Monday, 20 October 2008

Mountains and coast

Making the most of the lovely autumn weather Joe and I went for a coastal walk and a swim on Sunday and then today Monday I climbed Peña Castil a high mountain in the central massif of the Picos.

This is really what makes Asturias so exceptional, the combination of a stunning coastline and spectacular mountains in such close proximity.

For the walk on Sunday we did one of the self guided coastal walks we have available for guests at the hotel; “Circular walk of Torimbia.” This is one of the most beautifull beaches in the area and just happens to be a nudist beach.

The walk starts in Niembro and passes by the church sitting on the edge of the river estuary. You then carry a long a foot path with spectacular views of the coast line when you soon come to the idyllic beach of Torimbia. After walking around the beach the walk carries on over the headland (more views) and back to the car. It really is one of our favourite short walks.

One of the reasons for doing the ascent of Peña Castil today was to assess its suitability to include in our self guided walking notes. With an ascent of 1550m I don’t think we could term it an easy walk! Its summit at 2444m is certainly the highest mountain I’ve climbed in the Picos and as you can imagine the views from the top were quite something.

Looking towards the Eastern Massiff of the Picos de Europa from the summit of Peña Castil

The famous Naranjo de Bulnes seen from the asscent of Peña Castil

Thats Asturias; mountains and coast, and much more; just fabulous!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

preciosas fotos, buen trabajo de los chicos un saludo. Mary Carmen


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