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Bilbao to Santander or Santander to llanes

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Gemclare

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Camino(s) past & future
El nortr
We are planning on walking for 5 days and would love to hear thoughts on which route to take. We will either walk Bilbao to santander or Santander to llanes which looks to be a bit longer.
I like the thoughts of starting in Bilbao and exploring the city first then arriving in Santander to relax a day or two before flying home from there.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Gemma
 

Tom Cartwright

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Have completed through Agosta
We are planning on walking for 5 days and would love to hear thoughts on which route to take. We will either walk Bilbao to santander or Santander to llanes which looks to be a bit longer.
I like the thoughts of starting in Bilbao and exploring the city first then arriving in Santander to relax a day or two before flying home from there.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Gemma
Avoid the big cities. You spend all day walking in big modern cities. Start 1 or 2 stages before Llanes and do what you can.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino del Norte Sept 2013
Camino del Norte Sept 2014
Camino del Norte 2015,16,17,18
I agree. Llanes us a lovely place . Santiallana del Mar could be a good starting place if my memory serves me well. Buen Camino
 

Bob from L.A. !

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
I liked Bilbao for the museum there. It is worth seeing, but as others said it is a big city. You can always walk to Portugelete as well from Bilbao, then head to Santander
 

nickpellatt

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French 2015 Portuguese 2018 Norte May 2019 Finesterre and Muxia April 2019
Having recently completed my Camino del Norte, I'd say go from Bilbao. It isn't much fun walking out of Bilbao, and as you are only looking at 5 days, I'd be tempted to bus / taxi to leave the city.

Castro Urdiales is very beautiful, and my day walking to Bezana was possibly the most beautiful of my entire Camino.
 

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