Spain walking holiday, The Northern Way

“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 Spain walking holiday, The Northern Way

This wonderful week of self-guided walking allows travellers to experience two of northern Spain’s lesser-known long-distance walking routes: the Northern Way and the Lebaniego Way.

Sandy stretches of coastline combine effortlessly with agricultural landscapes and green fields to provide a refreshing and rarely glimpsed vision of Spain all within sight of the dramatic Picos de Europa National Park.

Starting your picturesque pilgrimage in the charming seaside village of Santillana del Mar allows you to appreciate the scenery of western Cantabria as you follow the Northern Way to the start of the Lebaniego Way in San Vicente de la Barquera.

The trail now takes you further 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 shaded woodland, coastal stretches and stunning mountain peaks all allowing appetites to increase in time for hearty breakfasts. Three evening meals are also included on the Camino Lebaniego as rustic country house accommodation in the villages of Cades and Cicera is much more remote.

The section of the Northern Way is considered easy going for walkers whereas there are some steeper gradients on the Lebaniego Way which are more in line with a moderate level of walking experience.

Comfy and characterful 3 or 4 star lodgings always make for a good night’s rest whilst luggage transfers, 24hr assistance, detailed walking route notes, and airport transfers 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 fare this walking trip also allows you to qualify for the pilgrim’s certificate for the Lebaniego Way.

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Departure information

Our trips from the end of March to mid October

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Spain walking holiday, The Northern Way


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.


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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