Monday, 16 March 2009

Camino de Santiago, The Coastal Route

Its just over 2 weeks before we open the hotel and both Joe and I are working quite hard preparing for the opening. However this doesn’t mean we don’t have time to go walking and enjoy the lovely sunny weather we are experiencing at present. One of our favourite coastal walks is from Playa Arenal de Morris to Colunga which actually forms a part of the Camino de Santiago or The Way of Saint James.

The Camino de Santiago between Arenal de Morris and La Isla

The classic Camino de Santiago waymark
There are probably 8 different Caminos de Santiago starting from different places but all finishing in Santiago de Compostella. The coastal version or Camino del Norte dates back to the 8th century and starts in Irun on the French Spanish border, goes all the way along the provence of Asturias and runs fairly close to the coast for much of the way.
Sandy and pebbly beaches on route

In Asturias there are 275 kms of the path, but the section we particularly like because the path runs next to the sea most the way is from Playa Arenal de Morris to Huerres. You pass through the small resort of La Isla, but the rest of the walk is along very unspoilt rolling hills and farm land.

Rolling hills and dramatic beaches

We include this section in our self guided walking notes and the start of the walk is about 25 mins by car from the hotel. We certainly enjoy this walk and hope you will too.


Amawalker said...

Would you like me to post a link to your blog on a couple of Camino forums? Peregrinos are always interested in new accommodation on the Camino Norte.

Nigel and Joann Burch said...

Thanks very much for the offer. If you think it would be usefull to the forum users please post a link. Please remember though, the hotel is about 15 minutes by car from the camino. There is some public transport from Ribadeslla which is on the camino, but it is rather infrquent.
Thanks Nigel


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