Camino Lebanego Walking
Camino Lebanego Walking

Camino Lebanego Walking

5 days

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Walk an 8th-century pilgrim’s trail in northern Spain on this 5-day self-guided adventure

This mesmerizing 5-day self-guided walking adventure in northern Spain takes you along the Camino Lebaniego pilgrim’s trail. Walking in northern Spain is an experience characterized by beautiful coastal and mountainous landscapes, culture and tradition, and lovely towns and cities along the way.

The Camino Lebaniego is a pilgrimage route that dates back to the 8th century and is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The route ends at the sacred monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, where the Lignum Crucis is located. The Lignum Crucis is said to be the largest piece of Christ’s cross recovered and can be found within the 18th-century baroque chapel. Making your way to this most reverent sight, you’ll be able to connect with the same trail embarked upon for centuries by dedicated pilgrims.

Setting out from the beautiful fishing town of San Vicente de la Barquera, you’ll make your way through other idyllic towns like Puente Nansa, Serdio, Lebeña, Cicera, Burio and many more. The first half of the journey is characterized by charming hinterland and scenic countryside before transitioning to magnificent mountainous terrains as you enter the Picos de Europa National Park.

Discover the authenticity and allure of northern Spain as you embark on the Camino Lebanego Walking Tour!

Highlights of the Camino Lebanego Walking

Discover the beautiful coastline and mountains of northern Spain on foot.
Connect with your spiritual side as you walk the 8th-century pilgrim’s route to the sacred monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana.
Discover picturesque fishing villages and ancient hamlets as you make your way through the countryside.
Walk in the Picos de Europa National Park, navigating trails surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.

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Camino Lebanego Walking

Camino Lebanego Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in San Vicente de la Barquera

Arrive in the beautiful fishing village of San Vicente de la Barquera and receive a warm welcome from this slice of heaven on Spain’s northern coast.

If your arrival time permits, embark on a stroll through the charming old town and visit the historic port.
Overnight Location: Hotel in San Vicente de la Barquera
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Welcome to the Camino Lebaniego

This morning, you’ll take a short private transfer halfway up the village of Serdio where your walk will begin. This allows you to bypass a very steep and fairly unremarkable section of the trail.

Arriving in the village of Serdio, the anticipation will begin to mount as you see the route signs for the Camino Lebaniego. Embarking on this section of the Camino de Santiago to the monastery of Santo Toribio, you’re following a route walked for centuries.

The route begins with a walk down to the Nansa River before heading southward along the riverbanks. Enjoy this idyllic setting.

A taxi transfer will take you to Puente Nansa once you’ve reached the end of today’s trail.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puentanansa
Distance: 5-6 hours, 18.5km, 450m of ascent, 475m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Walk to Burio, Cicera, the Arceón Pass and Lebeña

In the morning, another short private transfer will take you into the valley of Lamasón to avoid a long stretch of tarmac on foot.

In the picturesque valley, you’ll be dropped off at the small hamlet of Burio, pleasantly located in the middle of nowhere!

Exhilarating ascents characterize the remainder of today’s trail as you make your way uphill to the Collada de la Hoz (665m, 2181ft), discovering sweeping views of the Cicera Valley below and the majestic peaks of the Picos de Europa.

Feel yourself swept back in time as you traverse rural hinterland through the sleepy village of Cicera up to the Arceón Pass (845m, 2772ft) and finally down to Lebeña. Exploring Lebeña on foot, you’ll discover the fascinating Mozarabic church, Santa Maria de la Lebeña.

A taxi transfer will then take you back to your accommodations, where you can enjoy a relaxing evening after a challenging day on foot.

Those looking to shorten today’s walk can start instead at the Collaga de la Hoz.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tama
Distance: Full route: 6-6.5 hours, 12.7km, 680m of ascent, 820m of descent
Shortened route: 4.5 hours, 9.5km, 375m of ascent, 845m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Reach the Santo Toribio

A ten-minute transfer this morning will take you to Allende, where you’ll rejoin the Camino Lebaniego on its final section.

A short ascent will lead you to Cabañes, a quaint hamlet that boasts breathtaking views of the valley. Making your way through ancient chestnut woods, you’ll make your way to the medieval town of Potes. This is your final stop before your last few kilometres of trail, which leads to your destination of Santo Toribio.

You’ll traverse some gentle hills before finally descending down to the monastery of Santo Toribio. This will no doubt be a significant moment, and you’ll want to take some time here to enjoy the achievement.

Once you’ve spent some time enjoying the monastery, a private transfer will take you back to your hotel in Tama. Enjoy dinner tonight at your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tama
Distance: 5 hours, 12km, 620m of ascent, 575m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Departure

Following breakfast, return to the airport to depart, bringing with you 5 days’ worth of amazing memories.

Please note that during high season, an extra night’s stay at the hotel in Tama is compulsory.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Camino Lebanego Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour of the Camino Lebaniego is always run as a private tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room, as well as the season.

Prices below are per person.

Departure between April 1st and June 29th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $750 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $625 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $475 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $425 USD

Departure between June 30th and July 28th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $795 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $695 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $495 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $475 USD

Departure between July 29th and August 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $850 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $725 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $550 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $495 USD

Departure between September 1st and October 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $750 USD
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): $625 USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $475 USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $425 USD
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Accommodation on the Camino Lebanego Walking Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels that offer ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you prefer a single room or you are a solo traveller, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Faro de San Vicente in San Vicente de la Barquera ★★★

This hotel boasts an excellent location close to the fishing quarter of La Barquera and within walking distance of the picturesque harbour.

Posada de Fidel in Puentenansa ★★★

Enjoy this unique stay in a former manor house constructed in the 19th century, nestled within the quiet village of Puentenansa.

El Corcal de Liébana in Tama ★★★

With only 14 rooms, this small hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of exciting walking.

What’s Included in the Camino Lebanego Walking Tour?

Meals

4 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 4 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

All private transfers mentioned in the itinerary are included as well as luggage transfers between accommodations. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged as a supplement in advance.

Also Included

  • Detailed route maps and notes
  • 24-hour phone assistance

Not included

  • Flights to and from Spain
  • Visas if required
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Fees not mentioned as 'included'
  • Guide

Optional Extras

  • Airport transfers
  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour
  • Extra night in high season in Tama

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 3/5. While the tour is shorter, daily walks range from 5-6 hours on average (excluding breaks) and some terrain is hilly or mountainous. You should be comfortable walking for longer distances several days in a row.

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