Duration:

10 Days / 9 Nights

Distance:

105 km / 65 mi

Difficulty:

High

Start / End

Madrid - Santo Toribio

Walking in Picos de Europa

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

Cancellation Insurance

With our cancellation insurance, you will be covered in case of cancellation of your travel due to health reasons, legal, labor or extraordinary reasons.

Our cancellation insurance is detailed as follows:

Double room occupancy: 55€
Single room occupancy: 60€

If you need more information regarding our cancellation insurance and procedures, you can contact us here

Meals
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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
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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
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Our Hiking Cantabria tour 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 Hiking Cantabria tour, 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
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Before: Our Hiking Cantabria tour 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 our competitive prices.

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

Means and Assistance

Private support vehicle

You will have a support vehicle throughout your Camino. You can use it if you are tired or if you don’t want to keep walking for any reason, if you want to leave or take things during your walk or if you want to change your shoes. Our van is equipped with a first aid kit, medicines, snacks, water and fruits. This vehicle will cover any unexpected circumstances.

Guides

Our guides have an enormous human quality. They have lived the Camino experience themselves, being able to anticipate your needs and help you physically and emotionally during the Camino. Our guides share anecdotes that will help you better understand the meaning of the Camino. They cure blisters and accompany you to the doctor if needed.

Insurances

All of our tours include travel insurance, which will be very useful in case you have an emergency during your Camino. Also, we offer cancellation insurance at a special price, which will vary depending on your Camino.

Pilgrim's Kit

We prepare you for your walk by sending you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, and provide a backpack with our Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

Dates & Price 2019:

2350 €

Single Supplement + 390 €

  • Oct 07 - Oct 16, 2019

Dates & Price 2020:

Single Supplement + €

Our Hiking Cantabria route 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
  • Visit to the Extraordinary Portico of Glory (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
  • Visit to the Monastery of Santo Toribio
  • A town visit in Potes
  • Orujo tasting
  • Return to Madrid
  • Visit to the top of the Picos de Europa national park by cable car
  • Visit in the Caves of "El Soplao"

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

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 Pechón

Day 3

San Vicente de la Barquera - Puente del Arrudo
16.5 km / 10.2 mi

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

Night in Herrerías

Day 4

Puente del Arrudo - Sobrelapeña
8 km / 4.9 mi

Today we will continue our journey from where we ended yesterday following the Nansa river and passing through picturesque villages like 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 Sobrelapeña, our end point for the day. Later that afternoon we will have a visit in the magnificent Caves of "El Soplao" and admire its unique geological formations.

Night in Herrerías

Day 5

Sobrelapeña - Cicera
9.6 km / 6 mi

During today's stage we will venture into the Picos de Europa 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 La Hermida

Day 6

Cicera – Lebeña
7.9 km / 6.5 mi

This stage takes place amongst breathtaking mountain scenery as we make our way through the Picos de Europa. 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 La Hermida

Day 7

Lebeña – Potes
13 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. 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.

Night in Potes

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 Fuente Dé

Day 9

Return to Madrid
Stage donde by bus/train

In the morning we will drive to Santander where we will have a brief city visit, later we will take a train to Madrid.

We will arrive in Madrid at approximately 6:00 pm
where we will spend a wonderful night.

Night in Madrid

Day 10

Return to Madrid
Stage done by bus

End of tour

Pre/Post tours activities

with Marly Olé
Optional – Not Included in Price

Immerse yourself in the diverse traditions & culture of both Spain, Portugal, and France with our new expertly curated Marly Olé experiences. Everything is tailor-made and designed so that you can discover each region’s best-kept secrets, and with the “Marly touch” an unforgettable time is guaranteed.
Tapas tours, flamenco nights, wine-tastings, gastronomic tours, charming visits to Finisterre, Madrid, Porto, Lisbon, Bordeaux, the Douro river valley, we can arrange anything!
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