The day starts with almost 4 kilometres along Laredo’s esplanade, towards the marshlands of Santonja and Noja. From the sandbar of El Puntal, you take the boat to Santoña*, a fishing village famous for its anchovies. This village is on a bay and you can visit its Romanesque church of Santa María del Puerto.READ MORE
It is time now to head towards the beach of Berria, walking parallel to the wall of the prison of El Dueso. Those who go on foot must continue along the path that goes from the beach to Mount El Brusco while cyclists should follow the main road. You cross the marshland of Victoria and reach Noja.
After the beach, you go through the town centre, and if you follow the Camino signs, you will reach to the sanctuary of San Pantaleón and the Barrio del Castillo. Although the Camino does not directly cross San Miguel de Meruelo, you can stop there if you need to buy something.
You cross the River Campiezo through the medieval bridge of Solorga to reach Bareyo, where you should take a detour to see the Romanesque church of Santa María. If you continue walking, you will find the village of Güemes.
* If you do the Northern Way in the off season and this is not available, you have to take a detour through Colindres and Gama.
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What to do and see in Güemes?
"In the village of Güemes, the priest D. Ernesto Bustio is in charge of the pilgrim’s hostel. The hostel is managed by volunteers who care for pilgrims so much that many come back to Güemes as volunteers so that the fraternity of the place remains. Visiting the hostel, whether you stay there or not, is a good option in this small village”.