Pilgrimage to the Monastery of Santo Toribio
& San Sebastián de Garabandal
Make this beautiful day of pilgrimage in an exceptional setting such as the Liébana and Nansa mountains
Walk the last section of the Camino Lebaniego (3 km) - optional
Participate in the Pilgrim's Mass
Visit the town of Potes
Taste the traditional cuisine of Liébana
Visit and pray in the Sanctuary of the Pines, Garabandal
Enjoy an unforgettable car tour through rivers, valleys and mountains
When: TUESDAY 9:00 am
Duration: 10 h (from Santander)
Pick-up points: at your Hotel in Santander, Torrelavega, Unquera and Panes.
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian
€ 99 pers.
We will leave Santander towards Potes at 9:00 am. To arrive to this village that is the capital of the Liébana region, we will have to cross the impressive gorge of the Hermida (the largest set of narrow gorges in Spain).
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). The estimated time that will take you to arrive on foot at the Monastery from Potes is of 45 minutes.
The Monastery of Santo Toribio is together with Santiago, Rome and Jerusalem one of the four Holy places of Christianity. This Monastery is the only one in the world that keeps the longest piece of wood of the cross where Jesus Christ died. This place offers the jubilee and relief of sings to pilgrims doing the Lebaniego Way. The next Jubileum Year will be in 2023 when the Monastery's door of forgiveness will open again.
It was Holy Toribio of Astorga, custodian of the relics of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, who transferred this piece of the Cross to Astorga in the V century, 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 (VIII century).
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 on their way 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 last part of Lebaniego Way prior to arriving at 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 for lunch. 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 in advance.
After lunch, you will enjoy some free time to visit Potes and do some shopping.
Finally, we will head towards San Sebastian de Garabandal. This is 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 appeared, and have some time for your prayers and thoughts before resuming back to Santander.
Private transportation by minivan (9 seats)
Pick up at your hotel (see possible stops *)
Food - Cocido lebaniego or alternative
Possible departure points:
Your hotel in Santander
Pabelón of Old Havana, Torrelavega
Hostal Río Deva, Unquera
Hotel Tres Palacios, Panes
This is a recommended excursion for all ages.
You must be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before departure time.
For the excursion to take place, there must be a minimum of 4 registered. The company reserves the right to cancel the departure if the group does not reach the minimum number of participants or if the weather conditions are not favorable. In such case, you would be given the option of full refund or change of tour date.
For groups of at least 4 people we can do this excursion on other days outside the program (only from 11/15 to 06/15). Always subject to availability and keeping the tour open to other reservations.
If you want to book this tour as a private tour, please contact us so we can make you a proposal. Private tours give you the possibility to choose the date of the tour, the place/time of pick-up as well as to make changes to the initial program.
You can cancel this reservation free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the tour.