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Altitude: 
50

Accommodation in Polanco

Municipal

1

Albergue municipal de Polanco
Municipal
Before Requejada, on the 611
6 5€
2.20km → Barreda
Altitude: 
20

Requejada is a medium sized factory town; the river port here was originally developed to receive iron ore and dispatch wheat but now deals primarily in plastics, soda ash, and brewery machinery. Then as now the going is noisy and hectic all the way down to the crossing of the river into Viveda...

San José is celebrated on the 19th of March.

The Road: 

In Requejada the camino turns right to follow along the busy and noisy N-611 all the way to Barreda.

Accommodation in Requejada

Municipal

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Clara Campoamor
Municipal
Requejada
12 5€
1.20km → Viveda
Altitude: 
10
Notice: 

Note that there may be conflicting arrows after crossing the river. In recent years the camino has changed course and the businesses along the old route through Quevada are still promoting the original way with adverts and arrows. The official camino follows a slightly longer course which avoids...

The Road: 

The camino passes the entrance to the Barreda train station and comes to a roundabout, turn right here to follow the road over the Río Saja and into Viveda.

The city has two centers which are separated by a smattering of urban development. The only buildings in town of any historical merit are the Iglesia de El Salvador and the Palacio de Peredo.

History: 

Viveda was founded by King Alfonso I of Asturias to be a stop along the old Roman road and the Camino de Santiago. The Iglesia de El Salvador began construction as early as 878, making it almost a full century older than the one in Santillana del Mar.

The Road: 

Once over the bridge into Viveda keep to the right at the first roundabout, heading uphill. A short distance later it turns left onto the CA-340 in the direction of Camplengo. This new route is well marked and almost entirely along the road, leading you directly to the Plaza de las Arenas...

Accommodation in Viveda

Hotel

1

Hotel Cueli ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Pte. la Barca
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Altitude: 
35

Accommodation in Queveda

Private

1

Albergue Osa de Andara
Private
Cuesta las Quintas, 35
20 10€
Casa Rural

2

Posada la Leyenda ⭑
Casa Rural
Barrio de Queveda, 46
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Hotel

3

Posada Gran Sol
Hotel
Barrio La Cruz
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Closed

4

Albergue Arco Iris
Closed
50 9€
2.70km → El Arroyo
Altitude: 
85

Santillana del Mar is like something out of a movie, which is perhaps why so many are filmed here. It is also an obligatory stop on the tourist bus tour so take a deep breath and get to enjoy the crowds a bit. The streets are lined with shops and restaurants and artist workshops and although the...

History: 

The nearby Altamira Caves are the most important prehistoric site in Spain, and proof that man has called this area home for a very long time indeed. It is the Sistine Chapel of the Paleolithic era and was nearly written off as just another cave were it not for the casual discovery of the 8 year...

Santa Juliana, the patroness, is celebrated on the 28th of June and San Roque on the 15th and 16th of August.

The Road: 

The path through Santillana is well marked with wooden plaques on the stone walls, but they may be difficult to see with the crowds. If you get as far as the CA-131 you have gone too far, turn back and veer to your left towards the main square.

The camino passes the nearby Santillana...

Accommodation in Santillana del Mar

Municipal

1

Albergue municipal Jesús Otero
Municipal
Plaza Abad Francisco Navarro
16 6€
Association

2

Albergue El Convento
Association
Antonio Niceas, 2
38 12/16€
Camping

3

Camping Santillana
Camping
Carreterra a Comillas, km 6
Casa Rural

4

B&B Posada Santa Juliana
Casa Rural
Carretera, 19
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Pension

5

Hospedaje Angelica
Pension
Los Hornos, 3
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6

Hospedaje Villa Pillar ⭑⭑
Pension
le Dorat, 38
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Hostal

7

Albergue Solar de Hidalgos
Hostal
Santo Domingo, 5
14 16€ Photo in Albergue Solar de Hidalgos on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

8

Hotel Conde Duque Santillana del Mar ⭑⭑
Hotel
Parque Revolgo, 16
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9

Hotel Anexo Los Infantes
Hotel
Dorat, 15
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10

Hotel Santillana ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Santo Domingo, 1
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11

Parador de Santillana Gil Blas ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza Ramón Pelayo
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1.20km → Oreña
Altitude: 
105
2.30km → Caborredondo
Altitude: 
55
The Road: 

The camino keeps to smaller back roads between Oreña and Caborredondo, across farmlands with views to the sea. Along the way you climb up to and pass the 16th century Iglesia de San Pedro before descending into Caborredondo.

Accommodation in Oreña

Pension

1

Posada La Aldea ⭑⭑
Pension
Barrio Viallan
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Hostal

2

Posada El Pescador ⭑⭑
Hostal
Viallan, 255

3

Posada La Roblera
Hostal
Barrio Viallan, 266
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2.90km → Cigüenza
Altitude: 
45
The Road: 

Keep on going straight through town and across an overpass. Not far after the camino leaves the road for a path on your right which takes you directly to Cigüenza.

Accommodation in Caborredondo

Private

1

Albergue de peregrinos Izarra
Private
Barrio Caborredondo, 17
20 6€
Casa Rural

2

Posada San Pedro
Casa Rural
Barrio San Roque, 79
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3

Posada Caborredondo
Casa Rural
Barrio Caborredondo, 81
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3.10km → Cóbreces
Altitude: 
30

Cigüenza is located in a valley between two hills and with a population under 100 it is surprising to find so many large estates here. The 18th century baroque Iglesia de San Martín de Tours was modeled after a church in Lima, Peru where its patron (from Cigüenza) lived and made his fortune.

San Pantaleón is celebrated on the 27th of July and San Martín on the 11th of November.

The Road: 

After passing the Iglesia de San Martín the camino rejoins the CA-353 into Cóbreces.

Altitude: 
70

There are a surprising number of architectural heritage sites in Cóbreces, and if you spend the night here you are encouraged to walk the town to take them all in.

They are more or less all adjacent to the camino and include, from east to west: the Colegio de San José (location...

Notice: 

There is an alternate route which may cause some confusion in Cóbreces. It turns left at the Iglesia de San Pedro and follows a more southerly path to La Iglesia.

July: Santa Ana on the 26th.

August: San Pedrucu on the 1st and San Roque on the 16th. On the last Saturday of August there is a pilgrimage to the Ermita de Virgen de la Peña, a journey of 18km meant to rid the penitent of all epidemics.

The Road: 

The camino follows the CA-353 all the way through town. It passes all of the albergues as well as the abbey. When it reaches the first main intersection (after the abbey) it turns left and then right again, following the road to the nearby beach. From the beach it climbs up to a small hamlet....

Accommodation in Cóbreces

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos de Cóbreces. Abadía Cisterciense de Viaceli
Municipal
Barrio Los Corrales, 191
30 5€
Private

2

Albergue Viejo Lucas
Private
El Pino, 43
159 14*€ Photo in Albergue Viejo Lucas on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue El Pino
Private
El Pino, 1
12 15*€ Photo in Albergue El Pino on the Camino de Santiago
Pension

4

Pensión Bella Vista ⭑⭑
Pension
Carreterra a la Playa, 240
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Hostal

5

Posada Las Mañanitas
Hostal
Barrio Antoñán, 88
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0.90km → Pando
Altitude: 
35

Bars at both the campsite (before town) and in town. The 17th century Iglesia Parroquial de la Asunción is the end point for an annual procession that takes place every July.

The Road: 

Turn right before arriving at the church to the nearby town of Pando.

Accommodation in Barrio de La Iglesia (Ruiloba)

Camping

1

Camping El Helguero
Camping
La Helguera
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1.30km → Concha
Altitude: 
55
The Road: 

The camino turns right onto the main road in Pando at the church.

2.20km → Comillas
Altitude: 
65
The Road: 

From Concha the camino turns left to follow a short trail back to the main road as it enters Comillas, turning left at the campsite.

Camino del Norte Map 10
Altitude: 
25

Fans of Gaudi in particular and architecture in general will be thrilled to find so much to do in Comillas. The camino cuts a short path through town but if you stay the night here do yourself the favor of making a full loop around it so that you can get to the beaches, the harbor, and the...

History: 

Agriculture and fishing have long been the pillars of the economy for Comillas, and of the latter it produced some of the finest (and infamous) Whalers of its time. Between the 17th and 18th centuries the free whale was hunted until there were none left to catch, at which point the men traded...

Notice: 

The camino has recently changed and now follows the road north. The new route bypasses El Tejo and La Revilla and instead continues along a pedestrian path adjacent to the road. It continues to Oaymbre beach (bar) and then onward to San Vicente de la Barquera along the road.

Comillas keeps a comprehensive festival calendar, starting with the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos for winter pilgrims passing through on the 5th of January. Later in the year it celebrates Carnaval for the three weeks leading up to Semana Santa (Holy Week). Bonfires on the beach for San Juan on the 23rd of June. Later the local fiesta celebrates San Pedro on the 28th and 29th. San Cristóbal, patron of Comillas, is celebrated on the 10th of July; and less than a week later Santo Cristo del Amparo is celebrated on the 16th. And lastly, on the final weekend of August, the Día del Indiano celebrates the intrepid explorers who set out from Comillas in the mid 19th century to find their fortune in the Americas and the Philippines.

The Road: 

The camino passes through the center of the old town, and does not go near any of the beaches in Comillas; however it is worthwhile to make the detour to visit as the views are exceptional.

After passing through the old town the camino emerges onto the Calle del Marqués de Comillas...

Accommodation in Comillas

Municipal

1

Albergue de peregrinos La Peña
Municipal
Barrio La Peña
20 5€
Pension

2

Posada La Montañesuca
Pension
General Piélago, 9
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3

Pensión Vega de Pas
Pension
Plaza del Muelle, 9

4

Pasaje San Jorge
Pension
Carlos Díaz de la Campa, 14
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Hostal

5

Posada La Solana Montañesa
Hostal
La Campa, 22
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Hotel

6

Hotel Solatorre
Hotel
Plaza de Solatorre
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7

Hotel Comillas ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza de Solatorre, 1
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8

Hotel Mar ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Plaza del Jarón
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2.70km → La Revilla
Altitude: 
65

Accommodation in El Tejo

Hostal

1

Posada El Teju
Hostal
Barrio de Cara, 56
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Altitude: 
75

Not really recognizable for anything other than the golf course.

Accommodation in La Revilla

Private

1

Hostel Surf Llambres
Private
CA-131 km 29
25 10€

2

Albergue VA. Aventure
Private
N-634, 27
60 10/12€
Casa Rural

3

Posada La Vieja Escuela
Casa Rural
Barrio La Iglesia, 2
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3.10km → La Acebosa
Altitude: 
0

San Vicente de la Barquera is part of the Camino Lebaniega, you will see some new signs with a stylized red cross. The town itself is supported by seaside tourism and makes for a nice stopping place. It has a charming old quarter which has hosted pilgrims for centuries; the...

San Vicente Mártir is celebrated on the 22nd of January with a farming fair. El Carmen is celebrated on the 16th of July, it is the place to be if sardines are your thing.

The biggest celebration, that of La Folía, is held the second Sunday following Easter Sunday.

The Road: 

After crossing the estuary into San Vicente, the camino proceeds directly through the roundabout at the end of the bridge, and in so doing it doesn’t really go into town. To get to any of the services and transportation, turn right at the roundabout and then retrace your steps to leave San...

Accommodation in San Vicente de la Barquera

Pension

1

Pensión El Corro
Pension
Antonio del Corro, 1

2

Hospedaje La Tapuca
Pension
Carlos V, 1

3

Posada El Labrador
Pension
Faro
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4

Hospedería Las Calzadas
Pension
Camino Las Calzadas, 16
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Hostal

5

Hostal Alto Santiago
Hostal
Barrio las Calzadas, 9
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Hotel

6

Hotel Azul de Galimar ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Camino Alto de Santiago, 11
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Closed

7

Albergue El Galeón
Closed
Alta, 12
44 13€
2.20km → Hortigal
Altitude: 
40
The Road: 

Entering Acebosa, the way isn’t entirely clear. Turn right when you get to the road and follow it all the way to Hortigal.


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