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Coastal path by Llanes

All Llanes on the edge of the sea

Coastal path by Llanes

All Llanes on the edge of the sea

There are more than 30 kilometers of distance for walking or bike-riding. It is very worthwhile to visit the coast of this municipality, from West to East or from East to West. Whichever you prefer start our journey in Bustio, in the neighboring council of Ribadesella and on to Guadamía in Ribadesella or vice versa. It is possible to start this route from any other area of ​​this council. It is not necessary to do it all at once, just walking and enjoying the pure air of this singular coast site is a worthy task.

The most famous places are the open ones over the cliffs. On a sunny day we see the reflection of the mountains glistening in the sea. To walk by this seaside is a means to discover the most beautiful landscapes on this natural Asturian coast. In addition, if we make stops in the surrounding villages, we can find thousands of idiosyncrasies within less than one hundred meters of one another.

From the West to the East, for instance, we can find the recreational Area of ​​Guadamía (a special place for relaxing, hidden in the cliffs, where we can observe the natural rock bridges made as a consecuence of erosion), Golf Course Viewpoint (a wonderful view of the Peaks of Europe, the Cantabrian coast and the open sea), the area of ​​Puertas de Vidiago, Bufones of Llanes (waterfalls considered as natural monuments) and idol of Peña You (with artistic representations of the Bronze Age), pendueles (a village famous for its latin American houses), Buelna (to wonderful landscape with a little beach), Pimiango (this place houses the rock caves of Pindal and it also provides a suitable walk all along the coast).

This natural region covers over 30 kms of the coast. If walking, it is advisable to take suitable shoes, a sandwich and a refreshing drink. Another option is to visit the numerous restaurants in the villages, where as well as this, we can also stay in the best hostels.

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An hour and a half is hardly enough to complete this short route from the North to the South or vice versa to the village of Puertas de Vidiago.

We leave the N-634 behind and begin to go into the village. Then we cross to local path with buildings on both sides. On our left is a bowling alley, in fact, bowling is very famous in this area. On the outskirts of this village, next to the cemetery, a new path starts alongside this coastal route, characterized by its fine, white sand. From here to the bufones will take a quarter of an hour. From here we have a wonderful view of the mountains, from the horizon up to Andrín, one of the most beautiful beaches of Llanes. Hidden and separated, yet connected by short paths, the wells and cracks carved by the sea over the centuries open out to the sky.

In order to see the waves leaping, the Cantabrian needs to be choppy and at high tide. If the water is roaring, it jumps up, crashing against the limestone walls, just opposite us. It is advisable to observe this phenomenon from a safe distance.

If we keep to this route we cross the N-634 and follow a new ascending path. Here we observe the ancient wealth of the village of Llanes, and only twenty minutes from here we can admire the idol of Peña You. A figure carved on mysterious rock and shaped by strong winds. Este Bronze Age rock represents one of the best surviving symbols from that age, together with some paintings and engravings on the surroundings. On this "rock" appears an abstract image of a being: the supposed idol, one meter tall and geometrically balanced. From this anatomy we can make a complete face with eyes and nose, the rest of the body appears to be covered with clothes. The engraving is deeply carved with strong colors, and contains a weapon, possibly a sword which is by his side. On the other side we notice the figures of several men walking. One of them is carrying a large stick in his right hand. All of these symbols refer to hierarchy, hunting and battle between violent men of the age. These elements represented well the old methods of survival which paved the way for the first developments in the history of the council.

Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com

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