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What to Expect
• Departure time from Santander: 9:00 am
• We will pick you up in your hotel in Santander
• Finish Time: 7:00 pm (approx) 
• Small Groups (2-8 people)
• Lunch included!


We will Santander towards Potes (capital of Liébana region) at 9:00 am. Once in Potes, you will have the opportunity to do a short walking Pilgrimage to the Monastery of Santo Toribio (at 3 km from the village - 45 min.).

The Monastery of Santo Toribio is together with Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem the only one in the world that keeps a piece of the cross in which Jesus Christ died and one of the four places of Christianity where the jubilee or forgiveness of sins can be obtained through pilgrimage. 2017 was a Jubilee Year and the Door of Forgiveness was open. The door is close now and will remain closed for the next 5 years until the next Jubilee Year.

It was Holy Toribio of Astorga, custodian of the relics of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, who transferred a piece of the Cross to Astorga, city of which he was Bishop. This relic was transferred then to Liebana by Christians who wanted to keep it safe from the Muslims who had initiated the invasion of the peninsula.

The importance of this Monastery was already known in the Middle Ages, when the pilgrimage to the Monastery to see the Lignum Crucis was a must visit for the Pilgrims who went to Santiago de Compostela. In addition, this place was in itself a place of pilgrimage, with its own identity due to the curative and miraculous powers attributed to the remains of the Saint of Astorga and to the Relic itself.

The pilgrimage that we will carry out is the shortest possible route, in fact it is the last part of the Lebaniego Way prior arriving to the Monestry.

At 12:00 we will attend the mass of the pilgrim.

After the mass, we will visit the chapel of  San Miguel from where you will enjoy beautiful views of Picos de Europa. We will then go back to Potes to eat there. The menú included is  a “Cocido Lebaniego” (a stew of chickpeas and meat). This is the perfect local dish to recharge your batteries. However, should you prefer another menú, please let us know previously.

After lunch, we will give you some free time to visit Potes and do some shopping.

During the afternoon, we will visit San Sebastian de Garabandal, a small village in the mountains where there were appearances of Virgin Mary from 1961 to 1965. You will have the opportunity here to walk up to the "Sanctuary of Los Pinos", the main place where the Virgin Mary appeared in the 60's.

Finally, we will return to Santander where we should be arriving at 19:00 pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
We will pick you up in your hotel in Santander. 
Please contact us if your accommodation is outsite this city: info@exploringcantabria.com
Departure Time
9:00 am  Tuesdays
10h 30m
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Key Details
  • Exploring Cantabria
  • Duration: 10h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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