Lebaniego Way walking holiday in Spain

“Undertake the 72km Lebaniego Way after a 30km section of the Camino del Norte. Easy going followed by slightly steeper. Self-guided route notes, luggage transfers and rustic B&B's form this week of walking in rural Cantabria.”


Santillana Del Mar | Comillas | San Vincente de Barquera, Camino Leganiego | Cades | Cicera | Potes | Santo Toribio | Free afternoon in Potes |

Description of Lebaniego Way walking holiday in Spain

This wonderful self-guided walking trip allows travelers to experience one of the Camino’s lesser-known walking routes: the Lebaniego Way.

Starting your picturesque pilgrimage in the charming seaside village of San Vicente de la Barquera allows you to appreciate the scenery of the rarely glimpsed vision of Spain, in western Cantabria.

The trail takes you inland where more remote mountain villages and paths alongside rivers lead through the Picos Mountains to Santo Toribio and a free afternoon in the medieval village of Potes.

Some of the natural scenes that you’ll discover really invite further exploration of Cantabria with agricultural landscapes, shaded woodland and stunning mountain peaks. One evening set dinner is included in this Camino Lebaniego package and you will experience high quality, rustic country house accommodation in the villages of Cades and Cicera.

Comfy and characterful 2 or 3 star lodgings always make for a good night’s rest whilst luggage transfers, 24hr assistance and walking route notes add to the feeling of freedom without having to stress as you lug your kit from pillar to post.

Alongside the sense of achievement and numerous chances to taste the local Cantabrian food, this walking trip also allows you to qualify for the pilgrim’s certificate for the Lebaniego Way.

Trip Includes:
- 5 nights in 2 or 3 star Hotels/Rural Houses
- 5 Breakfasts
- 1 Dinner
- Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
- Pilgrim's Passport
- Camino Information Pack
- Walking Notes
- 24 hour phone assistance
- Transfer in case of emergencies

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Departure information

Our trips from the end of March to mid October
Low Carbon:
We are able to advise UK and mainland European clients on how to get to the start of their chosen Camino via train travel. We are able to detail the routes, approximate the travel duration and prices. We also provide the appropriate train websites in order to book tickets in advance. If travelling from London customers can take the eurostar to Paris and then catch two more trains stopping at Bayonne and San Sebastian. On this trip the train does not take you to the start point, therefore we advise on further bus transport to reach the beginning of this trip.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We focus on selecting local suppliers who are committed to preserve the environment. The transport companies we hire use modern vehicles with low CO2 emissions. We also rationalise transport so we minimise the number of vehicles in use by "pooling" different bookings in the same taxi service when possible.

We primarily use electronic format for trip documentation. Our paper use is restricted to the Pilgrim's credential as this is necessary for them to collect their stamps in the different towns where they are staying.

Travellers are briefed on local environmental considerations including appropriate waste disposal. They are asked to be considerate not only with the local customs but with the environment they visit. For example, they protect their environment by not wasting their running water, disposing of rubbish in the appropriate bins provided by our hotels and to re-use materials when possible. Also, as they are walking trails in Northern Spain, they are encouraged to pick any litter they encounter in the forest areas and National parks to help keep these beautiful environments clean.

We encourage clients not to use plastic bags in supermarkets and either use ecological re-usable bags or to put items directly inside their rucksack when possible, re-use plastic water bottles, respect all animals that they may encounter as well as trees, plants and flowers. We also encourage our clients to stick to the sign posted path.

To reduce international travel:
- We encourage clients to consider taking the train to get to the start of their Camino, when possible.
- We provide details of public transport options to clients for all our trips.
- We use family run accommodation providers and hire local guides.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our business model supports suppliers at a local level so the majority of your money goes directly towards helping local businesses and their families in the Asturias and Cantabria region. We believe this is the best way to benefit the local economy. For example, we work primarily with family run/own hotels in these regions.

For transport we work with local taxis/drivers who are self employed and receive a fair price as regulated by the regional Government instead of large transport companies which tend to pay low wages to their drivers.

In each town where they spend the night, we recommend three local restaurants so that clients can enjoy the regional cuisine as well as benefiting the local community, avoiding large franchise restaurants. For example, in this package clients can dine in local seafood restaurants in the fishing town of San Vicente de la Barquera or enjoy the typical Cocido Montañes (Mountain Stew) in the town of Potes.


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