Spain 4 Day Northern Way (Santillana Del Mar – San Vicente)

Durartion: 4 Days

Price: From $452 (excluding flights)

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This short four day hike on the Northern Way is fast-becoming one of the best-loved alternatives to the other more popular Camino trails. Known as El Camino del Norte, this excellent section of the hiking route takes travellers through Cantabria before completing at Santiago de Compostela.

Running from east to west from the town of Irún, beside the French border, the Northern Way represents a much less busy experience where authenticity has been retained over commercialism and a variety of natural and historic landscapes mark the trail over relatively flat gradients.

This easy going, ‘flattish’ terrain is an ideal starter route for first time Camino walkers or those short on time to gain a taste of the ‘Camino experience’. From charming seaside fishing villages and Cantabrian coastal scenery to medieval heritage and mountains giving way to beaches, this is a beautiful walk for those looking to really get to understand the essence of northern Spain.

On arrival day you will make your way to the pretty village of Santillana del Mar. Starting the walk, proper, on Day two lets you get orientated after a good night’s rest with the scent of sea breeze and flower-filled pastures ensuring the stretch to Comillas always invites a hearty appetite for the evening’s local fare. Your second and final full day of walking is about half the distance of the first and provides a unique glimpse at life on the coast as you take in the sandy stretches at Oyambre before booking into San Vicente de la Barquera backed by the sea and views of the Picos mountains.

As part of this four day Northern Way walking vacation you’ll find featured three nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels with breakfasts as well as luggage transportation between accommodation. Don’t forget to bring a day pack and refillable water bottle. Around-the-clock emergency assistance is also included which adds confidence to the walking route notes that cover landmarks, distances and things to see over the course of two days walking.



Day 1 – Arrival day to Santillana Del Mar

Day 2 – Santillana Del Mar – Comillas (24.5km)

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

Day 4 – Departure Day from San Vicente de la Barquera

Total Distance 36.5km



Mid Season

April, May, June and October

Price €375 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €120


High Season

Easter, July, August and September 

Price €425 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €150



  • 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 mid March 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:

  • 3 nights in a 3 or 4 star Hotels
  • 3 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

Quote of the day:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

Mark Twain