Sea and mountain are the hallmarks of this route, which started in Bilbao. Coastal cities, with a large cultural richness and history as Castro Urdiales, Laredo, and Santander, which we will access by boat with the Palacio de la Magdalena as a witness, will be the main attractions of this beautiful route of the Camino del Norte.
Stage 1: Bilbao - Portugalete

Portugalete, city founded by Doña María de Haro. The old town was declared a historical and artistic complex. Stresses the Church of Santa Maria of the XIV century. In the vicinity is the Salazar Tower.

Portugalete is famous for its suspension bridge, built in 1893, which is the most representative architectural element of the city.

Stage 2: Portugalete - Castro Urdiales

In Somorrostro we can see the Church of San Julián de Muskiz. The Castle of Muñatones, which together with the Palace and the Hermitage is an Artistic Historical Monument.

Otañes, the parish church of Santa María de Llovera. The Noble Houses like those of Sierralta and the Helguera.

Castro Urdiales is one of the four coastal towns of Cantabria, along with Laredo, Santander, and San Vicente de la Barquera. One of the main monuments is the Church of Santa María. This Gothic temple is one of the most important in the north of the peninsula. Inside it houses a canvas attributed to Zurbarán. We also find the medieval castle. It must be remembered that Puebla Vieja has been declared an Artistic Historical Site.

Stage 3: Castro Urdiales - Laredo

In Hazas, the Church of Our Lady of Liendo, Baroque style. Also the Arboretum and the Interpretation Center of the Forest.

In Laredo the Church of Santa María de la Asunción, in Gothic style, whose interior houses a Flemish altarpiece of Our Lady of Bethlehem. The Hermitage of San Martín and Santa Catalina of S. XIII.

Stage 4: Laredo - Guemes

In Santoña, the Church of Santa María del Puerto, Gothic and Renaissance style, which highlights its baptismal font and the altarpiece of San Bartolomé of the XVI century.

On the seafront, the monument to Juan de la Cosa, famous Cantabrian navigator.

Highlights the defensive fortifications of the city. The old Hospital for pilgrims and the Marshes.

Stage 5: Guemes - Santander

In Santander highlights the Cathedral, Gothic style. Inside we can see the Crypt of the Christ as well as the Main Altarpiece and the Gothic style Cloister. The Church of the Annunciation. The Magdalena Palace, which was a gift from the town of Santander to the King and which is currently the scene of numerous activities of the Menéndez Pelayo University. The Menéndez Pelayo Library, artistic historical monument and the Plaza Porticada, Herreriano style.

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