Camino de Santiago from Bilbao to Santander

Sea and mountains are the hallmarks of this Camino de Santiago from Bilbao to Santander. Coastal cities, with great cultural wealth and history such 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 Way of Santiago del Norte.

Castro Urdiales
Remember that in Mundiplus we can adapt the kilometers of the stages of the Camino de Santiago from Bilbao according to your needs and physical condition.
We prepare this Camino del Norte route for people traveling alone, as well as for groups of friends and / or family.

Northern Way Itinerary from Bilbao (7 days- 6 nights-5 stages)

Day 1: Arrival in Bilbao. Accommodation.
Day 2: Bilbao-Portugalete stage (19,61 Kms)
Difficulty: Easy Duration: 4h

Breakfast and start of the first stage of the Camino de Santiago from Bilbao.

Stage that takes place, along the Bilbao estuary, along the right bank of the Nervión river, if we decide not to take the Official Way.

The Official Way passes through numerous streets of Bilbao, Baracaldo and Sestao, through industrial neighborhoods, with numerous slopes, before reaching our destination. We leave this decision, for our pilgrims.

We highlight at this stage, the entire Old Town of Bilbao, with its New Square, the Cathedral of Santiago, Basilica of Begoña, City Hall and Guggenheim Museum.

In Portugalete, the symbol of the City - the Suspension Bridge - World Heritage Site.

Arrival to Portugalete. Accommodation.

Day 3: Portugalete – Castro Urdiales stage (27 kms)
Difficulty: Medium Duration: 7h

Breakfast and start of the stage.

At this stage we meet again with the Cantabrian Sea, at the Playa de la Arena, at the end of the bidegorri, which has brought us from Portugalete. We entered Cantabria, with Ontón, as the first Cantabrian city, to go to the beautiful Castro Urdiales, before having enjoyed magnificent views of it, from the distance.

We highlight the Church of Santa Maria, the Castillo-Faro and the hermitage of Santa Ana, in this town.

Arrival to Castro Urdiales. Accommodation.

Day 4: Castro Urdiales – Laredo stage (26,6 kms)
Difficulty: Medium Duration: 6h 30m

Breakfast and start of the stage.

Stage that, in its first half, runs 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 cover quite a paved stretch until ending in Laredo, which was once the "Puerto de Castilla", with its excellent beaches and splendid church.

We highlight at 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 to Laredo. Accommodation.

Day 5: Laredo-Guemes Stage (26,89 Kms)
Difficulty: Medium Duration: 7h

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, mainly its famous anchovies. The stage runs through many areas where the sea views are constant. We will visit the beach of Berria and Noja, where we cross the hill of El Brusco, which will give us beautiful views. We will visit wide green areas with scattered population centers and flat terrain.

We highlight at this stage, the Church of Santa Maria del Puerto, in Santoña and the Church of Santa María de Bareyo.

Arrival to Guemes. End of the stage

Day 6: Guemes – Santander Stage (11,56 kms)
Difficulty: Easy Duration: 3h

Breakfast and start of the stage.

Short stage, completely flat, where we will also have to take the boat (Pedreñeras) that from Somo, will help us to reach Santander, through its bay.

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

The points of interest of this stage are: Church of Nuestra Señora de Latas, in Somo, as well as the Santander Cathedral, Plaza Porticada and Palacio de la Magdalena, in the same city.

Arrival to Santander. End of our Camino de Santiago from Bilbao, if you have more days you can extend your Camino de Santiago from Santander.

Day 7: Breakfast-End of our services

The accommodations we offer our clients are of high quality and all the rooms are private and have their own exclusive bathroom, as well as the necessary services for your comfort. All establishments have been supervised and selected by Viajes Mundiplus, based on the satisfaction expressed by our clients over the years. On our routes, we never offer Hostels.

As they are free choice dates in which they can make the Camino, and when dealing with accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of them will be provided once they have made the firm reservation of their trip, and verified their availability.

Our primary objective is your tranquility, rest and enjoyment on the Camino de Santiago.

You can then see and display a wide selection of some of our usual accommodations where you could stay.


Double room with breakfast
€ 495 per person
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Route Information
  • Northern Way from Bilbao
    • Total distance: 111,66 kms
  • Dates: Free choice. You choose the day!
    • The trip must be booked at least 1 week before the date you have decided.
  • Applicable Discounts:
    • € 25 for children under 12 in a shared room
    • € 20 / person for groups of 4 or more
    • € 25 / person for groups of 10 or more
  • Prices valid from March to October, except July, August and September (Consult Rates)
  • Accommodations in Hotels, Cottages, Hostels
  • Special breakfast
  • Travel assistance insurance in Spain
  • Informative dossier of the road / stages profiles
  • Roadside telephone assistance
  • Luggage transfer in the stages
    • 1 suitcase per person, maximum 23Kgs
  • IVA

Remember that the cost of the optional services you choose will be added to the base price of the route.

  • Supplement habitación individual
    • Consult rate
  • Additional luggage
    • If you carry more than 1 suitcase per person
  • Cancellation Insurance (Spanish)
  • Cancellation Insurance (Foreigners)