Ribadesella

With a week left before we leave for Blighty we decide to chill and relax on a campsite which turned out to be a good idea, loads of coastal walking again but found what turns out to be one of our best spots yet, La Vega, with a walk in to match any we had done previously. Again the weather helps but it was a fitting end.

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Our very own grass campsite
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Looking to the river and harbour
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A rich mans sea view
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The Engagement tree !
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Bananas….weirdly beautiful
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They love their gardens and pots
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A 3 mile walk away along the pilgrims way coastal path and you arrive via dirt track into La Vega and as you can see an artist lives along the route in !
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The Picos
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This is from the coast path
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Look at the stuff underneath ready as a dooer upera
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Grain store again well looked after
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Couldn’t resist his handy work
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Mr Edd

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You’re being watched…

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Put a smile on my face anyway !
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The view of the bay on the way in
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Apparently one of the top 100 places to eat in Europe !
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Best have a drink then
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Pouring the cider the traditional way to get a head on it
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A short walk off the beach and into a lead/copper mine ?
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Still pumping but signs warning you of death
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The pumped lagoon, it was all very cold and ominous looking.
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All good things come to an end, or so they say 😊

 

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Cangas de Onis

The mountains of Northern Spain are a must see place and should be on everyone’s European “bucket list” destination. A large campervan is not the best suited transport method in these twisty narrow roads high in the mountains, public transport is an option but as we found a lot of the routes are closed outside the holiday periods which here doesn’t kick off until June ! Even so don’t miss out if you find yourself in the area.

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The road in…
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C de O is classed as a city and this is its main church.
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The original Roman bridge
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The view upstream…I can feel a walk coming on !
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Or should it be down stream ?
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Hive with a mountain view
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First day down stream was sunny, next day upstream was wet !
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Didn’t seem to bother this little chap
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Or this one
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Hydro electric point with the Salmon ladder in the background
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So time to move on yet again but I will return !

 

Castro de Espasante & A Capiya, Ortigueira.

 

Moving ever closer to home we find another harbour stop with a cafe and village full of friendly people, every drink is again more tapas so I’m torn when we need to move on, we are now for the first time in months dictated to with a timescale and finding it hard to push on.

Next stop A Capiya, another rocky outcrop with a lighthouse, Faro del Cabo San Agustin, complete with a fishermans church which is said to house a surprise for those who visit ?  Navia is the nearest town well within walking distance and worth the effort for the scenery alone.

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I like harbour stops, this one had a very friendly bar/cafe

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Very Scottish loch views !

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Into the harbour
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Well worth the climb in and out
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Out with the old ……..
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….. and in with the new !
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We read that a surprise awaits those who venture into the church, but it was closed every time we passed, so you will have to remain surprised then !
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It’s a beautifully kept village with a dedicated aire with some of the best views to date
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Also a posh place to live
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Retired in style !

Sanxenxo

Back in Spain and still on the west coast at a private house with tiered pitches looking over the Atlantic crashing in on what seems like our very own private beach with a resident pod of 7 Dolphins showing up most days.

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Same house, new view.
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Our very own door step beach
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Views of the small islands and the resident Dolphin family pod.
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These are from the the notice board but I did get some far away shots with my big camera ! honest !!
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Coastal path
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Hiding behind the waves !
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Look close, there is a fisherman down there, you only fall once !
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Ebbing
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Complementary coffee & cream liquor, cold from the chiller to mix yourself, leathal in reach of Chris.

 

Vila Nova de Cerveira

VN de C sits on the Rio Minho the border with Northern Spain so a last stop in Portugal, dedicated spot for 5 vans but loads of overspill into the adjacent car parks, cycle paths both ways along the river and this being a lovely little town on the river we had a few days before Spain.

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The town mascot
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The church outside the walled fortification
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Border protection from bygone days
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More of the pilgrims way into Santiago de Compostela
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Pilgrim cyclists
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River cycling is only flat as long as you don’t leave the valley, it’s all up hill if you do !
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Serious thoughts about an inflatable canoe !

Vila Cha & Porto

Ten miles North of Porto we found the camping park at Vila Cha, from free to €12.50/night but all the amenities, showers good enough for a double hair wash, luxury!

Met a couple of fellow adventurers, Julie and Martin, having just discovered paddle boarding they have upgraded their boards for “race spec” boards, nothing if not competitive, we will probably see them next doing 30 knots up some Spanish river some place ! Good luck.

After the drive along the spectacular Duro valley, Porto came as a big bustling port with all the tourism that goes with it but we we where looking forward to the famous Port houses to visit and sample their produce !

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Porto and the river
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Lunch on the waterfront
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The old way of transporting the Port down stream
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Then stored ready for shipment all over the world
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It takes a master craftsman to produce a barrel that big and water (Port) tight
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Fish n clams in Vila Cha itself
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Graveyards beautifully kept
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“please drink responsibly”

 

 

Peso da Regua

From the mountains to the Rio Douro upstream of Porto, by a couple of hours, to Peso da Regua, river crossings for road, rail and cyclists also a stopping off point for the huge river boats that defy any possibility of navigating the river !

The official aire overlooking the river is owned by the local fishing club and for a dedicated park with fresh and waste water facilities plus lekky hook up all for 3€, bargain. You can’t park a car in Mansfield for any more the 2 hours for that !

We took a train ride up river, hugging every spare piece of land not being used for grape and Port wine production, landscaped to perfection by Messers Taylor’s, Dow, Sandiman, Grahams to name but a few.

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Our house from the cyclist bridge
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Mr Sandiman greeting all who travel the Douro
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The trees shed a fine white silk like down the whole place looked like a frost had struck.
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The Captain !
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How these huge elegant vessels navigated the river this far up and further amazed me.
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When it comes to Port what’s your colour ?
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These tiles adorn most of the train stations and are now protected as “Listed” in Portuguese terms
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Deface or damage at you’re peril !

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Looks like Buster Keaton was here at one time !

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I found it a stunning river