The Camino Lebaniego

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Lebaniego Way – From Santander to Santo Toribio

Distance: 155 Km

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 432€ per person

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The Lebaniego Way is a pilgrimage route that first appeared in the 8th century to worship the Lignum Crucis. According to tradition, the Lignum Crucis is a piece of the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified. The Lignum Crucis is located in the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana.

The Monastery of Santo Toribio is popularly known as Little Jerusalem due to the large influx of pilgrims it has received since the Middle Ages.

The Monastery of Santo Toribio was built in the 6th century. The remains of Bishop Toribio de Astorga and the relic of the Lignum Crucis were brought to the Monastery in the 8th century.

The Lebaniego Way has its own ‘Credencial’ (pilgrim passport) called the La Lebaniega.







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Camino Lebaniego Itinerary from Santander

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 monasteryComillas 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.

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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.

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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 AcesbosaHortigal 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Santo Toribio

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 Accommodations from Santander

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Lebaniego.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino Lebaniego.

Camino Lebaniego Services from Santander

INCLUDED SERVICES

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.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional single room: €150 per person.

Transfer from Santander to Santo Toribio: €180.

Travel assistance insurance: €21 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €14 per person.

About the Camino Lebaniego

We want to talk to you now about following the Camino de Santiago Lebaniego or Camino de Liébana, one of the most interesting routes among all possible itineraries on the Camino de Santiago.

This particular route has some special characteristics regarding the others, which are precisely what we want to detail below.

Therefore, we advise you to be very attentive because you will surely be interested in knowing one of the most beautiful routes that can be completed today in Europe. Even more, if it is completed with the help of Santiago Ways.

Why choose the Camino de Liébana?

1.- An unbeatable monumental environment: The Camino de Liébana passes through unsurpassable architectural, historical and artistic environments.

In fact, along its route, we can find wonderful and imposing monuments, rural areas and villages that will delight any pilgrims, including the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, the final point on the route.

Vista del monasterio de Santo Toribio de Liebana

2.- The natural environment: also the natural landscapes that the Camino Lebaniego has are unbeatable. One of the highlights the pilgrims who make the Camino Lebaniego point out is the beauty of the places that are crossed. Among them, as we will indicate later, we cross river sections like the one that is close to the River Nansa.

3.-There is no overcrowding: one of the most noteworthy qualities of the Camino Lebaniego is that it is not crowded. This is because it is one of the least well known, although the government of Cantabria is doing a great job in promoting it.

The absence of overcrowding is a characteristic that benefits us very much as pilgrims, especially during the summer.

4.-An adapted infrastructure: this route is especially suitable for cycling. This is because most of the road is paved. Another advantage is that it passes through routes that cross natural areas. Thus, the advantage that much of the stretch is asphalted also makes it ideal for those who want to take on the challenge of the Camino de Santiago.

5.-Great historical endowment: one of the reasons why the Camino Lebaniego is more popular is for its purpose: to venerate the Lignum Crucis. It is a piece of the Cross in which Jesus Christ was crucified. It is a route that appeared in the 8th century and was very popular for having such a valuable relic since its inception.

Therefore, the Camino Liébana allows us to relive the deep religious sentiment of the inhabitants of the Middle Ages.

Information about the route of the Camino Lebaniego

The geography of the whole area: the Cantabrian Mountains and the Picos de Europa boundary the Liébana Valley and its monastery. For this reason, the access to Santo Toribio is done from Asturias and Castilla y León. There are four ways that serve as access to the Monastery of Santo Toribio.

En la cordillera cantabrica

It crosses such beautiful towns as San Vicente de la Barquera, Potes or Lamasón: some of the architectural jewels and the urban layout of Cantabria. This route can also be joined with several routes of the Camino de Santiago: for example, the Camino del Norte (from the coast) and the Camino Frances from the routes of León and Palencia.

It has the accreditation called "Lebaniega" due to the name of the monastery where the path ends. It has a total length of 155 kilometres.

The most reserved routes on the Camino Lebaniego

The route of the Camino Lebaniego has a unique option although it can join with several routes of the Camino de Santiago. Thus, the specific section of which we speak, and which ends at the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, has a route that is distributed in a total of 10 days and 9 nights.

With Santiago Ways, it is possible to book throughout the year and do so with the option to include only breakfast or also include breakfast or dinner. The stages covered, both by means of walking and by means of the Camino Lebaniego by bike will be detailed later.

Panoramica del Camino Lebaniego

Route of the Camino Lebaniego

Maps of the Camino Lebaniego

We enclose here the map of the Lebaniega route so that you can have all the necessary information for planning before you start it and during the route. It is very important to avoid any mishaps. Remember that Santiago Ways is here to help you.

Profile of the Camino Lebaniego

We will now talk about the profile of the Camino de Liébana. To do this, we will focus on several aspects that have to do with the average altitude of the terrain, the type of ground and the difficulty of the Camino Lebaniego route.

It is very important to have this information in mind when starting one or the other way of Santiago, being advisable to choose an alternative adapted to our own circumstances.

In this sense, we must say that the Camino Liébana is mainly at a low level and, except, in some mountainous sections does not entail much difficulty. So we could say that it is actually a recommended route for those who already have some experience with the Camino de Santiago on any of the other routes.

Stages on foot

Stage from Santander to Arce

Stage from Arce to Santillana del Mar

Stage from Santillana del Mar to Comillas

Stage from Comillas to San Vicente de la Barquera

Stage from San Vicente de la Barquera to Cades

Stage from Cades to Cicera

Stage from Cicera to Cabañes

Stage from Cabañes to Santo Toribio

How long does the Camino de Santiago Lebaniego take?

The Camino de Santiago Lebaniego takes about 10 days and 9 nights. This amount of time is the estimate for the plans organized by Santiago Ways.

However, as we always remind you, these dates can be altered by various issues such as each person's own rhythm, climatology or just the desire to enjoy a particular landscape.

We want to remind you that, after all, the most important thing is to enjoy the Camino Lebaniego from Santander, its magnificent landscapes, as well as all the experiences that it has reserved for us.

Best time to do the Camino Lebaniego

Every season of the year has its charm when it comes to completing the Camino de Santiago. However, there is a very important component when choosing a particular date: the tastes of each pilgrim.

However, so that you can get an idea of what is special about each season, we will talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each one. With it, you can get a better idea of what is the best time for you.

Spring

Spring has in its favour the magnificent moments that will make us give thanks to everything that beautifies the landscape. In fact, it is a time especially suitable for those who want to enjoy nature to its maximum splendour.

The downside of this season can be weather instability as well as allergies. However, you can go prepared for both eventualities and this should not be a problem to enjoy the Camino de Santiago Lebaniego. Don't think any more about it and start to enjoy it.

Summer

Summer is the favourite time of the majority of pilgrims to do the Camino de Santiago in general and those who decide to do the Liébana route. This is because the difficulty of the Camino de Santiago Lebaniego decreases. Also, the weather is usually very nice due to the proximity of the mountains.

It is, therefore, also a good time to escape the excess of heat that exists in other areas of Spain. It is also necessary to point out that it is the time of year in which there is more daylight, important for any pilgrim to take into account because it will allow you to have more freedom when you can adjust to your own rhythm.

Also, it must be said that summer is the most chosen time among pilgrims because it is when they usually have enough free time to do so. Finally, we must say that the biggest inconvenience of completing any route of the Camino de Santiago in summer is overcrowding.

This is not a problem, however, for the case of the Camino de Santiago Lebaniego. Much less if you do it in our company, as we take care of everything so you can enjoy the most.

Autumn

During the autumn, the Camino Lebaniego from Santander is tinted with precious colours. The greens, yellows and browns adorn all of the landscape giving the whole environment a symphony of beautiful colours. This is, without a doubt, the biggest advantage of making the Camino de Liébana in the autumn period.

El Camino Lebaniego en otoño

We can have a unique experience for our senses. On the other hand, the bad thing is that, as in spring, there may be weather instability. As they are mountainous areas it is very possible that the rain and the cold increase. However, for both, we can go well prepared, so it should not be a problem.

Winter

Practising this route in winter is, without a doubt, for very daring people. It is a time of year where the proximity of the mountains can ensure that the place becomes really cold. However, the landscapes that we contemplate will make everything worthwhile: one of the advantages is that the snow will have made everything very clean and a very nice white.

So, as for your tastes, these are the colours we encourage you to choose which time of the year is the one you want to make the Camino Lebaniego from Santander according to your preferences.

Guide to the places that you cannot miss on the Camino Lebaniego

We also offer some information about the most important places of interest in this Camino de Liébana so that you do not miss them on your tour.

Places of interest

Paseo Pereda in Santander

To begin with, you can't miss the city of Santander. In it we recommend you to take a good walk along the seafront promenade or the Pereda Promenade to get your motor warming up. Another interesting attraction is the anti-aircraft shelter.

Paseo Pereda en Santander

Castillo-Faro de Santa Ana

In the city of Castro Urdiales, you will find this emblematic monument in the middle of a small island surrounded by small fishing boats and castle.

Castillo Faro de Santa Ana en Castro Urdiales

Torre Don Borja

Las casas del Águila y la Parra are a great example of medieval constructions in Santillana del Mar. Also in Santillana we must highlight the Don Borja Tower, which served as a defense in this period and as a centre of power in the region.

Torre Don Borja

Where to sleep – The best lodgings

From Santiago Ways, we are concerned that the accommodation for those who travel with us is always the best possible. In this way, we ensure that you are perfectly cared for throughout the tour and stay in the best hotels and rural houses with an incomparable atmosphere.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Restaurante Martín: A very cosy and quiet place in Potes to give an exquisite touch to our route. You can't miss it if you want to taste the best of the local cuisine.

Restaurante Gran Duque: Located in Santillana del Mar, it delights its diners with a cuisine based on the use of natural ingredients and prepared in its kitchens by professionals who perfect dishes such as oven-baked sea bream, roast lamb or beef chop.

Restaurante Palacio Mijares: From the kitchens of this restaurant, on the outskirts of Santillana del Mar, there are cod dishes with Biscay sauce and ratatouille, hake with pea cream, squid noodles, among others. You will enjoy a traditional, exquisite meal in the midst of nature.

Restaurante Palacio Mijares en Santillana del Mar

Origin of the route of the Camino Lebaniego

We could say that the origin of the Liébana route is in the very cross of Christ. Indeed, this pilgrimage began with the purpose of worshipping the relic of a piece of wood of that cross. This sacred object is still the object of worship by Christians all over the world.

Since the jubilee year of 1512, Liébana has celebrated the fact that, moreover, this piece of the Cross of Christ is the largest known. In fact, only similar relics are preserved in the main religious centres such as Santiago de Compostela, Jerusalem and Rome. It is, therefore, a path of obligatory fulfilment for the more religious.

La Cruz de Liebana

With more than 500 years of history behind it, the Camino Lebaniego de Santiago is a great way to learn more about one of the most beautiful regions of our country. For those who do not share religious motives it is always a good opportunity to enjoy the nature that surrounds us.

It is necessary to remember that, in general, the word pilgrim means "foreigner". That means it is someone who comes from afar, but also someone who is making a trip.

This trip, in the case of the Camino de Santiago, in general, does not mean just walking. It also means a spiritual journey that will lead us to know more about ourselves and to better understand the meaning of our own life.

The Camino Lebaniego with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino Lebaniego

Other users’ opinions about the Camino Lebaniego

As always, it is better to know the opinion of others who have done the same as us before, here we also enclose the opinion of some pilgrims who have made the Camino de Liébana with us. We hope that it will help you to know all the experiences that are waiting for you.

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!!
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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