Starting in the Basque city of Bilbao, and finishing in the lovely coastal town of Santander, in Cantabria. Bilbao to Santander Camino is quite a challenging yet stunningly beautiful Camino path with incredible views of wild beaches, cliffs, and coves as it follows the rugged Cantabrian coastline. You will spend your nights in quaint seaside towns with religious history to explore and great medieval architecture.

Along the Way

Enjoy the spectacular beaches along the way. Perhaps take some time out to walk in the sand or take a dip if the mood strikes. Explore the Santona, Victoria, and Joyel Marshes National Parks. These natural reserves showcase diverse ecosystems and birdlife. Also Portugalete, Castro Urdiales, Laredo, and Noja before arriving in Santander

History and Culture

Be amazed by the Vizcaya Bridge: the world’s oldest transporter bridge, declared A UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, it connects Portugalete and Getxo. Admire its engineering marvel at the panoramic views. Also, Laredo and Noja with their medieval architecture will have you in awe.

Gastronomy

As your imagination is captured with the history your taste buds will be delighted with the consumption of some of the most amazing food and wine. Eat from humble Menu del Dia to tasty local fare in local restaurants, with a wide variety of specialities in each region that will leave you astonished. Fortunately while walking the Bilbao to Santander Camino you can walk it off 😅.

You reach your destination 

The coastal town of Santander is a picturesque location on a wide bay overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, backed by the majestic Cantabrian Mountains. A popular tourist destination for its architectural splendour and location.

Buen Camino!

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: km.
  • Hours: h.

Day 1: Bilbao, Explore the largest and most populated city on Camino del Norte. Indulge your taste buds with Basque gastronomy, visit Bilbao’s Casco Viejo: the historic quarters known as “the seven Streets” to taste their famous “pintxos”. A not to be missed, is the impressive Guggenheim Museum, with some of the best art exhibitions in the country.

Get an early night to prepare for your first day of walking!

Buen Camino! 

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 13.5 km.
  • Hours: 3h.

Day 2: Bilbao to Portugalete, This stage is not difficult, however, it can be exhausting because of the urban jungle and the traffic noise, the most urban stage of the Camino del Norte. However, it also offers some interesting cultural and historical attractions.

Afterwards, a section through the forest then across the famous ‘Devil’s Bridge’, before arriving at the Hermitage of Santa Águeda. Then, an ascent to Mount Kobetas offers a panoramic view of the city and the river Nervión. The descent leads you to the suburbs of Barakaldo and Sestao, where you can see some examples of the Basque industrial heritage.

The final part of the stage follows the riverbank until you reach your destination Portugalete, a historic town with a beautiful old quarter and the famous Puente Colgante, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This suspension bridge connects Portugalete with Getxo. You can cross it by a gondola hanging from the cables.

Here in Portugalete is the opportunity to taste the local cuisine and the famous pintxos

Buen Camino! 

 

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 25.5 km.
  • Hours: 7h.

Day 3: Portugalete to Castro Urdiales, today you leave the Urban jungle behind. Outside Portugalete, you begin walking on a bike path for around 10km. Where the bike path ends you cross La Arena beach to a pedestrian bridge over the River Bardadun. The much-loved Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Socorro de Pobeña is on the other side. It is here the local sailors would gather and decide whether to set sail or not, but not before asking for the protection of the Virgin for their fishing boats or ships.

Around 1km later you leave the Basque Country and enter the Autonomous Community of Cantabria.

Buen Camino! 

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 25.5 km.
  • Hours: 7h.

Day 4: Castro Urdiales to Laredo;  you will walk along the spectacular coastal cliffs of the Cantabrian Sea and also through some inland valleys with beautiful forest paths. Check your guidebook before departing as there is an alternate route at the halfway mark.

Decide which Route Suits You

Along the official route, the Chapel of San Mamés is an interesting stop. Then you pass through Hazas with its many Historical 16th century monuments.

The alternate route continues along the national road, your point of reference will be Mollaneda. From there you can continue walking inland, passing through Iseca Vieja, or take another alternative to the beautiful coastal path to Laredo.

Laredo is known nationally in the Cantabrian region for “La Salvé“, its 5 km long beach and for the historic part of town dating back to Roman times.

Buen Camino! 

 

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 14 km.
  • Hours: 3.5h.

Day 5: Laredo to Noja;

Description coming soon

Buen Camino! 

 

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 30 km.
  • Hours: 8.5h.

Day 6: Noja to Santander

Description coming soon

Buen Camino! 

 

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: -1 km.
  • Hours: h.

Day 7: Santander

Description coming soon

Wherever you are off to in the world, safe travels and thanks for allowing Crossroads Travel to support you on your Camino Adventure, we hope to see you again

Buen Camino! 

 

Dates: Flexible, set your own agenda

Direct deposit payments in $ AUD and € EU.

Inclusions Bilbao to Santander Camino
  • 6 nights’ accommodation preferably charming/Iconic/boutique hotels and rural Casas
  • Private Bathroom in all rooms
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer daily (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Maps of your accommodation locations
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Australian and Spanish emergency phone numbers
  • local support person in Spain
Welcome Pack:
  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Camino shell
  • Luggage tags
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps
  • Camino Journal with Pen
  • Other goodies for your Camino
Not Included 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Additional bag transfer (will incur additional costs)
  • Single Supplement
  • Any meal not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Any other item not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Flights/Transfers/Extra Accommodations.
Optional Services: 
  • Airport transfers from the start point and end destination
  • Extra night accommodation at the start point and end destination
  • Extra luggage transfer or storage
  • Fisterra experience: Tour from Santiago to Fisterra return 2 days
  • If you wish to upgrade to the Iconic Parador Hotel in Santiago de Compostela the cost is from $180 per person/per night twin share and $250 per person/per night single occupancy when booked 6 months in advance.
  • Ask us about adding an extra night in Santiago, or extra rest days en route.
  • For any part of your trip that falls between 31 October and 01 April, there is an out-of-season luggage transfer surcharge of $25 per day. and $35 per day to Fisterra and Muxia.

Day 1: Bilbao, Explore the largest and most populated city on Camino del Norte. Indulge your taste buds with Basque gastronomy, visit Bilbao’s Casco Viejo: the historic quarters known as “the seven Streets” to taste their famous “pintxos”. A not to be missed, is the impressive Guggenheim Museum, with some of the best art exhibitions in the country.

Get an early night to prepare for your first day of walking!

Buen Camino! 

Day 2: Bilbao to Portugalete, This stage is not difficult, however, it can be exhausting because of the urban jungle and the traffic noise, the most urban stage of the Camino del Norte. However, it also offers some interesting cultural and historical attractions.

Afterwards, a section through the forest then across the famous ‘Devil’s Bridge’, before arriving at the Hermitage of Santa Águeda. Then, an ascent to Mount Kobetas offers a panoramic view of the city and the river Nervión. The descent leads you to the suburbs of Barakaldo and Sestao, where you can see some examples of the Basque industrial heritage.

The final part of the stage follows the riverbank until you reach your destination Portugalete, a historic town with a beautiful old quarter and the famous Puente Colgante, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This suspension bridge connects Portugalete with Getxo. You can cross it by a gondola hanging from the cables.

Here in Portugalete is the opportunity to taste the local cuisine and the famous pintxos

Buen Camino! 

 

Day 3: Portugalete to Castro Urdiales, today you leave the Urban jungle behind. Outside Portugalete, you begin walking on a bike path for around 10km. Where the bike path ends you cross La Arena beach to a pedestrian bridge over the River Bardadun. The much-loved Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Socorro de Pobeña is on the other side. It is here the local sailors would gather and decide whether to set sail or not, but not before asking for the protection of the Virgin for their fishing boats or ships.

Around 1km later you leave the Basque Country and enter the Autonomous Community of Cantabria.

Buen Camino! 

Day 4: Castro Urdiales to Laredo;  you will walk along the spectacular coastal cliffs of the Cantabrian Sea and also through some inland valleys with beautiful forest paths. Check your guidebook before departing as there is an alternate route at the halfway mark.

Decide which Route Suits You

Along the official route, the Chapel of San Mamés is an interesting stop. Then you pass through Hazas with its many Historical 16th century monuments.

The alternate route continues along the national road, your point of reference will be Mollaneda. From there you can continue walking inland, passing through Iseca Vieja, or take another alternative to the beautiful coastal path to Laredo.

Laredo is known nationally in the Cantabrian region for “La Salvé“, its 5 km long beach and for the historic part of town dating back to Roman times.

Buen Camino! 

 

Day 5: Laredo to Noja;

Description coming soon

Buen Camino! 

 

Day 6: Noja to Santander

Description coming soon

Buen Camino! 

 

Day 7: Santander

Description coming soon

Wherever you are off to in the world, safe travels and thanks for allowing Crossroads Travel to support you on your Camino Adventure, we hope to see you again

Buen Camino! 

 

At Crossroads Travel your comfort after a long day of walking is our focus. Hence extensively researched accommodation options on Camino de Santiago are a part of our packages.

Our choice is based on location.

We personally book your rooms, and for this reason, we know exactly where they are located. Our primary aim is for you to be in the vibe of Camino amongst the other pilgrims, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

We want you to be welcomed and taken care of.

Meeting regularly with the owners/management to discuss our client needs ensures your hosts have direct personal contact with us. If any needs arise we can manage them immediately.

Finally, we choose accommodation in charming, iconic hotels and rural Casas.

The number of stars is not our criterion. A comfortable room and a private bathroom come first. In some of the more humble areas of Camino de Santiago, we offer you the best of what is possible. So the longer your Camino the more varied your accommodation will be. This is part of the charm of being on Camino de Santiago, remember you are not on a holiday with multiple options in one spot. Fortunately, with options in the bigger cities, we can throw in a few nights with lots of stars for indulgence. After all, you deserve to have a soak in a spa. Likewise, an indoor pool doesn’t hurt.  Note: There are a few extraordinary options off the Camino if “humble” is not your thing. Also If we locate you outside of the Camino you will have contact with the owners who will pick you up from the Camino and deliver you back to the same spot the next morning. We will discuss this with you when booking.

Book 60 days in advance

Camino de Santiago is a unique destination with limited quality accommodation ON Camino hence we advise booking at least 60 days in advance.

Examples of our chosen accommodation.

Images below are examples of what you can expect from your booking. Tailor-made Packages are available if you wish to stay 5-star all the way.  Please note: we adhere to the same standard when you book accommodation with us pre and post-Camino in Spain and Portugal.  

 

From Barcelona:
Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Bilbao (BIO), (3 hours and 25 minutes).

Fly to Santander and then take a bus to Bilbao.

From Madrid:
Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Bilbao (BIO) (3 hours and 7 minutes)

Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Bilbao (5 hours and 15 minutes)

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 Info
  • From - To: Bilbao to Santander
  • Length: 108.5 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Cost: $1,320
  • Dates:

    Dates: Flexible, set your own agenda

    Direct deposit payments in $ AUD and € EU.

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