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Favorite places and or accommodation from Santander onwards

2020 Camino Guides

Jennifleur

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Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Hi all, I ve got just over a week starting Camino in Santander in direction of Oviedo.... no destination in particular..... which accommodations, Albergues or other hostels, pensioners etc were your favorites or which villages, beachside or note were also special...so I can have an idea or where to stop.... many thanks for your personal recommendations if possible!
 

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
I have replied on your other similar thread :)
 

Colette Z

Happy Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
CF- Finisterre-Muxia 03/17; Camino SK 10/17; Norte 03/18; Ingles 11/18; Augusta 03/19
If you are going to Villaviviosa and continuing to Oviedo to the Primitivo or back up to the Norte the Monasterio at Valdedios with its very basic albergue is a very beautiful walk through the forest roads. There are about 30 young Carmelite nuns who live there, run the albergue (donation i believe) and a more upscale albergue.
 

Tincatinker

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Staff member
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Lots ;0)
Well, you could just walk to Santillana del Mar. Picasso described it as the "most perfect village in Spain". Check in to the Parador. In the "old" building suite 6 has the step-down Jacuzzi and separate wet-room. Other accommodations are available.

Comillas has little to attract the discerning pilgrim but Llanes, ah Llanes. Llanes has Pension Iberia and the Bar Colon. Drink Sidra, eat Percebes, plan a camino
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Well, you could just walk to Santillana del Mar. Picasso described it as the "most perfect village in Spain". Check in to the Parador. In the "old" building suite 6 has the step-down Jacuzzi and separate wet-room. Other accommodations are available.

Comillas has little to attract the discerning pilgrim but Llanes, ah Llanes. Llanes has Pension Iberia and the Bar Colon. Drink Sidra, eat Percebes, plan a camino
Oh Llanes... that sounds like my cup of tea... I hear it in the way you say it! Thanks for that tip.... the parador would be outsiðe of my budget in Santillana... I d need something simpler but maybe also charming?! Thanks looking forward to the bar Colon....
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
If you are going to Villaviviosa and continuing to Oviedo to the Primitivo or back up to the Norte the Monasterio at Valdedios with its very basic albergue is a very beautiful walk through the forest roads. There are about 30 young Carmelite nuns who live there, run the albergue (donation i believe) and a more upscale albergue.
That sounds fantastic! Thanks...
 

Dsavid Keyte

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino de San Salavador (2015)
Camino de la Costa (2016)
Camino Lebaniego 2017
Oh Llanes... that sounds like my cup of tea... I hear it in the way you say it! Thanks for that tip.... the parador would be outsiðe of my budget in Santillana... I d need something simpler but maybe also charming?! Thanks looking forward to the bar Colon....
Santillana del Mar, as the Spanish say ´Ni Santos ni Mar´ Santillana del Mar ´no saints nor sea´ it is a little inland, but it is beautiful, if a trifle touristy.
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Santillana del Mar, as the Spanish say ´Ni Santos ni Mar´ Santillana del Mar ´no saints nor sea´ it is a little inland, but it is beautiful, if a trifle touristy.
May stay the night there though Convent albergue is already booked up! Will have a look around.... then get out....
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)

Tincatinker

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Lots ;0)
@trecile of course. You are right. Its a decade at least since I walked the Norte, I wasn't on Camino, just walking, and I'd forgotten. Rummaging finds a diary that also suggests a couple of enjoyable bars, but from that decade ago. Llanes is somewhere I've since dropped in whenever a reasonable excuse could be found ;) I love the Rocamar at Poo de Llanes too. The rooms are a bit tacky and the restaurant isn't quite as good as they claim but that view and that early morning swim...
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Oh might you be able to recommend any albergues or accommodation or anything nice in Llanes.... think I ll try to stay there.... many thanks and have a lovely time..lovely blue sky in your photo....
 

Redvespablur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo April/May 2016
Voie Littorale May 2020
Hotel Los Angeles in Santillana had a couple of rooms with patio overlooking park in front that we enjoyed.

We also had some rest days in Llanes that were terrific
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
May stay the night there though Convent albergue is already booked up! Will have a look around.... then get out....
Really. The convent in Valdedios? I was the only person when I stayed and it was August.
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Really. The convent in Valdedios? I was the only person when I stayed and it was August.
Heya Lucy... Convento albergue in Santillana.... I got what seemed like the last room there..... yours is another?
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Hotel Los Angeles in Santillana had a couple of rooms with patio overlooking park in front that we enjoyed.

We also had some rest days in Llanes that were terrific
Hi there, thanks for this.... I ve heard Llanes is nice....any particular place to stay there or eat or any tip? I might overnight there as it sound nice.... I m on a budget but have someone to share a room with....staying in Convento albergue in Santillana.... already booked before I got your message but thanks a lot..... appreciated! J
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
Heya Lucy... Convento albergue in Santillana.... I got what seemed like the last room there..... yours is another?
Yup. Sorry. Mixed messages. I was thinking about Valdedios which isn't in Santilliana, beautiful and on the way to Oviedo. Buen Camino
 

Jennifleur

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting in Santander walking Camino Norte...
Yup. Sorry. Mixed messages. I was thinking about Valdedios which isn't in Santilliana, beautiful and on the way to Oviedo. Buen Camino
Howya Lucy... oh so you d also recommend Valdedios.... name of convent? Thanks.... any other highlights....!? Only on a short walk of eight days so want to cram in good stops!
 

Mima1965

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Frances (2021)
Well, you could just walk to Santillana del Mar. Picasso described it as the "most perfect village in Spain". Check in to the Parador. In the "old" building suite 6 has the step-down Jacuzzi and separate wet-room. Other accommodations are available.

Comillas has little to attract the discerning pilgrim but Llanes, ah Llanes. Llanes has Pension Iberia and the Bar Colon. Drink Sidra, eat Percebes, plan a camino
Gracias Tincatinker....dreaming of those places now!
Santillana del Mar.....as the say goes: "Ni es santa, ni llana, ni del mar" but Picasso must have been right as I felt in love with the place at the age of 12!
Mind you that is an ancient magic place which once was by the sea and with Altamira caves a now UNESCO world heritage site..
And Llanes, well my heart sings everytime I go there.
Many days & even more nights.... de fiestas!
And yes, those visiting must have sidra y marisco and plan a return!
A memorable day was travelling from Mieres to Llanes en el train de San Roque, the train decorated for the festivity and people playing bagpipes & singing all the way...and then arrive in Llanes to a procession to La hermita de San Roque with 1,500 people walking through town with their traditional clothes and music....followed by lots of marisco y sidra and a street fiesta into the early hours!
Don't miss it if you are in the camino in August!
Saludos compañeros de camino!
 

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