The Camino de Santiago and its course through Colunga
Cares trail: this is one of the most famous tracks of the Picos de Europa, connecting the provinces of Asturias and León and crossing the gorge along the river. It’s one of the most spectacular routes that can be walked in Europe.
This is one of the most famous tracks of the Picos de Europa, connecting the provinces of Asturias and León and crossing the gorge along the river. It’s one of the most spectacular routes that can be walked in Europe.
On the Camino de Santiago, the municipality of Colunga gives access to the Comarca de la Sidra. Many pilgrims spend the night in Colunga, for it is the end of the stage that sets off in Ribadesella.
After arriving in Colunga, the sensation of having overcome yet another stage gets sharpened thanks to the landscape welcoming the pilgrim – a landscape featuring Playa de la Espasa, the beach where the river sharing the same name debouches in the Cantabrian sea and is crossed by the bridge acting as a gateway to the municipality.
A couple of minutes into the route, the church of Santiago de Gobiendes can be seen, a lovely masterpiece from the pre-Romanesque period. Following the Loreto neighbourhood, the pilgrim enters the centre – a small but cosy town filled with various interesting buildings, like the house or Alonso Covián and the church of San Cristóbal.
A little further down the road, the pilgrim will find Santa Ana Chapel, which previously housed a pilgrim hospital.
The road leaves the village through the Grande Covián street, continuing through Carril Street before crossing the bridge over Libardón river.
The next church, visible along the road will be San Pedro de Pernús, just before leaving the municipality for La Llera. There, we find the parish church of San Antolín, which acted formerly as a church sanctuary offering immunity to lawbreakers.
The neighbouring municipality through which the road will pass is Villaciciosa.