Duration:

10 Days / 9 Nights

Distance:

105 km / 65 mi

Difficulty:

High

Start / End

Madrid - Madrid

2017:
2350 €

Single room supplement: +390€

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Walking in Picos de Europa (Holy Jubilee Year 2017)

The Camino Lebaniego is originally a pilgrimage route originating in the 7th century to venerate the cross of Lignum Crucis. Also known as the Vera Cruz or True Cross, it is said to contain the largest remaining piece of the original cross of Christ. On this journey we will explore the beautiful region of Cantabria, as we make our way to the Monastery of Santo Toribio in Liébana walking along the Cantabrian coast, traversing through ancient forests and walking in Picos de Europa, a national park known for its beauty.

"I did it in 2006, which was a holy year, and was deeply impressed with the beauty of Cantabria. Walking so close to the majestic Picos de Europa mountain range was really exciting, I felt very privileged. Liébana is one of the most captivating counties in Spain, a true paradise for nature lovers, from the sea to the mountains.
For me it was a spectacular and unforgettable journey. From the first day I already knew I wanted to do it again, for this reason I am very happy to offer our Pilgrims the opportunity to live this experience because Cantabria is truly infinite!" - Marly

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included in our Camino Lebaniego. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Most lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the day and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.

Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are hand-picked on our Camino Lebaniego to give you the best possible experience. We will stay in majestic Paradores and other charming hotels in the mountains of los Picos de Europa. The Parador de Fuente Dé is one of the highlights of our trip! The views and surrounding mountains will leave you breathless. All our accommodations have a private en suite bathrooms.

The Walk

Our Camino Lebaniego offers more mountainous walking than the rest of our walks. You walk at your own pace and we have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is well. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances and there will be a specialized guide with you. In our Camino Lebaniego, meeting points will be less accessible and more difficult to reach. Walking the Picos de Europa is a truly breathtaking experience.

If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle. After the daily walk, and after we’ve all had lunch we will head back to the hotel where we can shower, freshen up and have a much-deserved rest.

Before and After

Before: Our Camino Lebaniego starts in the city of Madrid, where most international flights arrive. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date. Take advantage of our exclusive rate at the 5-star Paseo del Prado hotel where we meet the first day in Madrid.

After: Our tour ends in Madrid at approximately 4:00 pm. The last night at the NH Paseo del Prado in Madrid is optional. Ask us about out competitive prices.

We also offer activities in Madrid and its surroundings for those interested.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • Aug 29 - Sep 07, 17
  • Oct 10 - Oct 19, 17 2 spots left!
  • May 07 - May 16, 18
  • Jun 21 - Jun 30, 18
  • Oct 03 - Oct 12, 18

Our Camino Lebaniego Includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • All dinners
  • Guided visit in the Monastery of Santo Toribio
  • Guided visit in Potes
  • Orujo tasting
  • Return to Madrid
  • Visit to the top of the Picos de Europa national park by cable car

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
(Stage done by bus)

Our meeting point will be in Madrid in the lobby of the NH Paseo del Prado hotel at 8:30 am. From here, we will head out to Santillana del Mar in our private support vehicle. On the way we will stop in the beautiful city of Burgos to visit its stunning Cathedral. In the evening we will enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner.

Night in Santillana del Mar

Day 2 - Camino begins!

Comillas - San Vicente de la Barquera
12.8 km / 7.8 mi

We will begin our journey setting off from the town of Comillas making our way through forest paths and quaint villages. The journey will take us along the coast all the way to the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, where we can visit the town's historical quarter known as "Puebla Alta". It has its origins in the medieval era and holds important monuments like the gothic church of "Santa María de los Ángeles".

Night in San Vicente de la Barquera

Day 3

San Vicente de la Barquera - Camijanes
18.5 km / 11.5 mi

We will depart the coastal region as we venture inland following the Nansa river through beautiful forest paths before arriving in the town of Camijanes, end point of our stage.

Night in Herrerías

Day 4

Camijanes - Sobrelapeña
14 km / 8.7 mi

Today we will continue our journey from where we ended yesterday following the Nansa river and passing through picturesque villages like Gandarilla, Cades and Bielva. We will then leave the Nansa river behind and start following the Lamason O Tanea river as we make our way to the village of Sobrelapena, our end point for the day.

Night in Herrerías

Day 5

Sobrelapena - Cicera
9 km / 6 mi

During today's stage we will venture into the Picos de Europa National Park as we make our way to the town of Cicera, marvelling at the amazing mountain scenery that will accompany us throughout the day.

Night in Cicera

Day 6

Cicera – Lebeña
10 km / 6.5 mi

This stage takes place amongst breathtaking mountain scenery as we make our way through the Picos de Europa National Park. The end of today's stage will be at the beautiful town of Lebeña, where we can visit the church of "Santa María" which dates from the year 925 A.C. and is one of the best-preserved examples of Mozarabic architecture in Spain.

Night in Cicera

Day 7

Lebeña – Potes
15 km / 9.3 mi

Today's stage will take us along the Picos de Europa mountains and all its stunning views, until we reach the amazing town of Potes, where we can find great examples of 16th & 17th century architecture.

Night in La Hermida

Day 8

Potes - Santo Toribio de Liébana
3 km / 1.9 mi

Our journey's final stage will take us to the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. When we arrive we can attend the Mass service and then we will enjoy a guided visit in this beautiful monastery. Later on we will ascend by cable car to the top of the Picos de Europa mountains where we can enjoy the marvellous view.

Night in Potes

Day 9

Potes
Guided visit

Today we will enjoy a visit of the town of Potes accompanied by a local guide who will take us on a journey through the many historical sites found here. We will then visit an "Orujo" (local liqueur) distillery where we will see how this potent local beverage is prepared after which we will be treated to a tasting of the final product.
Tonight we will enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner to celebrate the end of our journey!

Night in Potes

Day 10

Return to Madrid
(Stage done by bus)

In the morning we will drive to Santander from where we will take a train to Madrid.

End of tour.

(Optional night in Madrid)

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Does the group walk together?

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