Camino Lebaniego from Santander to Santo Toribio

  • Duration 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Santander / Santo Toribio
  • Distance 145 km / 90 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
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  • Availability
    March - October
  • Price From $1,045

Overview

This is one of the oldest Caminos, with more than 500 years of history, which was used by the "Followers of the Cross" to reach the cross known as the "Lignum Crucis" protected by Santo Toribio de Liebana, which was said to have miraculous and curative properties, as it was the largest piece of the cross on which Jesus was crucified.  

This route is one of those that has its own Holy Year, just like Santiago de Compostela, Rome or Jerusalem, and is a fork on the Camino del Norte, more precisely in the town of Munorrodero. 

  • Visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio, known as Little Jerusalem, to see the "Lignum Crucis". 
  • Enjoy the gastronomy in the Barrio Pesquero (fishing district) and the area of Corban, in Santander. 
  • Get to know San Vicente de la Barquera, one of the most touristic areas in Cantabria.
  • Enjoy the scenery through the Cantabrian countryside.
  • Discover the World Heritage Site of the Altamira Caves in Santillana del Mar.
  • Visit the architectural relics of Gaudi or Domenech i Montaner, in the village of Comillas.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in hotels and country cottages
    • Rooms with private bathroom
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transport between accommodations
    • Transfer from Santo Toribio to Potes on day 9
    • 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
    • Tourist taxes

    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

    The best option to get there is Santander's small international airport, the Seve Ballesteros. 

    Another option is Bilbao Airport, which has several connections to cities in Spain and Europe and also has its own train station.

    From Potes, take a bus to Santander or to Bilbao. You can also take a bus to Llanes and then head to Oviedo, this depends on your next destination as this airport does not have many international destinations.

    FAQs

    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.

    This route is categorized as of medium-high difficulty, as it has some demanding ascents and descents. In addition, the walks are between 15 and 30 km daily on average.

    For this reason, we suggest preparing about 2 months before starting the route by walking daily, preferably on arid terrain and in a coastal climate.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.