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Between capes. From Cape Vidio to Cape Busto
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Between capes. From Cape Vidio to Cape Busto (Western Asturias)
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Valdés and Cudillero, land of seafarers and mountain herdsmen, the most authentic blend of sea and mountains that can be found in the heart of Asturias.

Summary Between capes. From Cape Vidio to Cape Busto

Valdés and Cudillero, land of seafarers and mountain herdsmen (known as vaqueiros), constitute the most authentic blend of sea and mountains that can be found in the heart of Asturias: high mountain meadows called brañas and mountain passes that fed its inhabitants, giving them an identity of their own difficult to understand if you do not know their houses perched on sheer cliffs.

20,5 kms
Day 1 Cudillero - Cabo Vidío

The route begins in Cudillero, one of the most picturesque harbours, with a natural amphitheatre of houses that visitors immediately find eye-catching. It is best to park your car in the harbour and set out from there to walk around the steep streets, breath permitting. The best thing to do is to wander through the streets of this fishing town and visit its scenic balconies, but in a certain order. One option is to follow the handrail painted in blue that zigzags between fishermen's houses. The Pixuetos and the Sea Educational Exhibition, inside the old wholesale fish market, and The Fisherman mural by the painter Casaus are the perfect complement to the route.

The afternoon is reserved for the Selgas Estate Mansion. Located in El Pito, just two kilometres from Cudillero, the estate is made up of gardens safeguarding the buildings. Inside, the mansion houses an exclusive collection of art that the Selgas-Fagalde family donated to the people of Asturias. Prior booking is required to visit the estate. The journey continues west from there on the Autovía del Cantábrico dual carriageway (A-8). In Soto de Luiña, you can visit a collection of building comprising of a church and rectory declared of cultural interest. The last stop of the day, less than 5 miles away in Oviñana, will be Cape Vidio, with its 80-metre-high cliffs and lighthouse.

58 kms
Day 2 Cudillero - Luarca

The second day will try to distil in just a few hours the essence of Valdés, whose borough capital is Luarca. This time, the trip will run from west to east. The first visit of the day will be to Barayo Nature Reserve, which is accessed from the westernmost end of Otur. The landscape combines the beach, a dune system and salt marshes at the mouth of the river. You need to leave your car in one of the purpose built car parks at each end of the beach and visit the spot on foot. From nature to the paved streets of Luarca, where three distinct areas can be found. First, the oldest part of the town, the fishermen's quarter, with three typical neighbourhoods (Cambaral, Carril and the Fish Market), forming an amphitheatre around the harbour. Second, the affluent part of town, which houses the town hall, park, Círculo Liceo social club and some other Modernist style buildings. And finally, the "Indiano" area, Villar, in the high part of the coastal strip with all its villas built at the end of the 19th century by these returning emigrants who had made their fortune in the Americas.

The final part of the day focuses on Cape Busto, a perfect plain on which the lighthouse stands, which is accessed from exit 462 of the Autovía del Cantábrico dual carriageway, you can visit by car or on foot, taking a path from the village of Busto (7 kilometres), which is circular passing through chestnut trees and pastures and on to the cliffs.