Way of Santiago from Bilbao to Santander

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Discover the Way of Santiago from Bilbao to Santander

Sea and mountains are the hallmark of this Way of Santiago from Bilbao to Santander. Coastal cities, with a rich cultural heritage and history, such as Portugalete, with its Hanging Bridge (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site) as its main symbol, the seaside town of Castro Urdiales, Laredo, with its fantastic historic center and extensive beach, and Santander, which we will reach by boat, with the Magdalena Palace as a witness, will be the main attractions of this beautiful route. Northern Way of Saint James. This route runs between the regions of the Basque Country and Cantabria, both located at the end of La Arena Beach and the town of Pobeña. In the Cantabrian part, we will come across numerous valleys dedicated to pastures due to the vast livestock population in this region and the coastal fishing villages that dot its shoreline. In this route, we have the “fortune” of being able to make two boat transfers; one from Punta de Laredo to Santoña, a city famous for its renowned anchovies, and the other transfer from the Somo pier to the monumental capital of Cantabria, Santander.

Safety and Peace of Mind

Our rates include travel insurance and vehicle assistance in case of emergency, for your safety and peace of mind.

Customized Way

If you want to cover fewer kilometers per day, we can design this route with more days of duration (suitable for older people or families with children).

Special Discounts

Discounts available for groups starting from 4 people. Inquire. (Not combinable with other discounts)

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Full and customizable services for a worry-free experience on the Wey of Santiago.

Services Included

Rooms with private bathroom

Accommodations in Hotels, Country Houses, Hostels

Special breakfast

Travel Assistance Insurance in Spain

Digital Information Dossier of the Way

On-Route Telephone Assistance

Luggage transfer on the stages

✓ 1 suitcase per person, maximum 20 kg

Obsequios especiales


✓ Pilgrim Credential
✓ Pilgrim's Scallop Shell

No cancellation fees

✓ Up to 10 days before starting the Camino


Optional Services

Single Room Supplement

✓ Check

Additional baggage

✓ Consult rate if you bring more than 1 suitcase per person

Cancellation Insurance (Spanish)

Remember that the cost of the optional services chosen will be added to the base price of your route. We are committed to making your pilgrimage an unforgettable and carefree experience. Welcome to the Wey!


Discover the Wey of Santiago towards the majestic Santiago de Compostela.

Welcome to the beginning of your journey. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

  • Duration: 4h
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the first stage of the Wey of Santiago from Bilbao.

This stage runs along the Bilbao estuary, along the right bank of the river Nervión, if we decide not to take the Official Way.

O Caminho Oficial passa por numerosas ruas de Bilbao, Baracaldo e Sestao, por bairros industriais, com numerosos declives, antes de chegar ao nosso destino. We leave this decision for our pilgrims.

We highlight in this stage, all the Old Town of Bilbao, with its Plaza Nueva, the Cathedral of Santiago, the Basilica of Begoña, the Town Hall and the Guggenheim Museum.

In Portugalete, the symbol of the city – the Hanging Bridge – World Heritage Site.

Arrival in Portugalete. Lodging.

  • Duration: 7h
  • Difficulty: Medium

Breakfast and start of the stage.

In this stage we meet the Cantabrian Sea again, at the Playa de la Arena, at the end of the cycle path, which has brought us from Portugalete. We enter Cantabria, with Ontón, as the first Cantabrian town, to head towards the beautiful Castro Urdiales, before having enjoyed some magnificent views of the same, from the distance.

We highlight the Church of Santa Maria, the Castle-Lighthouse and the hermitage of Santa Ana, in this locality.

Arrival in Castro Urdiales. Lodging.

  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Difficulty: Medium

Breakfast and start of the stage.

This stage of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago from Bilbao runs in its first half close to the sea, with continuous views of cliffs and wooded areas, between Cerdido and Islares, to later go inland, where, to a large extent, we will walk along quite a long asphalted stretch until we finish in Laredo, which in its day was the “Puerto de Castilla”, with its excellent beaches and splendid church.

We highlight in this stage the Church of San Vicente de la Maza (Guriezo), the Church of San Martin (Islares), Churches of Santa Maria (Liendo and Rioseco).

In Laredo, we can see the Church of Santa María de la Asunción, Casas de Nobles and the town hall building.

Arrival in Laredo. Lodging.

  • Duration: 7h
  • Difficulty: Medium

Breakfast and start of the stage.

The stage begins at Puntal de Laredo, where a boat will take us to Santoña, famous for its canning industry, especially its famous anchovies.

The route of this Way of St. James from Bilbao passes through many areas where the views of the sea are constant. We will cross the beach of Berria and Noja, where we will cross the hill of El Brusco, which will give us beautiful views of wide green areas with scattered population centres and flat terrain.

In this stage we highlight the Church of Santa Maria del Puerto, in Santoña and the Church of Santa Maria de Bareyo.

Arrival at Guemes. End of the stage.

  • Duration: 3h
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage.

We are facing the shortest stage of the entire route of the Wey of Santiago from Bilbao, a completely flat stretch, where we will also have to take the ferry (Pedreñeras) which from Somo, will help us to reach Santander, crossing its bay.

As an option, we can take the coastal variant that, from Galizano, Langre, and Loredo, leads us to Somo.

The points of interest of this stage are: Church of Our Lady of Latas, in Somo, as well as the Cathedral of Santander, Plaza Porticada, and Palace of the Magdalena, in the same city.

Arrival in Santander. End of our Wey of Santiago from Bilbao. If you have more days, you can extend your Wey of Santiago from Santander.

We’re coming to the last day of your trip! Enjoy breakfast and conclude this unforgettable experience with us.
Thank you for being part of this adventure!

This itinerary will take you through the most popular stages, allowing you to experience the beauty and culture of the Wey of Santiago. Be sure to book accommodation in advance, as it can get crowded, especially in the high season.
Safe travels and Buen Camino!


In our constant effort to provide the best experience to our customers, we want to assure you that we are committed to your rest and comfort. The accommodations we offer have been carefully selected and provide private rooms with private bathrooms, along with all the necessary services to make the most of your stay. It is important to note that we will never put you up in hostels.

Since these accommodations have a limited capacity, we will provide you with the exact name once you confirm your reservation and we verify availability on the dates of your choice. Your satisfaction is our priority!

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