After a communal breakfast, we were last to set out in the rain,
which increased to an Atlantic gale as we got into the hills.
All the advertised cafes were shut, and we arrived wet and cold in
San Vincente. After a hot chocolate and chocolate cake in the
first bar we came too, we went to check out the bus station
and found some of our fellow pilgrims warming up there.
We decided to book an afternoon bus to our next stop, Unquera.
In the meantime we looked around the fishing village,
once an important starting point for pilgrims on the Camino Lebaniego to Santa Toribio, with
medieval hospices, church and a castle.
With only a slight hitch when the phone with the bus tickets on it stopped working and had to be recharged
and restarted, we got the bus for a 15min trip to Unquera and the old fashioned hostel, with individual rooms, we
were staying in. After changing into dry clothes we went out
looking for somewhere to eat, but not only do Spanish restaurants open late,
today was a rest day, so we made do with hot chocolate and pastries, and then got salads
from the local supermarket to eat in our room. (The pies of Unquera are famous throughout Spain,
with boxes of them piled up in all the shops)
The rain had cleared up by the evening, so we had a stroll to the bridge joining Cantabria to Asturia.
and watched a group of kayakers on the river.