The Coastal Way

Stage 2: Llanes - Ribadesella/Ribeseya

Throughout the 30.06 kilometers that this stage comprises, the western half of the municipality of Llanes and the eastern half of Ribadesella/Ribeseya, connecting the two municipal capitals.

It is a long stage but generally without major slopes, although it has two steep slopes between Niembro and Bedón and in Piñeres de Pría, reaching in the latter case the maximum height of the stage, about 110 meters. The Camino runs mostly along rural roads, although there are also sections that coincide with road shoulders and crossings through towns and villages, in the case of the council capitals themselves and the nuclei of Po, Celoriu, Barru, Naves, Villahormes, Nueva , Piñeres, Cuerres and Toriello. The asphalt dominates more than half of the route, although there is also a significant percentage of roads with dirt and gravel surfaces.

The traditional Asturian architecture is very present in all these localities, being abundant the presence of granaries and paneras, auxiliary constructions very defining of the landscape. The villas of Llanes and Ribadesella/Ribeseya, declared a Historic Complex, have urban centers of notable architectural quality, in which examples of good buildings from modern and contemporary times are abundant, largely maintaining a parcel and distribution of streets that finds its origin in the middle Ages. Great monuments, such as the basilica of Llanes, the remains of the wall enclosure of this town, the monastery of San Salvador de Celoriu, with its Romanesque tower, the church of Niembro or the monastery of San Antolín de Bedón, mark the route of the Camino de Santiago at this stage.

Few sections of the coastal Jacobean route of Asturias honor their name as much as some of the existing ones in this stage, which even runs for a few meters through the sand of Borizu beach in Celorio, the Camino also flanking the beach of Bedón, although it is true that most of the route takes place further inland, in the space between the coast and the first foothills of the flat mountains that mark the transition to inland Asturias.

The towns of Llanes and Ribadesella/Ribeseya have a long Jacobean history. In the case of Llanes, allusions to pilgrims go back to the town’s own founding document, in the first decades of the 13th century, while in 1330 its San Roque hospital was founded, the oldest on the eastern Asturian coast. which was in operation until the 19th century. There are many references to the passage of pilgrims of different European nationalities through its facilities, some of whom died in Llanes, of which there is documentary evidence in the dead books of the parish church. The monastery of San Salvador de Celoriu, founded in 1107 and which since the 16th century has incorporated the neighboring monastery of San Antolín de Bedón, also flanked by the Jacobean route, also had a hostel. References to other hospitals for pilgrims at this stage are found in Nueva de Llanes and in the capital of Rios. Thus, there is documentary news about the existence of a pilgrims’ hospital in Ribadesella/Ribeseya as early as 1486, its building having survived until its demolition in 1861.

Stage description

The stage begins at the bridge over the Carrocéu de Llanes river, in the heart of the capital’s urban center. From this point, the route continues to the port, descending a ramp towards the riverbed, which is flanked for about thirty meters until reaching the second perpendicular street that emerges to the left, that of Manuel Cue, through which the tour continues.

Manuel Cue is a long and narrow street, flanked by two and three-storey houses, with abundant balconies and galleries, some of these constructions developing in a space delimited by fire walls, which testify to the age of its construction.

Manuel Cue Street gives way to Posada Herrera Street, progressively widening the road until it reaches the Plaza de Cristo Rey, where there is a great concentration of monumental buildings, starting with the Casona de Ramón Miranda, a late 17th century construction , located on the right bank of the Camino, and continuing with the Posada Herrera palace, to the left of the Camino, current headquarters of the House of Culture, located in front of the Basilica of Santa María del Concejo. At the end of the street are the remains of the palace of the Duke of Estrada, a construction in ruins since its fire during the War of Independence at the beginning of the 19th century. At the rear of the church is located another of the great llanisco palaces, that of Cercáu, thus forming an architectural nucleus of excellent quality and variety, which refers to the best of Asturian cultured architecture from the late Middle Ages and the modern age.

Once Manuel Cue Street reaches the end of the Plaza de Cristo Rey, in front of the Basilica of Santa María, the Camino takes a turn to the left, continuing along a narrow street located between the Posada Herrera Palace and buildings linked to the medieval wall of Llanes, one of whose high towers is bordered, until reaching a descent with steps that continues until it joins Calle de Alfonso X, continuing the route then to the left, skirting the tower of the medieval wall and descending along some stairs down to the street, flanked by the sides of the City Hall buildings and the old Casino de Llanes. In this way, you arrive at Calle de Nemesio Sobrino, continuing the Jacobean route along it, to the right.

Shortly after starting this street, the large building of the old Agustinas Recoletas monastery (later La Encarnación school and now a hotel establishment) is passed on the right hand side. The street and the Path run along one of the sides of the building, in an area in which the path is made up of an authentic vegetable pasture, thanks to a double row of plane trees that have been connected by successive pruning. higher until configuring that tunnel under which the Jacobean route runs. After this section, you will arrive at the Posada Herrera park (part of the old estate of the adjoining monastery), presided over by a statue dedicated to this local hero, erected in 1893. You flank this park and continue along Nemesio Sobrino street, in a an area in which buildings of interest abound, from traditional Asturian-style houses to Indian chalets still surrounded by small gardens, passing through rationalist-style buildings.

After approximately one kilometer, and after passing Nemesio Sobrino street to Egido Gavito street and passing next to the La Atalaya urbanization, you will come to a site used as a car park. At this time, you cross the street and cross the railroad tracks, next to the Llanes funeral home building. The Camino presents a firm asphalt in this area, continuing its journey to the right, once the train tracks have been crossed. The route continues next to a meadow and some cattle sheds located in a curve, continuing later until passing under an overpass of a road. In this area, the route already has a surface of earth and gravel, in an increasingly rural environment. Once you have crossed the underpass, you reach a flat area, dominated by meadows and with wide perspectives, which allow you to contemplate the mountainous foothills of the Sierra del Cuera in the background.

Barely half a kilometer after the underpass, you reach the Po cemetery, at which point the road becomes paved again. This path leads directly to this nucleus of Po, through an area first paved and then on a sidewalk, flanked by a long and high stone wall.

Po is a town that owes much of its current configuration to the work of the Indians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, responsible for the construction of the main buildings in the town, such as the parish church, schools or the bowling alley. Along with these public buildings, Po has a good representation of houses dating from the 17th and 20th centuries, of different styles, ranging from traditional Asturian architecture to the different styles in which the Indians built their residences.

The Camino de Santiago enters Po along the sidewalk that leads to the parish church, having to cross the street on the curve behind the apse of this construction, connecting with a narrow dirt road, flanked by stone walls, which leads directly to the temple, dominated by the tower that is located on the western side of the building and that presents a closed portico in front of the southern façade, flanked by six columns that rise on a small wall. On its north flank, the church is surrounded by a wide park, in which there is a large commemorative space dedicated to Egidio Gavito Bustamante, a local benefactor to whom his neighbors dedicated this monument in 1911. It is a construction in ashlars of limestone, which forms a semicircle in the center of which is arranged, on a stepped structure, a podium presided over by the seated statue of the benefactor, in bronze, the work of Sebastián Miranda. Behind this monument is located, isolated, a pine of great size and altitude.

After reaching the church, the Camino de Santiago goes, to the left, to the upper area of Po, which is accessed by a street perpendicular to the eastern facade of the temple (where the tower is located), which it ascends towards a space of narrow and irregular paths, which develop between single-family houses surrounded by stone walls, through the neighborhoods of El Cantón, Marrubiu and Pindal. Some of the constructions denote great antiquity, some with carvings on the ashlars of lintels and buttresses; another construction has a semicircular plan that reminds of the apses of old churches. You cross a small square and then pass over the narrow gauge railway tracks, ending at the end of this zigzagging route on the AS-263 regional road, then continuing the route along it, to the left, leaving behind the town.

Leave Po behind and continue along the narrow shoulder, sometimes non-existent, of the regional road, leaving several junctions with other local roads to the right, which are not followed. This is the case of a detour that exists at the exit of the town and that leads to the nearby Po beach, or of those that later allow access to the campsite in this town or to a water tank.

Eight hundred meters after leaving Po, and behind an existing stone wall on the left side of the route, the Camino de Santiago leaves the shoulder of the regional road and deviates towards a small rural road on the right, with a sign of stone and earth, forming a track that continues between meadows (in an area known as the Ería de la Serna) for three hundred meters until reaching a fork, where you must continue straight ahead, flanking a plot located on the left, surrounded by a vegetable hedge and in whose interior there is abundant arboreal vegetation and a solitary bread basket. From this point, the route continues along a track for about 400 meters, between meadows and flanked by a solitary tree and by enclosing walls of plots, built in stone. After that distance, the road surface becomes asphalted, reaching an area in which single-family homes begin to abound, generally built in the last decades of the 20th century, signaling the arrival to the town of Celoriu, the next town to the that the Coastal Path arrives as it passes through the municipality of Llanes, with a long Jacobean history since already in the 12th century there is evidence of the existence of a pilgrims’ hospital.

The route through these first foothills of the nucleus of Celoriu is made by an asphalt path flanked by enclosure walls of plots, many of them built with concrete blocks, surviving some reduced section of traditional closures based on limestone from the area, which they become more frequent as we get closer to the urban nucleus. Continue straight ahead, leaving behind perpendicular paths that emerge on both sides of the route. In one of these connections with other paths, in a small open space, a transept is left on the left of the route, erected on a stone staircase with four steps and a stone base, on the flanks of which rhombuses have been carved.

After this crossing, the Camino continues straight ahead, soon reaching an area with more dense construction, with numerous single-family homes, in which there is already a section of route in which sidewalks have been laid out on the right side of the Camino (in the direction of travel of the same). This area with sidewalks and modern constructions leads to a crossroads of four curved paths, with a stone wall flanking the curved edge of it, in front of the Camino. At this point, you have to continue to the right, towards the old Celoriu monastery, founded in 1107 and which since the 12th century hosted a hostel for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. This monument is reached in just 150 meters.

The Camino flanks San Salvador de Celoriu, inside which the structure of the old Romanesque tower stands, while the church stands on one of the sides of the complex.

The open space in front of the church and the old monastery has a small monument dedicated to Paulino Crespo Martínez, consisting of a tombstone on a stone support. Another commemorative monument, dedicated on this occasion to José García Fernández (and which has a tombstone under a pyramidal structure built in concrete) flanks the Jacobean route at this point.

After passing the monastery and church of San Salvador, the Camino de Santiago reaches the beaches of Las Cámaras and La Palombina de Celoriu, which follow one another without interruption and along whose promenade the route continues, passing two viewpoints set up there, until you reach a ramp that leads to the very sand of La Palombina beach, along which the Jacobean route runs for a little less than a hundred meters, until it reaches an area of stairs, next to a restaurant. Climb the stairs and join a street that runs perpendicular to the beach. This street leads to the highway ¿? On whose sidewalk the route continues. We pass a campsite on the left and the detour to the nearby Borizu beach on the right. Continue along the sidewalk, leaving another detour to the right to the meadows from which it is possible to see the Cristo de Celoriu, as well as the Truenzu beach. After that crossroads, you will pass another campsite on the right and some greenhouses on the left, continuing a slight ascent along the sidewalk, until you reach another campsite and the town of Barru, which you cross leaving the detour to the beach on your right. of this locality.

The Camino runs along the sidewalk of the road around which the town has developed, which presents numerous examples of recently built single-family buildings, as well as some housing blocks from the late twentieth century.

Leaving Barru behind, once you have crossed a small stream, you continue along the sidewalk of the local road, until the moment it ends, having then to cross the road and continue along a dirt track located to the right, which extends to along approximately 150 meters, until reaching a curve in which the access to a large house is located surrounded by a wide green space in which two palm trees stand out that preside over the monumental complex. The Way leaves this access behind and continues along a paved road, which runs perpendicular to the previous track. The road is now concreted and from it the first views of one of the most peculiar landscapes of the llanisca coast are obtained, that of the cove of El Vau presided over by the church and the parish church cemetery, being able to see, Similarly, to the right of the temple, the town of Niembro, developed in height from the bottom of the estuary along a small hill. This is one of the most iconic images of Asturias.

After just 110 meters, this concrete path leads to the local road LL-11, next to the so-called Casa del Cura.

After leaving the house behind, you continue along the sidewalk of the regional road for almost half a kilometer until you reach the bridge over the Calabres river. Before, a small rest area is left on the left, equipped with benches and a fountain built in 1957. On the right the road borders directly with the estuary, offering an excellent panoramic view of it and the church and the cemetery. Only some isolated construction stands in this landscape.

The bridge that spans the Calabres river leads directly to the chapel of souls of El Santín, a small roofed structure in whose interior the carvings of Christ crucified and San Roque are preserved, as well as different plaques on which different sentences are inscribed.

From this point the Way continues along a narrow ascending path located to the left of the chapel. If you want to visit the church of Niembro, you must turn to the right, continuing along the local road for about 130 meters, and then return to this point to continue the Jacobean route.

To the left of the Santín chapel begins a path of short and intense ascent. It is an ancient path, known as the Cuesta de Niembro, initially paved and which soon gives way to a firm of compact earth and stone, between trees, and which after two steep curves leads to a dirt track that continues for space of just over 600 meters, heading west, between meadows and scrub areas, allowing the contemplation, on the right, of the town of Niembro, which will not be entered. The Camino continues to be a dirt and stone track up to a house located near the junction with the local road LLN-9, at which point it becomes concreted. You cross the road and continue straight on along an asphalt asphalt path, flanked by stone walls, which you climb until you reach a fork very soon, where you take the path to the left, leaving shortly after turn right to the detour to the beach of Torimbia. It continues straight ahead, passing under an old house between buttresses and surrounded by high walls that enclose the plot, this being an old sale of assistance to travelers, today in a state of abandonment.

The route continues along this asphalt road, slightly uphill, through the area of Las Llaviercas, passing by old disused buildings and some greenhouse, until after about 200 meters from the last detour the route becomes a dirt path and stone that between meadows and flanked in part by earthen walls closing the plots leads after a short journey of just 75 meters to the pedestrian shoulder of the local road LL-11, which runs along about 150 meters in length, leaving on the left is a group of buildings dominated by a three-story building with one of its flanks configured in the shape of a tower, located on the curve of the road, in a place called La Fábrica.

After overcoming this construction, and before reaching a second curve, the Camino de Santiago deviates to the right, following the so-called Camino del Mar, a compact dirt road and stone that enters a natural environment, running largely through the interior of the vegetable tunnel that forms the arboreal vegetation that develops on both sides of the route. After a little less than half a kilometer of slight ascent, you will reach the crossroads with a wider track, perpendicular to the Jacobean route that leads to a building located on the right, on a hill, and called Hacienda El Foro.

After this crossroads, continue straight ahead, leaving the facilities of the company Agar de Asturias on the left. The Camino continues to be a dirt and stone track, which leads after a few meters to the whim of a construction developed around a primitive construction with a ground floor and an upper floor with a corridor, to which other constructions were later added. After this house, the route passes between eucalyptus plantations, gaining height and allowing the contemplation to the left of wide perspectives of valleys and mountains, with the western massif of the Picos de Europa in the background. In this section the Camino runs over the town of Bricia, which cannot be seen from the route.

Then a descent along a forest track begins, between eucalyptus trees, continuing straight ahead at the first crossroads, leaving a path on the right that climbs steeply. The steep descent allows us to contemplate from the top, on the right, the church of San Antolín de Bedón and the remains of the constructions of the old monastery that was located at this point, another of the places of marked Jacobean history within the council of Llanes.

We descend to the main road, this point where the entrance to the Bedón complex is located. The route continues along the pedestrian verge, separated from the AS-263 road, bordering the plot where the monastery is located. Continue along this shoulder, until you reach a bridge over the Bedón river, which also has a special pedestrian crossing, with wooden floors. After crossing it, the route continues along the roadside adapted for pedestrians, which connects with the San Antolín beach promenade, made up of a sidewalk flanked by a white railing inspired by the one that has presided over the seafront for a century. Gijonesa San Lorenzo beach.

You continue along this promenade and come to a new shoulder of the road, which runs between the national highway, parallel to the train tracks. After completing the pedestrian shoulder, you must continue along the shoulder of the AS263 road, which in a steep ascent leads to the pass under two highway viaducts, leaving a water tank on the left and a vehicle sales warehouse on the right .

In this way the route to the town of Naves arrives.

In the first place a road fork appears, which is solved by taking the local road located on the left, leaving the continuation of the national road on the right. Continuing along this local road, you immediately pass a rest area on the left, made up of a green space in which benches and a fountain have been arranged. Shortly after, on the right hand side, the Naves y Bedón parochial cemetery is located, in whose access a plaque dated in 1881 is located.

The path continues along the local road, between high stone walls that reveal behind them agricultural constructions, in which it is common to find granaries and bread boxes in which the fruits of the orchards that abound in this area are stored. In this way, you get to the parish church of Naves. Next to the church there is a continuous stone bench in whose central area there is a fountain, also made of stone, built in 1903 at the expense of five people who are identified on a commemorative plaque in the fountain itself.

The Way continues straight ahead, leaving the church and a large house of La Fonte on the left, surrounded by a closing stone wall and with bars between pilasters.

On the right hand side of the Way there are several houses between buttresses, with an open ground floor between these side walls and with the upper floor occupied by wooden galleries or open corridors. Continue straight ahead, until you reach a square dominated by a trough fountain, built in stone in 1903, thanks to the magnificence of Pedro and Ramón del Cueto, whose generosity recalls a plaque that presides over the construction. This fountain is located in the center of an open space surrounded by a stone wall and trees flanking this area. Various constructions converge around the square, generally of a popular type and little development in height.

The Camino continues straight ahead leaving a detour on the left, and flanked by a high stone wall on its right, until it reaches an area, in the Iyán neighborhood, presided over by the large building of the Cabañón winery, a rectangular construction with two plants. To the right of the main façade of the winery there is a monumental entrance door to a farm dominated by a large house.

The route continues straight ahead, flanking the building of the winery, which at the back has, on a raised platform, a large bread basket. Shortly after, the road surface becomes compacted earth and stone, leaving the nucleus of Naves and passing through a natural environment. There are areas in which the itinerary is flanked by outcrops of the mother rock, even small cavities being configured. Continuing along this path for approximately half a kilometer, between meadows and with trees flanking the route of the route, you will arrive, after a slight ascent, to the town of Villahormes, through whose neighborhood of San Antonio the route runs, which does not enter the town center.

When arriving at the town the Way happens to be concreted. The first thing that is left on the right is a row of buildings belonging to a hotel establishment, appearing shortly after, on the left, a fountain. You continue straight ahead, without going into the town, which is only bordered by its southern flank, leaving different buildings on the right, some of them of remarkable antiquity, case of a white house between firebreaks located on a plot of notable extension limited by a stone closing wall.

Shortly after, you pass in front of the chapel of San Antonio, built in 1895, after which, and at a fork in the road, you must continue on the one on the left.

It continues along the so-called Camín de la Venta, as an old lodging establishment once existed in this area. At present, this path has the shape of a dirt track, among eucalyptus trees. Soon, you pass a small and very recent chapel of souls, surrounded by bars, in which an image of the Virgen del Carmen is preserved, linked to the souls in purgatory. On the cover of the chapel you can read the inscription “Chapel of souls. Don’t go without praying ”. From this point, you still have to follow this track for a kilometer and a half, always heading west and slightly ascending, without taking any of the detours that appear along the route. You pass in front of the so-called Venta Castañeda, which includes several buildings on both sides of the road, in an area where it has firm concreting. On the left bank of the route, in front of a portico in front of a garage, there is a small chapel of souls built in 1983. Shortly afterwards, you arrive at the place of Güergu, where there are a few single-family houses between which a path runs It is still asphalted and continues straight on, leaving a detour to the right that leads to several houses and farmhouses in the town.

From Güergu the path continues in slight descent until it connects with the local road LLN-16, followed by a Güergu bridge over the Riboira river. Continue straight ahead, joining a path that ascends and is concreted for the first few meters, then turns into a dirt and stone track.

The route continues in a purely rural environment, at the foot of the Llano de Nueva mountain, between carbayos and some holm oaks that flank both sides of the road, for half a kilometer, in which only a farmhouse with a granary in front of it will be seen on the right , shortly after arriving at the large plot belonging to the palace of the Marquis de la Vega del Sella, whose main construction can be seen between the trees and the stone wall that surrounds his estate.

You will also pass by a house linked to this palace, located on the same right flank of the Camino, after which a doorway with bars allows you to contemplate part of the green space that surrounds the construction. The Camino connects at this point with a road that joins from the left, turning into a concrete track, flanked on the right side by the high stone wall that surrounds the palace of the Count de la Vega del Sella. From that junction, a little more than 300 meters of route run until reaching the nucleus of Nueva de Llanes. Several single-family homes begin to flank the road on the left bank, until you reach the AS-263 road, already in the nucleus of Nueva, where a pilgrim hospital, called Nuestra Señora de la Blanca, existed in modern times. .

This town is accessed through a small park, then crossing the narrow gauge train tracks, which leads directly to the central core of the town. In the first open space that we find behind the tracks there is a stone fountain. The route continues straight, heading west, running through some of the most representative streets of the town, where there is an excellent representation of architectural types from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with examples of Indian-inspired constructions. , mountain or rationalist, corridors and galleries being frequent.

After a small square, continue in front of the source of the mercáu, promoted by Andrés del Río Pérez in 1893, as recalled by a plaque located in front of a stone construction that surrounds the spout of the fountain, made of cast iron .

Shortly after this source, you will reach the parish church of San Jorge de Nueva, presided over by a large Romanesque-inspired tower that flanks the main portal of the temple.

Once past the church, continue straight ahead until you reach a bridge over the Nueva river, which you cross, continuing straight ahead along the shoulder of the AS-263 regional road, leaving the detour to the beaches of Cuevas del Mar on the right hand side. located two kilometers from this point.

You go up the shoulder of the road for approximately 140 meters, until a first turnoff to the right that leads to the Camino de Santiago along a dirt track that continues for about 600 meters, parallel to the train tracks, at that at some point it practically comes to play. In the first few meters of this route, you can see, on the right, a panoramic view of the town of Nueva, from which the Way is gradually moving away. You come to an underpass of the Cantabrian highway, which you cross, turning the route to the left after it, again heading west. On this occasion, you are driving along a dirt and stone road, between meadows on the right and the highway on the left, with the Cuera mountains in front of you. This road continues for about a kilometer, leaving the town of Piñeres on the right. After that kilometer you come to an asphalt road, in a curve in which you must follow the road located straight ahead, which leads to the town of Piñeres de Pría, where the Camino does not enter, leaving the main roads on the right. buildings.

Continue along the local road LLN-17, parallel to the highway and next to various buildings, among which a building between firebreaks and with ashlar frames in the openings stands out, as well as an access portal to the large plot of land. dimensions.

Continue along the local road, leaving the detour to Nueva and Belmonte on the left and continuing for approximately 270 meters until the next detour to the left, in the area called El Corru, which you take and which leads along a dirt track towards the church of San Pedro de Pría, located in Altu Pría, to which you have to ascend by a track that crosses meadows, eucalyptus plantations and cattle pasture lands. You must go through a gate behind which you skirt a meadow, which you must then go through until you reach the temple.

The church of San Pedro, of great dimensions and located between the rectory and the cemetery, has exceptional views of the interior of the municipality of Llanes.

The Camino de Santiago continues its journey next to the San Pedro cemetery, which is left on the right, along a dirt track that descends towards the center of Belmonte, whose first houses are reached after half a kilometer of descent among eucalyptus trees, with views to the right to the coast of Llanisca and Ribadesella/Ribeseya.

The first constructions of Belmonte suppose the change of firm in the Way, that now happens to be concreted. You will soon arrive at the chapel of San José, in the upper neighborhood of the town. The chapel is located to the right of the route.

It continues between the houses of Belmonte, some of them of certain antiquity, as denoted by the ashlar windowsills that exist under the windows of several buildings. After passing the last houses of the town, follow the path that continues towards the west, taking in this way the first detour to the right that appears, running along a dirt and stone track, flanked at the beginning by stone walls and that after about 400 meters downhill leads to a concrete track and a pass over the railroad tracks left on the left, continuing the Way to the right, first along a dirt road that ascends and leads, after another turn to the right , to an asphalt track, bordered by stone walls that ascends towards a small nucleus of single-family houses, one of them with an access portal to the corresponding property, behind which a set of buildings is arranged in the shape of an L that includes a wing that on its upper floor has a corridor with a wooden balustrade.

Continue along this road until you pass the houses and reach a very sharp curve, which you take, turning to the left, connecting with a narrow asphalt road that leads directly to the Cuerres bridge, over the Guadamía River, a milestone that marks the border. between the councils of Llanes and Ribadesella/Ribeseya.

The Cuerres bridge, which is currently on one side of the Camino and which can be crossed on foot, is configured as a structure with a single span, built on the basis of large blocks of limestone, also conserving the deck of the bridge, also in stone. .

After crossing the bridge, continue along the local road, ascending a steep slope in an area of outcrops on the surface of the limestone rock. Just when you reach this point, you go down a path that develops between dry limestone walls that leads to the nucleus of Cuerres, the first town in the Ribadesella/Ribeseya council through which the coastal Camino de Santiago runs.

The route does not go as far as the church of San Mamés de Cuerres or its old pilgrim fountain, the two most outstanding heritage elements of the town, but rather continues along paths that border this monumental center, running alongside recently-built single-family houses. construction, being the route practically in its entire length flanked by limestone walls.

After leaving the Cuerres houses behind, the Way becomes a dirt and stone track, which leads directly to a house between firebreaks located in front of the train tracks, which must be crossed, then continuing the route to the right, along a A local road, parallel to the railway, which continues for approximately half a kilometer, leaving some isolated construction to the left, one of them large and for hotel use. You go up to an overpass and continue along the same local road until you reach a crossroads, taking the one that continues to the right, leaving the road and leaving a house with a granary in front of it on the left. curve where the road bifurcation occurs.

We continue along a paved road, between meadows, stone walls that close the plots and some isolated houses, arriving after just 300 meters at the center of Toriello, in whose central square there is a fountain and a small rest area. Shortly after, the building of the old schools and the chapel of San Martín, with a single nave with a portico in front of the entrance and presided over by a belfry with a bell. Behind the chapel, and on the other side of the train tracks (located to the right of the Camino), more constructions of the nucleus are developed, some of certain antiquity, as evidenced by its structure between fire walls.

After passing the nucleus of Toriello, the path continues along a paved road, reaching an old shop of which half of the structure is preserved, attached to a later house. The old part of the construction is built with ashlars and limestone masonry and allows one to guess that it was structured around a large porch or central hall located on the ground floor, with an upper floor with a corridor. Once the old shop has been left behind, continue straight ahead, taking the path that runs to the right at the next fork in the road, leaving the concrete route that had been followed on the left. It continues along a dirt track between meadows and flanked by low stone walls, until it converges with the railroad tracks, which intersect. This is the old royal road of Pría, which linked Llanes with Ribadesella/Ribeseya.

After crossing the railway line, continue to the left, along a path that for a few meters runs parallel to the train and then separates from it. It is a stone and dirt track, which runs to the left, leaving a first path on the right that deviates, and continuing along a section in which the route presents a deep box, between side closures based on slopes in the terrain, taken by the vegetation and by some tree. You pass a new detour to the right and a little later another to the left, in an area with eucalyptus plantations.

In general, this route runs through the area known as L’Infiernu between meadows and wide open spaces that allow you to contemplate panoramic views of great beauty, presided over by the mountainous background of the Sierra del Cuera. It is interesting to see how the closure between plots is solved based on continuous walls of limestone laid dry, in what constitutes the testimony of an ancestral construction technique, extremely respectful with the environment.

The route continues for half a kilometer from the last detour until it reaches the next one, continuing along the right-hand path along a path with similar characteristics, to which a path joins from the left later, arriving after another 600 meters at a road. paved road, right at a road junction point where the Jacobean route continues along the one on the left, continuing along the asphalt road for more than half a kilometer, until a new junction with the railroad tracks, after having left behind, Right hand, a large group of buildings, around an eighteenth century mansion, very classical, with a lintel door flanked by stone blocks, which also appear in the corners. Also appear in this section of road, on both sides of the route, apple plantations.

You cross the train tracks and continue along this track for about 300 meters, until it joins the AS-263 road, along whose shoulder, in the right direction as the junction occurs, you continue for a few meters, until a first detour to the left, which leads down a dirt and stone path to the Ribadesella/Ribeseya football field.

You go around the stadium on an asphalt road and just afterwards you go up a steep track, between trees, until you reach the national highway again 400 meters later. Continue along the shoulder of this road, leaving the railway station on the left (whose tracks are crossed by an overpass integrated into the national highway itself). The hard shoulder leads directly to the nucleus of Ribadesella/Ribeseya, sidewalks soon appearing along which one continues to the center of the town, first crossing the San Antonio neighborhood. A first large building on the right-hand side, behind a high perimeter wall, is the San Miguel de la Montaña residence for the elderly. After leaving this equipment behind, a descent begins towards the historic center of Ribadesella/Ribeseya, deviating from the AS-263 road, which is left on the left, and taking a pedestrian ramp continues through the streets of the Station and Trasmarina , to reach some stairs in Calle Oscura that lead directly to Calle del Infante, one of the main arteries of the historic complex of Ribadesella/Ribeseya.

Through this road, flanked by old buildings between firebreaks and balconies, you reach the Plaza de la Reina María Cristina, on one side of which is located the old palace of Prieto-Cutre, today the seat of the Riosella town hall. Continuing straight ahead along José López Muñiz street, you finally reach the church square, the end of this route and an excellent starting point to start an urban tour of Ribadesella/Ribeseya, a town where a hospital was founded in 1486. of pilgrims dedicated to Saint Sebastian.

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