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.

 

Seville

Time stands still for no man, so we needed to move on from Alphonsos place and find our own way in the world, namely Seville !

Parked a little out of town near the docks, bit of a dark road down but good to see Seville for a couple of days, so tapas it is then !

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Plaza de Espana……..

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…..even the ceilings are a work of art…..

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….must have cost a pretty penny in its day.
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Tapas evening

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A winter market, Mecca for the vegetarian
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A city worth visiting, probably not for a haircut though !

Sanlucar de Barrameda

With Christmas fast approaching we get settled in to Alphonsos place in what is known as the Sherry triangle, loads of good cycle routes for such a rural place, so good we stayed for 3 weeks. Pete and Nina shot off after the new year to Portugal and the hills but I think we shall cross paths and clink sherry glasses some place soon ?
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The Sherry triangle
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Holed up at Alphonsos place waiting for Xmas and 2017 to arrive.
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The local sherry baron, this is the back of his garage !
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Sanlucar square

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If only you could smell this passageway and it’s Manzanilla content.
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Hams everywhere

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Chipiona bike ride

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The Xmas lights on a late night Tapas and drinking session in town.
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Camping Christmas lunch
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Cheers !!
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The three kings arrive with presents for the kids on the 6th January
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Chipiona lighthouse, third tallest on the med !
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All I wanted from Santa was a hammock ! Ah well there’s always another year.