Val de San Vicente

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    • Day 20

      Agroturismo Muriances

      October 9, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Out of Cantabria and into Asturius region when I crossed the river to this place. Tonight's lodging....the best so far!! €46 for the night including what seems to be an epic breakfast tomorrow morning. Beautiful place. First time in a non-albergue or hostel since I left Bilbao about 8 days ago. No brainer to stay in a place like this once a week for about $25-30 more than the typical albergue for the night!!!Read more

    • Day 12

      Buelna & bufones

      September 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Today's KMs - 25.7 kms
      Total KMs - 240.7 kms
      Total blisters - 7 & foot rash & bung ankle

      Yay, over the 200km mark!

      Had a late start today and started at 9:30am instead of our usual 7-7:30am start. Some road walking to begin, but then a nice day along country lanes and along service roads for the trainline. Finally following a coastal track to see bufones (natural blowholes) to get into Buelna.

      Feeling good overall but will be happy to get onto the Camino Primitivo.
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    • Day 25

      Santillana del Mar & Playa de Amió

      September 22, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Zuerst waren wir in einem kleinen Dorf. Dort sieht es sehr mittelalterlich aus und in der ganzen Stadt dürfen keine Autos fahren.
      Wir haben in einem kleinen Café gefrühstückt und sind danach durch die ganzen Souvenirläden geschlendert.
      Das Parkticket auf den Parkplätzen außerhalb kostet überall 10€ für Camper. Damit kann man dann 24 Stunden dort stehen.

      Am Mittag sind wir weiter zu dem Stellplatz am Playa de Amio gefahren. Es gab einen Zugang zum Meer. Wir haben das erste Mal das SUP mitgenommen. Da es dort leider ziemlich wellig war, war es schwer damit zu fahren. 😬
      Das Meer war aber sehr beeindruckend, da von links und rechts Wasser kam, das aufeinander getroffen ist und es super hohe Wellen gab. Generell das Wasser und der Strand waren wunderschön! 🥰
      Den Abend haben wir mit einem Glas Wein und einem Tollen Ausblick ausklingen lassen. ☺️
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    • Day 15

      14. Etappe:Comillas - Colombre

      May 19, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Heute durfte ich zur Abwechslung mal mit einem richtig guten Frühstück in den Tag starten. Ansonsten gibt's nicht viel zu berichten. Der Weg war okay, das Wetter... naja... Der Poncho kam wieder zum Einsatz. Das sagt schon alles. Aber bin recht zufrieden mit dem Tag. Strecke gut gemeistert in der Herberge eine nette Schweizerin kennengelernt. Leider geht sie morgen nur 10 km, da sie Probleme mit der Achillessehne hat.
      Meine Unterkunft für morgen bereits gebucht und bezahlt. Zum Glück morgen keine Sorgen diesbezüglich.
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    • Day 32

      San Vicente de la Barquera to Pechon

      August 19, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Blue skies for days is what we see as we open the shutters to reveal the day. We leave this hospederia at 10 am, we have a smile on our faces and a spring in our step. The countryside is extra beautiful today and the ‘Picos de Europa’ in the background is simply stunning (the photos just don't do it justice and they look like they are a million miles away, but in reality this isn't so). Not long into our walk, we are overtaken by a group of lovely young pilgrims, they pass us by with a “Buen Camino!”, they will be the only pilgrims we will see today. Our walk is on asphalt roads all the way. We pass through a few small villages and it's surprising how many homes we have come across on our northern walk that are under construction, the cement framework is complete but that's it. This day is heating up and we come to a bar right on the side of a busy main road and decide it's time for a drink, all the chairs in the shade are taken, so sunshine it is, it's still good to get off these feet. We enjoy our drinks and plot out our last section of today's walk (we are going off Camino as we couldn't get any accommodation on the trail). This means walking on a road where drivers may not be used to keeping an eye out for pesky pilgrims! To start with we cross over a bridge, and as we do so we watch some stand-up paddleboarders paddling up a very muddy-looking river. We then cross over a busy road and are now on a narrow, winding coast road that will lead to a beach and campground. Oh, this is going to be fun (2.5 km of holding your breath and hoping the next car isn't going to be the one to take you out). Only 1 person yells at us, I don't understand what she says, but I am pretty confident it's something not very nice. Well we make it to a lookout, take some pretty pictures then continue on, we now have a walking track on the side of the road, that runs the rest of the way to Pechon. We get into town, lunch is finished, the supermarket has closed for siesta. We settle into some comfy seats at the bar and we order some tapas consisting of small bite-size bread with regional cheese, walnuts and honey, they are yummy, we pair these with a lovely bottle of Rioja, this combo ties us over until we cook dinner tonight. Once siesta is over, we hit the supermarket and get ingredients to make spaghetti carbonara, we both miss and look forward to a home-cooked meal, and this goes down a treat, we go to bed with full bellies in a red wine haze...Read more

    • Day 17

      Letzter Tag dieser Pilgerreise

      July 27, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Tja, einmal musste es ja kommen, als es aber soweit ist, kommt es einem doch etwas seltsam vor. Ab heute ist das wandern auf nüchternen Magen also nicht mehr. Keine Bewegung mehr in der Kühle des abbrechenden Tages und kein Wasser mehr aus den Trinkereien mehr saugen.
      So geniesse ich den letzten so gut ich kann.

      Auf nach Colombres, auf nac Asturien!

      P.S. Ach ja, die Bars sind zu dieser Stunde noch zu. ☹️
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    • Day 5


      September 10, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Thank god for oordopjes!!! Last night in jail was a symphony of snorers. I had been wise enough this time to bring the oordopjes to bed, so I wasn't really bothered with the snoring.

      We had to leave the albergue at 9 o'clock, so at about 7 I decided to get up. You all know how slow I am, and I don't want to feel rushed.
      And even today, I was one of the last ones to leave 😁😁😁

      My first stop after the albergue was the same restaurant where I had my dinner last night (ensalada mixtaaaaaa yummy). I wanted to have a coffee and had also read that they have wonderful tortilla. Helaaaaaas, no tortilla, so I had a coffee and bocadillo con queso, ook lekker. Now, while I was sitting and enjoying my breakfast, I could see out of the window, a lot of pilgrims walking by, however, these people didn't have big backpacks, and there were lots of them. I found it a bit strange... And I was thinking, shit, all these people walking by, the next albergue is going to be full and I will have to walk further......

      Anyway, I started walking and pretty soon out of the town of Comillas I was walking a very nice route, passing a river, a beach, I was walking in Parque Nacional de Oyambre. Hopi nice, and suddenly I walk by a parking and there is a bus standing there, and outside of the bus they have drinks, snacks, and it looks like they are waiting........
      Turns out there is another way to do the camino, you can book with these people that basically provide everything for you, you don't have to cary a big backpack, no worries about enough food....... Heck...... No staying in albergues!!!!
      It's doing the camino the comfy way 😁😁😁
      I am sure it also costs a comfy price, NOT 😝

      Moving on I arrived at Playa de Oyambre and continued walking along the beach, heerlijk, the sun was shining but there was a lot of wind. It was very nice, big waves, lot's of surfers. At the end of the beach I went back up the road, to later again go down and walk along the next beach.

      It was about time to have lunch, so when I arrived at the beach before San Vicente de la Barquera, I decided to have the rest of my bocadillo con queso. What a beautiful view 😁

      From San Vicente I continued walking about 8 km further to Serdio, where I am now. I am sitting in the kitchen, showered, clothes washed and writing this, while I hear the hospitalera downstairs announcing numbers.
      There are a bunch of old spanish ladies sitting downstairs, so I think the hospitalera has set up her own Bingo game down here 😁😁😁.
      You gotta love Spain.

      O yeah, next to the albergue there is a small field, with cows and a bull. The bull must be very busy with keeping his ladies in line because he keeps moooooooiing really loud.
      Soooo tonight's symphony might also include some moooooooo's 😂😂😂😂

      Hasta majan
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    • Day 16

      Colombres - a long and hot 28kms

      September 27, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Today was a long day and the weather was hot, hot, hot! However, there were lots of pleasant distractions along the way.

      Reflecting on the past few days, the coastal alternatives were amazing and I'd do them again in a heartbeat However, taking a different path can lead to a disconnection from other pilgrims. And since we had already parted company with lots of folk in Bilbao, we've been getting to know a bunch of 'new' people over the past few days.

      As on the Primitivo last year, English speakers are in the minority on this Camino. We were delighted to meet J. from England this morning and to walk with him to San Vincente de la Barquera. He started in Santander and will cross onto the Camino Lebaniego today. He plans to continue on Vadiniense and if his money doesn't run out, he'll keep on walking - perhaps on the Salvador and Primitivo. What a wonderful plan!

      It was also a lovely surprise to see M. from Barcelona who we last saw in the albergue in Markina.

      We're in the Colombres albergue, along with almost everyone we met today. It's a forgettable kind of a place, but we were all much too tired to be fussy. There are about 20 of us here.

      Tomorrow we'll walk to Llanes or Poo. Our big priority will be to find a place with a washing machine!
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    • Day 271

      Playa de Amió

      March 28, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Eine absolut tolle Ecke mit variablem Traumstrand, je nach Ebbe oder Flut.
      Hier lässt es sich bei Sonnenschein aushalten. Das Wasser kurz angetestet und für zu kalt befunden. Also doch hinterm Auto duschen 😁.Read more

    • Day 8

      When the rain comes

      June 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Today was all about getting sorted for Liz's arrival - pick up the car, sort out the cottage & get food in. All well & good but it transpired, on closer inspection the closest supermarket with opening hours to suit was in Barcelona - not vastly local. Sunday trading laws here are a little different. Looks like bread & water for tea. Opted against walking to the airport - the 4 miles was walkable but the looming clouds & grim forecast suggested the airport bus would be a better bet. This did mean a massively early arrival. Had some dubious pasta to pass the time & supplement the bread & water diet. Dinky Fiat located & various bumps & scrapes documented. Time to pick up bags from the hotel & head for the cottage. On the way out spotted a Carrefour/petrol station combo - might be open. It was. Unfortunately the only ready meal available another type of dubious pasta. Better than bread & water ... maybe. Village located easily & perfectly on time. Circled round the village - passed a guy twice & we both eventually realised that he was the guy I needed to find. Quick tour & unload of the car. First impressions - very nice & peaceful ... & wet.Read more

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