Northern Way and Picos de Europa walking holiday in Spain

Self-guided walk on a section of the Camino del Norte followed by Cares Gorge and the Covadonga Lakes in Picos de Europa. Luggage transfers, trip notes and a couple of trailhead transfers add to easy going gradients.
Santillana Del Mar Comillas San Vicente de Barquera Colombres Llanes Cares Gorge Covadonga Lakes
€750To€895 excluding flights
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8 Days
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Mid Season - Apr, May, Jun, Sep (15th-30th) & Oct €750p.p based on two people sharing. Single Room Supplement of €245. High Season - Jul, Aug & Sep (1st-14th) €895p.p based on two people sharing. Single Room Supplement of €315.
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Description of Northern Way and Picos de Europa walking holiday in Spain

This week of walking in northern Spain takes you over a section of the Camino del Norte prior to leading on to a couple of extra special paths around Covadonga and Cares Gorge in Picos de Europa National Park.

Starting in Santillana del Mar sets the scene for coastal Cantabria with seaside towns like San Vicente de la Barquera providing a quintessential glimpse at life away from the busier beaches on the east coast of Spain.

As you continue to follow your self-guided walking notes you’ll cross regional borders into eastern Asturias as the town of Llanes provides insight into the region’s medieval past as well as an opportunity to raise a cool glass of sidra or taste the rich varieties of Arenas de Cabrales cheese.

From the Covadonga Lakes and the Cares Gorge walk to seafood suppers and artisan food shops, this walk encapsulates the untouched cultural heritage and wild, untamed nature of northern Spain.

Although Picos de Europa National Park promises natural drama the actual walking route is fairly straightforward with only slightly steeper gradients towards the end of the walk on Cares Gorge.

The walk around Covadonga, on the other hand, is relatively flat throughout and offers abundant places to pause as you take in the stunning mountain scenery and gorgeous reflective waters.

From wide eyed beginners to gnarly pros with poles this week of tailor made walking provides ample excuses to soak up the coastal, forest and mountain scenery of northern Spain as you become enveloped in a world of peace and tranquillity with hardly another soul in sight.

Further benefits of this week of walking include: luggage transfers between hand-chosen B&B’s as well as transfers between Llanes, Arenas de Cabrales and Covadonga Lakes. Full and complete walking route notes are also included as is 24hr emergency contact details.

Trip Includes:
- 7 nights in 2 or 3 star Hotels/Rural Houses
- 7 Breakfasts
- Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
- Pilgrim's Passport
- Camino Information Pack and Walking Notes
- 24 hour phone assistance
- Transfer in case of emergencies
- Day 5 - Taxi transfer from San Vicente to Colombres
- Day 6 - Taxi transfer from Llanes to Covadonga Lakes & Las Arenas
- Day 7 - Taxi transfer from Las Arenas to Cares Gorge (return)

Price information

€750To€895 excluding flights
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Mid Season - Apr, May, Jun, Sep (15th-30th) & Oct €750p.p based on two people sharing. Single Room Supplement of €245. High Season - Jul, Aug & Sep (1st-14th) €895p.p based on two people sharing. Single Room Supplement of €315.
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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from the end of March to mid October

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Holiday information

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 Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


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.

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 the 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.


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 and buy regional cheese in artisan shops in the village of Arenas de Cabrales, renowned for its variety of Asturian cheese.

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