Camino del Norte: Stage 16
Colombres – Llanes (23,2 km – 14 miles)
his stage is marked by the existence of several alternatives for arriving at the Llanes seamanship. We will be able to follow the route of the coast, visiting the famous bufones de Arenillas and passing by Andrín or turning off, from Pendueles, along the traditional path that goes further inland. Both options converge about three kilometres before reaching Llanes, a town with a great artistic and natural heritage, with the Conde de la Vega del Sella palace standing out.
You will leave Colombres through Pío Noriega and Francisco Sánchez streets to get to the national road. Then you will have to continue on the road being very careful with the traffic and always wearing reflective clothes if you are travelling at night or if it rains. You will go through Peral and La Franca, this village has a small beach that when the tide falls connects with the other beaches: El Oso, El Viveru, and Rogorgueru. Moreover you will find there a camping called Playa de la Franca that offers many services to pilgrims. You will continue towards Tresgrandas leaving the N-634 and getting to a path near the train rails. You will have to continue straight forward and then cross a bridge and return to the road a little bit after. Here you won’t find any kind of service. So if you need to buy something you will have to change a little bit your route. Once you get here you can decide to go through Buelna or Peldunes or go through Andrín. If you want to follow this way you will have to follow the red and white marks that indicate a parallel path a little bit longer than the original one. So from now you have two options: continue through the established route or continue through the GR-E-9.
- If you continue through the original way, you will have to return to the N-634 and walk through it for two kilometres more to get to Vidiago. Once you get there you will have to cross Puerta de Vidiago and San Roque del Acebal before getting to Llanes. All these villages have the needed services. From Vidiago to Llanere there are approximately 10 kilometers.
- The other option is to go through the GR-E-9 a coastal path that links Ribadedeva and Llanes. To get to this path you will have to cross the camping called Vidiago and going through the famous Bufones de Arenillas. A bufón is a typical natural formation of coastal areas. They are usually placed near cliffs, forming some kind of chimney between them, where water spreads out under pressure, reaching around twenty meters high. In order to see them, the tide needs to be high and the sea brave, so waves can crash on the surface cracks and the water rise, making a particular whistle noise. Then the path will lead you to the Purón river and then you will have to descend through a bridge that will lead you to Andarín. A pedestrian promenade will lead you to another viewpoint, one located over the Playa de la Bella beach. You will leave the asphalted road to get to a path that will lead you to the Ermita de del Cristo del Camino and where you will enjoy the lovely views of Cue and Llenes both located in the Cantabrian sea. his hermitage from the 16 century is located among some hills, in the only way to get to Llanes in the past. The last things that you have to do is get to Llanes a city full of heritage.
What to see
Both alternatives are well indicated, but don’t be afraid of changing the way and make it perfect for you.
What to eat
- Typical haricot beans
- Typical fish and shellfish
Bear in mind
There are two possibilities to get to Llanes, the one that we recommend is the one that goes near the coast because we believe that is more beautiful, but it doesn’t go through the original way. The other way goes near the national road.
If you go through the coastal way you have to know that there are few services between Pendueles and Andarín.What to see
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