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IRUN - SANTANDER
Camino del Norte

Unquera to Cue
via Colombres

13th April 2023

Into Asturia -
Cliffs, waves,
blowholes and caves
(28 km)

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Watching a blow hole


We slept in, and were last for breakfast coffee at the hostel in Unquera. Setting off, we crossed the bridge into Asturia and followed a paved way to a sunny village square in Colombres. This town is the capital of the municipality of Ribadedeva, where those who returned with fortunes from the Americas (called Indians!) built palaces, and where there is an archive of the emigration to Latin America. On the way out of the village, we found a couple of pilgrims we knew at a roadside restaurant, and had coffee and toast with them. From there, we found our way to the coastal variant, which turned out to be spectacular due to the weather conditions, which huge waves breaking on the cliffs, and even better sending plumes of spray out of the blowholes along the coast. These are known as "bufones" (snort or hiss) because of the sound they make as the pressure builds up. We spent a long time watching and enjoying the show, before moving on!

We continued, walking around the edge of a huge campsite, reaching a small beach where a friendly local drove us up to the clifftop restaurant where we had salad and chips with local cheese and meat. Returning to the beach, we found a fascinating cave, although we didn't dare go in too deep. and then continued along the cliffs to see a last blowhole, now in the rain. This was also the stage where we discovered that all the villages were closed for the week, and so we were lucky after finding all the hotels closed, to find an open pension run by a really friendly Frenchman in the second village we tried. Sue was exhausted, and had to go straight to bed covered in blankets to recover. All in all, a very eventful day!

  Pilgrim stamps


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Location of photos

Our route

Route on Gronze

Our route



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