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Stage 12: Güemes-Santander

Stage 12 of the Northern Way takes pilgrims from the peaceful town of Güemes to the port city of Santander. Throughout this route, walkers will experience the transition from rural environments to urban energy, enjoying green landscapes and proximity to the Cantabrian Sea.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Güemes: Starting point where pilgrims can enjoy the rural authenticity and the hospitality of its inhabitants before embarking on the road to Santander.
  • Somo: A charming coastal town, known for its beaches and relaxed atmosphere, which dots the route before reaching Santander.
  • Santander: The final city of this stage, a vibrant metropolis with a lively port, extensive beaches and an architectural heritage that fuses tradition and modernity.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Church of San Pedro in Güemes: A historic church that is part of the monumental complex of Güemes, reflecting the architectural and cultural wealth of the region.
  • Somo Beach: A place to enjoy the Cantabrian Sea and rest before crossing the bay to Santander by ferry.
  • Magdalena Palace in Santander: An impressive palace facing the sea that combines architectural styles and serves as a symbol of the city.
  • Santander Cathedral: An iconic monument that fuses Gothic and Renaissance styles, the cathedral is a highlight in the historic center of Santander.
  • Paseo de Pereda in Santander: A pleasant walk along the sea that allows pilgrims to enjoy the sea breeze and admire the elegant architecture that lines the bay.

This stage offers pilgrims a varied experience, from the rural tranquility of Güemes to the urban vitality of Santander, passing through the coastal serenity of Somo.

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StagesNorthern Way

Etapa 1

Irún-San Sebastián

25 km
3/5
7h15min
Etapa 2

San Sebastián-Zarautz

22 km
3/5
6h
Etapa 3

Zarautz-Deba

21 km
3/5
5h45m
Etapa 4

Deba-Markina Xemein

24 km
4/5
6h30m
Etapa 5

Markina Xemein-Guernika

25 km
3/5
6h45m
Etapa 6

Guernika-Lezama

20 km
3/5
5h30m
Etapa 7

Lezama-Bilbao

11 km
2/5
3h15min
Etapa 8

Bilbao-Portugalete

19 km
2/5
4h45m
Etapa 9

Portugalete-Castro Urdiales

25 km
3/5
6h30m
Etapa 10

Castro Urdiales-Laredo

26 km
3/5
6h30m
Etapa 11

Laredo-Güemes

29 km
3/5
7h15m
Etapa 12

Güemes-Santander

15 km
1/5
3h45m
Etapa 13

Santander-Arce

16 km
2/5
4h
Etapa 14

Arce-Santillana del Mar

22 km
2/5
5h20m
Etapa 15

Santilla del Mar-Comillas

22 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 16

Comillas-Colombres

28 km
3/5
7h
Etapa 17

Colombres-Llanes

23 km
2/5
6h
Etapa 18

Llanes-Ribadesella

30 km
3/5
7h45m
Etapa 19

Ribadesella-Colunga

20 km
2/5
5h15m
Etapa 20

Colunga-Villaviciosa

18 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 21

Villaviciosa-Gijón

30 km
4/5
8h
Etapa 22

Gijón-Avilés

25 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 23

Avilés-El Pito

30 km
3/5
8h
Etapa 24

El Pito-Ballota

26 km
3/5
7h
Etapa 25

Ballota-Luarca

23 km
2/5
5h40m
Etapa 26

Luarca-Navia

21 km
3/5
6h
Etapa 27

Navia-Ribadeo

31 km
3/5
8h30m
Etapa 28

Ribadeo-Vilanova de Lourenzá

28 km
4/5
6h45m
Etapa 29

Vilanova de Lourenzá-Abadín

22 km
3/5
5h30m
Etapa 30

Abadín-Vilalba

21 km
2/5
5h15m
Etapa 31

Vilalba-Baamonde

18 km
1/5
4h30m
Etapa 32

Baamonde-Miraz

15 km
1/5
4h50m
Etapa 33

Miraz-Sobrado dos Monxes

25 km
2/5
6h30m
Etapa 34

Sobrado dos Monxes-Arzúa

222 km
2/5
5h30m
Etapa 35

Arzúa-O Pedrouzo

19 km
2/5
4h30m
Etapa 36

O Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela

19 km
2/5
4h30m

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