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  • Day16

    Llanes, Spain

    June 7, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Llanes, a beautiful fishing port, is known for its rugged coastline, framed by the long limestone Sierra del Cuera ridge. Llanes is home to the medieval castellated El Torreón (Tower of Llanes), the Gothic Santa María del Conceyu church, the modernist Llanes Casino building (parts of the surviving town walls date to 1206),  and Paseo San Pedro, a grassy clifftop promenade with crescent-shaped Sablón Beach at its eastern end, all eithin walking distance of our accommodation. We were right in the middle of the town opposite the Llanes Casino building. There are many restaurants, cafés and shops but it was the charm of this place that was most appealing.Read more

  • Day17

    Beaches around Llanes

    June 8, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Llanes would be the perfect base to spend a couple of weeks and explore all the beaches and hikes that are here to be enjoyed. We drove to a few beaches that were close:
    Playa de Gulpiyuri - a flooded sinkhole with an inland beach. Roughly 40 meters in length, it is fully tidal due to a series of underground tunnels carved by the salt water of the Cantabrian Sea which allows water from the Bay of Biscay to create small waves.
    Playa de poo de Llanes - don't be fooled by the name. This is a beautiful beach - very fine sand, no waves, a trail to the top of the cliff with a beautiful lookout point and two restaurants overlooking the beach.
    Playa de Cue - also known as Antilles or Canales , is considered a protected landscape, from the environmental point of view (for its vegetation).
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    Desley Mullins

    The water looks beautiful

  • Day101

    Colombres - Llanes

    September 19, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Eine traumhafte Etappe! Um 7(!) Uhr im Dunkeln gestartet, aber nach 30 Minuten an der ersten Bar zum Frühstück eingekehrt. Danach ging es im Prinzip den ganzen Tag an der Küste entlang, auf schönen Wegen und in fantastischer Landschaft: Rechts Steilküste, links die Ausläufer der Picos de Europa. Die berühmten Meerwassergeysire 'Bufones de Arenillas' haben wir zwar nicht in Aktion sehen können, aber beeindruckend waren alleine schon die Geräusche, die das Wasser im Gestein erzeugt. Nach etwa 23 km haben wir in Llanes noch eine Herberge gefunden, die unsere inzwischen auf 6 Personen angewachsene Gruppe unterbringen konnte. Nach einem Tag unfreiwilligen Fastens gab es dann abends noch ein ordentliches Pilgermenü, bevor wir in die Betten gefallen sind.Read more

  • Day22

    Von Llanes nach Cuerres

    September 21, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Ich wollte euch eigentlich mehrere Ausschnitte von einem Wandertag zeigen, doch das geht leider nicht..

    Gestern hatte ich eine wirklich schöne Route (22km). Sie verlief durch viele unterschiedliche Landschaftstypen. Ich habe euch eine kleine Auswahl zusammengestellt.Read more

  • Day18

    Adiós, Llanes

    September 29, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    And so ends another long walk in Spain. We fly home on Sunday and need some rest and recovery time before jumping back into work and our other commitments. So rather than walking 31kms to Ribadesella, we took the train and checked into a hotel for two nights.

    After a little stroll around the town, we indulged our new favourite Camino pastime - a long and leisurely menu del dia! We'll do some more exploring this evening and hopefully meet our Camino buddies for dinner.
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    Mark Feeney

    Looks like an awesome walk....looking forward to hearing about it

    Laurie Reynolds

    Well done, Nuala! Hope you have wonderful rest and relaxation in Ribadesella.


    A break back in Belfast before you go on another walk.

    Nuala Wanders

    Thanks folks. We're tired but happy. Great to be having a lie-in this morning!

  • Day8


    September 13, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Ok, so I skipped an update yesterday and with good reason...... My worst nightmare came true 😳😳😳😳 Ok maybe not my worst but definitely up there........ BED BUGS!!!

    I was preparing to leave the albergue in Serdio yesterday morning and while packing, I noticed something crawling on my underwear...... So I immediately sqooshed it and it gave off blood ... Eeeuw...... But I didn't know what bed bugs looked like so I looked it up on google.... Jaaaaaa hooooor, that was a bed bug, hopi gross, but it was only one so....... Pfffff .... WHen grabbing my pants I saw another one, sqooshed that bugger too, again.... Pats..... Blood. Ughhhh

    Ok, by now, I was completely paranoid and my main aim for the day was to find somewhere I could wash my clothes and find a farmacia where I could buy spray for my mochila.
    Unfortunately I wasn't passing through any big towns yesterday....... So chances of finding an albergue or hotel with washing machine were slim........

    After about 12 km walking and worrying, I walked by a house on the camino that said albergue Renacer, so I thought let me just pop in and see if they have any advice, because I thought for sure they wouldn't accept me staying there with my chinches.

    While I walk up the stairs, a woman opens and greets me. I explain what had happened and she said, no problem, I will help! Wow, she took all my clothes put them in a plastic bag to wash and alsoput my backpack in a bag and sprayed it with the stuff that I had bought.

    Later, while waiting for my clothes to wash and dry, more pilgrims arrived, all spanish. When my clothes were dry I finally put something on and at 8:30 dinner was served.

    It was a home cooked meal, prepared by my bed bug saviour Maria Del Pilar and we ate together at the dinning table. It was gezellig.

    This morning when I left the house, I felt like I was reborn! The name for this albergue, could not have been more fitting 😁😁😁
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    Jeanine Greijmans

    Christy I loved your story and I think Maria del pilar was an angel

    Jeanine Greijmans

    I hope you had a great day and a heerlijk bed to sleep tonight

    Michelle Sjollema

    Wow what a good story! All good in the end.

    Karen Van Unen

    Super angel

  • Day15


    September 18, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Columbres - Llanes 23.5 K (total 200 K)
    I planned to go only 9 km to stop at the hostel in Pendueles that had a communal meal, but I got there by 11:30, and the town didn't look that interesting, and I couldn't find the hostel, so I kept walking. I encountered a couple of people from Quebec, and a French guy, so got to speak French. The walk was great and my energy was good. It started raining at about noon, got heavier, and then raining off and on. At the end I was on a path paralleling the sea, with a German guy. The path seemed to go on and on forever. We could see the city but didn't seem to be getting closer. It really started to come down as we entered the city, and it was almost 4 o'clock. I was going to go to the hostel but it was raining so hard, and as I got into the city I saw an English-speaking guy coming out of a hotel. I asked him how much the rooms were and he said $40, which sounded pretty good, so I got a room of my own. I was ready for a good night's sleep. I walked around a little, did a little computer work. Good long walk today, intermittent shoulder pain but nothing bothersome. My legs and feet were tired at the end of the day.
    Overall the hostels have been really good. They are definitely what make the trip affordable, and for the most part enjoyable. Along the hundreds of miles of all of the Caminos, every 5 to 10 miles there is a pilgrim hostel. They generally cost $10-$20 a night. My route was along the coast, and passing through many tourist towns. Can you imagine getting a bed for $10 a night in Kennebunkport? It's really a pretty amazing system. On the other hand, the accommodations are fairly bare bones. The hostels don't open until three, and sometimes there is a line around the building and people are turned away. I've only had to wait in line once, and have always gotten a room. They are able to fit lots of people into a small space with the use of bunkbeds; I was even in one hostel where the beds went up three levels. Luckily I've only been on the top bunk once. Of course that was a bunkbed that did not have a ladder but rather a bar about 6 inches from the bottom bunk and then another one 6 inches below the top. To get into bed, I used a technique consisting of an initial lurch and then a hoist, twist, and thud onto the bed. Very reminiscent of Simone Biles mounting the uneven parallel bars. All of the hostels have a place to shower, a place to wash out your clothes, and lines to hang the clothes on. Most of them have some sort of outdoor space to hang out in, and some have basic kitchen facilities. They are certainly a good place to meet other pilgrims, and there are some that make a special effort to create community among the pilgrims, such as Guemes. There they have a communal dinner and a talk about the Camino, and we did some singing.. It was really a special place. You have to be out of the hostel by 8 (sometimes as late as 9).
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    Scott Springer

    Hi Sara. I'm just here for the first time (on Penguin) and am loving the journey as an armchair traveler. So glad you get a solo room every now and then to recharge! The pictures of all the beds in a row give one a good sense of the close quarter. Buen Camino!

    Scott Springer

    That was Julie's comments

    jackie fournier

    it sounds like such a great adventure. Foreign lands, adventures of accommodations and meeting other people from various nations. You go girl

  • Day17

    Colombres to Llanes - 26.7kms

    September 28, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The Colombres albergue turned out to be fine, and nine of us had dinner in the nearby Mexican restaurant last night. Good food, great company and a fun evening.

    We kind of underestimated today's walk. Compared to some of the previous days' exertions, the estimated 23kms sounded pretty easy. We set off with fairly basic food and water supplies, thinking that we'd reach Llanes by lunchtime and possibly even go a little further.

    When we saw that there was a GR coastal alternative to the 'official' route, we were delighted to take it. And what a beautiful walk it was, with spectacular ocean views and forest shade when we needed it.

    Things got a bit tricky on what should have been the final 4 or 5 kms. We continued to follow the GR arrows and went up, up, up, initially on the road and then on an off-road trail. The views were fantastic, but there was no shade whatsoever and although we could see Llanes far below, it didn't seem to be getting any closer. We eventually realised that we'd missed a right turn somewhere, but a quick check of the GPS maps told us that our trail would eventually join the road route to Llanes. It all turned out fine - there was even a shady glade and a covered church porch when we really needed to get out of the sun. And although water fountains seem more scarce in Asturias than in Cantabria, Damian spotted one on the way into town.

    We abandoned any plans to walk further and checked into the Casona del Peregrino albergue. It has private rooms and a washing machine. Life is good!
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    Laurie Reynolds

    I am pretty sure I had the same problem on my way into Llanes. Seemed that after that shadeless ascent to the views, we went left when we should have been going right. I just checked a Camino GPS route and it looks like we did what we were supposed to do, even though it makes a V instead of a straight line! So I don't think you missed a turn, not that it matters! Hugs.

    Nuala Wanders

    Thanks Laurie, that's interesting. The Buen Camino app for that stage shows both the GR and the yellow arrow route. On the final part of that shadeless trail, we were on neither! But it was such a great treat to end up at the little ermita and to lie down in the shade.

  • Day20


    June 5, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today I had expected to walk about 30-32 km. What I didn't factor in was the additional kms from taking the coastal options. And the time it would take me to do some careful stepping in some kind of precarious situations. At one point I walked over a natural rock bridge from headland to headland with the ocean below. That was a bit dicey. By the time I rolled into Llanes it was 4 pm. With a 7:15 am departure and just a couple of boots-off rests on the coast my GPS clocked 36.5 km. But I am so very glad to have taken the coastal option. I wouldn't have wanted to do it without a GPS though.

    Llanes is a pretty town on the coast. I had been planning to go to the albergue but as I wound my way through the old town, I came across the Posada del Rey. And wouldn't you know it, they had good pilgrim prices!! After showering and washing clothes, I took an hour or so walking around the historic core, buying food (I arrived as the lunch hour was nearly over, kitchens were closing, and nothing will open back up till 8:30 or 9, so it's dinner in the room).

    I was so happy to finally find real candles in the church (not electric ones) and lit five --my mom, Meara, Jamie, my family and all my camino friends who have shared parts of this with me. The church was quiet and peaceful and though I am not usually the contemplative type, I left feeling at peace.

    I have to be in Gijón on Friday, four more days walking. Looks very doable but you never know.
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    joseph love

    Could hardly be prettier!

  • Day15

    Camino Del Norte - Day 13

    June 23, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Camino Del Norte - Day 13

    San Vicente De La Barquera to Llanes
    Distance 41km !!!! (8.5 hours)
    Total ascent 150m

    What a new day brings. I hadn't really planned where I was going to stop today but it certainly was not this place called Llanes. 41km later.
    I had a light breakfast in the Albergue at 6.30am and chatting to two Italians guy I met In another albergue. The usual question where are you walking today, I answered casually 'oh, where my feet take me'.
    We set off with a young Spanish couple and were soon walking at a blistering speed. By 9.30am, we were in a town called Colombres which was the end of the section in the guidebook. We carried on.
    They were a lovely group and we had a great time chatting away in limited English and my even more limited Spanish.
    We clearly enjoyed each other's company and the kilometers raced past until the last 10kms. We were very tired but carried on. We arrived in Llanes absolutely exhausted. Thankfully, one of the guys rang ahead and booked us into this fantastic Albergue.
    We went for a meal before going to the Albergue as we were starving. It was fantastic. We have a Pergrinos bond and the meal was fantastic.
    Admin completed as soon as we got to the Albergue. Blogs done, I am off for a nap.

    Hasta luego.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Llanes, يانيس, یانس, リャネス, 33500, Льянес, 利亚内斯