Jacobean Route along the Camino de la Costa in Asturias

Asturias is one of the enclaves of tourist and cultural interest that has 560km of Jacobean Route , declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Principality of Asturias. Its important religious role attracts numerous pilgrims every year. It has four optional routes, two of them declared World Heritage by UNESCO. These two routes are the so-called Primitive Way and the Coastal Way .

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The Jacobean Route along the Camino de la Costa  begins in  Bustio , from the interprovincial bridge over the Deva, and reaches Santiago de Abres , the last Asturian town before entering Galicia via the Fornacho bridge, crossing the Eo river. From Turismo Asturias they divide this route into 13 stages , of which we can select those sections that are simpler and more adapted to do with our children.

Plan the route of the Camino de la Costa

It is very important to select the sections that we want to travel in advance and locate the hostels to sleep, in case we want to do the road in several days. If we go with children, it is important to adapt to their abilities and needs to prevent them from getting tired and make this excursion an unforgettable adventure.

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We can start our children on the Camino de Santiago from a very young age, the recommended minimum age is ten years. At older ages they usually endure about 15km a day , but we must bear in mind that this activity is quite a physical strain if they are not used to walking too much. If necessary, we can take a child’s cart, adapted for the mountains, since probably at the end of a stage they will end up getting tired of walking.

Some of the most useful advice is to carry a good supply of water and food at each stage and wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for this type of excursion. When walking on soil and gravel, we can find some steep paths, so trekking shoes come in handy for these occasions. Also, it is important to go with light luggage and carry several spare socks on hand, to enjoy this experience.

Most recommended stages

We have selected a series of stages within this route along the coast based on how easy it is for children to do and the points of interest that are most worth visiting.

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The first stage goes from Bustio to Llanes through which we will travel approximately 25km. This road connects with the N-634 road, so we must be careful with the traffic. Another option is to take the GR-E-9 route , which runs along the entire Asturian coast. Along this path we can see the magnificent views of the sea from several viewpoints and some geological formations such as the Bufones de Arenillas , cracks open to the coast through which the water penetrates under pressure and consequently forms water jets. pulverized that can reach 20m in height. Once we are in Llaneswe can visit Los Cubos de la Memoria, the Basilica of Santa María, the Chapel of Santa Ana or the wall of Llanes.

The second stage is quite extensive and at the same time entertaining due to the multiple parishes that we can find along the way. From Llanes and passing through Ribadesella, we will have to reach San Esteban de Leces, whose hospitality is a traditional stop on the Camino de Santiago. In Ribadesella we can make a stop to see the Palace of Pietro Cutre, the Chapel of Santa Ana, the Chapel of the Virgen de la Guía and the beach of Santa Marina.

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Another interesting stage is the one that connects Casquita and Guijón , since we have the option of changing the route. Casquita is the link between the Camino de la Costa and the Camino Primitivo. If we follow the route closest to the coast, we will arrive at Guijón, where we can visit the Royal Institute of Jovellanos, the Church of San Pedro or Elogio del Horizonte de Chillida .

The route that reaches Avilés is perfect for getting to know the old quarter of this beautiful city and also the Church of the Franciscan Fathers .

During the Muros del Nalón and Soto de Luiña stage , we have the Church of Santa María and the Selgás de Pito Palace.

The Camino de la Costa is one of the best plans to do as a family near the Asturian coast. Spending time with our children in this way will give us values ??of dedication and effort, while at the same time we bring out our cultural and tourist spirit.