Camino de Santiago from Cérdigo to Islares

The Camino del Norte is one of the most frequented and used routes to travel the Camino de Santiago. This route is one of the most historically and religiously significant, since the European kings of the Middle Ages traveled along it to reach Santiago de Compostela. We highlight one of the sections that runs through the town of Castro Urdiales .

The Northern Way

Doing this route is synonymous with scenic beauty, since it runs very close to the Cantabrian coast and, in turn, through the mountainous reliefs of the province. We will spend an unforgettable family experience hiking between the blue of the sea and the green of the mountains. Small charming villages, big cities and seaside towns will make our trip as pleasant and entertaining as possible.

This path begins at the Puente de Santiago in Irún, well signposted, we can follow it until we reach the point where it connects with the French Way in Oviedo. It is a primitive road layout since at the time the Muslims conquered many of the northern territories. It covers a distance of approximately 827km, the second longest compared to the rest of the routes.

Part of this trail runs through the beautiful lands of Cantabria . It is made up of a total of 32 stages , each divided into several sections. The stage that we want to highlight for its great scenic appeal is the one that goes from Onton to Islares, more specifically, the last section that runs through  Cérdigo and reaches Islares .

Cérdigo – Islares

This route, barely 3.5 km long one way , can be done with children and take them to walk along different types of trails, from paths between oaks to the last kilometers along cliffs.

The difficulty of this excursion is not in its length, since it is a fairly short route, but in the stone path of the last section that runs parallel to the area of ??cliffs where extreme caution must be taken with children. The path is quite rocky at the end so we must slow down to avoid slipping or twisting our feet, even so the landscape and views are worth the effort.

This section begins in the town of Cérdigo , from where we will depart in the direction of the cemetery. We must surround the enclosure walking along a path until we can see the sea on our right. To the left we should see the highway. It is important to take these references into account, since the poor signage of the Camino de Santiago itself can cause us to get lost.

Finally, once you have walked far enough, to get to Islares there is an access from the area where the church is located. Right there is the aid station, which will come in handy in case of an emergency. Also in this town there are lodging buildings available for pilgrims who come and want to make a stop to rest.

what can we visit

Before starting the route we can stop to visit Cérdigo and the Church of San Juan Evangelista . In Islares we have the possibility of visiting the Church of San Martín de Tours, the Hermitage of Santa Ana and the old Pilgrim’s Hospital of Vera Cruz .


In the backpack you cannot miss, despite being a short route, plenty of water (since we will not find sources to replenish it) and something to eat to be able to have a delicious lunch or snack outdoors.

Being so close to the coast and on sunny days the heat can affect us, so it is recommended to avoid the central hours of the day and wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. As for clothing, it is recommended to wear sportswear and comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, avoid flip-flops as they would be a torment in the last section with stones.