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The Pilgrims Way

Santiago de Compostela - Betanzos - Vilalba - Oviedo – Santander


The Pilgrims Way takes around a day to complete and takes in some of Spain’s famous religious and historical sites. Jump into your hire car and follow this historic route on your next Spanish adventure.

Collect your car hire from Santiago de Compostela; known as the final destination on The Way of Saint James pilgrimage trail. After exploring the towns rich cultural heritage sites such as the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, head north east on the AP-9 until you reach the town of Betanzos.

Betanzos is a medieval town known for its grand churches, town gates and festivals. As you enter Bentanzos you will immediately notice this town’s special character and post card appearance along the riverside all the way up the hill past the Ponte Nova (bridge). From here hop on to the A-6 and then merge onto the A-8 until you arrive into Vilalba.

In Vilalba, you’ll find the remains of a 14th Century castle and many Palaeolithic sites such as the impressive medieval Galician tower which is the focal point of the town, the Parador Vilaba . Once you have spent time soaking in the historical scenery jump on the E-70 from Vilalba will lead you towards the A-8. As you drive along the A-8 you’ll pass several north coastal towns, feel free to go off route to admire the wonderful scenery. When you’re back on route, take the A-8, turn off onto the A-66 and follow the signs into Oviedo.

Oviedo is the capital of the Asturias region. Have a rest and enjoy a cool drink at a cigar bar in the Plaza del Fontan or climb the tower of Oviedo’s Cathedral to experience a panoramic view over the Asturias region. When you're back on the roads again, hop onto the A-64, then continue east along the A-8, and follow the signs to the A-67 that leads you into Santander; the final stop of your journey.

Santander is the capital of the Cantabria region and is less known by foreign visitors. The northern region of Spain is often known to be the least spoilt by overcrowding or tourism but it also keeps some of Spain’s best kept jewels with stunning landscapes, golden beaches, nature reserves and friendly locals.


The Pilgrims Way Spain

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