This eleven-day programme along the Way of St. James from Santander offers you the opportunity to walk along an ancient route with the Cantabrian Sea at your fingertips. Nine stages that will take you to Gijón through a succession of tiny villages and some of the most beautiful towns in Spain, through the spectacular Cantabrian and Asturian gastronomy, through the cider culture and through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes on the Way. Can anyone give more?
▌Day 1. Arrival in Santander
To begin your adventure on the Way of Saint James from Santander, the first thing to do is to reach the welcoming and peaceful city of Santander, with one of the most beautiful bays in Spain. The city became the main port for Castilian exports during the 18th and 19th centuries, which is why the city retains its stately and distinguished aura, witness to the splendour of the era.
▌Day 2. Stage Santander - Arce / Mogro
Distance: 16.8 km. Duration: 4:30 hours Accommodation: Maple
The first day of the Camino de Santiago from Santander begins by leaving the Cantabrian capital. The pilgrim will soon have to make a detour to cross the estuary of Mogro, since crossing the railway bridge there is forbidden.
There is no choice but to walk upstream until you reach the village of Arce to cross the river Pas over a stone bridge with five centuries of history.
Some pilgrims prefer to continue to Mogro, which is not properly on the Camino del Norte but has more services than this small town. Let us know so we can tailor it to your needs.
▌Day 3. Stage Arce - Santillana del Mar
Distance: 20.3 km. Duration: 5 hours Accommodation: Santillana del Mar
On the third day you will travel through rolling countryside, passing through Bárcena de Cudón and Barreda. On arrival in Santillana del Mar, which many consider to be one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, you can enjoy its cobbled streets, which are frozen in time and decorated with a wide range of colours thanks to the flowers hanging from the balconies. It is said to be the town of the three lies because it is neither holy, nor flat, nor does it have a sea.
▌Day 4. Stage Santillana del Mar - Comillas
Distance: 22.1 km. Duration: 5:30 a.m. Accommodation: Comillas
The route of the third stage runs through small towns full of interesting landmarks, such as Cigüenza and Cóbreces. You will continue through other small towns until you reach Comillas. There you should not miss a visit to the Pontifical University and Gaudí's Capricho. We also recommend a guided visit to the palace, chapel-pantheon and park of Sobrellano, in neo-Gothic style and inspired by 14th-century English buildings.
▌Day 5. Stage Comillas - Colombres
Distance: 29 km. Duration: 7 hours Accommodation: Colombres
Another day of this Camino de Santiago from Santander to Gijón, longer than the previous ones, to reach Colombres in 29 km, or to divide it in two, spending the night in San Vicente de la Barquera. Whether you continue on or stop here, extending your journey by a day, the route runs through predominantly rural landscapes, with gradients that become steeper as you get closer to Asturias. After crossing the small Tina Menor estuary and the area of Unquera, you will quickly reach Colombres, where the architecture of its Indian houses awaits you.
▌Day 6. Stage Colombres - Llanes
Distance: 23.2 km. Duration: 5:30 a.m. Accommodation: Llanes
Sixth day of the Way of Saint James from Santander to Gijón to reach the charming town of Llanes, either by the official route, close to the national road N-634, or by the coastal path, which will allow you to enjoy the Bufones de Arenillas: a dozen jets of sea water, similar to a geyser.The water is pumped through holes in the ground by the pressure of the tides. At high tides some of these jets can reach up to 20m in height.
▌Day 7. Stage Llanes - Ribadesella
Distance: 31.4 km. Duration7:30 a.m. Accommodation: Ribadesella
Today you face the longest stage of the route according to our initial itinerary. Don't worry, it is characterised by its good roads and lack of steep slopes. You will be able to enjoy stretches very close to the Bay of Biscay and valleys typical of the coast.
You can also continue to enjoy cultural heritage of great value, such as the monastery of San Salvador de Celorio, the tiny chapel of Las Ánimas de Niembro, which can be found after crossing the estuary, or the remains of the monastery of San Antolín de Bedón, in Naves, until you enter Ribadesella through its historic fishing quarter.
▌Day 8. Stage Ribadesella - Colunga
Distance: 20.1 km. Duration: 5 hours Accommodation: Colunga
After leaving Ribadesella, one of the most beautiful stretches of the Pilgrim's Way from Santander to Gijón awaits you, between Berbes and La Isla, where you will find two very interesting churches: Santiago de Gobiendes, a jewel of Asturian pre-Romanesque architecture dating from the 10th century, and Santa María de La Isla, a much more modern church located on the beach itself. From here it is only a few kilometres to the end of the stage: Colunga.
▌Day 9. Stage Colunga - Villaviciosa
Distance: 17.2 km. Duration: 4 hours Accommodation: Villaviciosa
The ninth stage is short and takes place inland, with some slopes. The Way passes through Pernús and Sebrayo, whose 13th century church sums up the type of rural churches typical of this area. From Sebrayo to Villaviciosa, half of the route is along paths and tracks halfway up the hillside. And, at the end, it returns to the sea, entering what is considered to be "the cider capital" - which is not just any title in Asturias.
▌Day 10. Stage Villaviciosa - Gijón
Distance: 29.8 km. Duration: 8 hours Accommodation: Gijón
The last stage of this Camino de Santiago from Santander to Gijón will be mountainous, far from the coast, but with an end that makes it worthwhile to face the almost thirty kilometres that await us. There will be two important climbs: the ascent to Alto de la Cruz and the ascent to Collado de Infanzón. We must be careful not to confuse our route with the blue signs that lead to the Sanctuary of Covadonga, which has a long tradition in this area.
On your arrival in Deva you can choose the official route - our recommendation - or the Senda de Peñafrancia. Both end in Gijón (Xixón in Asturian), but on the official section you can enjoy the views of the Universidad Laboral and discover its interesting architecture.
▌Day 11. Discover Gijón
After the break and breakfast comes the end of our services. If you have time in the city, you are in luck. Gijón is a town that deserves to be visited at leisure, given its vast cultural heritage. You can enjoy the town on your own or take a guided tour of Gijón.
What you should definitely not miss is the Cimadevilla neighbourhood, with the old fish market building, the church of San Pedro Apóstol, the Roman baths and the main square and town hall. You can also enjoy a visit to a cider press. Because what would the world be without cider?
During the Camino, sleeping well and resting is essential. Here are some images of some of the accommodation we work with on this route.
The Way of St. James through Mogro
The Way of St. James through Santillana del Mar
The Way of St. James through Comillas
The Way of St. James through San Vicente de la Barquera
The Way of St. James through Colombres
The Way of St. James through Llanes
The Way of St. James through Ribadesella
The Way of St. James through Colunga
The Way of St. James through Villaviciosa
The Way of St. James through Gijón
Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish each stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 20 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 8:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "I want to book my Camino".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
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