Camino del Norte in Cantabria | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Camino del Norte Map 6
Distance to Santiago: 
641.60
Altitude: 
5
The life of Castro Urdiales still revolves around the Puebla Vieja, or old village. It is here that you can explore the most impressive and oldest monuments. Make your way down to the harbor (a short distance from the camino) to visit Iglesia de Santa Maria perched up high, Nearby is the Faro y...
History: 
Castro Urdiales was settled first by the Romans, who used the location more for its iron than the sea. It prospered under the reign of the Kingdom of Castile right up until 1813 when the French Army destroyed the city. It was quickly rebuilt and fortified.
The Road: 
The camino through Castro Urdiales follows the N-634 but it is possible to walk the coastline, a route which is a great deal more scenic. It can be followed as far as the beach at which point you will need to turn back towards the main road. A short distance later the camino turns left towards the...
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Albergue de peregrinos de Castro Urdiales
Behind the Bullring on the way out of Castro

Municipal
16 6

2

Pensión La Mar
La Mar, 27

Pension
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3

Hotel La Ronda
La Ronda 18 bis

Hotel
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4

Pensión Ardigales 11
Ardigales, 11

Pension
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5

Hotel Sercotel Las Rocas
Flaviobriga, 1

Hotel
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Hostería Villa de Castro
Los Huertos, 2

Pension
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Hostal Catamarán
Victorina Gainza, 3

Hostal
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Pensión Chili
La Ronda, 16

Pension
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Pensión La Marina
La Plazuela, 16

Pension
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10

Hotel Agua Viva & Spa Castro
Alto de la Cruz, 6

Hotel
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Distance to Santiago: 
636.60
Altitude: 
55
The Road: 
From Allendelagua the camino turns left, and follows a road that is parallel to the A-8. It turns right to cross under it at the first opportunity. After the underpass it leaves the paved road for a path that cuts up through the forest and into Cerdigo, passing the Iglesia de San Juan Evanjelista...
Distance to Santiago: 
634.80
Altitude: 
50
The Road: 
At the far end of Cerdigo the camino crosses the N-634 where it picks up a coastal path. You will pass the Cerdigo cemetery along the way, eventually rejoining a smaller road that parallels the N-634 and into the town of Islares. The first building you come to in Islares is the church, and to...
Distance to Santiago: 
631.60
Altitude: 
30
Islares is stretched out along the coast and held in place by the road and mountain to the south. The Iglesia de San Martín and is one of the first buildings you come to. Next to it is the municipal albergue.
Notice: 
When leaving Islares exercise caution along the N-634. There is no dedicated place for pedestrians along this stretch.
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Albergue de peregrinos de Islares
Escuela

Municipal
18 8

2

Hotel Arenillas
Islares, 155

Hotel
Distance to Santiago: 
627.30
Altitude: 
15
If you plan on staying at the albergue in town, check for the key at the bar first.
The Road: 
The camino splits in El Pontarrón. The official route continues due south along a pedestrian path adjacent to the main road (which becomes the CA-151) and a coastal option follows the N-634 across the river.
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El Pontarrón
El Pontarrón de Guriezo

Municipal
14 Donativo
Distance to Santiago: 
625.40
Altitude: 
10
High up on the hillside on the south side of town is the 17th century Iglesia de San Vicente de la Maza; unfortunately its remote location in the hillside forest means that there is seldom someone available to unlock the doors.
The Road: 
After Rioseco, the camino continues to the first roundabout and turns right to cross the river and enter the small hamlet of La Magdalena.
Distance to Santiago: 
623.30
Altitude: 
30
17th century Iglesia de La Magdalena.
The Road: 
The camino leaves the main road at the church in La Magdalena, turning right and uphill to follow the trail over the hillside. When it descends it passes under the A-8 and enters the area known as Liendo.
Distance to Santiago: 
616.20
Altitude: 
30
Hazas is the center of the Liendo area, a collection of towns spread out across this broad valley. As such it has most of the services you need. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción stands opposite the albergue.
The Road: 
From the albergue the camino climbs up to join the N-634, turning left to follow it a short distance. When it splits the official camino turns left to leave the main road and descend to Tarrueza. You can alternatively keep on the N-634 on a shorter course to Laredo; this option will rejoin the...
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Albergue de peregrinos Saturnino Candina
Barrio de Hazas, 7

Municipal
17 8

2

Pensión Valle de Liendo
Barrio de Iseca Vieja, 58

Pension
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Posada La Torre de la Quintana
Barrio de Hazas, 26

Pension
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Distance to Santiago: 
613.00
The Road: 
After Tarrueza the camino crosses back over the A-8 and at a large roundabout junction with the N-634 it leaves the busy road for an side road uphill. There is only one clear way across this large roundabout, to your right, and the road uphill is the first obvious choice. The road takes you towards...
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Albergue de peregrinos La Encina
El Solar, 9

Closed
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Distance to Santiago: 
609.60
Altitude: 
5
Laredo is a popular tourist town, drawing beach goers to its 5km of beach front. The camino brings you through the old town but sort of goes around the best parts. Take your time to explore a bit before setting off down the long beach. In the old town, you will find the Iglesia de Santa María...
The Road: 
In Laredo the camino follows two options, and in this instance the alternative route is part of a series of options that appear further to the west. At issue is the best way to cross the broad estuary between Laredo and Santoña. The official camino requires the use of a ferry between the two, a...
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Residencia Albergue Casa de la Trinidad
San Francisco, 24

Parochial
27 10*

2

Albergue El Buen Pastor
Fuente Fresnedo, 1

Private
20 13

3

Pensión Esmeralda
Fuente Fresnedo, 4

Pension

4

Hostal Tucán
Gutiérrez Rada, 2

Hostal

5

Hotel Cortijo
González Gallego, 3

Hotel
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Hotel El Ancla
González Gallego 10

Hotel
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7

Hotel Cosmopol
Cantabria, 27

Hotel
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8

Hostal El Carro
La Arenosa

Hostal
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9

Hotel Miramar
Alto de Laredo

Hotel
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Distance to Santiago: 
605.20
Altitude: 
5
The Road: 
Note that the distance to the center of Santoña includes the water crossing, a distance of about 600m. The ferry will deliver you to the south shores of Santoña, where you cross through the park and into the city.
Camino del Norte Map 7
Distance to Santiago: 
603.70
Altitude: 
10
Santoña is surrounded by the Cantabrian Sea on three sides, and has a mountain on the fourth; so it is no wonder that the economy here is much to do about fishing, canning, and seafaring. From the docks and the monument to Juan de la Cosa, it is a straight path through town. The Iglesia de Santa...
History: 
The Iglesia de Santa María del Puerto, which dates from the 13th century, was built in the same location as an earlier 8th century Benedictine Monastery which itself is rumored to have been built at the location of a church founded by Santiago himself in the year 37. The monument at the port is...
The Road: 
From the ferry terminal, with your back to the water, walk straight into the city. You will pass through the Plaza San Antonio and then the large Manzanedo Park. Keep going straight when you get to the first roundabout (bus terminal here) and at the next one do the same; you are looking for the...
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Albergue La Bilbaína
Plaza San Antonio, 1

Private
24 12

2

Albergue Juvenil de Santoña
Carretera Santoña-Cicero

Municipal
68 9.50

3

Hostal El Parque
El Cantal, 15

Hostal

4

Alojamiento Buciero
Manzanedo, 1

Hostal
Distance to Santiago: 
601.10
Altitude: 
10
The town of Berria has been built on an isthmus that was formed by dueling north winds. The beach here is a popular day tourist destination.
Notice: 
At the end of Berria, the camino splits. This is one of the rare points where the official camino might not be the best option. Where the main road turns left at the end of town, the camino turns right onto a trail which climbs 100m up to the top of the El Brusco headland. Although this climb...
The Road: 
The official camino over the Alto de Brusco is straightforward. To follow the alternative along the road, turn left at the bend to follow a pedestrian path past the first roundabout. At the second roundabout bear right to follow the CA-141 in the direction of Somo. There exist several variants of...
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Hostal de Berria
Playa Berria 40

Hostal
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2

Posada Las Garzas
Primera, 31

Pension
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3

Hotel Juan de la Cosa
Playa Berria, 14

Hotel
Distance to Santiago: 
604.20
Altitude: 
10
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Albergue de peregrinos de Colindres
Heliodoro Fernández

Municipal
18 5
Distance to Santiago: 
602.50
Altitude: 
30
Distance to Santiago: 
599.40
Altitude: 
15
Distance to Santiago: 
596.80
Altitude: 
5
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Albergue de peregrinos de Gama
Plaza El Ferial de Gama

Municipal
12 4
Distance to Santiago: 
595.10
Altitude: 
5
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Posada Los Gallos
Ramón y Cajal, 3

Hostal

2

Posada La Rivera de Escalante
Paseo de la Rivera, 1

Hostal

3

Hotel Las Solanas de Escalante
Puente Somaza

Hotel Rural