There are more than 30 kilometres of distance for walking or bike-riding. It is very worthwhile to visit the coast of this municipality, from West to East or from East to West. Whichever you prefer start our journey in Bustio, in the neighbouring council of Ribadesella and on to Guadamía in Ribadesella or viceversa. It is possible to start this route from any other area of this council. It is not necessary to do it all at once, just walking and enjoying the pure air of this singular coast site is a worthy task.
The most famous places are the open ones over the cliffs. On a sunny day we can see the reflection of the mountains glistening in the sea. To walk by this seaside is a means to discover the most beautiful landscapes on this natural Asturian coast. In addition, if we make stops in the surrounding villages, we can find thousands of idiosyncrasies within less than one hundred metres of one another.
From the West to the East, for instance, we can find the recreational Area of Guadamía (a special place for relaxing, hidden in the cliffs, where we can observe the natural rock bridges made as a consecuence of erosion), Mirador del Campo de Golf (a wonderful view of the Peaks of Europe, the Cantabrian coast and the open sea), the area of Puertas de Vidiago, Bufones of Llanes (waterfalls considered as natural monuments) and ídolo de Peña Tú (with artistic representations of the Bronze Age), Pendueles (a village famous for its latin American houses), Buelna (a wonderful landscape with a little beach), Pimiango (this place houses the rock caves of Pindal and it also provides a suitable walk all along the coast).
This natural region covers over 30 kms of the coast. If walking, it is advisable to take suitable shoes, a sandwich and a refreshing drink. Another option is to visit the numerous restaurants in the villages, where as well as this, we can also stay in the best hostels.
An hour and a half is hardly enough to complete this short route from the North to the South or viceversa to the village of Puertas de Vidiago.
We leave the N-634 behind and begin to go into the village. Then we cross a local path with buildings on both sides. On our left is a bowling alley, in fact, bowling is very famous in this area. On the outskirts of this village, next to the cemetery, a new path starts flowing alongside this coastal route, characterised by its fine, white sand. From here to the bufones will take us a quarter of an hour. From here we have a wonderful view of the mountains, from the horizon up to Andrín, uno of the most beautiful beaches of Llanes. Hidden and separated, yet connected by short paths, the wells and cracks carved by the sea over the centuries open out to face the sky.
In order to see the waves leaping, the Cantabrian sea needs to be choppy and at high tide. If the water is roaring, it jumps up, crashing against the limestone walls, just opposite us. It is advisable to observe this phenomenon from a safe distance.
If we keep to this route we cross the N-634 and follow a new ascending path. Here we observe the ancient wealth of the village of Llanes, and only twenty minutes from here we can admire the idol of Peña Tú. A figure carved on mysterious rock and shaped by strong winds. This Bronze Age rock represents one of the best surviving symbols from that age, together with some paintings and engravings on the surroundings. On this “peña” appears an abstract image of a being: the supposed idol, one metre tall and geometrically balanced. From this anatomy we can make out a face complete with eyes and nose, the rest of the body appears to be covered with clothes. The engraving is deeply carved with strong colours, and contains a weapon, possibly a sword which is by his side. On the other side we notice the figures of several men walking. One of them is carrying a large stick in his right hand. All of these symbols refer hierarchy, hunting and battle between violent men of the age. These elements represent well the old methods of survival which paved the way for the first developments in the history of the council.Texto: © Ramón Molleda para desdeasturias.com