The Northern Way walking holiday in Spain

“Gentle forest trails and seaside strolls take in average daily distances of 20km over the course of a week. Comfy B&B's, luggage transfers and self-guided route notes invite a relaxed and cultural walking experience.”


Santillana Del Mar | Comillas | San Vicente de Barquera | Llanes | Ribadesella | Penultimate day is free to relax in Ribadesella |

Description of The Northern Way walking holiday in Spain

Running from the French border town of Irϊn to the Santiago de Compostela, the Northern Way is a cracking alternative to the busier Camino de Santiago route which can be found adjacent, yet, further inland.

This eight day walking experience takes in just over 100km of 'El Camino del Norte' (its entire length is 825km) and allows for a relaxed pace with average daily distances of around 20km.

Coastal scenery takes in some splendid images of fishing villages and flourishing foliage as well as providing a cool sea breeze from where beaches, mountains and medieval heritage merge into one.

To ensure walkers get to experience the very best of the northern Spanish coastline without getting completely worn out, we’ve created a wonderful walking route that is easily accessible for all levels of experience. From the pretty village of Santillana del Mar to San Vicente de la Barquera, Llanes and Ribadesella, our 8 day Northern Way walk allows for chances to pause and sup a sidra overlooking the sea rather than slogging it out from morn till night.

Flat gradients, sandy forest paths and seaside trails allow you to become completely absorbed in the beachside ambience blending from Cantabria to Asturias as well as providing comfy, homely, 2 or 3 star B&B accommodation in addition to luggage transfers from one hotel to the next.

Having self guided notes, hand-picked hotels and 24hr telephone assistance allows confidence to grow as you stroll with airport transfers from Santander to Santillana Del Mar also lessening the stress of attempting a tour with complete independence.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout March and October

Responsible tourism

The Northern Way walking holiday in Spain

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


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 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 instead of large hotel chains.

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 the unique cider-restaurants of Llanes.

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