Spain 8 Day Northern Way & Picos de Europa

Durartion: 8 Days

Price: From $904 (excluding flights)

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“From the Sea to the Mountains”

This week of walking in northern Spain takes you over a section of the Northern Way prior to leading on to a couple of extra special paths around the famous Covadonga Lakes and Cares Gorge in Picos de Europa National Park.

Starting in Santillana del Mar sets the scene for coastal Cantabria with seaside towns like San Vicente de la Barquera providing a quintessential glimpse at life away from the busier beaches on the south coast of Spain. As you continue to follow your self-guided walking notes you’ll cross regional borders into eastern Asturias as the town of Llanes provides insight into the region’s medieval past as well as an opportunity to raise a cool glass of sidra or taste the rich varieties of Arenas de Cabrales cheese.

Although Picos de Europa National Park promises natural drama the actual walking route is fairly straightforward with only slightly steeper gradients at the start of the walk on Cares Gorge. The walk around Covadonga, on the other hand, is relatively flat throughout and offers abundant places to pause as you take in the stunning mountain scenery and gorgeous reflective waters.

From wide eyed beginners to gnarly pros with poles this week of tailor made walking provides ample excuses to soak up the coastal, forest and mountain scenery of northern Spain as you become enveloped in a world of peace and tranquillity with hardly another soul in sight. Further benefits of this week of walking include: luggage transfers between hand-chosen hotels as well as return taxi transfers to Covadonga Lakes and Cares Gorge. Full and complete walking route notes are also included as is 24hr emergency contact details.



Day 1 – Arrival day to Santillana Del Mar

Day 2 – Santillana del Mar to Comillas (24.5km)

Day 3 – Comillas to San Vicente de la Barquera (12km)

Day 4 – Colombres to Llanes (24km)

Day 5 – Llanes to Nueva (19km)

Day 6 – Covadonga Sanctuary & Covadonga Lakes hike (5km)

Day 7 – Cares Gorge Walk (24km)

Day 8 – Departure day from Arenas de Cabrales

Total Distance: 108km



Mid Season

April, May, June and October

Price €750 per person, based on two people sharing

Single Room Supplement of €280


High Season

Easter, July, August and September 

Price €895 per person, based on two people sharing

Single Room Supplement of €350



  • Add airport transfers
  • Add free day at the end of the trip

If you choose not to include airport transfers, we will provide detailed advice how to get from and back to the airport.



Self guided, tailor made trips are available from April to mid October. Choose a start date that suits you/your group. You can secure your booking with a 20% deposit.



For further information about this package, contact us on 01 – 442 8921 or email us at

At a glance:

  • 7 nights in 2 or 3 star Hotels/Rural Houses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
  • Pilgrim’s Passport
  • Camino Information Pack and Walking Notes
  • 24 hour phone assistance
  • Transfer in case of emergencies
  • Day 4 – Taxi transfer from San Vicente to Colombres
  • Day 5 – Taxi transfer from Nueva to Llanes
  • Day 6 – Taxi transfer from Llanes to Covadonga Lakes & Las Arenas
  • Day 7 – Taxi transfer from Las Arenas to Cares Gorge (return)

Quote of the day:

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress”

Barack Obama