The Camino de Santiago from Santander

Start / Finish:
Santander / Ribadesella

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135 km
Distance
8 days / 7 nights
Duration
Breakfast
Meals
Hotels and Country Cottages
Accommodation
From 559€ per person
Price


Distance
135 km

Duration
8 days / 7 nights

Meals
Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotels and Country Cottages

Price
From 559€ per person
Our Official License as a Wholesale Agency (Tour-Operator) allows us to work without intermediaries.

We start by leaving the majestic city of Santander and we will end up in the coastal town of Ribadesella.

The northern mountains along the Camino de Santiago del Norte will be in striking contrast to the coast.

On this route you will also be able to enjoy the region’s spectacular cuisine, undoubtedly turning your time here into an unforgettable culinary experience.

This section is relatively physically demanding, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. However, it is one of the most beautiful sections due to the amazing landscapes and the area’s cultural richness.









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Santander

The beautiful city of Santander is the starting point for this section of the Camino de Santiago on the Northern Way. Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is an elegant and fantastic place to relax for a couple of days.

In Santander we can enjoy the incredible beaches, parks, nature, architecture and food. What more could we ask for?

Overnight: Santander

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From Santander to Arce

From Santander we head towards the interior region of Cantabria, passing through the villages of Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompía and Boo de Piélagos. Later we will pass by the estuary in Boo de Piélagos, ending this leg of the trip in the town of Arce.

Length: 16 km

Overnight: Arce

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From Arce to Santillana del Mar

During today’s leg, you will get to see the beautiful mountainous landscape of the northern coast. Along the way we will pass by the town of Miengo. Suances is a beautiful little town and it is well worth taking some time to visit.

Your destination for today is the medieval village of Santillana del Mar. You will get the chance to walk through lovely meadows and quiet villages along the way. The town of Santillana del Mar is one of the most popular in Cantabria, famous for its Altamira Caves.

Length: 22 km

Overnight: Santillana del Mar

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From Santillana del Mar to Comillas

From Santillana del Mar you will continue to travel throughout the area’s natural habitat, the rugged Cantabrian coast. On your way to Comillas you will walk through magnificent villages such as Cobreces with its Cistercian monastery.

Comillas has fantastic beaches and incredible architecture. We recommend taking your time to visit Comilla and explore its landmarks, like the Pontifical University, the Palace of Sobrellano with its pantheon chapel and the El Capricho building designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Length: 20 km

Overnight: Comillas

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From Comillas to Unquera

We will continue along the coast to the Oyambre National Park. The park is extremely important because of its wildlife and marine ecosystem, which is home to many species of birds, mollusks and fish.

From here we will head through fields and green forests to Unquera, passing the village of San Vicente de la Barquera and a few small estuaries.

Length: 28 km

Overnight: Unquera

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From Unquera to Llanes

When departing from Unquera, we leave the autonomous community of Cantabria behind and enter Asturias, crossing a bridge over the Deva River in Bustio.

On the way to the town of Colombres you will climb the “I Can’t Hill” before descending along the Sierra de la Borbolla.

From here, the Camino enters Pendueles along a narrow trail that continues uphill to the Jorcada Pass after crossing the Andrínroad.

After this there is another descent to La Portilla from where we will continue until arriving at our destination for today: Llanes, a lively city located between the coast and the Picos de Europa.

Length: 21 km

Overnight: Llanes

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From Llanes to Ribadesella

The first part of today’s leg takes place along the coast and the fantastic beaches of Palombina and Barro. After crossing the Niembro River we will begin the ascent until reaching the Church of San Pedro de Pría.

The church sits on top of a hill overlooking the seven villages of the area. From here you descend to the Guadamía River where you will cross the medieval stone bridge.

We will pass through Sobareson our way to the town of Ribadesella, a beautiful village that is worth exploring.

Length: 28 km

Overnight: Ribadesella

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Ribadesella

Ribadesella is a beautiful town bordering the sea that is worth exploring.

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General information

All the rooms you book with Santiago Ways to make the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for pilgrims to live a comfortable and unforgettable experience on the Camino de Santiago.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino.

All accommodation on the Camino de Santiago is subject to availability. In case we can't offer any of them due to capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment during your Camino de Santiago:

Santander

Santander

Arce

Arce

Santillana del Mar

Santillana del Mar

Comillas

Comillas

Unquera

Unquera

Llanes

Llanes

Ribadesella

Ribadesella

Included Services

checkAccommodation in Hotels and Country Cottages.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkLuggage transport between stages.

checkComplete itinerary of the route.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

checkAssistance vehicle in case of emergency.

checkInformative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

checkVAT.

Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: €138 per person.

checkExtra night in Ribadesella: €55 per person.

checkTransfer from Ribadesella to Santander (includes airport) : €160.

checkTravel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

checkCancellation insurance: €12 per person.

In order to resolve the doubts of all pilgrims, here we answer the questions that are most frequently asked when we receive your inquiries.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

General Information

What is the best time to do the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago can be started on any day of the year, always taking into account the weather and the season in which you want to travel, so that your clothes are the right ones.

How do I get to my starting point on the Camino?

The best way to get to the starting point of your Camino de Santiago is to arrive at the airport, train station or bus station nearest to the town from where you will start walking.

Once you confirm your Camino, you will send us the arrival information for your flight, train or bus and, from there, we organize a private transfer to the town where you should start your Camino.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. All the routes on the Camino de Santiago are suitable for pilgrims to travel solo.

Also, whether you are travelling alone, or travelling accompanied but want to sleep in a single room, Santiago Ways offer this option to you.

We can book all your nights of accommodation in single rooms at an additional cost. We suggest you book well in advance since they are usually in high demand.

On the Camino de Santiago, you will find hundreds of pilgrims walking on their own. Many of them may have come to the Camino alone; others have probably moved away from their fellow travellers for a few hours because of the difference in speed when walking.

In any case, all the routes on the Camino are very well signposted, so you will have no problem if you go on your own.

Am I going to have an accompanying guide on el Camino de Santiago?

Most routes on the Camino de Santiago are done in a self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace along the routes marked on the complete itinerary of the route, which is sent one month before starting the Camino.

However, we also offer organized groups with accompanying guide on the stretch from Sarria to Santiago. We have specific dates already established, and we carry them out in groups of up to 15 people, with guaranteed departures. The guides in charge of these routes speak English and Spanish.

We already have all the dates published until 2021, so you are encouraged to reserve your place before the groups are filled.

What does the complete route itinerary consist of?

The complete route itinerary of the route is a guide that we prepare for you with information about the maps, route profiles and places of interest, kilometre by kilometre on each of the stages that you will go through on the Camino de Santiago.

The travel distances and travel times indicated for each route on both the website and the itinerary we send you are based on reference values. It depends on each pilgrim exactly how they carry out these times and distances, according to the speed at which they progress.

When do I get the complete route itinerary?

You will receive it by email one month before starting your Camino along with all the documentation for the trip: accommodation reservations, baggage transfers, among others.

How many kilometres should I walk on each stage?

In Santiago Ways, we adapt each stage to the needs of our pilgrims, so that they can travel according to their physical capability and the number of days available.

On average, a stage of the Camino de Santiago has 15 to 20 km. On most routes, however, we can organize your Camino so that you walk fewer kilometres, dividing some stages into two parts, depending on what is most comfortable for you.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for doing the Camino de Santiago.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training for about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make a reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season, and in dates of religious interest such as the San Fermin Festivals in Pamplona, from 7th to 14th July, or the Feast of Santiago the Apostle, on July 25th.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all of your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of the Caminos, we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer between stages work?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To complete any of the routes on the Camino de Santiago, it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book with Santiago Ways to do the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each pilgrim.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability according to the location.

When will you tell me where I am going to stay?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our pilgrims, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the Camino with all the documentation related to the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our pilgrims have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort needed torest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route that I should follow?

All the accommodations that we book are in the centre of the towns or villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is somewhat far from the centre, most of them are accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways could offer a round trip transfer so that the pilgrim can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible and return the next day to the point on the route from where he must continue the Camino.

What type of accommodation do you reserve?

All the accommodation that we book in Santiago Ways offers the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking.

We work with hotels, traditional Galician homes, country cottages, and charming hostels, always a room with a private bathroom.

We’ll now talk to you about one of the sections of the so-called  Camino del Norte or the Coastal Way. We refer to the Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella.

It is one of the most spectacular and beautiful routes of all that can be done on the adventure of the Camino de Santiago . So, we will give you all the information about it so that you can organize your own route or enjoy it with Santiago Ways. We hope it helps.

Santander

Why choose the Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella?

Although it is true that each route has its own charm and its own reasons to take place, we want to point out what we consider most important on the Camino de Santiago from Santander. You can find yours yourself as each route always has some points in favour over others.

1.-The beauty of the environment: one of the highlights for the pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago from Santander is the great beauty of its landscapes. In fact, along this route, we will not only cross areas near the coast with the greenness so characteristic of the north of Spain, but we also pass through areas of beautiful hills that meet the sea.

Therefore, beauty is everywhere in the case of this route from Santander, one of the most important reasons not only to make it but even to repeat it.

2.-Little overcrowding: The Camino del Norte is synonymous with tranquillity. It Is a route that has nothing to envy with the most popular route, the Camino Frances, in terms of beauty. However, it has the advantage that it is not so busy so we can avoid possible agglomerations.

The Camino Frances is, in general, a great opportunity to enjoy nature in its maximum splendour and with all the tranquillity possible.

3.- Good infrastructure: When it comes to making the Camino de Santiago and especially if it is our first time, we must look for routes that have a good infrastructure. This depends in a large part on the autonomous government and on its investment in implementing the quality of the routes.

Camino del Norte en Santander

Therefore we must look for routes with good communications, well signposted and with everything necessary for the supply and rest for the pilgrim.

4.-Gastronomy: In general, gastronomy is an attraction to visit the north of Spain in general. However, in the case of the Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella, this motive has more influence.

We will pass by some of the best localities in terms of gastronomic resources: Llanes in Asturias, San Vicente de la Barquera or Ribadesella itself. Later we will give you some recommendations for the best places to eat.

5.-Heritage: All the pilgrims who make the Camino del Norte emphasize the beauty of their villages besides that of their natural surroundings. We will go through one of the most beautiful areas of Spain that include fishing villages with small colourful houses.

All this, along with all the history they have, constitutes another of the strongest reasons to make the Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella.

Information about the Camino del Norte from Santander

El Camino de Santiago from Santander forms part of the itinerary of the Camino del Norte. It is the third stage, so it can be continued previously from Bilbao and can, in fact, continue to Santiago.

However, for the stretch, we will say that it begins in the beautiful city of Santander to finish the tour in the coastal village of Ribadesella. On the way, we can enjoy the majestic mountain scenery. It’s a somewhat more demanding route than others, but it’s worth it.

Ribadesella

Route of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella

Maps of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella

We now enclose the maps of the route of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella to have all the necessary information to plan your route and at the same time, you can find out in advance the places you will visit.

Santander – Arce

Mapa etapa de Santander a Arce

Map stage from Santander to Arce

Arce – Santillana del Mar

Mapa etapa de Arce a Santillana

Map stage from Arce to Santillana

Santillana del Mar – Comillas

Mapa etapa de Santillana a Comillas

Map stage from Santillana to Comillas

Comillas – Unquera

Mapa etapa de Comillas a Unquera

Map stage from Comillas to Unquera

Unquera – Llanes

Mapa etapa de Unquera a Llanes

Map stage from Unquera to Llanes

Llanes – Ribadesella

Mapa etapa de Llanes a Ribadesella

Map stage from Llanes to Ribadesella

Profiles of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella

We want to show you now the profile of this stretch of the Camino del Norte so you can see for yourself its difficulty. This is often not on the slopes, but on the rugged terrain. In spite of that, nothing is impossible and it is indeed an adventure which you will enjoy to the maximum.

Santander – Arce

Perfil etapa de Santander a Arce

Profile stage from Santander to Arce

Arce – Santillana del Mar

Perfil etapa de Arce a Santillana

Profile stage from Arce to Santillana

Santillana del Mar – Comillas

Perfil etapa de Santillana a Comillas

Profile stage from Santillana to Comillas

Comillas – Unquera

Perfil etapa de Comillas a Unquera

Profile stage from Comillas to Unquera

Unquera – Llanes

Perfil etapa de Unquera a Llanes

Profile stage from Unquera to Llanes

Llanes – Ribadesella

Perfil etapa de Llanes a Ribadesella

Profile stage from Llanes to Ribadesella

Stages on foot of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella

We enclose all the stages on foot that you will travel with Santiago Ways on this adventure of the Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella.

Stage from Santander to Arce

Stage from Arce to Santillana del Mar

Stage from Santillana del Mar to Comillas

Stage from Comillas to Unquera

Stage from Unquera to Llanes

Stage from Llanes to Ribadesella

How long does the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella take?

The Camino de Santiago from Santander to Ribadesella has a length of 116 kilometres that are divided between a total of 8 stages with their corresponding 7 nights.

It is a perfect length and duration to carry it out in one of the holiday periods that are presented throughout the year, like Easter for example. Now we will talk about when to make the Camino de Santiago from Santander .

Best time of the year to do the Camino del Norte from Santander

While it depends on each person’s taste in deciding the time when to complete the Camino del Norte , we must say that each route has some advantages in each season.

That is why we want to talk to you about each season in turn and with it, the advantages and disadvantages you have regarding the others when make the Camino del Norte from Santander

Spring

In the springtime, there can be weather instability in terms of precipitation. The temperatures are mild but the risk of rain increases. So we must ourselves, in turn, increase our planning by wearing proper attire.

On the other hand, it is one of the most popular seasons that is gaining popularity in recent times among pilgrims. Especially for routes of a few days like this of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella, which can be done during Easter period.

Summer

Summer is the time in which more pilgrims are encouraged to make the Camino de Santiago in general and the Camino del Norte desde Santander in particular. They do it because in the first place it is the time of year in which they have more free time.

On the other hand, it is also a time when temperatures are mild and we can enjoy good weather due to the proximity of the sea and the oceanic climate of the area of the Camino del Norte.

Muchos Peregrinos

The drawback is that precisely as a consequence of these advantages, the number of pilgrims that walk on the Camino del Norte increases: However, ahead of other possible routes like that of the Camino Frances de Santiago, this is not an inconvenience in the case of this route. Much less if we do it with the aid of Santiago Ways.

Autumn

In the autumn instability returns and with it precipitations can increase. However, the abundant vegetation of this area sees as its leaves fall and all the landscapes are tinged with beautiful colours. So it is the favourite time for nature lovers but we will have to be very careful with potential rains.

Winter

In Winter there are few pilgrims who are encouraged to make the Camino de Santiago in general. This affects also the Camino del Norte , on which the influx falls considerably. However, there is the possibility to take advantage of the Christmas break to complete our route.

While this would not be advisable for paths such as the Camino Primitivo, the mildness of temperatures on the Camino del Norte helps us also be able to complete it during this time of year.

Yes: If you do not do it with Santiago Ways keep in mind that most accommodations, including private ones, close their doors during this season.

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino del Norte from Santander

We Have also prepared a selection of sites of great interest to enter the Camino del Norte from Santander . Among them, there are not only places of historical, cultural and artistic interest but also some recommended restaurants on the route as well as the accommodation where you will rest with Santiago Ways.

Places of interest

First we want to talk about the different points of interest that exist in this route related to the heritage, culture and history of the area.

Arce (Piélagos)

Arce is a town belonging to Piélagos, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain when you visit on this route between Santander and Ribadesella. Among its attractions, we must highlight the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Conquista Real, a magnificent building from the Middle Ages with a view over the valley that it dominates.

Palacio de los Marqueses de la Conquista Real

Santillana del Mar

This town is popular for good reasons. It must be said that, as we mentioned among the reasons to make the Camino de Santiago from Santander, is the beauty of the urban areas that we pass through. This beauty is especially reflected in this municipality.

Apart from its old town, of unequalled beauty and perfect to be carried along its streets, we will also be able to plan our route to visit the Altamira Caves, located near this wonderful corner.

Llanes

Finally, Llanes is a beautiful town in the Principality of Asturias. It has a fishing tradition and therefore we can say that its port is the absolute star of its architecture and disposition with its unmistakable colourful houses.

It is a stop in which you should take some time also to try some of its specialities in one of the restaurants that we will discuss later.

Where to sleep – The best hotels

With Santiago Ways you’ll be in the best hands especially at the time of your break. Throughout the year you will be able to book with us and stay in the best hotels along the whole route from Santander to Ribadesella. Here we leave some examples.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

We have also prepared a selection of the best restaurants where you can enjoy rich and generous gastronomy typical of the lands of Cantabria and Asturias. Here are our recommendations.

Restaurante Gran Duque

Located in Santillana del Mar, this restaurant has excellent value for money with which we will be able to enjoy the main specialities of Cantabrian cuisine. Highly recommended to put a golden brooch to our visit to this beautiful town.

Restaurante Gran Duque

Sidrería El Antoju

If you want to taste one of the richest drinks in the province of Asturias, we cannot miss this cider house located in the municipality of Llanes. In it, we will also be able to delight in some specialities of local gastronomy such as seafood, from the land and from the mountain.

Restaurante El Texu

To finish with good taste on our pilgrimage, we recommend this restaurant with a family atmosphere in Ribadesella. Very cosy and at the same time with a great menu and an excellent deal for all who visit it. You can’t miss it if you finally do the Camino de Santiago with Santiago Ways.

Restaurante el Texu

Origin of the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella

The Camino del Norte has its origin in the Middle Ages. It was the route that many pilgrims chose to stay close to the coast and avoid the possible wars that occurred during the times of the “Reconquista”. However, when the Camino Frances was becoming more popular, it was taking prominence for being less rugged than the Camino del Norte.

Thus, this route was long forgotten until fortunately and for all lovers of beauty, it has since recovered and has come back with more strength than ever.

The Camino de Santiago from Santander with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino del Norte from Santander

Other sections of the Camino del Norte

Other users’ opinions about the Camino del Norte from Santander to Ribadesella

We also want to offer you the opinions of other people who have already done with us the Camino de Santiago so that you can know first-hand your impressions and encourage yourself to live this unforgettable experience.

Karin E
Karin E
Excellent company. They were super helpful in putting together my last minute trip to do the camino inglés. I will definitely use them next year when I do another route. Thank you SantiagoWays!
Lisa B
Lisa B
Fabulous experience. Santiago Ways made this trip such a memorable trip. I will definitely be using their amazing service again for the next 200 km. The accommodations were super. The transfers and itinerary were perfect . Thanks Ylenia ans everyone at Santiago Ways!
Fabiana Lima
Fabiana Lima
Very good service. Ylenia Conesa was the one who helped me and she was always very effective and courteous. Will definitely use them again!
Christine Tranchina
Christine Tranchina
My husband and I hiked the Camino De Santiago from Pamplona to Logroño. We used Santiago Ways to help plan our adventure... booking our hotels, breakfast, picnic and dinner as well as transferring luggage during the hike. It was extremely helpful because we traveled in February which is not a popular time and all services are not available. The communication and service was excellent. Before, after and during the hike Angie Rinaudo kept in contact and answered all our questions in a timely manner. All the accommodations were excellent. We are planning to do more sections in the future and will definitely use Santiago Ways again.
Karen Srajer
Karen Srajer
We took the French Way, Leaving from Saint Jean Pied de Port. Santiago Ways booked our rooms the entire trip and make sure our luggage was transported. The rooms were a delight the walk was wonderful. Santiago Ways made sure to have support for us on the trip as well as needed. I would highly recommend this company. The entire group was a delight to work with and Cristiana on it especially was helpful.If we should decide to do another way, we would definitely use this company.
Diane Nunez
Diane Nunez
This was our first time in Spain and first time walking on a daily basis. Santiago Ways answered our many questions and concerns over many emails. We started our walk September 1st 2019 in Sarria and took 10 days to walk to Santiago de Compostela. Santiago Ways booked our lodging in 10 different places along with luggage transfers. We asked that all breakfasts,dinner and picnic lunch be included. Our accommodations varied from Albergues. Inns, Boutique hotel, to Bed and Breakfast. We truly enjoyed our picnic lunch as we could stop anywhere and enjoy the view. The accommodations - private room and private bathroom as we requested were not disappointing. We would recommend Santiago Way to anyone that needs some assistance in walking The Way.
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Mark Nichols
Mark Nichols
This is a very professional company that helped create a fantastic journey. My contact person, Ylenia, responded to my emails and answered my questions. I highly recommend this company.
Kat Cust
Kat Cust
I have walked with Santiago Ways twice and have been impressed by their professionalism and services both times. I wanted to support a Spanish company for the walks, and found them to be a competitive option - in a crowded industry. Am planning to walk with them again as I’ve enjoyed my caminos so much!
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Rachel Mckeeve
Rachel Mckeeve
We recently walked part of the Camino de Santiago Trail. Our trip was arranged by Santiago Ways. We were part of a larger group we had a tour guide and our luggage was transferred each day. Our trip was an immense success, everything went very smoothly and that in part was down to Veronica who arranged the trip. She was very helpful throughout the whole planning procedure even arranging for a private transfer from the airport to Sarria, our start point. I would recommend Santiago Ways and Veronica and would definitely use them again.
Eilish Bye
Eilish Bye
After comparing several agencies, our group of 7 decided to go with Santiago Ways for our first Camino experience as they offered an all round better price for our customised package that included insurance, meals, accommodation, luggage transfers and any required transportation to accommodation. The booking process was straightforward, they responded quickly to various enquiries and changes that we requested and they provided guidance on preparation and the Camino route which we referred to throughout our trip.We had a couple of issues including one of our group injuring her ankle but Santiago Ways were available 24 x 7 and they resolved everything efficiently including all communications required with local accommodation providers, taxis etc. which was very reassuring. Pilgrims we met who organised their accommodation en route had to deal with lack of accommodation in some locations and then they had to organise transport to and from the nearest hostels. We didn’t have any stress like this at all which left us free to enjoy the stunning scenery and great camaraderie on this wonderful trip. We will use Santiago Ways again and we can highly recommend them.
Kerry Mannette
Kerry Mannette
I booked my Camino de Santiago for Sept 2019 through Santiago Ways and the company made the experience absolutely wonderful. Vanessa Veiga was a pleasure to deal with, very professional and informative and made it very easy to arrange the entire trip. The accommodations and board booked through Santiago ways were amazing, we were very pleased with the diversity (B&B, hotel, hostel) of the accommodations along with the service and cleanliness of the accommodations. The luggage transfer worked flawlessly. I would rate Santiago Ways 10 out of 10 and recommend them to anyone looking to book their Camino.
Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson
I was so pleased with the trip Santiago Ways set up for me to Walk The Camino Francés. My first experience was when I requested a quote in October 2018 for a August 2019 walk. Ylenia went above and beyond to answer all our questions and to provide numerous options for me before I made my final decision on the trip. She was patient and thorough as I gathered information. Her follow up was amazing and her attention to detail was very assuring! Once I booked the trip she continued sending updates until we departed for Spain. Once we arrived in Spain Ylenia and the Operations team stayed in touch via email to answer any questions. The hotel accommodations for 39 days were all wonderful and the baggage transfer was perfect. Every day our bags were at the hotel by the time we arrived. One day my friend left her hat in the hotel room and Santiago Ways Operation team sent an email saying the hat would be waiting at our next hotel. That’s going “above and beyond”. I highly recommend using Santiago Ways for your Camino!!!!! We walked with numerous people who had used other companies and they all thought Santiago Ways had the best hotels. I’ve already referred a friend to them and definitely will use them for my next Camino. Thank you Santiago Ways!!!!!!!!
Alison McEvoy
Alison McEvoy
Ylenia Conesa from Santiago Ways was very helpful answering all my question prior to my Camino trip. A truly memorable experience beautifully organised by Santiago Ways
Chantal Ryan
Chantal Ryan
This was a great experience from start to finish. From the on-line booking team that answered my numerous questions and comminucated with me in an efficient and friendly manner to the amazing guide we had and the quality of the hotels we stayed in. It all exceeded my expectations
Jon Lucas
Jon Lucas
Excellent company with excellent staff, couldn't fault their organisation and execution of my Camino walk. My special thanks to Ylenia who looked after my bookings and organised things for me.
LUCIA CARABINE
LUCIA CARABINE
Fantastic service and Ylenia Conesa who handled the booking was a delight and very efficient
Jasmine Pantuso
Jasmine Pantuso
Santiago Ways, and our advisor Ylenia Conesa , provided an outstanding travel experience! Ylenia answered every question that I had during my trip planning process! The accommodations were absolutely charming, and the food was perfect! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
Yuko Fujita
Yuko Fujita
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Yana Mileva
Yana Mileva
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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