This final section of the Camino del Norte takes you from the coast inland to Oviedo which is also the starting point of the Camino Primitivo. From Ribadesella you still get to enjoy the coastline as you go up and down to towns and beaches before passing the Templar site and Benedictine Monastery of Santiago to arrive in Colunga. A relatively short day follows along the valley before climbing up the Cabanona pass and coming back downhill to another valley and the town of Villaviciosa.
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Villaviciosa is sometimes referred to as the ‘apple capital’ of Spain due to it production in cider. This isn’t all this charming town has to offer however, here you will find the beautiful 13th Century Church of Sanra Maria de la Olivia, wanders its historic centre and discover other buildings of interest like the town hall and palaces from the 17th and 18th century.
The Church of San Salvador de Valdedios
The church of San Salvador de Valdedios is the religious centre of Asturias and includes the small Oratory of San Salvador and the Cisterian monastery built around the Basilica of Santa Maria. The church is one of the finest examples of Asturian Pre-Romanesque Art and is popularly known as ‘El Conventín’.
Oviedo has so many chapels and squares to wonder as well as the beautiful Campo de San Francisco park. Throughout the year there are many different festivals in Oviedo all with their own charm and allure. Whereas the most of Spain is known for its wine, Oviedo is known for its local apple cider.
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Day 2 20.1km
The Camino continues uphill towards the village of Vega, at the foot of the impressive Monte Redondu. Reaching Vegas beach, we cross the Regatu del Acebu and climb to the charming village of Berbes. Then, the Camino goes downhill to the beach of El Arenal de Mons, where the mouth of the River de los Romeros can be seen. After passing a Templar site and the Benedictine Monastery of Santiago (founded in the 11th century), we arrive in Colunga.
Day 3 17.4km
From Colunga, the Camino continues along the valley of the river Llovones, passing small villages. As we leave the valley the track leads uphill to the Cabanona pass, where we can get superb views of the coast. The Camino continues downhill to Priesca, past the Church of San Salvador, consecrated in the year 921. If the church is opened have a look at the paintings inside. Now on the left bank of the river Sebrayu, the Camino follows the Nabla river valley to reach Villaviciosa.
Day 4 25.5km
POLA DE SIERO
From Villaviciosa, we follow the Camino until we reach the village of La Casquita. Here we leave the coast taking the southern way of the Camino Norte. This alternative way allows us to visit Oviedo, and also to connect with the “Camino Primitivo”, the Original way. On the Camino, don?t miss the Church of San Juan de Amandi (13th century), and the marvelous Pre-Romanesque Church known as El Conventin (9th century). We cross the river Valdedio and continue to Camoca to the Alto La Campa, enjoying superb views over the Sariego Valley. We finally descend to Figares and continue walking towards La Carcabada until we come to Pola de Siero.
Day 5 17.1km
POLA DE SIERO
The Camino passes El Rayu, famous in the 18th century for its ceramics, and we head towards Carbayal, Fonciello, Meres and Granda. This area has a semi-urban character. Passing the small village of El Llugarin, we come to the medieval bridge of Colloto, entering Oviedo via Cerdeno and Calles de la Tenderina Alta and Baja.
In the Middle-Ages, Oviedo was one of the most important pilgrimage sites on the Camino. Don’t miss the Cathedral of San Salvador and the relics and treasures in the Holy Chamber.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
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