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Camino del Norte: Santander to Ribadesella

Camino del Norte: Santander to Ribadesella

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 760 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 976 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Santander. You will be booked into a hotel in the heart of the town of Santander. The rooms are en-suite. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel en-suite.

Day 2: From Santander to Arce (16 km, 3.5 h). During this stage, the Camino moves slightly inland and passes through towns such as Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompia and Boo de Pielagos. The estuary of Boo de Pielagos leads to the village of Arce, and is currently undergoing a project to build a pedestrian bridge which follows the old path and shortens the journey by approximately 10 kilometers. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 1* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 3: From Arce to Santillana del Mar (27 km, 7.5 h). The Camino follows the pleasant, hilly landscape of the coast. Coming to Miengo, we have finally reached the Besaya region. Take your time to visit the charming little village of Suance. Passing meadows and sleepy villages, we arrive in the medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: From Santillana del Mar to Comillas (23 km, 6 h 45 m). 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. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 5: From Comillas to Unquera (27 km, 7.5 h). 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, mollusks and fish. The Camino reaches the town of San Vicente de la Barquera. Finally, passing estuaries, green pastures and forests, we arrive in Unquera. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: From Unquera to Llanes (23 km, 7 h). 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'l 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. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 2* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 7: From Llanes to Ribadesella (29 km, 8 h). Passing the beautiful beaches of Palombina and Barro, the Camino crosses the River Niembro, following a dirt track along the coast. Climbing steadily uphill, we reach the Church of San Pedro de Pria, set on a hill overlooking the district’s seven towns. Then, the Camino continues downhill to the medieval stone bridge over the River Gua­damia, it crosses the railway and continues on to Sobares and Ribadesella. Ribadesella is a fascinating town, well worth a visit. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel en-suite. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Ribadesella. After breakfast, we bid you farewell. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
- Rooms en-suite
- Half-Board during the hike
- Detailed walking notes
- Map
- Pilgrim passport.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Insurance (recommended)
- Drinks
- Dinner first and last nights
- Flights from/to airport.

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