Camino de Santiago from Güemes to Santander

One of the most curious stages of the Camino del Norte , within the Camino de Santiago , is the one that runs between the towns of Güemes and Santander since the last section is not done on foot but by boat .




The Camino del Norte is one of the most famous for pilgrims, and one of the most beautiful, as it runs through the north of the Iberian Peninsula from east to west, bordering the Cantabrian coast and passing through large cities such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander or Gijon.

The so-called Camino del Norte is 827.27 km long and is divided into 31 stages . One of these stages, the one that goes from Güemes to Santander, is very special since in order to carry it out it is necessary to take a boat called Pedreñera .

Guemes – Santander

Its stretch on foot is 20 km long and without notable difficulty , something totally affordable for children, the elderly or families who are used to hiking. This stage is the most attractive at a landscape level, since we will be able to appreciate the green mountain meadows and the vertiginous cliffs of the Trasmiera merindad. But without a doubt, the beautiful bay of Santander will leave us speechless and the children will have a great time sailing by boat.




If we come from a long way along the Camino del Norte from the Guipuzcoan town of Irun, we can rest in one of the hostels that Güemes has to regain strength and begin this new phase of the journey.

When the new day arrives, getting up early is the best option to enjoy without the typical summer heat. From Güemes we will go down from the CA-444 to the CA-443 and we will follow the road until we reach the Linderrio neighborhood without getting lost. There is an inn where you can have a snack and let the children rest for a while.

Arriving in Galizano, just at the point of the Church of Our Assumption , we must choose the path that we like the most. There are two variants, the official route runs for 40 minutes along the CA-141 to Loredo, where the Sanctuary of Santa María de Latas is located , to then reach the pier and take the boat to Santander.

However, the other option is much more exciting and if we choose it we can see beautiful landscapes. This variant is closer to the coast, a very good option if we go in summer. We will circulate very close to the cliff of Arnillas beach and the long Langre beach . At this point, we can stop for a moment to contemplate the magnificent views of the coast from the viewpoint with benches in case we need to rest.




Drawing the silhouette of the cliff, we will pass by Cape Galizano and turn off once we reach Loredo. The path will guide us to Los Tranquilos beach, which we must cross. Kids will love getting their feet a little wet and jumping in the sand. Then we will go around the Somo to reach the La Pedreña pier.

Boat trip

The last part of this route belongs to the 4km of sea that separates the Somo peninsula from the city of Santander. Here we only have one option left, buy tickets for the whole family and take the boat trip, it will be a unique experience.

La Pedreñera, as this boat is called, operates throughout the year and the ticket to Santander is around €3 . The boat leaves from Somo, passes through Pedreña and disembarks on the Santander promenade of La Pereda.

To finish, if we want to get to the pilgrim hostel, we will continue the walk to the left and before reaching the Town Hall we turn down Rúa Mayor street where our destination is located.

La Pedreñera, as this boat is called, operates throughout the year and the ticket to Santander is around €3 . The boat leaves from Somo, passes through Pedreña and disembarks on the Santander promenade of La Pereda.




To finish, if we want to get to the pilgrim hostel, we will continue the walk to the left and before reaching the Town Hall we turn down Rúa Mayor street where our destination is located.

recommendations

The practice of hiking requires wearing comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. To do the Camino de Santiago it is advisable to put water, food, a mobile phone charged with battery, a hat and sun protection in the backpack.

During the summer season, the boat ride is usually taken by quite a few travelers, but the frequency of the same allows you to have, almost with total security, a insured passage.