This second stage of the Camino Lebaniego is the most demanding of the three, as it runs through forest tracks and mountain roads with significant slopes. For this reason, many pilgrims decide to divide it into two: Cades-Cicera and Cicera-Cabañes.READ MORE
Whatever your choice, your effort will be rewarded by the
scenic beauty of the route and heritage gems such as the Romanesque church of
Santa Juliana or the Mozarabic temple of Santa María de Lebeña.
Cades is the starting point of this second stage of the Camino Lebaniego. We leave the village following the red arrow next to the ironworks. Until Sobrelapeña -approximately 8km- we will have to take extreme caution, as the route runs along a road without a hard shoulder, which is embedded in the gorge.
After crossing Sobrelapeña we continue along the same road to Lafuente, where the pilgrim should stop to contemplate the church of Santa Juliana. Built between the 12th and 13th centuries, it is one of the jewels of Romanesque art in Cantabria, and has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
The route continues uphill to Burió, where we can enjoy spectacular views of the Lamasón valley. From Collado de la Hoz, at an altitude of 660 metres, we start the descent along a dirt track that takes us to Cicera. If you are up to it, we recommend you go to the Santa Catalina viewpoint, about 3 km away, and contemplate the Picos de Europa and part of the Desfiladero de la Hermida gorge.
The next milestone is Lebeña, located about 10km from Cicera. The Camino Lebaniego here runs through a forest of oak and beech trees that will make you enjoy the surroundings. In Santa María de Lebeña do not hesitate to visit its Mozarabic temple, built in 925. We take the road once again, which will take us to Allende and finally to our destination: Cabañes, where we can sleep in the hostel.