Information about stage 24: Stage from Cadavedo to Luarca
It take 4 to 6 hours if you walk it in one day
Even if they are only a couple of wooded sections, it is already appreciated and yet today’s stage, although it will relieve the legs with less asphalt, will alternate paths with National sections. The whole day passes through the council of Valdés and passes in the first place through Villademoros, although it does not visit its tower of possible Roman origin. After this town, we exit to the old N-632, along which we continue until we reach a path that runs parallel to this national road. Thus we arrive at San Cristóbal and later on at Querúas , to exit this time onto the new N-632, with more traffic. Later on we return to the old N-632, which we leave again to go up to the church of San Miguel de Canero and meet up with the N-634 on the way down. You have to head towards Luarca and later cross the Esva River , a course that originates in the Sierra de Tineo and flows towards the Cantabrian Sea. After the bridge, leave the road at the height of a hostel and continue along the path towards Cueva beach. A thousand meters further on you reach the N-634 and following it you pass next to the town ofCaroyas. On the asphalt of the national road and various paths we will come to a sign that indicates, on the right, La Rampla. If we pay attention to this detour we will reach Luarca , passing by the church of San Sebastián de Barcia. On the other hand, if we are going to sleep in the Almuña hostel, we will continue straight along the shoulder of the road to Almuña. Upon reaching this town, to get to the hostel you have to turn left, at the height of a bar-restaurant, along the AS-220 in the direction of Meras y Paredes. At 600 meters, on the left at the foot of the road, is the hostel. It is a house with a blue and yellow facade.
Since today’s stage is quite short, one option is to visit the beautiful Villa de Luarca. Allow time to see it and even go up to sleep at the municipal shelter, in Almuña. Although now in Villa de Luarca there is also a private hostel and other accommodation options.The only important climb of the day is at the exit of Canero, there is a drop of about 150 meters in a kilometer and a half, nothing that we cannot overcome at this point on the road.
Short stage that can be extended to the town of Piñera or Navia, both with pilgrims’ hostels.Be careful of the signage in Queruas as it creates confusion. Some signs indicate entering the village thus making a detour of half a kilometer.Luarca is a Villa worthy of a visit. The views from its cemetery, where Severo Ochoa rests, are spectacular.
What to see, what to do
- Divided in two by the Negro River, Luarca is also known as the Villa Blanca of the Costa Verde. Luarca has been and is, today, a fishing village. Whaling continued to be practiced in Luarca until the 18th century and currently continues to maintain a large fishing and commercial activity. It stands out for its great views of the sea, its beaches and typical neighborhoods such as La Pescadería and El Cambaral. Throughout the 18th century there was great urban growth and the neighborhoods of La Zapatería, La Carril and La Peña were born. You can enjoy a visit to the hermitage of the Watchtower, the Lighthouse and buildings such as the Palace of the Marquises of Ferrera and Casa Guatemala.