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August 2014

Coastal path - Las Catedrales to Ribadeo, Galicia

Coastal path

A new coastal path has been completed this year and it means that you can walk the full 16km between Las Catedrales (Cathedral's beach) and Ribadeo. It is a mainly flat walk which meanders around the coast and uses a mixture of the tiny coast road (very quiet) and a newly created footpath. It is called the 'ruta de la costa' and is great because you can just do the bit of it that you want. You don't have to do the whole distance.

Coastal path 1

Click here for a map of the route. You can start at Las Catedrales, the beach famous for its rock arches, and walk east towards Ribadeo. There is quite a bit of the route on the road but other than the beaches, it is pretty quiet. Alterntively you can park in the picnic area at Rinlo (campo do cristo) and walk east. This part of the walk is mainly on the coastal path. The only bit on the road is as you leave Rinlo. You can either take a picnic or eat in one of the 4 great restaurants in Rinlo.

Coastal path 2

Probably the best place to park is between Rinlo and Ribadeo where there ae a couple of dilapidated buildings (an old toilet block and some sort of shelter). From here you can walk east (towards Ribadeo) or west (towards Rinlo. If you walk east, the path meanders around lots of secluded rocky bays with lots of flowers and wildlife. Look out for the Tongue Orchids in June. There are also a couple of ancient forts this way with description boards telling you all about them. 

Coastal path 3

A final option is to park at Rinlo and walk towards las Catedrales (west). Not far from Rinlo you come to the cetaria de Rinlo. This is an old shellfish farm which is worth a look at. Look out for the nice brown donkey in the little village just after the shellfish farm.


Seimeira waterfall (cascada de Seimeira), Santa Eulalia de Oscos, Asturias

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If you are staying at Granero del Burro and want to combine a nice day out, with fantastic scenery and a pleasant walk, then this is a great suggestion. Head for Santa Eulalia de Oscos in Asturias which is about a 45 minute drive. You will climb out of Vegadeo and keep on climbing.........and climbing, right up to 877 metres (just under 3000 feet). Stop and look back to the coast at the La Garganta viewpoint. On a clear day you can see Ribadeo and the bridge crossing the estuary.

View from La Garganta

Continue on to Santa Eulalia de Oscos and have a coffee in the main bar in the village. It combines as the local store and is a great place to have a nose around. Then head back to the little roundabout and take the turning for Pumares. Park at the little hamlet of Pumares which has been beautifully restored. Click here for a map

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The walk to the waterfall is a lovely walk through old Oak woods, past old abandoned houses and a little mill. The waterfall is 5km from the hamlet so you can take a picnic or have a nice lunch in Santa Eulalia de Oscos when you get back. Have a look here for a suggestion for lunch. There is a nice wooded area just before the waterfall with picnic tables. You can have a look at more pictures from the walk here.