What is the Vadinian Way?
The Camino Vadiniense is a Jacobean route located between Cantabria and Castile and Leon, which joins the Camino del Norte and the Camino Francés. It is one of the oldest routes and runs between San Vicente de la Barquera and Mansilla de las Mulas, with a distance of more than 200 kilometers.
Despite the fact that it is not as well known as other Jacobean routes, it is becoming more and more popular every year as it offers a unique experience to pilgrims. This is due to the fact that it is one of the most intense routes and offers unique panoramic views when crossing the popular Picos de Europa National Park.
While the Camino Vadiniense is a great experience for pilgrims, its history makes it much more interesting. Its origin dates back to the 12th century when pilgrims were looking for safer paths to follow. Over time it became much more popular and was named the Camino Vadiniense, as we know it today, in honor of the people who lived at that time between the first and fifth centuries.
Why choose the Camino Vadiniense?
Although all the Jacobean routes offer a unique experience to the people who walk them, the Camino Vadiniense has something special. In addition to being a totally different perspective of what the Camino de Santiago is, this route allows you to disconnect from the daily routine and appreciate the north of the peninsula in depth. This is the only route that allows us to get to know the Picos de Europa in depth, making it perfect for connecting with nature.
As well as offering a whole range of panoramic views of northern Spain, the Camino Vadiniense is considered one of the toughest, making it a challenge to complete. For the more experienced pilgrims this Jacobean route will be a challenge that will allow them to enjoy the Camino and test all their abilities.
Stages of the Camino Vadiniense (Camino de Santiago)
When crossing a place as emblematic as the National Park of Europe, most of the stages of this Jacobean route are quite long. The Camino Vadiniense is considered one of the most complicated of the different Jacobean routes both because of its distance and its unevenness, something that also translates into an endless number of panoramic views in the middle of nature.
With more than 200 kilometers of distance, the Camino Vadiniense is divided into 9 stages of approximately the same duration, with the exception of the stage Potes - Fuente Dé. It begins in San Vicente de la Barquera, in the west of Cantabria and ends in Mansilla de las Mulas near the city of León in the Castilian community of León.
- Stage 1: San Vicente de la Barquera - Lafuente (22 km)
- Stage 2: Lafuente - Potes (26 km)
- Stage 3: Potes - Fuente Dé (30 km)
- Stage 4: Fuente Dé - Portilla de la Reina (22 km)
- Stage 5: Portilla de la Reina - Riaño (20 km)
- Stage 6: Riaño - Crémenes (20 km)
- Stage 7: Crémenes - Cistierna (17 km)
- Stage 8: Cistierna - Gradefes (23 km)
- Stage 9: Gradefes - Mansilla de las Mulas (23 km)