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Camino del Norte walking from Bilbao to Santander
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Camino del Norte walking from Bilbao to Santander

Camino del Norte walking from Bilbao to Santander

The 2nd stage of Camino del Norte walking

  • Short but inmersive trip with the stunning cliffs of the Cantabrian coastline as leitmotiv
  • Bilbao, an energetic city filled with gastronomy and cutting-edge art at the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Santander, a thriving harbour and beach town, with a suprising modern art museum
  • Charming villages and vast white sandy beaches along the way
Map of the journey
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Day 1: Arrival in Bilbao
Day 2: Bilbao – Portugalete – Castro Urdiales (19-25 km / 12 -15.5 mi)
Day 3: Castro Urdiales – Laredo (17-26.4 km / 10.5-16.4 mi)
Day 4: Laredo - Güemes (27 km / 17 mi)
Day 5: Güemes – Santander (14-21.5 km / 7-13 mi)
Day 6: End of Program

Day 1:    Arrival in Bilbao

As you arrive in the modern and vibrant city of Bilbao you can sample the renowned Basque cuisine. If you arrive early (or it's your second day in town), it's worth visiting the Guggenheim Museum, do a pintxos tour through the historical centre or follow the Camino along the banks of the river Nervión*. 

*Since tomorrow's hike on the Camino starts in Portugalete, you might want to book an extra night in Bilbao in order to do this first urban section of the Camino between Bilbao and Portugalete along the river bank of the Nervion to the famous hanging bridge Puente Vizcaya in Getxo and take the bus back into town. This hike is 13 km / 8 mi and totally flat.

Day 2:    Bilbao – Portugalete – Castro Urdiales (19-25 km / 12 -15.5 mi)

After a transfer from Bilbao to Portugalete or San Fuentes you will start walking. A long cycle path leads us to the beach of La Arena, where we can have coffee or lunch before crossing the footbridge into Cantabria. Then we start a section along the spectacular coastline of the Bay of Biscay, on top off rugged cliffs and stunning ocean panoramas, all the way to Castro Urdiales, a town with a beautiful harbor and a rich history. Take some time to explore its historic streets and taste the local seafood. 

Challenge: 19 OR 25km / 12-15.5 mi , ascent/descent 350m OR 535 m.

Day 3:    Castro Urdiales – Laredo (17-26.4 km / 10.5-16.4 mi)

Again you'll start the day with a short transfer to either Cérdigo OR Rioseco de Guriezo to avoid some boring sections but then another interesting stage awaits, with beautiful sceneries, several beaches, cliffs, and stretches through forest alternating with green inland valleys; continously going up and down, but with moderate gradients. Laredo, your destination for the day, is known for its golden sandy beaches. Although the place suffered from an urbanistic boom mid 19th century it's still a great place to relax and recharge. 

Challenge: 17 OR 26.4km / 10.5 OR 16.4 mi, ascent/descent 460m OR 735 m.

Day 4:    Laredo - Güemes (27 km / 17 mi)

Today the Camino del Norte winds through lush countryside and charming villages, crossing two long beaches at the start: Salvé (in Laredo) and Berria (after Santoña). From the Puntal de Laredo to sardine-capital Santoña you will have to cath a tiny ferry. After Noja you will then turn inland to finish the day in Güemes, which offers a peaceful respite with its green and quiet landscapes. Although the stage is long, there are less steep ascents.

Challenge: 27km / 17 mi, ascent 385m, descent 340m.

Day 5:    Güemes – Santander (14-21.5 km / 7-13 mi)

A pleasant and easy route today with hardly any ascents, allowing for an afternoon at the beach of Somo or a visit of the city of Santander, capital of Cantabria. The total distance depends on where you take the passengers boat (in Somo or Pedreña) and if you do a detour in the morning via the Chapel of Saint Julian, a small sanctuary of intimate testimonies of pilgrims dedicated to the priest of Güemes. The ferry boat leaves you right in the centre of the city and very close to the art museum Centro Botín. Santander offers a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty, making it a perfect ending point for your pilgrimage. 

Challenge: min-max 14-21.5 km / 7-13mi, ascent 200m-250m, descent 160-210m.

Day 6:    End of Program

After breakfast your journey comes to an end. 

Hotel Iturrienea Ostatua (Bilbao)
Hotel Iturrienea Ostatua (Bilbao)

Iturrienea Ostatua is located in the historic centre of the city, on the first floor of a building built in 1906 for the Countess of McMahon. With a typical Basque farmhouse atmosphere, this accommodation treasures unique pieces of furniture and decoration.


Hotel Sirimiri (Bilbao)
Hotel Sirimiri (Bilbao)

Located next to the historic city center, Hotel Sirimiri offers various services and amenities to make your stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible. For our guests, we have a tourist information desk and a cafeteria where you can enjoy our buffet breakfast.


Pensión Ardigales 11 (Castro Urdiales)
Pensión Ardigales 11 (Castro Urdiales)

Pensión Ardigales 11 in Castro Urdiales offers 12 aesthetic and functional rooms, providing options for single, double, and family accommodations. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the property, and there's a welcoming reception area with a resting zone.


Hotel Cosmopol (Laredo)
Hotel Cosmopol (Laredo)

The Hotel Cosmopol is located in front of the Salvé beach and only a few metres from the beach of Laredo. The complex offers all the necessary services and facilities and has an outdoor swimming pool. All rooms are exterior.


Hotel Valle de Güemes (Güemes)
Hotel Valle de Güemes (Güemes)

Experience different sensations depending on the room you are staying in. We want the house to be to your liking and as comfortable as possible, so that you can enjoy a rustic atmosphere with the comforts of modern life.


Le Petit Boutique (Santander)
Le Petit Boutique (Santander)

Situated 200 meters from the Sardinero beaches, enjoy a boutique hotel with personality and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. All rooms offer independent air conditioning and fiber optic WiFi.



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between Abril 1st and October 15th.

The nearest airport is Bilbao (BIO)

The nearest international train station is Hendaye, on the border with France. From there you can travel by bus (www.alsa.com) from Irun (on the other side of the border) to Bilbao.

GPS tracks area available upon request.



  • 5 nights' accommodation in rooms en-suite
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Digital route notes in English
  • Access to the trip on GUIBO
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist tax
  • Transfers by public transportation
  • Transfer to first/ from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, tips, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme 


  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme or in Bilbao

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