Information about stage 19: Stage from San Esteban de Leces to Sebrayo
It take 7 to 9 hours if you walk it in one day
We begin by going back the distance traveled the day before until we reach the milestone, where we turn left. A cobbled path named El Calerón descends to Vega, a beautiful village by the sea. At the entrance we will pass next to the Chapel of Santa María Magdalena and we will go down to the beach to cross the Acebo stream by a bridge. A path on the left, muddy most of the year, goes up the slope of Mount Cueto in the direction of Berbes. On the way up you have to go through a gate and exit onto the N-632 to take a path that leads to this town. After Berbes we will cross the national road again and go down a narrow path with abundant vegetation. This section is alternating between the road, which goes round, and paths, through which we cut short. Once again we come out onto the road and the Régula stream passes through a false plain . We thus enter the Council of Caravia and on the right a track ascends that shortly descends between eucalyptus trees and ferns to the Arenal de Morís. Thus begin a few kilometers of great beauty as we walk along the slope of the mountain next to the sea. We will pass by Playa de la Beciella , the place where the Romeros river ends and where there was a pilgrims’ hospital. We will arrive at Playa de la Espasa and before crossing the river of the same name we will see the ruins of an inn that was also an old stop for walkers. We say goodbye to Caravia to enter the Council of Colunga and from here the best thing to do is continue a little over a kilometer along the N-632 to La Isla . A milestone reminds us that this town has a hostel. If we are not going to stay here, it is best to continue without further complications and continue along the road for another three and a half kilometers to the center of Colunga. It is not the official route, which goes along roads taking it to the left at the height of the Monte y Mar hotel and shortly after crossing the AS-260 and entering Colunga. matter of taste The arrival in Colunga, having covered more than half of the stage, well deserves a rest. Leave the capital of the Council along the road when you take the detour from the A-258 to Infiesto on the left. Continuing along it we take the detour of the CL-1 towards Pernús. We will pass under the bridge of the A-8 motorway and we will ascend to leave the hamlet of Beldreu on our left and descend to Pernús, passing next to the church of San Pedro. Soon the road will climb for a kilometer and a half. This is the distance that separates us from La Llera and its church of San Antolín. We continue to Priesca, a little further on, where another church awaits us. In this case, that of San Salvador, the latest of the Asturian pre-Romanesque churches. To the right of the church there is a path along which we descend to La Vega. From an altitude of 140 meters we descend to 32 in just one kilometer. Continuing along the left bank of the river we reach Sebrayo and the old schools, which in 1998 became a pilgrims’ hostel. It opens from March 1 to November 31 and is managed by Sonia, a very friendly neighbor who lives at number 7.
- Poor signage on Vega beach: After crossing the bridge over the Acebo stream and reaching Vega beach, the arrows are lost. We must follow the tracks and know that we must ascend the slope of the mountain, always looking at the sea.
Currently, apart from the indicated hostels, there is a project for a pilgrims’ hostel for donations in the Duesos neighborhood of Caravia, it is scheduled to open its doors in May 2022 and its manager is Marisol Herrero, telephone 611 68 81 62. The hostel is separated from the road just over a kilometer from the Espasa beach. To access it, once you are on the Espasa beach, take the N-632 to the left to the Duesos neighborhood, at the height of the “Mayura” bar-restaurant, turn right and immediately left, always going up to the hostel.
What to see, what to do
- Sebrayo belongs to the parish of Miravalles and to the Council of Villaviciosa . It is the stage and the village conducive to relax. Gijón will come tomorrow and whoever wants entertainment will have it.
- Chapel of Santa María: An example of rural Romanesque, it is also known as “La Capillota” . It is rectangular in plan and dates from the second half of the 13th century. Capitals with plant motifs decorate the window at the back of the apse and the triumphal arch.