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3rd stage Camino del Norte

  • White sandy beaches and green coastal and inland villages with an authentic postcard-worthy landscape.
  • Llanes and Ribadesella, charming fishing villages with a rich history.
  • You will visit a medieval town that will transport you to a different era.
  • Unique architecture created by none other than Antoni Gaudí and old Indiano mansions.
  • Gastronomy, cider, and cities with their historic centers.
Map of the journey
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Day 1: Arrival in Santander
Day 2: Santander – Santillana (36 km / 22.5 mi)
Day 3: Santillana - Comillas (22 km / 13.5 mi)
Day 4: Comillas - Colombres (28 km / 17.5 mi)
Day 5: Colombres - Llanes (23 km / 14.5 mi)
Day 6: Llanes - Ribadesella (30 km / 18.5 mi)
Day 7: Ribadesella - Colunga (20 km / 12.5 mi)
Day 8: Colunga - Villaviciosa (18 km / 11 mi)
Day 9: Villaviciosa - Pola de Siero (26 km - 16 mi)
Day 10: Pola de Siero – Oviedo (17 km / 10.5 mi)

Day 1:    Arrival in Santander

As you embark on your pilgrimage in Santander, the tranquil coastal breeze greets you. You'll savor the sight of the Bay of Biscay as you stroll along the picturesque promenade and explore the city's charming architecture, including the magnificent Santander Cathedral. 

Day 2:    Santander – Santillana (36 km / 22.5 mi)

Leaving behind the urban environment of Santander, your path guides you towards Santillana del Mar. This long route unfolds through serene countryside, and you'll feel transported back in time when you arrive at this enchanting medieval town, one of the prettiest in Cantabria. 

Challenge: 36 km / 22.5 mi

Day 3:    Santillana - Comillas (22 km / 13.5 mi)

Today's route is quite placid and interesting, which alternates inland landscapes with two brief incursions by the sea, leading you to the delightful town of Comillas. The route meanders through rolling green hills, offering captivating vistas of the Cantabrian coast. In Comillas, you'll be captivated by the buildings in the modernist style - our art nouveau - such as El Capricho, one of Antoni Gaudí's first works. 

Challenge: 22 km / 13.5 mi

Day 4:    Comillas - Colombres (28 km / 17.5 mi)

Continuing your pilgrimage, you head toward Colombres. This is a route with a markedly rural character where, at the end of the stage, we leave Cantabria to enter Asturias. Before crossing several bridges over marshes and estuaries, with steep inclines between the successive valleys. Although the gradients are moderate, you get the feeling that the mountains are very close. After visiting San Vicente de la Barquera, an interesting fishing village, we suggest you finish the day in Colombres, where the houses built by indianos, emigrants who returned from their stay in America with a wealthy lifestyle, are outstanding. 

Day 5:    Colombres - Llanes (23 km / 14.5 mi)

This is a peaceful route full of beautiful scenery. As you leave Colombres, the path unfolds, leading you to the captivating coastal town of Llanes. The gentle sound of the ocean accompanies your journey as you pass through idyllic fishing villages, immersing yourself in the culture of Asturias. The only notable slope is at the end of the day, after Andrín, after the descent you will reach Llanes, a town with a historic quarter with lively terraces in summer, as well as the fishermen's port and its artistic breakwater. 

Challenge: 23 km / 14.5 mi

Day 6:    Llanes - Ribadesella (30 km / 18.5 mi)

The first half of this relative long but gentle route passes by beaches such as Palombina, Torimbia and San Antolín, all of which are beautiful and quite busy in summer. The route then turns inland once again, through rural areas with less tourist pressure. After crossing a number of level crossings, you will end the day in Ribadesella, a coastal town famous for its prehistoric caves among other things. 

Challenge: 30 km / 18.5 mi

Day 7:    Ribadesella - Colunga (20 km / 12.5 mi)

Today’s route is scenically very interesting, with mountains and good views of the coast, and passing by several beaches: Santa Marina (in Ribadesella), La Vega, Arenal de Morís (somewhat remote), La Espasa and La Isla. At the end of the walk the small town of Colunga will welcome you with its authentic charm and warm hospitality. 

Day 8:    Colunga - Villaviciosa (18 km / 11 mi)

Today's short route takes you through orchards and farmland as you head away from the coast, plunging into the agricultural heartland of Asturias, through more mountainous terrain than on previous days and past tiny rural hamlets. Your route takes you to Villaviciosa, the Apple Capital, famous for its cider production. 

Day 9:    Villaviciosa - Pola de Siero (26 km - 16 mi)

Today you turn towards the interior of Asturias, away from the coast. Leaving Villaviciosa behind, you traverse the rolling hills of Asturias, arriving in Pola de Siero, a bustling market town. The transition from peaceful countryside to a lively urban atmosphere provides a unique and enriching experience. 

Day 10:    Pola de Siero – Oviedo (17 km / 10.5 mi)

Your short route today culminates as you make your way to Oviedo. The final stretch guides you through charming villages and picturesque woodlands, ultimately bringing you to the capital of Asturias, where you can delve into the rich history and culture of the region. Visit the magnificent Oviedo Cathedral and savor the local cuisine at one of the city's many restaurants or sidrerías (cider bars). 


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

The nearest airport is Santander (SDR)

GPS tracks area available upon request.



  • 10  nights accommodation with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 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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