Cantabria - a taste of Green Spain

Guided walking holiday in Spain

From £ 999.- / 8 days

Price per person - min group size 6 people

  • Dogs welcome
  • One accommodation
  • Guided walking holiday
  • A view to the sea from a rocky coast
  • Walking path leading to a small house, green mountains in the background
  • Wide sandy beach, green hill behind

This guided walking holiday in Cantabria offers outstanding landscape wealth with its privileged location between the Cantabrian mountain range and the sea.

During this tour you will be staying in a charming ‘Casa’ just 4 kilometres from the fishing village of Castro Urdiales, home to the finest gothic medieval church in Cantabria. You will experience excellent walks, food and wine.

Cantabria known as ‘Green Spain’ has a rich variety of landscapes. Mountains alternate with lush green valleys, breath-taking coastlines and beautiful unspoilt beaches. Fields and meadows stretch right down to the water edge. A great mixture of walks with 3 course restaurant lunches and fantastic cuisine in the evenings make this an excellent choice for walkers with a passion for food. This area is famous for its first rate gastronomy and here you can sample typical local dishes such as "Cocido Montanes” (bean stew) and the “Quesada Pasiega” (cheesecake).

Accommodation in Cantabria

Your accommodation for the week is ‘Casa Maiz Ponte’ which is a large modern house set in enclosed gardens with a private swimming pool and wide open views over the picturesque valley. The first floor terrace offers great views of the surrounding area and the downstairs partially covered BBQ / dining area is where breakfast and dinner is served and a great place to chill in the evenings. The house sleeps 12 but is split into two self-contained apartments giving everyone their own space making this a perfect location for large parties. The ground floor boasts of a games room with table tennis, various games, fishing rods, vintage arcade game and bicycles. On the first floor there is a living area leading onto the large terrace area and front balcony, 2 double bedrooms (one en-suite), 1 twin room, kitchen and 2nd bathroom/shower room. The second floor has a living area, 2 double bedrooms (one en-suite), 1 twin room, kitchen and 4th bathroom/shower room. Free WIFI is available.

The open terrace of the Casa Bedromm with a bathroom A view to the Casa Maiz Ponte from the swimming pool, beautiful green mountain at the back

Luis who will be cooking for you during your stay owned and run the kitchen at ‘Meson Los Barriles’ Tapas bar in London for 20 years. He has an extensive knowledge of traditional Spanish cuisine. Breakfast is served at the house every morning. Cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, freshly baked breads, local honey, jam and omelettes made to order (from our own free range eggs). And of course coffee and a selection of tea’s. Dinner includes Tapas, Paella, Fish and Seafood, Barbecued meats, Wood fired Pizza, Pasta, Vegetarian options and many more culinary delights. Wine is included. Where possible the majority of the ingredients we use are either home grown or sourced from our local farmers. All the food is prepared and freshly cooked in our outside barbecue area. We stay off site but come in daily to provide breakfast / dinner.

Shrimps on a board Spanish prosciutto

For Lunch all of the restaurants have been handpicked for their quality of food. Most are family run and serve fantastic home cooked dishes - including 3 courses with a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Bread, wine and water included. Some are rustic with character and others have stunning outside terrace areas.

Walking in Cantabria

Walking trail on a rocky coast Cattle walking on a path beautiful view of the landscape behind

Our aim for the week is to offer you a great variety of guided walks in this area. Dramatic coastlines along the famous Camino de Santiago route, historic villages, panoramic mountain views, beaches, green valleys and sloping hills. A couple of the walks start from the Casa whilst others just a short transfer of around 15 minutes. The walks can be shortened on request. We are a small family run business and only cater for large singular groups so will try our utmost to tailor make your holiday to suit your personal requirements.

Cantabria walking holiday itinerary

Walking path with a view of a distant mountain and a rocky coast Walking path along a rocky coast, the pier in the distance

Walking times are approximate, this will depend on the pace of your group.
The final daily schedule will be dependent on weather (i.e.: some walks are not suitable in wet conditions).


Day 1: Arrival day
Welcome drink, snacks and evening dinner at the house.

Day 2: Otanes - Traslavino
After breakfast a short transfer of 15 minutes takes us to Santullan. Our longest route and relatively flat with a very gradual ascent up to 220m following the old train track. Passing first through the charming village of Otanes. Here you can see the old railway station and spectacular views down to the village. We then follow the ‘Traslavino’ trail through green valleys and sloping hills with fresh mountain air. The end of the path leads us through woodland up to the old railway tunnel and a mountain spring. Coming back we take the same route to the quarry town of Santullan where we lunch at the quaint restaurant La Cantera before heading cross country back down to the house.
Walk details: 19km, approx. 5 hrs
1.5 hrs lunch time

Day 3: Mount Cerredo
Another short transfer time of 15 minutes takes us to our starting point. A moderate ascent up to 340m following a mixture of paths and tracks takes us to private land where we have exclusive access to this stunning protected area. We pass cattle, cross mountain rivers and moss-clad waterfalls where the water is fresh enough to drink. The scenery all the way up is wonderful and this really is nature at its best. Wild flowers and protected trees path the way. On a clear day the views stretch as far as Bilbao. Once we reach the private farmland we stop for a glass of wine and a quick snack. We can then relax for a while taking in the views or stroll around the fields, dipping your feet in the stream or exploring the woodlands. A quicker and easier descent down takes us into the village of Allendelagua where we lunch at El Ruso before being transported back to the house.
Walk details: 8km, approx. 3.5 hrs
0.5 hrs drink and snack time at the top
1.5 hrs lunch time

Day 4: Ermita Virgin - Castro
Today we start from the house following the path down to Castro through woodlands and farmland. From here we moderately ascent the mountain path 180m up to the Ermita de Virgin. From the Ermita the wide-open views are spectacular of Castro and the surrounding coastline. A steady descent takes us down into Castro Urdiales. We make our way around Castro which has all the charm of a small fishing village with a rich history going back to the Roman times. Passing the famous church of Santa Maria from the 13th - 15th century and the castle lighthouse we then walk around the pier. Strolling through the narrow streets we stop for lunch at the Colon restaurant. After lunch we follow the promenade to Brazomar beach before heading back to the house. You also have the option to stay in Castro for shopping, swimming or more drinks.
Walk details: 16km, approx. 4 hrs
1.5 hrs lunch time

Day 5: Miono - Santullan
Again starting from the house we make our way along the path to Castro up to Miono. We stroll along the old mining track passing through the tunnel leading down to the village. Miono is a pretty village proud of its mining history. From here we follow the river down to the glorious beach of Miono which is surrounded by lush green mountains and valleys. Here we have free time to take a swim or relax at the beach before heading up to Santullan. Passing the quarry we head cross country towards Saint Nicolas Church into Samano. We lunch at Meson Chimbo before heading back to the house.
Walk details: 16km, approx. 4 hrs
1 hr beach time
1.5 hrs lunch time

Day 6: Cerdigo - Arenillas
A small transfer time of around 15 minutes takes us to our starting point. The majority of this walk is one of the famous pilgrimage routes of the Camino de Santiago. Passing down through woodlands we stroll through the traditional village of Cerdigo. Following the ‘Santiago’ path we make our way up to the spectacular Cantabrian coastline. Wonderful views of the dramatic coast accompany us as we follow the track down to the surfing beach of Arenillas. Here we stop for lunch at the Hotel Arenillas. After lunch we make our way through the quaint village of Islares and then follow the same route back to our starting point. We can have an optional drink in the local bar before being transferred back to the house.
Walk details: 15.5km, approx. 4 hrs
1.5 hrs lunch time

Day 7: Free day
A day of leisure to relax at the house and chill around the pool or make your way down to Castro for some tapas, shopping or sunbathing at one of the beaches. Alternatively we have excellent cheap transport from Castro to either Bilbao or Santander by coach. Bilbao is around 30 minutes from Castro and Santander just a little further. Bilbao is an exciting and cultured city most famous for its food (pintxos) and of course the Guggenheim Museum. Santander a more elegant city, with its 19th century buildings and spectacular bay considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Day 8: Departure day
Breakfast. Depart for the airport.

Dates and availability

Walking path on a hill A town by the seaside

8 days/7 nights - £ 999.- per person

Price is per person (no single supplement) but we only cater for large singular groups minimum 6 – maximum 12.

This walking holiday is available all year around but we recommend the months of April, May, June, September and October due to weather conditions.

Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.


Location of the walking holiday

Holiday type

One accommodationGuided walking holiday
Guided walking holiday
Board basis: Full board

Price

From £ 999.- / 8 days

Price per person - min group size 6 people

  • Dogs welcome by prior arrangement

Included

-Welcome drinks
-7 x nights accommodation
-7 x breakfasts
-5 x restaurant lunches with wine
-7 x evening meals at the Casa with wine
-5 x guided walks
-All required water during walks
-Use of walking sticks for the week
-Transport when required on walking days
-Airport pick up and drop off

Not included

All other costs, including personal costs during the walking holiday.

Walking holiday reference

WH-GD-SPAA01


Walking grade

Walking holiday in hills only
  • Hills
  • Easy walking
Walking holiday in hills to low mountains
  • Hills to low mountains
  • Easy to moderate walking

Remarks

  • Tailor-made walking possible

Best time of the year

April - June
September - October


Walking Holiday by:

Casa Maiz Ponte

Kelly and Luis Maiz Ponte

www.culinarywalkingspain.com

Contact details

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Getting there

  • Bilbao Airport (27 mi)
  • Bilbao Train station (25 mi)
  • Bilbao Ferry (17 mi)
  • Location map


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