THE NORTHERN ROUTE WAY OF ST JAMES (COASTAL ROUTE)[slideshow id=184]
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The Northern Route Way of St James as it passes through Asturias, was used by the first European pilgrims as it followed along a pre-existing route carved out by the local inhabitants thousands of years before especially between the European Coastal communities of the Atlantic Arc. Between the 12th-13th centuries, the Northern Route Way of St James was consolidated as the most popular maritime and overland ways to arrive at Santiago.
Every step a pilgrim takes along the Asturias leg of the Northern Route Way of St James is a step along time and history dating as far back as the Jurassic period when dinosaurs dominated the region to early man and the development of culture, from the secretive and hidden Celtic traditions to the inventive Bronze Age and the unique Pre-Romanesque Architecture and examples of Roman occupation, Monasteries and medieval towers; From times of mass emigration and the influences of faraway lands to the dramatic industrial revolution.
We suggest you to walk the Asturian stage of the Northern Route Way of St James and experience first-hand this wonderful heritage.
Day 1: Colombres
Meeting point in Colombres where we commence our journey along the Way of St. James. Check in at the Hotel.
Accommodation in Colombres.
Day 2: Stage Colombres-Llanes
We are 427 km away from Santiago de Compostela. We depart from Colombres in the area of Ribadedeva walking along the N634 passing through La Franca Beach, one of the most beautiful in the district. Here you will have a chance to visit the coastal blowholes of Arenillas that can reach 20 metres high at times especially during heavy swells. We pass through the scenic area of the Puron river and Ballota Beach until arriving atthe Guia Chapel. From there we will descent into Llanes, a beautiful rustic village with many remnants of its medieval heritage. You can also visit the Salvador church from XII and XIII century, the palace of Count of Vega del Sella, the Santa Maria temple and the Memory Cubes located at the marina and painted by Agustin Ibarrola.
Accommodation in Llanes.
Day 3: Stage Llanes-Ribadesella
We bid farewell to Llanes and head towards Ribadesella. Between the towns of Barro and Niembro we find the Church of Our Lady of Dolores, one of the most eye catching photographic opportunities on the Camino. Entering Naves and if we have time, we will visit Gulpiyuri Beach, a flooded sinkhole located in a field and considered one of the most unusual beaches in the world. We keep walking along the route and pass the medieval bridge of Aguamia entering the council of Ribadesella.
We enter Ribadesella through the area of El Portiellu and explore the streets and the historical centre of the village until the brige that marks the starting point of the very popular International Descent of the River Sella, a canoeing competition that is held every year at the beginning of august. You can´t leave Ribadesella without visiting the Tito Bustillo Caves which are of Historical Heritage and contain cave paintings from the 22,000 to 10,000 B.C. You will also find real dinosaur prints at the Cliffs of Vega and at the Ribadesella Beach.
Accommodation in Ribadesella.
Day 4: Stage Ribadesella-Sebrayo
We continue our way to San Esteban de Leces and keep going to the area of Caravia. The trail weaves between eucalyptus and fern as we arrive to the Arenal de Moris, a very beautiful part of the coastal Route traversing between the mountain and the sea. You will pass the Beciella Beach until arriving at Espasa Beach and once you are crossing the river you will enter in the area of Colunga where you keep walking until La Isla.
At Priesca, you can see a pre romanic church and continuing along the path passing La Vega, you will arrive at Sebrayo, a district of Villaviciosa.
In Caravia Baja (Duesos) in front of the Santiago Church you will find the Burial “Stela of Duesos” dating back to 1AC.
The coastline between Gijon and Ribadesella (60 km) is known as the Dinosaur Coast. In the area of Colunga you can see many Dinosaur prints in places like the Griega Beach and visit the Jurasic Museum of Asturias. In the council of Villaviciosa you can visit the church of San Salvador de Valdedios from the Asturian pre Romanic period dated from the IX century and declared Historical Heritage by UNESCO. Villaviciosa is very well known for been the cider capital of the region and its historical centre is very beautiful with many fine houses like the Casona de Valdes and the Casa de Hevia.
Accommodation in Villaviciosa
Day 5: Stage Sebrayo – Gijón
We commence from the town of Sebrayo in Villaviciosa. We will pass by the stone bridge of San Juan and continue towards Gijon. We arrive to the Alto de la Cruz, a hard ascent that some might have to take at a slower pace . From the top we are rewarded by the views of the valley of Peon. Now we head on towards Gijon where we enter through the area of Cabuenes passing beside the Laboral, which is the largest civil building of Spain.
This city has a history of over 5,000 years and we can visit places like a Celtic settlement of the Campo Torres, the roman remains of the geothermal complex of Campo Valdes, the Botanical Gardens, the marina and the historical centre of Cimadevilla.
Accommodation in Gijon.
Day 6: Stage Gijón – Avilés
We depart Gijon and travel towards the Monte Areo in the area of Carreno. This is home to one of the biggest necropolis in Spain with burial elements like tumulus and dolmens believed to be more than 5000 years old.
We descend towards the valley of Carreño and walk on to Trasona in the area of Corvera finishing the stage in Aviles. The historical centre of Aviles is one of the most important of the north of Spain and is declared a National Historical Heritage site.
In Aviles we can visit the Niemeyer Centre designed by Oscar Niemeyer as a present to the Principality of Asturias after receiving the Prince of Asturias Award of Arts in 1989.
Accommodation in Aviles.
Day 7: Stage Avilés – El Pito
We depart from Aviles towards Salinas, located in the area of Castrillon. Here, the popular Surf Festival Vans Salinas International Longboard Festival is held every year, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. We then arrive into the council of Soto del Barco, passing by El Castillo and crossing the Nalon bridge. We pass briefly through the area of Pravia and recommend that you visit their important Palaeolithic and roman remains. The village of Pravia was once the ancient capital of the Astur Kingdom. Its town centre is considered of Historic importance. In Santianes you will find San Juan church, one of the first pre Romanesque style churches built under the reign of Rey Silo.
Following the Camino from the Nalon Bridge we enter the area of Muros del Nalon. We can have a small detour to San Esteban where we can follow a beautiful coastal route that brings us to El Pito and passes by the Aguilar Beach. The official itinerary brings us to Muros del Nalon, the capital of the area and after that to El Pito in the area of Cudillero where you can find the wonderful Selgas Palace from the XIX century. The palace contains paintings by Goya and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The official way doesn’t pass through the village of Cudillero but it is totally worth the time to go and visit this touristic village which is very popular for its stunning views and the spectacular amphitheatre of residences overlooking the fishing port.
Accommodation in the surrounds of Cudillero.
Day 8 : Stage Cudillero – Cadavedo
From the hotel we head in the direction of the Concha de Artedo and then arrive to Soto de Luina where we find the church of Santa Maria. Passing by the Silencio Beach, we keep going towards Cadavedo where you can´t miss the Regalina and its impressive views of the Asturian Cliffs.
Accommodation in Cadavedo
Day 9: Stage Cadavedo – Luarca
In this stage we will pass through some enchanting forest paths. In Villademoros we can visit the Tower of Villademores from the XV century which is one of the best samples of military architecture from the middle Ages.
We continue on our way to Luarca and pass over the river Esva towards the Cueva Beach. Luarca is very well known as the White Village of the Green Coast and is one of the most popular fishing villages of Asturias. Until the XVIII century the village was famous for whale hunting.
It is also recommendable to visit the Atalaya Chapel with some impressive views to the village, the cemetery, the lighthouse and the Marques de Ferrera Palace.
Accommodation in Luarca.
Day 10: Stage Luarca – Navia
Short and relaxing stage. We leave Luarca on the way to Otur and after passing through the town of Hervedosas where we enter the council of Navia. We arrive to Bao through a path of eucalyptus and then enter into Villapedre.
As a curiosity, once we get into Pinera we have to cross the national road, open an iron gate and wade across a stream and cross a wooden bridge.
We continue on until Navia where we can enjoy wandering along a coastal walk way, the historical centre and the shops and restaurants.
Accommodation in Navia.
Day 11: Stage Navia – Castropol
We leave Navia across the bridge over the estuary of Navia and we arrive at the area of Coana. Here you can visit the Coana Celtic Settlement (or Castro) in the parish of Villacondide which has been declared a Historical Monument. The settlement dates from the IV century BC and it is one of the best preserved of its kind in Spain. In the council of Coana you can also find the Origueira lighthouse perched over a spectacular cliff with a nice chapel adjacent to it.
Back to the Camino we head towards La Caridad in the area of El Franco. Once you leave this village you find the town of Valdepares where Cabo Blanco is located, one of the largest known coastal Celtic settlements.
We keep going up toward Tapia de Casariego, a pretty and touristic village which is famous for the quality of its surfing beaches, its town centre and fishing port. From here we go toward Figueras in the area of Castropol where you find the Atalaya chapel, the Pardo Dolebun Palace and the Santiago parish Church.
Accommodation in Tapia de Casariego/ Castropol
Day 12: Stage Figueras – Lourenzá
It is here where we leave Asturias crossing over the Santos bridge but we recommend that you cross the estuary as pilgrims did in the old times when the bridge didn´t exist. At the port of Figueras there is a regular pedestrian ferry service offering a nice trip that allows you to see beautiful “triangle” of Figueras, Castropol and Ribadeo. We continue in the direction of Lourenza and enter by the Ponte da Pedra. You can visit the San Salvador Monastery and the Sacred Art Museum.
Accommodation in Lourenza.
Day 13: Stage Lourenzá – Abadín
Setting off in the direction of Arroxo, we pass through a forest path towards San Pedro da Torre on the way to Mondonedo. The historic centre of Mondonedo has been declared a Artistic and Historic complex with an impressive cathedral from the XIII century. You leave Mondonedo and go toward Gontan passing by the chapel of San Cosme da Montana. Abadin is just 500 metres from there.
Accommodation in Gontan.
Day 14: Stage Abadín – Villalba
From here we follow the Camino on a path that weaves through oak trees on the way to Martinan. We pass through Pontevella of Martiñán, one of the traditional bridges of this area and continue on the way to Goiriz until Villalba where you can visit the Andrade Tower, Santa Maria church and the museum of Archaeology and Prehistory.
Accommodation in Villalba.
Day 15: Stage Villalba – Baamonde
We leave towards Rodriguez Bridge over the river Trimaz and ascend in the direction of San Xoan de Alba and up toward A Torre. Here we cross the bridge of Saa over the Labrada river. Continuing on toward Ferreira and Baamonde where you can visit the parish church of Santiago from the XIII century.
Accommodation in Baamonde.
Day 16: Stage Baamonde – Sobrado dos Monxes
Heading in the direction towards A Coruña we pass the gothic bridge of the Parga River. You’ll see the San Alberte Chapel and stay on the direction to Sobrado where you can visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Sobrado, Sobrado dos Monxes which dates back to the X century. At the entrance of Sobrado there is an artificial lagoon built in medieval times.
Accommodation in Sobrado.
Day 17: Stage Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzúa
We depart taking the Way in the direction of Arzúa and go to Vilarchao, O Peruxil and O Castro. We cross the areas of Casanova and Madelos until Corredoiras. We keep going up to the parish of Boimil, Boimorto and Santa María of Sendelle. We then continue to Vilar and Galiñeiras. We arrive at O Viso and enter into Arzúa, notable for been the crossroad of the different Routes of Caminos de Santiago and also for been the location of the convent of Magdalena from the XIV century.
Accommodation in Arzúa.
Day 18: Stage Arzúa – Amenal
Only 40km left between Arzúa and the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the best thing is to divide the stages into two days, stopping in Amenal. The Concello de Arzúa and the area of O Pino is a comfortable walk with easy slopes and tracks running alongside the N-547.
Accommodation in Amenal.
Day 19: Stage Amenal – Santiago de Compostela
Leaving Amenal we are in an easy going mood as we are finishing the Way passing through the last towns of O Pino. The area of Santiago waits for us beyond the airport and passing the parish of Sabugueira. From the Monte do Gozo you can see the rooftops of Santiago de Compostela and start the urban walk toward the Plaza of El Obradoiro and the baroque facade of the Cathedral. El Obradoiro is the beginning and the end of El Camino.
Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.
Day 20: Santiago de Compostela.
Breakfast. End of the Camino and our services.
The final price includes:
– Prices with VAT
– Pilgrim Accreditation
– Road Book with description of the routes and trip information
– Accommodation in double or single room including breakfast in Hotels, Rural Houses, guesthouses or Hostels
– Transfer of luggage and backpacks in every stage of the way (max. 15 kg per backpack)
The final price does not include:
– Transfers at the beginning and the end of the program to the first or from the last accommodation
– All lunches
– Dinners. You can reserve dinners per an extra 13 Euros per person and day
– Extra night at any point of the Route
– Extra night in Santiago de Compostela. Hotel 3* / 4* accommodation and breakfast 45€ per person in a double room and 80€ per person in a single room.
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