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Camino del Norte from Bilbao to Santander

From

500 €*

Distance

~ 114 km

Duration

7 days / 6 nights

Difficulty

Medium

Bed and breakfast

Private room with bathroom

Backpack transport

*Price per person in a double room.

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Day 1 : Arrival in Bilbao
Day 1 : Arrival in Bilbao

Bilbao is one of the greatest cities in northern Spain, which has managed to reconvert its industrial personality to the modern and cosmopolitan character that characterizes it today. On the first day of our Camino we cannot miss a visit to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, but neither can we miss a good walk through its traditional old town to have some good pintxos. Arrival in Bilbao on behalf of the pilgrims.

Accommodation in Bilbao.


Day 2 : Bilbao - Portugalete (19.4 km Official camino - 12.4 km along the river ~ 4 hours)
Day 2 : Bilbao - Portugalete (19.4 km Official camino - 12.4 km along the river ~ 4 hours)

Difficulty: Easy.

The beginning of today's stage covers a large part of the city of Bilbao. It is an urban part of the Way of St. James, which is quite surprising for some pilgrims. You can make two sections, the official one, longer, or you can follow the Nervión along its course, which saves us several kilometers. Each of the sections is fairly simple and flat. We reach Portugalete via the impressive Vizcaya Bridge across the river.


Accommodation in Portugalete.

Day 3 : Portugalete - Castro Urdiales (27.6 km ~ 7 hours)
Day 3 : Portugalete - Castro Urdiales (27.6 km ~ 7 hours)

Difficulty level: medium.

In today's phase we will enter Cantabria and restore the sections of the Camino next to the Cantabrian coast for the following days. If we leave the city of Ontón, we will find two variants, the official one or the one that follows the national road, which used to be very busy and is now quieter thanks to the motorway. The national variant is shorter than the official variant. However, we definitely recommend taking the appropriate precautions for the sections along the roads when selecting this second option. We will end up in the beautiful fishing village of Castro Urdiales.


Accommodation in Castro Urdiales.

Day 4 : Castro Urdiales - Laredo (26.6 km ~ 6 hours)
Day 4 : Castro Urdiales - Laredo (26.6 km ~ 6 hours)

Difficulty level: medium.

Again we find the opportunity to shorten the stage along the national road, although on today's trip it is worth following the official path for the beauty of the passages that crosses it between the Cantabrian coast and the inland valleys with green forests. On the official road we find a second variant that saves us about three kilometers, the crossing of La Magdalena. All options are perfectly marked and it is the pilgrim's choice which one he prefers. The end of our stage, Laredo, is a tourist town with wonderful beaches.


Accommodation in Laredo.

Day 5 : Laredo - Güemes (29 km ~ 8 hours)
Day 5 : Laredo - Güemes (29 km ~ 8 hours)

Difficulty level: medium.

At the beginning of today's stage, from March to November, we have the opportunity to take a boat between Laredo (from El Puntal) and Santoña (every 10/15 minutes). From December to February, you have to bypass the estuary and swamps along the official road, with the Colindres variant obviously being the longest. The greatest difficulty of the day can be found on the almost 100-meter-high Brusco hill, whose path must be followed with caution given its narrowness and its somewhat slippery terrain with rain. There's an option to get around it, but we'd miss out on some great prospects. After the beautiful beach of Noja, we return inland until we reach Güemes.


Accommodation in Güemes.

Day 6 : Güemes - Santander (11.8 km ~ 3 hours)
Day 6 : Güemes - Santander (11.8 km ~ 3 hours)

Difficulty level: medium.

Once we get to Galizano we can follow the official path or, if we prefer to bypass the entire coast, a longer option but with great views. On the internal route we pass the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Latas (16th century). Both routes lead to the city of Somo. We will end the stage with a boat that will take us from Somo to Santander. In the Cantabrian capital we can visit the beach of Sardinero, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption or the Magdalena Palace.


Accommodation in Santander.

Day 7 : Santander
Day 7 : Santander

Buen Camino & see you next time!

Included

  • Bed and breakfast in room with private bathroom
  • Luggage transport for each stage on the way (max. 20 kg - 1 piece of luggage per person)
  • 24-hour emergency line
  • Maps for all stages
  • Pilgrim pass
  • Pilgrim scallop
  • Travel Insurance

Optional

  • 3rd person disccount sharing room with 2 adults: 10%
  • Half board supplement: 18 € / person / night
  • Picnic Supplement: 10 € per person and day
  • Private transfer to Bilbao: on request
  • Private transfer to the airport: on request
  • Extra piece of luggage: € 4 per stage and piece of luggage (maximum 20 kg)
  • Extra nights: on request
  • Travel cancellation insurance

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