Information about stage 13: Stage from Guemes to Santander
It take 3 to 4 hours if you walk it in one day
Km 0. Guemes (Hostel)
From Abuelo Peuto’s cabin, a path descends to the local road CA-444, which crosses the Gargollo neighborhood and ends at the CA-443, which we follow to the left. Always along the hard shoulder, between gentle hills, we will reach the Linderrio neighborhood without loss , where the El Solar inn is located (Km 3.3) .
km 3.3. Linderrio neighborhood (Inn)
Right after we find the CA-141 , which we follow to the left to enter Galizano , a town in the municipality of Ribamontán al Mar. As soon as we enter, next to a branch, we turn right onto the CA-440 that leads to Langre and Loredo. After the doctor’s office we arrive next to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción , where we must decide which itinerary to follow until Santander.
km 4.4. Galizano (Hotel. Bars. Shops. ATM)
The official itinerary returns from the church to the CA-141 and travels along it for forty minutes to enter Loredo and visit the Sanctuary of Santa María de Latas . During the festivities in her honor, the Gothic carving of the Virgin is transported on foot and by boat to Santander. Next, the Camino de Santiago advances to the Somo pier to take the Pedreñera to the capital. We recommend, however, the coastal variant , an excellent option in good weather. Another of the journeys considered in the Güemes hostel, which perfectly communes with the dream of a path next to the sea, although it was not at all that of the pilgrims who preceded us. This variant starts to the right of the church, in the direction of the beach next to the La Vijanera hotel . Continue straight ahead towards the coastline entering the San Miguel neighborhood , where we will see the first signs. We take a small detour, arriving at a house called Aguasonda, and after crossing a stream we passed another house to go around the wall of a property. The path, made clear by the ruts of walkers and agricultural machinery, circulates between the fields and the vertical cliff of the small beach of Arnillas and the extensive one of Langre . On the latter, halfway, there is a viewpoint with several benches (Km 7.4) . To the left, Cabo Galizano enters the sea and our path continues religiously drawing the silhouette of the cliff, circulating on the edge of the precipice. It is important to know, or at least intuit, when we have to leave the path and head towards Loredo . We must do it behind a red and white antenna, where the houses end. We thus move away from the cliff and arrive at a built-up street (Km 10.7) . If we follow the street straight ahead and then turn right, in the end we will have no choice but to continue left, towards the beach. Continuing through the sand is the most fun option. A path between dunes brings us to Los Tranquilos beach , and then we soak in the Loredo sandbank , with views of the Cantabrian capital and the Magdalena peninsula , with its palace. We can skirt Somo along this beach and go inland in search of the jetty .
km 14.7. We are (All services)
The ‘Pedreñera’ , as they call it, runs all year round and the ticket to Santander costs around 2.65 euros. In the middle of the journey, it picks up passengers in Pedreña (Km 16.6) . Finally, when disembarking on the Santander de la Pereda promenade , the least confusing option to get to the hostel is to continue to the left along this promenade and Calvo Sotelo street. At 400 meters, just before reaching the Town Hall, we take the street that goes up to the left, it is the Rúa Mayor. At number 9, well signposted, is the pilgrims’ hostel .
km 20.5. Santander (All services)
- The stage does not present any difficulty. In case of doubt when taking the coastal variant, there is a hotel and several bars around the church where they can tell us.
- The total length of the stage is 20.5 kilometers along the coastal variant, but it must be emphasized that 5 of these kilometers are done by sea aboard the ‘Pedreñera’! , so you really walk 15.5. those who want to do the longest stage can go to Santa Cruz de Bezana or to Boo de Piélagos, towns with pilgrims’ hostels.
- The Astillero pilgrim hostel is closed, which makes it difficult to walk the land variant for those few pilgrims who opt for this variant, which is now practically unused.
- In the town of Galizano there is the option, which is not recommended, of going along the shoulder of the CA-141 to Somo. We repeat that it is an option that is not highly recommended, not even for cyclists.
What to see, what to do
Eleven Urban Beaches
Located to the south of one of the bays considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, Santander perfectly combines the mountains and the sea, allowing you to enjoy it peacefully from any of its numerous viewpoints. It has 180,000 inhabitants and eleven urban beaches.
Jardines de Pereda
populated with magnolia cedars and palm trees that shelter in their bosom the monuments dedicated to the illustrious names of Cantabria.
With the characteristic architecture of its buildings, among which the Real Club de Regatas stands out.
Plaza Porticada, a symbol of the city
Church of Christ and the Cathedral of Santander and its sculptural group
commemorating the reconstruction of the city after the fire of 1941.
Municipal Museum of Fine Arts
which houses pictorial samples of Cantabrian landscape artists.
The Magdalena peninsula
It has an area of 25 hectares and a great variety of tree species. It integrates the Field, the Municipal Exhibition Pavilion and the Children’s Park, in front of which is the monument in homage to Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. From the Embarcadero Real we arrive at Faro de la Cerda which leads us to the Palacio de la Magdalena. From its summit you can enjoy impressive natural and architectural landscapes. The Royal Palace, with English influences, was inaugurated in 1912 and donated to the monarchs by popular subscription. From 1913 to 1930 it was the summer headquarters of the kings Alfonso XIII and Victoria Eugenia. After the restoration carried out a few years ago, this singular building has become the headquarters of the courses of the Menéndez-Pelayo International University.