Camino de Santiago del Norte from Bilbao to Santander

  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Bilbao / Santander
  • Distance 98 km / 61 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    March - October
  • Price From $648

Overview

This stretch of the route, also known as the Camino de la Costa, will take you through beautiful coastal villages and mountain trails between the Basque Country and the Cantabria region. 

In these 120 kilometres you will discover incredible landscapes that adorn the villages of Portugalete, Castro Urdiales, Liendo, Laredo, Noja, and Galizano, among others. You will get to know places full of history, culture and art, such as Bilbao, a beautiful metropolis that still preserves Basque traditions, or Santander, capital of Cantabria, which offers a variety of places full of cultural interest.  

  • Visit the Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Relax on a variety of beaches along the route: Arena, Brazomar, Berria, and Sardinero, among others.
  • Explore the National Parks of the Santona, Victoria and Joyel Marshes.
  • Travel by ferry across the Bay of Santander.
  • Enjoy the incredible views of mountainous landscapes and the Cantabrian Sea.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in hotels and country cottages
    • Rooms with private bathroom
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transport between accommodations
    • Camino de Santiago pilgrim credential
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Assistance vehicle in case of emergency
    • Taxes

    Excluded

    • Unspecified lunches and dinners
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Personal equipment

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights
    • Picnics

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    Bilbao Airport has several connections to cities in Spain and Europe. It also has its own train station or, if you wish, you can get there by bus from any city in Spain.

    In Santander, there is a small international airport, the Seve Ballesteros, where you must check local and international flights to check your next destination. 

    If this is not a good option, you can take a bus or train back to Bilbao where there are more air connections to several cities in Europe. 

    FAQs

    We recommend you to have an active lifestyle and be in good physical condition as this route is qualified as of medium-high difficulty, and is mostly completed on demanding ascents and descents.

    On average, the walks are 20 km per day, amid coastal trails, agricultural fields and arid terrain. We suggest preparing the months before starting the route by walking daily.  

    Any time between March and October will give you an amazing experience. May is undoubtedly one of the best months to complete the route, as the temperatures are moderate, as is the influx of pilgrims.

    In spring, mornings and evenings are usually cool and during the day, temperatures are pleasant, with a sun that is not as scorching as in summer. However, at this time and in autumn, especially in the north where the ocean climate predominates, there are frequent rains, so we suggest you check the weather forecast.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    It is ideal for you if you are passionate about pilgrimage walks surrounded by art and culture, walking trails along the coast and in towns and cities that preserve the spiritual roots of the old continent.

    You'll also love the Cantabrian landscape, if you enjoy culturally diverse experiences as you tour artistically inspired and history-filled cities.

    The pilgrim's credential can be found upon arrival at your first accommodation.

    This credential must be stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels during your journey on the Camino de Santiago. At the end of the trip in the city of Santiago, you can obtain the Compostela that certifies you as a pilgrim.