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Viavélez - Tapia de Casariego
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Viavélez - Tapia de Casariego (Western Asturias)
17 kms
On foot Time (each way): 5 h. 30 min.
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A fairly easy trail between the boroughs of El Franco and Tapia de Casariego

Summary Viavélez - Tapia de Casariego

The trail commences in the village of Viavélez, which is accessed via the FR-4 road.

This approximately 17-km-long stretch of the E-9 Coastal Path starts in the village of Viavélez and ends in the town of Tapia de Casariego, near the pilgrim hostel.

The trail heads out of Viavélez towards Viavélez Scenic Balcony. Mention should be made of the sculpture called "Coastline", by Ernesto Knorr. The trail continues to the River Mernes, crossing pastureland before reaching the village of San Pelayo, where you can visit the Chapel of San Pelayo.

Leaving San Pelayo, the trail enters a small pine and eucalyptus wood, "Monte Molina", on the way to Monellos Beach, from where you can enjoy the unique surroundings. It then continues on to Valdepares, passing Fonfría Mansion, home of the Camposorio Family dating from the 16th century and built in the Galician manor style. You can also visit the Church of San Bartolomé.

Leaving Valdepares behind you, the trail then passes through pastureland and forrage crops laid out in geometric plots (the result of land consolidation processes) before approaching the coast once again. This is an area of ​​cliffs par excellence, where you can visit Cape Blanco, on which sits the structure of a hill fort.

Leaving Cape Blanco behind and continuing on parallel to the cliff on the way to La Atalaya, you pass by the "Fuente de Pipiello" rest area before getting to Porcía Scenic Balcony. From this scenic balcony, you can see the entire mouth of the River Porcía.

After contemplating this area and bordering the River Porcía along its right bank, you come to the village of Porcía. The flour mill, the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies (St James' Way) and Porcía Mansion are all worth a visit here. Taking advantage of the tracks of the old Porcía iron ore mine railway, it is possible to reach the old loading docks, equipped with an observation point and rest area. The trail approaches the coast once again and, after reaching Centolleira Point, heads inland towards the villages of Campos and Salave.

It crosses the coastal strip to then head for Torbas Beach, followed by Valmorto and Figo Beach, which boasts a rest area and scenic balcony overlooking the beach.

The trail then continues on to Salave Ponds, whose shores offer views of an area shaped by Roman gold mining.

Heading up into Mount Mirayos, with its mighty pine trees, you reach Campo Longo Scenic Balcony, offering views of the entrance to Viavélez Harbour and cliffs of unforgettable beauty.

The trail then heads inland to the Chapel of San Antonio to return in search of the sea to Cape Cebes Scenic Balcony, before tackling the last kilometre to reach the area of Represas, on the outskirts of the fishing town of Tapia de Casariego.

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Description Viavélez - Tapia de Casariego

The trail commences in the village of Viavélez, which is accessed via the FR-4 road.

This approximately 17-km-long stretch of the E-9 Coastal Path starts in the village of Viavélez and ends in the town of Tapia de Casariego, near the pilgrim hostel.

The trail heads out of Viavélez towards Viavélez Scenic Balcony. Mention should be made of the sculpture called "Coastline", by Ernesto Knorr. The trail continues to the River Mernes, crossing pastureland before reaching the village of San Pelayo, where you can visit the Chapel of San Pelayo.

Leaving San Pelayo, the trail enters a small pine and eucalyptus wood, "Monte Molina", on the way to Monellos Beach, from where you can enjoy the unique surroundings. It then continues on to Valdepares, passing Fonfría Mansion, home of the Camposorio Family dating from the 16th century and built in the Galician manor style. You can also visit the Church of San Bartolomé.

Leaving Valdepares behind you, the trail then passes through pastureland and forrage crops laid out in geometric plots (the result of land consolidation processes) before approaching the coast once again. This is an area of ​​cliffs par excellence, where you can visit Cape Blanco, on which sits the structure of a hill fort.

Leaving Cape Blanco behind and continuing on parallel to the cliff on the way to La Atalaya, you pass by the "Fuente de Pipiello" rest area before getting to Porcía Scenic Balcony. From this scenic balcony, you can see the entire mouth of the River Porcía.

After contemplating this area and bordering the River Porcía along its right bank, you come to the village of Porcía. The flour mill, the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies (St James' Way) and Porcía Mansion are all worth a visit here. Taking advantage of the tracks of the old Porcía iron ore mine railway, it is possible to reach the old loading docks, equipped with an observation point and rest area. The trail approaches the coast once again and, after reaching Centolleira Point, heads inland towards the villages of Campos and Salave.

It crosses the coastal strip to then head for Torbas Beach, followed by Valmorto and Figo Beach, which boasts a rest area and scenic balcony overlooking the beach.

The trail then continues on to Salave Ponds, whose shores offer views of an area shaped by Roman gold mining.

Heading up into Mount Mirayos, with its mighty pine trees, you reach Campo Longo Scenic Balcony, offering views of the entrance to Viavélez Harbour and cliffs of unforgettable beauty.

The trail then heads inland to the Chapel of San Antonio to return in search of the sea to Cape Cebes Scenic Balcony, before tackling the last kilometre to reach the area of Represas, on the outskirts of the fishing town of Tapia de Casariego.