this reason it is also known as the Fishermen’s Route. Nowadays, these same passes are perfectly signposted and conditioned for tourist use.

A woman on the banks of the Nansa river

While you walk along super safe trails, feel the good energy that the valley offers and the peace that the river Nansa transmits. Concentrate on the beech, holm oak, hawthorn and willow trees along the way. But enjoy the opportunity to see otters, salmon, crabs and other species such as cows and horses in their habitat.

The vegetation of the Nansa River

In the middle of the pilgrimage you will find the fishermen’s cages. They were used to cross the tributary and to catch salmon.

At the end of the walk you will reach one of the most fun sections. And it is here where the trails become narrower, so the ropes attached to the rocks will serve to hold you in place.

Stairs on a rock

When you finally reach the Hydroelectric Power Plant, you will get beautiful waterfalls and impressive lakes for a well-deserved dip. You will enjoy the walk and the dives better during the autumn when the Cantabrian weather is not as sweltering as in the summer.

Where to eat in the Nansa River Path?

After completing the route of 14 sensational kilometers you will feel how your body starts to demand energy. And what better way to replenish your batteries than tasting delicious dishes in restaurants near the Nansa River Path. Here is our selection:

Muñorrodero Restaurant

Good seasoning, friendly service and family atmosphere. This restaurant is definitely an excellent choice. Try the arroz con chiripones or the macaroni with picadillo. The portions are plentiful and it stands out for its variety. It is located in Barrio el Salin S/N, Fuengrande.

Muñorrodero Restaurant


The food tastes good…. and a lot of it. The dishes are prepared with quality products. Their portions are unbeatable. And if we’re talking about attention, then we’d have to be full of praise. It is one of the best restaurants in the area, but it will be better to book in advance. It is in Avenida Miramar 16, San Vicente de la Barquera.

La Sauceda

It is an option that should always be considered. It is a restaurant that is worth it for the delicacies served at your table and for the kind attention of those in charge. Try the hake because we are sure they will leave you wanting more. It is located in the town of Buelles S/N, Panes, Spain.

Where to sleep in the Nansa River Path?

Hotel Canal

If you have decided to do the Senda Fluvial de Nansa during your next free days, you have to know that near there are places of accommodation that are a must. And here we will tell you what some of them are:

Hotel Canal

In the town of Unquera is one of the hotels best rated by tourists. It offers comfortable rooms with flat-screen TV and free WiFi. It has other services for a comfortable stay.

Valle de Arco Hotel

This is an ideal option for travelers. It has quality services such as comfortable rooms with flat screen TV. You can stay connected to the WiFi because it is free as is the parking, also has a cafeteria and outdoor mobilization. It is located in Prellezo.

Valle de Arco Hotel

Hotel Rural Valleoscuru

It is a recommended alternative and one of the most prestigious hotels thanks to the quality and good service offered to guests. It has a simple decoration, and its atmosphere is so warm that you will feel at home. It has heating, telephone and free Internet. Hotel Rural Valleoscuro is located in Llanes.

How to get to the Nansa River Path?

Nansa River Path

Getting to the Nansa River Path is easy. So much so that you won’t need a map or GPS to get around, as the route is perfectly signposted. If you are leaving from Santander, take the A8 motorway towards Unquera.

But before you get there take the exit to Los Tanos until you can finally look at the signs that will lead you straight to the Nansa Valley. On the way enjoy other towns such as Cosío, Carmona and Tudanca.

Request your budget for the Camino de Santiago