Camino del Norte – Day 10 – Rioseco to Santoña, 22km

17th September, 2019

  • Day 10: Rioseco to Santoña
  • Distance: 22km
  • Weather: Overcast but hot
  • Accommodation: Albergue La Bilbaína, €12

I’m up at 6.30am and soon enjoying a delicious smorgasbord of breakfast. Everything I could want is laid out on the table; meats, cheese, fresh bread, jam, yoghurt, olive oil, cake and coffee! We leave together and soon take a short detour to the nearby St Vicente Church with its impressive portico.

St Vicente Church (Iglesia de San Vicente), Rioseco

St Vicente Church (Iglesia de San Vicente), Rioseco

Soon enough, we’re back in the eucalyptus forest and the smell reminds me of home.

Linda and Ted walking along the forest trail on the Camino del Norte

Linda and Ted walking along the forest trail

A slow worm on the Camino del Norte

A slow worm on the Camino del Norte

Pilgrims on the Camino del Norte

A forgotten boot on the Camino del Norte

A forgotten boot

Highway and hill views

Highway and hill views

Who posed better? (He dropped a small stone on my shoe and patiently waited for me to figure out he wanted to play... In this pic, I've just thrown the stone in the air for him to catch!)

Who posed better? (He dropped a small stone on my shoe and patiently waited for me to figure out he wanted to play… In this pic, I’ve just thrown the stone in the air for him to catch!) Thanks Diane for the pic!

Camino del Norte sign

Camino del Norte sign

Stunning countryside views

Stunning countryside views

Up and down with views back to the coast

Up and down with views back to the coast

After 16km, we enter the town of Laredo and it’s Spanish lunchtime. The Camino goes via the restaurant street in the old town and it takes a lot of self-control to continue. The smell of garlic prawns and seafood paella is making my stomach rumble. I want to stop for lunch, but the others want to get to Santoña (6km further) and I’m enjoying their company so I continue on too… with my mouth salivating.

A restaurant street in the old town of Laredo

A restaurant street in the old town of Laredo

A fisherman painting in Laredo

A fisherman painting in Laredo

I take off my shoes and walk through the sea for the next 4km to El Puntal where we then catch a short ferry across to Santoña.

Pilgrims heading down the boardwalk to the boat across to Santoña

Pilgrims heading down the boardwalk to the boat across to Santoña

The boat crossing from El Puntal to Santoña

The boat crossing from El Puntal to Santoña

Sand, sea and mountains

Sand, sea and mountains

It’s 4pm when we arrive and there’s only one restaurant still serving the menu del dia, so we stop and eat before checking into the hostel. We have a reservation so there’s no hurry. I eat my first seafood paella on this trip and it’s worth the wait.

Finally, a seafood paella for dinner, in Santoña!

Finally, a seafood paella for dinner, in Santoña!

4 responses to “Camino del Norte – Day 10 – Rioseco to Santoña, 22km

  1. Oh my goodness! This must be the same dog who dropped a dog toy over a fence for me to throw when I walked this camino in 2016. He was very excited and so we played fetch for maybe 40 minutes before I continued walking with a heavy heart because he still wasn’t done playing! I remember vividly how he watched me walk away with his toy still in his mouth and his head sideways!! I hoped the next pilgrim showed up soon to play with him 🙂

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