Northern Route stage 19: Piñeres (Llanes) - Leces (Ribadesella)


This stage passes through...

Piñeres, Pría, Cuerres, Toriello, Sobares, Argunadieyu, La Espina, El Portiello, Ribadesella, Llama, San Pedro, Leces

Outstanding destinations


Route belonging to:
The Way of Saint James

Name of route:
Northern Route

13,50 km

Mode of transport
  • 3,38. Bicycle

  • Walking

Main difficulties
Last stretch of the local road towards San Esteban de Leces on its way through San Pablo. The route leads uphill for a few hundred metres.

Flora, fauna and crops
In the easternmost part pilgrims will begin to see the terrain change to slate, limestone and sandstone valleys. The mountain limestone is transformed into sink-holes or karstic formations. Varieties of cattle, including cows, goats, sheep, horses and colts share the mountainsides of the Sueve with wild fauna such as fox and wild boar. There is also a population of deer who live side by side with the native Asturcon horses. Birds include the Egyptian vulture and a few isolated examples of other vulture species. The most common vegetation are stands of beech, ash, birch, holly and hawthorn trees.

Gastronomic products, cakes and pastries
This is an area of abundant fish (line-caught hake, sea bream, sea bass, red bream, tuna, eel, salmon and trout from the Sella river), shellfish, fabada (white bean stew) carne gobernada (stew), escalopes in cider, and a wide range of local cheeses. Traditional desserts include "hearts of Letizia" (butter and almond biscuits made in honour of the Princess of Spain). All varieties of natural Asturian cider, for pouring in the traditional way, for drinking at table, or sweet (Del Duernu). Liqueurs and brandies are distilled in Collera.

Rest areas
Ardines viewing point recreational area, El Infierno recreational area, Guadamia recreational area.

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