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Camino del Norte walking from Santander to Oviedo
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11 days
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Jul Aug Sep Oct
Pilgrimage Walking
price in double room from: € 883
Camino del Norte walking from Santander to Oviedo

Camino del Norte walking from Santander to Oviedo

3rd stage Camino del Norte

  • Best rated stages of the Camino del Norte along sandy beaches and spectacular cliffs
  • Green postcard-worthy landscape wit pintoresque fishermen's towns and inland villages
  • Medieval town centres of Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Llanes and Ribadesella will transport you to a different era
  • Unique mansions in modernist and 'indiano' style, some of them designed by famous architects like Antoni Gaudí
  • Exquisite seafood served in 'raciones' in typical ciderhouses or as part of elaborated dishes
Map of the journey
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Day 1: Arrival in Santander
Day 2: Santander – Santillana (24 or 36 km / 15 or 22.5 mi)
Day 3: Santillana - Comillas (22 km / 13.5 mi)
Day 4: Comillas - Unquera/Bustio (28 km / 17.5 mi)
Day 5: Unquera/Bustio - Llanes (25 km / 16 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 11: Departure

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 Centro Botín for Modern Art

Day 2:    Santander – Santillana (24 or 36 km / 15 or 22.5 mi)

We strongly advise to cheat a bit today and take the commuters train to Boo de Pielagos instead of crossing the urban environment West of Santander (thus skipping the first 14 km). After that a more serene countryside awaits you, and you'll feel transported completely back in time when you arrive at Santillana del Mar, and enchanting medieval town, also home to the famous Cueva de Altamira

Challenge: min 24 max 36 km / min 15 max 22.5 mi, ascent 460m, descent 520m.

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

Today's route is quite placid and interesting, alternating inland landscapes with two brief sections along 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, ascent 460m, descent 520m.

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

Continuing your pilgrimage, you head toward Colombres. This is a route with a markedly rural character during which we will cross several bridges over marshes and estuaries adn wll visit San Vicente de la Barquera, an interesting fishing village,. At the end of the stage, we read the river Deva that marks the border between Cantabria and Asturias.  

Challenge: 28km / 17.5 mi, ascent 460m, descent 520m.

Day 5:    Unquera/Bustio - Llanes (25 km / 16 mi)

Today starts with a short ascent to Colombres, as small town with a remarkable heritage of so called 'Casas de Indianos', impressive vilas built by wealthy remigrants from the Americas. Then you will return to the coast and will be surprised on stormy days by the roaring of 'bad-weather geisers' or natural (bufones) blowholes. The stage ends in 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, ascent 320m, descent 400m.

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. 

Note: if you want to have more time to explore both Llanes and Ribadesella, we can split this stage in two and book and overnight in Nueva de Llanes; aproximately halfway 

Challenge: 30 km / 18.5 mi, ascent 330m, descent 340m.

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. 

Challenge: 20km/ 12.5 mi, ascent 340m, descent 330m.

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. 

Challenge: ascent 190m, descent 170m

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. 

Challenge: 26km / 16mi, ascent 530m, descend 320m.

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). 

Challenge: 17km / 10.5 mi, ascent 190, descent 170m.

Day 11:    Departure

After breakfast, your Camino comes to an end. 

If you feel like more adventure and want to continue walking, you can combine this trip with the next stage of the Camino.



 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.


Hotel Los Infantes (Santillana)
Hotel Los Infantes (Santillana)

A 17th century palace converted into a hotel in the centre of Santillana del Mar. The facilities include beautiful lounges and common areas, a magnificent restaurant with a central fireplace, cafeteria, garden terrace with views of the imposing main façade and free WIFI. The buffet breakfasts are very complete with hot plate included and the staff will always attend you with a big smile.


Hotel El Tejo (Comillas)
Hotel El Tejo (Comillas)

Traditional and rustic style hotel with comfortable, clean and cosy rooms, in a quiet environment, a very pleasant walk from the centre of the village, and to the beach and the port of the village.


Agroturismo Muriances (Vilde)
Agroturismo Muriances (Vilde)

Located on the bank of the Deva river, with views towards the Picos de Europa. With a wide garden, a large living room with chimney and free parking. 

Agroturismo Muriances

Gran Hotel Paraíso (Llanes)
Gran Hotel Paraíso (Llanes)

Stylish hotel in the centre of town, with a lunchroom which is quite popular among locals. The hotle is very close to the bus station, port and mediaeval centre. Although the decoration is classic, the rooms and especially bathrooms have been recently renovated to guarantee modern comfort. 


Hotel Jardín de Eugenia (Ribadesella)
Hotel Jardín de Eugenia (Ribadesella)

Family-run hotel with elegant, well-equipped rooms, very well located, next to the Sella estuary and a 10-minute walk from the beach and the centre of Ribadesella.


Hotel Mar del Sueve (Colunga)
Hotel Mar del Sueve (Colunga)

This hotel was opened in 2002. they renovated a typical “Casa de Indianos” that was built in 1881. The hotel preserves the stately charm at the same time as it provides all the modern amenities for its guests.


Hotel Casa España (Villaviciosa)
Hotel Casa España (Villaviciosa)

Situated in Villaviciosa's historic center, Hotel Casa España occupies the restored Casa del Arcediano, formerly a chocolate factory. The Hotel features 12 rooms with amenities like heating, TV, and a bathroom with a hairdryer. It offers services such as a cafeteria, social lounge, customer restaurant, room service, and laundry, with attentive owners enhancing the guest experience.


Casa El Calero Alojamiento rural (Siero)
Casa El Calero Alojamiento rural (Siero)

Charming rural accommodation with the maximum category of rural house for renting rooms. Rooms with all the charm, in a village near the city and in the middle of nature in the centre of Asturias, with the comfort of a few careful details. 


Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)
Hotel Campoamor (Oviedo)

Recently renovated hotel, located in the very centre of Oviedo, in front of the Campoamor theatre and close to Gascona street, a very lively street with many typical cider houses. With comfortable, quiet and spacious rooms.



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
  • 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.
  • Exta night in Nueva including (between standard day 5 and 6) plus luggage transfers

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