Camino de Santiago in Cantabria
Departing from El Haya de Ontón and finishing at Unquera, we enjoy the green Cantabrian interior landscape and its coasts, a unique natural ensemble divided into 9 stages that, halfway, will give us the chance to rest in an Oasis of Relaxation and Wellness as is Castillla Thermal Solar Spa.
Why is the Camino de Santiago interesting in Cantabria?
The Northern Way to Santiago de Compostela allows us to enjoy Cantabria in all its splendor. Along the way we can enjoy its natural environment, its history, its culture, its customs, its gastronomy and discover the hospitality and kindness of the people of Cantabria. Undoubtedly the perfect alternative to get to Santiago de Compostela.
The origin of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela by Cantabria has its origin in the discovery of the tomb of Santiago el Mayor. The Cantabrian monasteries such as San Torio or Santillana del Mar among others collect data on the pilgrimage to Santiago since the 10th century.
The Camino de Santiago by Cantabria, or also known as "del Norte" has a close relationship with the Beatus of Liébana, since this fostering the search for the tomb of the Apostle. It is necessary to add that the arrival to the Monastery of San Toribio of the relic of the Cross of Christ, and the notoriety that acquired this place for the Christianity, fomented the popularity of this way to arrive at Santiago.
When we talk about the Camino del Norte, we do it with about 251 km of route through the Cantabrian area. The difficulty of this road is low, and it is ideal to travel at any time of the year.
Next, we provide some technical data of interest:
- Cumulative ascent elevation: 3855m
- Cumulative drop descent: 3895m
- Maximum height: 239m
- El Haya de Ontón - Castro Urdiales
- Castro Urdiales - Guriezo
- Guriezo - Laredo - Colindres
- Güemes - Santander
- Santander - Santillana del Mar
- Santillana del Mar - Comillas
- Comillas - San Vicente de la Barquera
- San Vicente de la Barquera - Unquera
Finally, we must not forget that if we want to enjoy the towns that surround the Bay of Santander it is important to take the detour from Somo instead of crossing the Bay by boat to Santander. It is an addition to the road that will undoubtedly be worth it.
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