Walking in Cantabria
Santoña, Cantabria, Spain
- Camino de Santiago
Walk part of the famous Camino de Santiago, an historic pilgrimage route.
- El Caballo Lighthouse
You'll have the opportunity to brave the 763 steps that lead down to the ‘horse lighthouse’ which is set on a scenic outcrop.
- Hotel Juan de la Cosa
Enjoy a stay at this family-run hotel set overlooking the beach.
- Reflections of the Ason River
From the mountain town of Ason, set off on a scenic walk in the Collados del Ason Natural Park.
- Santander’s Cabo Mayor lighthouse
Take in the views from this impressive landmark.
- Santoña’s Berria Beach
Stroll across the golden sands of lovely Berria Beach.
- All Inclusive
Go walking in ‘Green Spain’
From breathtaking beaches and dramatic clifftop lighthouses, to pure mountain rivers and waterfalls, this walking holiday explores the natural tapestry of ‘Green Spain’s’ stunning Cantabria region. Combine this with a stay at the the small and friendly Juan de la Cosa, which is run by the Santillana family and is located mere moments from Santoña’s renowned Playa de Berria beach. You’ll quickly feel right at home at this locally rated 4-star hotel and may even learn a secret or two about the area from the attentive staff.
On your walking holiday you’ll be able to explore this fascinating area, its habitats, history and wildlife in the company of your Saga host and local walking guide.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts, tapas/snack lunches and waiter served dinners
- All inclusive – only available with Saga
- Option to make packed lunches from the buffet breakfast
- Free bar 12 hours a day (wide range of spirits)
- Waiter service
- Premium drinks
- Local wine and water at lunch and dinner
- Afternoon tea and cake
- Direct transfers
- Free local bus tickets to Santoña
- Five walks
Juan de la Cosa, Playa de Berria, 14 - 39740 Santoña, Cantabria, España
You can look forward to a warm welcome and personal service from owners Felipe and Margot at their comfortable locally rated 4-star hotel. They take special pride in the hotel's restaurant, which has splendid views of the beach and sea as well as delicious dishes.
The hotel has 55 contemporary-furnished rooms.
You can upgrade to a sea-view room for a supplement, subject to availability. Fridges will be available in 2020.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Enjoy delicious home cooked dishes typical of the region: savour buffet-style breakfasts, tasty tapas or snack lunches at the bar or on its terrace and waiter-served dinners in their locally acclaimed à la carte restaurant where seafood is a speciality. Complimentary tea and cake is also available at 4pm daily in the bar.
A delicious demonstration
The hotel prides itself on its food, and during your stay you’ll be able to enjoy an included cookery demonstration – a great way to take a taste of Spain back to your own kitchen. As the chef cooks up a storm, you’ll be able to taste a selection of wine from the area, each carefully selected by the hotel’s owner, Felipe.
During your stay, you can enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities are at an additional charge. Activities may change from time to time.
- A cookery demonstration with a selection of wines
- Live music/flamenco dancing
- A talk on interesting facts and differences between the British and Spanish cultures
- Mystery tours (extra charge)
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Golf - Available nearby – please ask the resort staff for details
Heated indoor pool
You’re well placed for exploring this region: scenic walking trails lead right from this beachfront hotel’s doorstep and there are birdwatching opportunities at a nearby reserve. The hotel is two kilometres from the centre of Santoña which can be reached by local bus (guests receive free bus tickets). Here you will find shops, cafes and restaurants. There’s plenty to do in the area, from enjoying the splendid beach and delicious food, to exploring the mountains and discovering age-old villages.
Bilbao airport is an hour’s drive away and Santander port is a 45-minute drive away.
Experience the essence of true Spain and immerse yourself in the culture, gastronomy, language and landscapes with a stay in the idyllic small fishing town of Santoña, which backs onto the mighty Picos de Europa. Set on Spain’s northern Cantabrian coast, it fronts a superb three-kilometre-long beach of fine white sand, the Playa de Berria. This spectacular beach and surrounding hillsides are popular with walkers, while the nearby marshes are rich in bird life and the mountains offer plenty of options for outings.
Your included walks
Look forward to three full-day and two half-day walks in the company of your Saga host and local walking guide during your seven-night stay. The walks have been carefully selected and transport to and from your walks is provided, where needed. Your included walks will take you to a variety of habitats and sites where the ground is rough and uneven, and may be slippery underfoot. Walks may include ascents and descents over uneven ground so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Monte Buciero (half day)
Distance: 11 kilometres
Approximate descent: 235 metres
This circular walk starts and ends at the hotel. Begin by walking to the town of Santoña to the Fort of San Martín. From here steps will lead to a track tracing the edge of some breathtaking cliffs. Follow it to a wooden railing and onto to ‘La Peña del Fraile’ where some prehistoric remains can be seen. The walk continues across the Casa de la Leña before strolling through a forest and pass an old mine. Following the main road, cross an area of rocky and large cliffs (uneven paths) to see the ‘horse lighthouse’ (Faro del Caballo). If you wish, there’ll be time to go down the 763 steps to reach it. Afterwards, enjoy a two-kilometre walk through a beautiful forest of holm oaks, strawberry trees and laurels. A little further on, the road widens, until you reach the Fisherman's Lighthouse. From here, follow the road to the Berria beach and continue walking back to the hotel.
Noja & Isla (half day)
Distance: 9.3 kilometres
Approximate descent: 99 metres
Explore the beaches west of the hotel on this scenic walk. From the hotel, head of along the road in the direction of Argoños before turning on to the famed ‘Camino de Santiago’ (Way of St James path). Continue to the Brusco hill where you can admire beautiful views of Berria and Tregandín beaches. Stroll across the sand before reaching the church of Noja. Head around the town of Noja, visiting the cliffs, before arriving at Playa del Ris beach. Across the beach lies the town Isla from where you’ll catch a bus back the hotel (fare included).
Loredo & Liendo (full day)
Distance: 13-14 kilometres
Approximate descent: Fairly flat bar Atalaya riseFrom the hotel, walk to the Santoña pier, which borders the fishing port, to catch a boat to Laredo. From here, enjoy a scenic walk along part of the five-kilometre long La Salve beach for fantastic views of the Bay of Santoña and Mount Buciero. You’ll see the port of Laredo and go up to Puebla Viejato to visit the Church of Santa María de la Asunción. Next reach Atalaya de Laredo, a set of buildings that blocked the bay from possible attacks by enemy ships. Continue to Liendo through the Puerta de Bilbao. You’ll walk close to the cliffs and can enjoy excellent views of the bay, Monte de Santoña and Mount Candina. Reach Liendo from where a bus will take you back to the hotel.
Ason River (full day)
Distance: 11 kilometres
Approximate descent: 588 metres
Embark on a scenic walk around the protected Collados del Ason Natural Park, exploring beautiful forests before visiting one of Spain’s largest waterfalls. Begin in the mountain town of Ason which is situated in the region of Asón-Agüera, in western Cantabria. This small rural village sits on the banks of the Asón, a trout-fishing river which flows through exceptional native woodland and limestone massifs containing hundreds of caves – it’s a veritable paradise for potholers and nature lovers alike! Walk along the gallery forest, well known for its diversity and abundance of fauna, until you reach the picturesque Ason Waterfall, which features a single drop of 70 metres, and a total height of approximately 110 metres.
Santander (full day)
Distance: 10 kilometres urban walk, plus 10 kilometres optional
Approximate descent: Flat (except Peninsula de la Magdalena and the Cabo Mayor lighthouse).
Hop on a bus to Pedreña to board a boat to Santander. Here you will see the impressive cathedral and Botin Centre of Modern Art. Continue around the edge of Santander to the Peninsula de la Magdalena to visit the ocean-front Royal Palace of Magdalena which was built in the early 20th century. Continue along the Sardinero beach before climbing up to the Cabo Mayor lighthouse. Follow the coastline and cliffs to Playa de la Maruca where there is a Litoral Interpretation Centre which is housed in a restored 17th-century defence battery and features a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Cantabrian coastal heritage. Continue to Virgen del Mar beach and Soto de la Marina before returning to the hotel by private bus.