Information about stage 22: Stage from Aviles to Soto de Luina
It take 11 to 13 hours if you walk it in one day
The urban layout of Avilés : Rivero Street, Parque del Muelle, Barrio de Sabugo, Plaza del Carbayo, Avenida de Alemania, Cuesta de San Cristóbal and then arrival at Campo del Conde, at this point at the crossroads, facing left, later about 150 mtrs. to the right along Calle Peñasanta, continuing for about 200 meters, we take a small path to the left where we find a milestone and signage, entering the beginning of the Path as it passes through the Council of Castrillón that goes to Piedras Blancas through La Silver. We continue along this wooded path with an old path and a tunnel of trees in a gentle descent, crossing a stream and a fountain with a washing place, to continue until La Plata , another milestone when we reach the AS-320 in this town and continue toPiedras Blancas by road, bordering the Castro de La Armada (a path has been requested for this section) and leaving the Church of San Miguel de Quiloño on our left . All straight ahead to go through a tunnel, in the area of El Ventorrillo (former inn and inn), linking up with another path that leads to Piedras Blancas . Continue to the Town Hall, capital of the Castrillón Council , in its urban route (Calles Fruela and Pablo Iglesias) and Church of Santa María Madre de la Iglesia in the center and leaving the Town Hall on your right (Calle Nuberu) to El Villar , then turning left along the track that goes to the Sierra del Cordel, through El Muro and La Llobafrom where it descends to La Ventaniella (Santiago del Monte), passing by its Church. Cross the road that goes to the Asturias airport, paying attention to the traffic, and then connect with the road that goes to Ranón (AS-318). After a couple of kilometers and at a crossroads, turn off this road onto a path through the woods to the left that takes us through the mountains near the village of Riolavega . We continue west towards the Council of Soto del Barcoand descend towards the road to San Juan de la Arena. You go up to the El Castiello farmhouse and go to the right entrance of Soto del Barco along a route next to the Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena, with less traffic, to later cross the bridge over the Nalón on the national highway. On the other shore, take the road to Era (left of the N-632) and go up to the capital of the Muros de Nalón Council , passing in front of its Town Hall. We left the Plaza de Muros de Nalón, passing by the Palace of Valdecarzana and Vallehermoso, towards El Pito and its Selgas Palace in the Council of Cudillero. The Camino does not pass through Cudillero, one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Asturias, just a couple of kilometers away. He heads towards Rellayo. Important notice: The works on the A-8 have blurred the section between El Pito, San Juan de Piñera and Rellayo. The signage requires you to take a detour that goes through Mount Santa Ana. The official Camino recovers in the tunnel that crosses the N-632 and that puts us next to the Mariño hotel. We descend to the vicinity of the Concha de Artedo beach, cross a stream and go up again towards the national road to cross it and go, along a paved track and down a path through La Magdalena, Otero and Numayor, to find the old N- 632, through which we enter Soto de Luiña , where the Church of Santa María and its Rectory stand out.
Departure from Aviles
From the Hostel, exit along Calle Rivero, then to the Ferrería to go to Parque del Muelle, continue up Calle de La Estación, pedestrian (cider and wine area). Without going to the end, in the middle of this street turn left (signposted with a shell on the corner, where the Old Church of Sabugo (13th century) is located in Plaza del Carballo, also a pedestrian area.Continue along this detour and several streets up Avda. de Alemania. Follow the route along the Carretera a Coto Carcedo to San Cristóbal. In Campo del Conde continue straight ahead to the left and then join Calle Peñamayor. On the right, start the route, through the next Council, leaving Avilés, to reach Piedras Blancas through La Plata along a path to the left through the forest without going through the nearby urbanization located in front.Long stage that can easily be divided into two by spending the night in one of the hostels in Muros de Nalón.
To go to the San Esteban de Pravia Hostel, like many other private hostels, you have to deviate quite a bit from the Camino. The Coastal Path could be traveled from Playa del Aguilar to where it ends, on the way down to the dock at the entrance to the Port. It has many steps to overcome the difference in level of more than 100m. Climbing them is even more difficult. So it is preferable to use the highway route.Virtually the entire Asturian coast is covered with multiple Paths, cut when rivers are avoided or end in cliffs. Although they are very beautiful alternative routes, they can blur the Camino with too many detours, so we must take special care not to stray or get lost. And we cannot forget that taking this alternative will lengthen our journey.
What to see, what to do
Church of Santa María (Soto de Luiña locality)
From the 18th century, it has niches on its façade that hold coarse stone carvings from 1716. Inside, an interesting set of Baroque altarpieces stands out.