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
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $855

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.

Furthermore, by booking your Camino de Santiago from Bilbao with Orbis Ways, you will stay in en suite rooms in charming hotels and country cottages and we will transfer your luggage between stages.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels and country cottages
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Camino de Santiago pilgrim credential
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Assistance vehicle in case of emergency
    • Travel insurance
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes

    Extras

    • 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

    To get to the starting point of your trip we recommend flying to Bilbao airport (BIO), which is only 10-15 minutes from Bilbao center. You can take a bus (A3247 and A2153 are the usual lines) or a taxi (these are 24 hours).

    In case you don't find a good connection to Bilbao airport, the domestic airports of Santander (SDR), San Sebastian (EAS), Biarritz (BIQ) or Vitoria (VIT) would be your next options, although from experience, these 4 airports usually operate only domestic flights.

    Another option would be to fly to Madrid, take the opportunity to visit the Spanish capital for a few days, and from there take a bus or train to Bilbao (approximately 4 and a half hours).

    At the end of your trip in Santander, you can take a bus back to Bilbao (Alsa and Flixbus are the companies that operate this connection), try to fly from Santander airport (SDR), or return to Madrid by bus (Alsa is the company that operates this route) or train (Renfe is the company that operates this line).

    FAQs

    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    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.

    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.

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