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Arrived in Northern Spain from the very beautiful Portuguese Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerés. Headed north through Ourense on 125 mile journey to Santiago de Compostela. Parked up overnight in free Sports Centre car park on edge of town.

After exploring Santiago de Compostela we travelled the wriggly route along the coast to Capo Fisterra (another lands end!). Spent the night at wild Aire overlooking the Atlantic.

Kath and the Boot ‘Statue’ at Capo Fisterra. The final end of the long walking route of Camino de Santiago

On to A Coruña via the coast route (102 miles) and a number of fishing village stops. After looking at a couple of sites we parked up at the Aquarium car park right beside the only remaining Roman lighthouse.

Another day, another lighthouse stop! Faro da Estaca de Bares.
You might have guessed by now that these are one of our favourite places to stopover. They’re great places … except when it’s foggy. Foghorns are nor the best sleeping companions!

Motorhome dinner with a view, as the sun goes down at Faro da Estaca de Bares.

One of the few mornings I got up for sunrise photo. We also had some overnight visitors.

Next day we did the 140 mile coast road to Gijón. Stayed in car park with loads of other vans just off the promenade. Great spot for town stopover.
On to Santander (135 miles) mostly along the the coast. Picked up youngest son, Connor, at the airport and stayed at Aire at the marina.

First stop with Connor is the Picos de Europa for some mountains (walking). So headed back west again along the A8 (we will have traveled this road a number of times in both directions before the end of our trip!).
Time for campsite, since it’s been 8 nights since our last and we need to do some clothes washing. Spent two nights at Camping La Viorna at Potes in the Picos.
Went for stunning walk in the Cares Gorge.

Sebastian's toys
Sebastian’s toys from Blade Runner (the original!) escape to Cares Gorge!

Drove the scenic route round the Picos and onto Oviedo. Stayed at car park next to Park that had frisbee golf (weird but fun!).
From Oviedo we went to Gijón, via a 250km round trip to the beach of Praia das Catedrais (Kath has the story in one of her blogs!). Stayed in the same car park we were in a few days ago.

Em mother
Haunting statue to ‘Emigration mothers’ in Gijón.

Kath tended to be a little emotional when stopping at this statue. It reminded her of Kitty from her latest book The Girl from Ballymor  (I know, blatant plug!)
Speaking of statues, Connor was always a little resistant to have his photo taken with them.

Connor Statue
A statue of walker on the Camino de Santiago.

I transgress with too many photos, chat and book links … but it is the last route blog!

Back to said route. From Gijón we headed back east (on the A8!) to a beach stop at Llanes. Lovely isolated spot with very steep narrow road that was a bit of a struggle to get up the next day.

Beach stopover at Llanes featuring Connor’s accommodation.

Next day continued east past Santander to Noja and another beach stopover. This time to revisit a campsite we have fond memories from a family camping holiday 7/8 years ago.
Spent 2 nights here then headed back west to Santander to drop Connor off for his flight home. We spent the night at the main Aire in the town.

Off east again toward San Sebastian. First stopover in Bermeo at clifftop picnic just outside town. Next day visited Guernica, spiritual home of the Basques and very interesting historic place. Carried on to remote picnic area on the Camino de Santiago at Elorriaga Auzoa. Spent a very interesting and enjoyable evening with Lee and Suzanne from the neighbouring Motorhome … mostly discussing the joys and challenges of life on the road!

Onwards to San Sebastian where we spent 2 nights at the main town Aire. We had lunch reservations at a fine dinning restaurant to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary  … and a very nice lunch it was too! It was followed by a ‘drinking establishment’ walk back to the Motorhome.

Flower and chocolate
Kath seems quite pleased with her Silver Anniversary flower and piece of chocolate!!

Last day … back west along the A8 to Bilbao to catch the evening ferry back to Portsmouth. Stopped at hypermarket to fill up with diesel and alcohol. Have got used to the cheaper prices (even taking into account the pound’s Brexit dive) in southern Europe.

last sunset
Gertie on the ferry home. The trip’s last sunset!