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1.60km → Noja
Altitude: 
5

The Noja beach begins here in Helgueras, a quiet surfers hideout.

The Road: 

When you get to the beach in Helgueras (albergue) the camino resumes across the sands and up to Noja.

Accommodation in Helgueras

Private

1

Albergue Noja Aventura
Private
Helgueras, 20
108 10€
Altitude: 
25

Noja is straddled by two fine beaches and a topography which has kept the town from over expanding. The Iglesia de San Pedro is the highest point in town; it is surrounded by a bit of green space for resting and is across the street from the tourist information office and the Plaza...

San Emeterio and San Celedonio are celebrated on the 29th of August.

The Road: 

The camino enters Noja along the park adjacent to the beach, and turns left at the far end to follow the road uphill into the center of town. It passes around the Iglesia de San Pedro and then winds its way back down to the CA-141 which it crosses into Castillo.

Accommodation in Noja

Casa Rural

1

La Casona B&B
Casa Rural
Plaza de la Villa
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Pension

2

Pensión López Azcona
Pension
las Viñas, 9

3

Posada La Mies
Pension
Panadería, 12
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Hotel

4

Hotel María del Mar
Hotel
La Panadería 20

5

Hotel Arillo ⭑⭑
Hotel
Paseo Trengandin, 6

6

Hotel Viadero ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Santander 10
Photo in Hotel Viadero on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
20
The Road: 

The camino winds along a paved side road between Castillo and San Miguel.

Accommodation in Castillo Siete Villas (Arnuero)

Hotel

1

Hotel Las Torres ⭑
Hotel
Barrio San Pantaleón, 23
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2.60km → Bareyo
Altitude: 
30

The alternative routes from Laredo all merge here. Most services are along the main road where there are also misleadings signs to the curiously niche Museo de la Campana (bell museum). The museum exists but is in the next town over.

Notice: 

If you need any of the shops in town, stay on the main road when you reach the town. All of the services are located at the start of town along this road, which you can follow to the end of town and resume the official camino.

San Mamés is celebrated on the 7th of August.

The Road: 

The camino passes through San Miguel on a small country road at the upper side of town. It passes the church before descending back to the CA-454 which it follows a short distance before turning left downhill at the end of town. From here it descends to the bottom of the valley, where the...

Accommodation in San Miguel de Meruelo

Pension

1

Hostería Sol
Pension
La Maza, 43
Closed

2

Albergue de Meruelo
Closed
Barrio Solorga, 23
36 12€ Photo in Albergue de Meruelo on the Camino de Santiago
6.90km → Güemes
Altitude: 
90
History: 

Bareyo is the heart of a district know for having produced world class stone masons, bell makers, and retablists whose work can be seen and heard throughout the peninsula. Among them is Juan de Herrera who was responsible for the cloister that is part of the Cathedral in Santiago. Incredibly,...

The Road: 

In Bareyo it is possible to take a small detour (signposted and along the road) to visit the 12th century Iglesia de Santa Maria. Otherwise, turn left at the road.

Ahead the camino takes a long route around Güemes, in fact it doesn’t much go through town at all. This is fine if...

3.60km → Galizano
Altitude: 
60

The albergue in Güemes, run by Ernesto and a small group of volunteers, has a reputation for being one of the not to be missed albergues along the way.

San Lorenzo is celebrated on the 10th of August and Nuestra Señora de Consolación on the first Saturday of September.

The Road: 

The route from the church in Güemes (along the shortcut) and the official camino rejoin on the CA-443 at the west end of town. This is the same road that led into town, but the number changed at the church.

Where it reaches a junction with another main road, turn left. Galizano is ahead...

Accommodation in Güemes

Private

1

Albergue La Cabaña del abuelo Peuto
Private
el Albergue, 323. CP 39191
100
Casa Rural

2

Posada El Ángel de la Guarda
Casa Rural
Barrio de la Iglesia
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Pension

3

Posada Valle de Güemes
Pension
Iglesia
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4

Pensión La Terraza
Pension
Pomero
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5

Posada Camino del Norte
Pension
la Barcena
Photo in Posada Camino del Norte on the Camino de Santiago
9.20km → Somo
Altitude: 
20

Now that the business of training retablists and bell makers has gone out of fashion, Galizano has turned to tourism to supplement the cattle farming and dairy industry that otherwise keeps the town on the map. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción stands at the center of town....

May: San Isidro Labrador on the 15th, with a large fair celebrating farming.
July: San Pantaleón on the 27th, including a romería to the ermita in his name.
August: Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, patroness of the city, on the 14th and 15th. San Roque on the 16th.

The Road: 

The camino splits again in Galizano. One option is to return to the main road and follow it all the way into Somo. The quieter option is to pass through town and continue north to the sea to follow a coastal route which enters Somo at the edge of the Loredo beach.

Accommodation in Galizano

Hotel

1

Hotel La Vijanera
Hotel
Barrio de la Iglesia
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2

Hotel Las Cinco Calderas ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Linderrío, 13
Camino del Norte Map 8
5.60km → Santander
Altitude: 
5

Somo is a laid back surfer town, and even if swimming with the sharks isn’t your thing it is nice to stroll into town along a beach filled with students from the Somo surf school. There is one beachfront cafe at the start of town, above the surf center.

La Virgen de Latas is celebrated on the 8th of September.

The Road: 

Both the road route and the coastal route will take you through Somo. At the western edge of town are the Miera Estuary and the ferry terminal. Again the camino splits, and the majority of pilgrims choose the option to take the ferry all the way to Santander. The distance of 5.6km to Santander...

Accommodation in Somo

Hostal

1

Hostal La Concha ⭑⭑
Hostal
Cerámica, 13
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2

Hostal Meve
Hostal
La Fuente, 2
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Hotel

3

Hotel Bemon Playa ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
La Fuente, 3
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9.90km → Peñacastillo
Altitude: 
10

Accommodation in Astillero

Parochial

1

Albergue de peregrinos Nuestra Señora de Muslera
Parochial
Fernández Escargaza
14 Donativo€
3.50km → Peñacastillo
Altitude: 
15

The ferry from Somo disembarks rather conveniently at the café lined Paseo de Pereda, and from this point you need to decide which direction to head; if you had been wondering where you could spend a rest day this is the place.

To your left is the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción...

History: 

So fantastic are the stories surrounding the 8th century founding of the city of Santander that most people pay little notice that it was the Romans that first called this place Portus Victoriae. Their hard work was eclipsed by the arrival by boat of the mortal remains of two of their most...

San Juan is celebrated, and bonfires are lit, on the 24th of June.
Santiago is celebrated on the 25th of July. San Emeterio and San Celedonio, patrons of Santander, are celebrated on the 29th of August.
The Fiestas de la Virgen de la Bien Aparecida are held on the 15th of September.

The Road: 

Between Santander and Boo de Piélagos there are two routes, the official camino and the Senda Litoral (coastal trail) that circumnavigates the city.

The Senda Litoral starts at the ferry terminal and continues along the coast, with the water on your right...

Accommodation in Santander

Private

1

Albergue Santander Central Hostel
Private
Calderón de la Barca, 4
40 18/25€

2

Hostel Santander
Private
Pereda, 15
20 19/29€
Association

3

Albergue de peregrinos Santos Mártires
Association
Ruamayor, 9
12 10€
Casa Rural

4

Plaza Pombo B&B
Casa Rural
Hernán Cortés, 25
Photo in Plaza Pombo B&B on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

5

Hospedaje Cervantes
Pension
Cervantes, 5
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6

Hospedaje Magallanes ⭑⭑
Pension
Magallanes, 22
Photo in Hospedaje Magallanes on the Camino de Santiago

7

Pensión Plaza
Pension
Cadiz 13 Entlo.
Photo in Pensión Plaza on the Camino de Santiago
Hostal

8

Hostal del Carmen ⭑⭑
Hostal
San Fernando, 48
Photo in Hostal del Carmen on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

9

Hotel Bahía ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Alfonso XIII, 6
Photo in Hotel Bahía on the Camino de Santiago

10

Hotel Silken Coliseum ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Remedios, 1
Photo in Hotel Silken Coliseum on the Camino de Santiago
Closed

11

Hostel B&B&B Santander
Closed
Méndez Núñez, 6
26 19/23*€
Altitude: 
40

The 19th century Iglesia de San Lorenzo (Loreto) is high up on the hill to your left as you enter Peñacastillo.

Nuestra Señora de Loreta, patroness of the city, is celebrated at the start of July.

The Road: 

The camino does not leave the N-611 until it gets to the border between Santander and Peñacastillo, a point which is marked. Here it turns right and then immediately after crossing over the railway it turns left. This road winds a bit but is well marked, taking you under two large highways and...

Accommodation in Peñacastillo

Hostal

1

Hostería de Adarzo
Hostal
Adarzo, 68
Hotel

2

Hotel San Millán ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Ortega y Gasset, 94
Photo in Hotel San Millán on the Camino de Santiago
1.40km → Mompía
Altitude: 
45

Most services located off camino, including the albergues.

Día de la Cruz is celebrated on the 3rd of May and San Roque is celebrated on the 16th of August.

The Road: 

The only tricky part about Santa Cruz is getting to the albergue, which requires a detour from the official camino. It is left-hand turn at the church, at a junction with the CA-300. This will take you back over the railway, and then over the A-67. Immediately after the A-67, where it bends to...

Accommodation in Santa Cruz de Bezana

Private

1

Albergue & Pension Nimon
Private
Ramón Ramírez, 2
10 15€

2

Albergue La Santa Cruz
Private
Santa Cruz, 22
14 Donativo€
Hotel

3

Hotel Camargo ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Barrio Bojar, 2
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3.40km → Boo de Piélagos
Altitude: 
65

There isn’t much to Mompía apart from several residential neighborhoods and a hospital.

Notice: 

It is near Mompía that the local utility company has taken to marking their services with yellow arrows. As you would imagine this creates a bit of confusion and it might lead you astray if you are not paying enough attention.

Although the yellow is the same their orientation is usually...

La Virgen del Rosario is celebrated on the first Sunday of October.

The Road: 

The road into Mompía ends and the camino turns left past several residential areas, the Mortera train station, and the Mompía hospital. Past the hospital it turns right at the roundabout. When it gets to the Barrio Vivero it leaves this road for another on the right.

Accommodation in Mompía

Hotel

1

Hotel Alcamino ⭑
Hotel
Navalías 10
Photo in Hotel Alcamino on the Camino de Santiago
4.50km → Arce
Altitude: 
35

The FEVE train station, church, and albergue are all located in curve in road.

History: 

Although the town of Boo is new the camino has always passed through this point. Modern travelers have the luxury of a quick train across the Río Pas but ancient pilgrims relied on the Barco de Mogro (the boat of Mogro) to get across; a service which was free to pilgrims.

Notice: 

Once upon a time the camino between Boo and Mogro required pilgrims to cross the river along the very narrow FEVE railway bridge. This is now prohibited and enforced by the locals and the police. It is dangerous and very much to be avoided. This leaves pilgrims with two options:

1. Hop on...

San José Obrero is celebrated on the 19th of March and San Juan Bautista on the 24th of June.

The Road: 

Once in Boo it is possible to cross the train tracks at the platforms, though do exercise caution. This is the shortest path to the Albergue Piedad. The arrows will otherwise take you around town (it is a small town) on the main road and over the railway. Beyond Boo the camino has changed...

Accommodation in Boo de Piélagos

Private

1

Albergue Piedad
Private
Barrio San Juan, 23
18 12*€
1.90km → Puente Arce
Altitude: 
5

Arce and Puente Arce are technically the same town, though spread out enough to warrant a distinction; the grocery store is near the church at the upper part of town, and the restaurants are closer to the river and bridge.

Nuestra Señora de la Soledad on the 2nd of July, Santa Ana on the 26th of July, and Nuestra Señora de la Anunciación on the 15th of August.

4.00km → Mogro
Notice: 

At the time of writing there was talk of developing an alternative to the second half of this option, which would go from Puente Arce to Requejada without having to turn north to go to Mogro. This option would follow near the N-611 which connects Arce to Requejada and Polanco.

Be mindful...

The Road: 

After crossing the bridge in Puente Arce the camino turns right to follow the paved CA-232 all the way to Mogro.

Camino del Norte Map 9
8.20km → Cudón
Altitude: 
40
The Road: 

If you have arrived in Mogro via the train from Boo, follow the road from the train station up to the CA-232. On the opposite side of the roundabout there are arrows painted on the stone retaining wall, directing you to the left and uphill to rejoin the official route as it too climbs into town...

Accommodation in Mogro

Casa Rural

1

Casa Rural La Joyuca del Pás
Casa Rural
Mies Dehesa, 51
Photo in Casa Rural La Joyuca del Pás on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

2

Posada Condado de la Mota
Pension
Blanquía 270
14 Photo in Posada Condado de la Mota on the Camino de Santiago
3.20km → Requejada
Altitude: 
15

Bar where camino meets busy road.

The Road: 

The entrance to Cudón is marked by the crossing of the CA-232 at which point you will find the bar. Once across this busy road turn left to follow a gravel side street. This path parallels a set of supply pipelines all the way into Requejada; when they head underground you are near the train...

Accommodation in Cudón

Casa Rural

1

Posada La Victoria
Casa Rural
Mies de Abajo 40
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