Camino Lebaniego Itinerary from Santander
The beautiful city of Santander is the starting point of the Lebaniego Way. Santander, the capital of Cantabria, is an elegant and fantastic place to relax for a couple of days. In Santander we can enjoy its incredible beaches, parks, nature, architecture and food.
From Santander to Arce - 16km
From Santander we head into the interior of Cantabria, passing through the villages of Santa Cruz de Bezana, Mompía and Boo de Piélagos. Later we will walk by the estuary in Boo de Piélagos, finishing up the stage in the town of Arce.
From Arce to Santillana del Mar - 22km
In today’s stage, you will get to see the beautiful mountainous landscape of the northern coast. Along the way we will pass through the town of Miengo. Suances is another small, beautiful town that is worth taking some time to visit. Your destination for today is the medieval village of Santillana del Mar. Today we will be walking through charming meadows and quiet villages. Santillana de Mar is one of the most popular towns in Cantabria, famous for its Caves of Altamira.
From Santillana del Mar to Comillas - 22km
From Santillana del Mar you will continue to follow Cantabria’s rugged coast. On your way to Comillas you will pass though wonderful villages, such as Cobreces with its Cistercian monastery. Comillas has fantastic beaches and incredible architecture. We recommend thoroughly visiting Comillas and exploring its different attractions, like the Pontifical University, the Palace of Sobrellano with its pantheon chapel and the El Capricho building by Gaudi.
From Comillas to San Vicente de la Barquera - 13km
We will continue along the coast to the Oyambre Natural Park. This park is extremely important due to its wildlife and and marine ecosystem, which is home to many species of birds, mollusks and fish. From here we will head towards San Vicente de la Barquera, walking through fields and green forests.
From San Vicente de la Barquera to Cades - 28km
We continue heading in the direction of Serdio, leaving behind a blue and green landscape that is to be replaced by predominately green scenery as we pass through La Acesbosa, Hortigal and Estrada with its medieval Gothic-style tower, dating back to the 14th century.
Here the Lebaniego Way follows a beautiful mountain trail that leads to Muñorrodero, where the pilgrims who are going to Santiago de Compostela will separate from those who are travelling to Santo Toribio de Liébana. The first group will follow the yellow arrows while the latter group will use the red arrows.
The Nansa River Trail, 7 km, continues through a shaded riverside forest with a variety of trees and enchanting wooden walkways.
The most interesting part of Cabanzón is its medieval towel, a feudal relic that was part of a defense system for the area of influence belonging to San Vincente de la Barquera. We will finish the stage in Cades. The old foundry in Cades is another site worth seeing.
From Cades to Cicera - 17km
We leave Cades and after passing Sobrelapeña we head to La Fuente where we have one of the crowning jewels of Romanesque art in Cantabria: The Church of Santa Juliana, declared “Heritage of Cultural Interest”.
A few meters to the right we walk uphill to Burió followed by Collado de Hoz, with a panoramic view of the beautiful Lamasón valley.
From Cicera to Cabañes - 15km
For 9.6 km from Cicera to Lebeña we will be walking through a forest with thousand-year old oak and beech trees. During the right season we can find all kinds of mushrooms, including the mushroom that causes the most deaths, the amanita faloides.
We head down to Santa María de Lebeña, which has one of the pre-Romanesque Spanish architectural jewels: a Mozarabic temple that bears the same name as the town, built in the year 925 by Christians who fled from Arab territory and implemented tools they had learned in the south of the peninsula, such as the horseshoe arch, etc.
We continue walking to Allende on the road, after which we will climb a hill to Cabañes.
From Cabañes to Cabañas - 15km
From Cabañes we head to Habario and then to Pendes, where we can taste and even buy some of the typical Liébana cheese (called “quesucos”). After regaining our strength, we will walk down to the hermitage of San Francisco.
This route takes us to Tama, which has a noteworthy church with Romanesque remains.
From Potes we leave for the Monastery of Santo Toribio (4.2 km) where we can finally venerate the Lignun Crucis.
The Monastery of Santo Toribio is from the 8th and 18th century in a classic Gothic and baroque style. It is home to the ‘Door of Forgiveness’, dating back to the 15th century, which is opened by the Vatican every Saint Lebaniego year. This refers to the years when April 16th falls on a Sunday, the anniversary of the monk Santo Toribio, who is a historical figure known for bringing the Lignum Crucis to Liébana, which is a relic that is considered to be the largest remnant of the cross of Christ.
The monastery offers guided tours every day during summer.
Camino Lebaniego Services from Santander
Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.
Rooms with private bathroom.
Meal plan of your choice.
Luggage transport between stages.
Complete itinerary of the route.
24 hours Telephone assistance on route.
Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.
Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.
Additional single room: €150 per person.
Transfer from Santander to Santo Toribio: €180.
Travel assistance insurance: €21 per person.
Cancellation insurance: €14 per person.