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Published: June 13th 2014
After an excellent night’s sleep in our large cabin we breakfasted on coffee and Danish pastry then went on deck to watch our arrival into Gijon harbour. Very much a working port and no ferry facilities, just a landing dock which was obviously awkward to access as it took 30 minutes to complete the landing.
We passed the time by watching a container ship unloading onto an endless supply of trailers which arrived one by one just as the hoist lifted and dropped each load.
No problem getting out the dock, we simply drove off the ferry and away up the road. There seemed no alternative route so we took the motorway which runs a mile or so back from the coast. The coastline here is rocky with high cliffs and lots of inlets so we hadn’t expected to find a coastal route and we didn’t.
It was quite misty along the drive but the sun soon came fully out to another glorious day.
Only an hour from the ferry and we arrived at our rather delightful campsite in Cudilllero.
Actually excellent with everything we could possibly want – good sanitaires, lovely pool, nice green pitches,
wifi at €1 a day (though it’s down as I type this) and even a reasonably well stocked shop. Happy bunny campers.
We had lunch then Bob unloaded Kisbee out of the garage and went to the beach. Not a walk or cycle ride for the faint hearted or weak of leg so fortunate we had our scooter. 1.5 km of steep road with a couple of hairpin bends. Downhill to the beach and uphill all the way back. Our poor Kisbee, not even run in yet and all we have asked of it so far is to carry us on exceedingly steep drives.
The beach, Playa Aguilar, is small but lovely with a soft sand beach. It became smaller as the afternoon progressed and the tide came in. We had chosen a spot against the sea wall which had a little ledge to hold our stuff. When we were swimming and jumping the waves, Bob realised that the sea had almost reached our towels which were spread out in front of the wall so he had to rush out of the water and put everything to safety on the ledge. The water never reached there so we
sat for a while but the sand was underwater and lying out on a towel was not an option ! People further along where the beach was a little deeper carried on sunbathing regardless though several came close to getting wet.
We had an ice-cream at the café at the end of the beach and were amazed at how busy the beach was for an out of season Thursday afternoon. Think it probably filled up with children out of school later in the afternoon. Can’t imagine how busy it gets there in summer.
There are not many options round here for sandy beaches as generally the coastline is high cliffed and the beach inaccessible and generally pretty rocky.
We rode the scooter up the hill on the other side of the beach and had a little explore of the small town we found there but with no map and lots of small roads we suspected we might get lost so retraced our route back to the beach and then the campsite.
Time for a swim in the lovely campsite pool before dinner.
Campsite : Camping Cudillero
Our rating 9/10
Cost via ACSI €16 per night
Tot: 2.267s; Tpl: 0.098s; cc: 11; qc: 32; dbt: 0.0377s; 2; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.3mb