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Travel along the coast

Camino Northern Way Section 3. From Santander to Ribadesella.

Let Camino Ways take you on a walk through the traditions and spectacular scenery that has made the Camino and its people so unique.

During this wonderful trek, you will be introduced to the wild western coast of Cantabria where the Camino passes villages of outstanding beauty. Starting in Santander and finishing in the pleasant seaside resort of Ribadesella, this trip offers travellers the chance to walk the coast and relax on its beaches. The mountains of the North also provide a spectacular contrast to the charming and picturesque coastline.

During the 6 nights (148km) you will explore mixed scenery that varies from low mountains to national parks, pretty sea-side resorts and magnificent beaches. Traditional and locally sourced cuisine also awaits you to tempt your palette, such as apple and foie croquetas in Restaurante la Huertona in Ribadessella. The local meat, ‘Culón’ is also a top recommendation.

You will begin your journey by exploring the estuary of Boo de Pielagos, which is renowned for its wildlife. From there you will travel across meadows and sleepy villages, to arrive in the medieval village of Santillana del Mar.

Santillana del Mar is 30km from Santander and it is a ‘live museum’ of a medieval village developed around the “Santa Juliana” collegiate church, where most of the houses were built between the XIV and XVIII centuries.

From Santillana, you will travel to Comillas with its impressive beaches and remarkable architecture. A must see is ‘Capricho de Gaudi’, the Palace of Sobrellano with its pantheon chapel, and the Pontifical University. Further along the coast, you will arrive at Oyambre Natural Park. Here you will have the chance to witness an outstanding marine ecosystem consisting of a large variety of birds, mollusks and fish.

Unquera is another stop along the trail. This is a beautiful coastal village which boasts great beached and magnificent views from the Jorcada pass. The Camino will then lead you into the town of Llanes where you will stay for the night in cosy accommodation.

The next morning will see you pass through the beautiful beaches of Palombina and Barro. Climbing steadily uphill, you will reach the Church of San Pedro de Pria, set on a hill overlooking the district’s seven towns. Ribadesella is a fascinating town full of history, architecture and great beaches and offers a great base for sightseeing.

If you would like to travel along the Camino’s coast with Camino Ways, the walking and cycling holiday specialists, then you can do so from €560pp. Family discounts and bike hire are also available.

Price includes:Luggage transfers, en-suite rooms in selected hotels on a half-board basis, luggage transfers from hotel to hotel and a holiday pack.

Price does not include: Flights, insurance or drinks.

More info and booking: Northern Camino.

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