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Camino Lebaniego in Spain

The Camino Lebaniego is a relatively undiscovered Camino, which links the beautiful Green Coast of Spain on the Camino del Norte route, with the mountains of the Picos de Europa. Different to the better-known Caminos, it finishes at the Santo Toribio monastery, which is home to the Lignum Crucis (an ancient relic said to be the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified). 

You may choose to walk just the Camino Lebaniego which is a short three day walk from San Vicente de la Barquera to Santo Toribio in the Picos. Or if you wish to combine it with a section of the Camino del Norte, we offer an extended version of the route from Santander all the way to the Picos Mountains.

Like all of our Camino tours, daily luggage transfers and hand-picked accommodations are all included, so you can be sure of a hassle-free experience leaving you to enjoy the delights of beautiful Cantabria.

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  • History of the Camino Lebaniego
    History of the Camino Lebaniego

    The ancient relic known as the Lignum Crucis is said to be one of the largest pieces of the "true cross" upon which Jesus Christ was crucified. It found its way to Santo Toribio monastery in the middle ages and in 1512, a papal bull was granted, meaning that whenever the 16th July falls on a Sunday, they would celebrate a jubilee year. From this it became an important pilgrimage centre, where pilgrims travelled to worship the Lignum Crucis, said to contain healing powers. 

    Just as in Santiago de Compostela, the holy door of Santo Toribio opens in a jubilee year and 365 days start where pilgrims can be granted plenary indulgence or forgiveness of sins. 

    Also similar to other Caminos which finish in Santiago, the route has it's own accreditation, similar to the Compostela, and it is called the Lebaniega. Your credentials for this can be stamped at churches along the way, and you will gain your Lebaniega at the monastery at Santo Toribio. 

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