Start: Llanes Finish: La Isla (Colunga)
Arrive at your hotel in the centre of Llanes, a historic port town on Spain’s Green Coast with easy access by public transport from the airport in Oviedo, Santander or Bilbao. If driving to Asturias, option of parking at the last accommodation in La Isla / Colunga then taking the bus back to Llanes.
Take an afternoon jaunt through medieval Llanes to 'Santa María del Conceyu', an excellent example of regional Gothic architecture second only to Oviedo Cathedral. Hit the shops, cafés, restaurants and cider bars for some local food and ‘sidra’. Try your hand at the unique pouring technique and taste the difference. Or have a chat with fishermen at the harbour. If sunny, soak up the 'sol' at two beaches right in the town!
Challenge: Travel to Asturias.
Choose your distance for today and have the taxi driver drop you off in either Vidiago, Pendueles or Buelna, three villages on the E-9 coastal hiking path. Winding among green pastures, limestone cliffs and quiet coves, you’ll share the route with pilgrims from all over the world on their way to Santiago. This is one of the oldest variants of St James’ Way, the Northern Way or Camino del Norte. If you like, pause to share a bit more with your fellow travellers, like a beer or meal at the village café in Pendueles or Andrín, plus an interesting story or two!
Challenge: min 11 km / 7 mi (from Vidiago) / max 17 km / 10,5 mi (from Buelna), 4 / 6 hrs, 360 / 490 m ascent, 400 / 530 m descent
Start off from your hotel in Llanes to walk 19 km / 12 mi on the Camino del Norte, adding an extra 2 km to stop by the famous inland beach and Natural Monument 'Gulpiyuri'. But don’t let today’s distance scare you off! This is a very entertaining route with plenty of beaches and villages to pause for a drink, meal or paddle in the sea.
Optionally, you can order a taxi or take a public bus to shorten your walk and begin for example at Poo de Llanes, 3.5 km into the route.
When you reach Nueva de Llanes, you'll find your luggage at the hotel, a 19th-century colonial ‘Casa de Indianos’ decorated in period style.
Challenge: 19 km / 12 mi, 400 m ascent, 370 m descent, 5 hours
If the weather calls for rough seas, you’ll be surprised by the powerful blowholes at Bufones de Llames de Pría… and risk getting soaked if you get too close! If the sea is calm, you’ll hear just a whisper (or growl) between the rocks, evoking some mythological creature ready to attack!
Traipse along fishermen's trails to the rivermouth at Guadamía then trek onward to Playa Cuevas del Mar, famous backdrop for many Spanish films. Stop for a break at the chill-out beach bar, but don’t linger too long. If you’re seduced to stay until sunset, you can order a taxi and skip the last 3 km back to Nueva.
In the morning you will take a public bus or taxi to the start of the walk in Belmonte, 3.5 km from Nueva. Your hotel can help arrange this.
Challenge: 13 km / 8 mi, 330 m ascent and descent, 4 hrs
Here’s your chance to verify that this is indeed the most spectacular section of the Asturian Coast as you hike from the rivermouth at Guadamía to the port in Ribadesella. A series of limestone sculptures and string of islands and peninsulas will have you whipping out your camera again and again. In wet or windy weather, stick to the inland route on the Northern Way, traversing a friendly rural area dotted with tiny hamlets.
This evening, select a cider bar or restaurant in Ribadesella’s historic town centre. Perhaps the Michelin star Restaurante Arbidel (be sure to book online in advance). The preferred summer residence of Spanish nobility way back in the 17th century, Ribadesella is the cradle of local tourism and home to impressive Palaolithic cave art. If you don’t manage to get tickets for Tito Bustillo cave, do peek in at the interesting replicas in the excellent Museum next door.
Challenge: 12 - 16 km / 7,5 - 10 mi , 270 / 500 m ascent, 320 / 550 m descent, 4 / 5.5 hrs
The Northern Saint James Way hugs the coastline today, passing eight (!) sandy beaches. You will have to endure 1 km on the old N-632 national road, though with little traffic, and this you will soon forget with lovely long sections on the beach at Arenal de Moris, Espasa and the magical La Isla. At the end of the day you turn your back to the coast to follow the Camino for a few more km inland, to the cozy boutique hotel in the centre of Colunga.
If you find 21.5 km too much for one day or are seduced by the waves and want to spend more time at a beach, you can always take a taxi or bus to shorten the route from Berbes, La Espasa or La isla.
Challenge: 18 - 21.5 km / 11 / 13,5 mi, 450 / 570 m ascent and descent, 5.5 / 6.5 hours
Ever realised how truly enormous a dinosaur footprint can be? Witness it with your own eyes at La Griega Beach, where Jurassic tracks are immortalized in petrified mud. Follow in their footsteps on the last walk of the trip, which in itself is a compilation of the paths you’ve taken throughout the week: muddy dirt tracks, tarmac lanes, ancient cobbled cart trails and lots of fishermen's paths. At the end of the day, snap a mental picture of the perfect coastline near La Isla and fix it on your retina for time to come.
Challenge: 12 km / 7,5 mi, 230 m in ascent and descent, 4 hrs
After breakfast your walking tour comes to an end with either a short walk to the nearest bus stop or an optional taxi transfer back to Llanes or the airport of your choice.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location (coast and mountain), atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
Stylish hotel in the centre of town, with a lunchroom which is quite popular among locals. The hotle is very close to the bus station, port and mediaeval centre. Although the decoration is classic, the rooms and especially bathrooms have been recently renovated to guarantee modern comfort.
Splendid manor house in neo-colonial design which are locally known as "Casa de Indianos". Part of the decoration is 'in style' which makes you stay here special. The hotel has a small garden in the back and it very close to Nueva's High Street where all the restaurants, bars and shops can be found.
This hotel was opened in 2002. they renovated a typical “Casa de Indianos” that was built in 1881. The hotel preserves the stately charm at the same time as it provides all the modern amenities for its guests.
Family-run hotel with elegant, well-equipped rooms, very well located, next to the Sella estuary and a 10-minute walk from the beach and the centre of Ribadesella.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between 1st of April and 31st October.
Nearest airports to fly to are Oviedo - Asturias (OVD), Santander (SDR) and Bilbao airport (BIO) and they are well communicated by bus.
Arrival in Llanes
The bus company ALSA offers frequent services between the main airports of the region (Bilbao, Oviedo and Santander) and Llanes.
Departure from Colunga
At the end of the tour you either travel by bus from Colunga directly to Oviedo OR via Ribadesella back to Llanes if you have to return to Santander or Bilbao airport.
We can also arrange a private taxi transfer between Colunga and Llanes
Car rental services are available at all main airports.
The hotels do NOT have private car parks, hence you either leave it during the tour at a public car park in Llanes or La Isla / Colunga. As there are not many restaurants close to the last hotel in La Isla (Colunga) during low season, we strongly recommend to park your car at the start of the tour in Colunga (for free) so that it's at your disposal during the last 2 days. There are bus stops in La Isla / Colunga form the company ALSA. Please look at their website www.alsa.es for time tables. You might have to change buses in Ribadesella during low season. We can also arrange a private taxi transfer between Colunga and Llanes.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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