More beautiful coast and living in a cave

3rd November

The view from our window in the (very) small Village of Gomezan. This place was pretty cool.
The view from our window in the (very) small village of Gomezan. This place was pretty cool.

Our next nights accommodation was, well, we had no idea where.  It wasn’t in any proper village per-se, and not really on a road with a name.  We were going to have to hope for the best.  So we decided to visit Llanes on our way and worry about finding it later.  Llanes, a small old fishing town, is in the midst of the Costa Verde or ‘green coast’ region of Spain.  It is not hard to see why this is the name for this region, with lush green landscapes set between the beautiful coastlines and high mountain ranges.

Llanes, Spain. This old fishing town sits against the backdrop of large mountain ranges.
Llanes, Spain. This old fishing port sits against the backdrop of large mountain ranges.  It maintains a very active port and the fishing industry still plays a major role in the local economy.
Llanes, Spain.
The old stone buildings and street of Llanes, Spain.

After our stop in Llanes it was time to find our home for the night.  We made our way along ever narrower and winding country roads until we came to the ‘village’ of Gomezan.  Really, it was a small collection of old farm buildings, lots of cows and our hosts house.. a cave house!  Really, it was a cave house, with the building built in against a stone rock face.  There was no doubt this place was unique, and really quite impressive.  Isaac, our wonderful host and avid rock climber, was also more than willing to show us the customary way to drink the local cider (highly aerated, and drunk quickly in small volumes, much like a shot).

The cave house!! This place was truly unique, and set amongst lush green landscape at the base of the mountain ranges. Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay really.
The cave house!! This place was truly unique, and set amongst lush green landscape at the base of the mountain ranges. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay really.

Isaac also told us about some of his favourite locations along the coastline; Toranda and Torimbia.  So we set out to have a look ourselves.

The headland separating Torimbia and Toranda beaches.
The view from headland separating Torimbia and Toranda beaches, back towards Toranda beach.
Torimbia beach. A lovely secluded cove that was picture perfect. I understand why it was one of Isaac's favourites.
Torimbia beach. A lovely secluded cove that was picture perfect. I understand why it was one of Isaac’s favourites.
Torimbia beach.. we pretty much had it all to ourselves, except for some men harvesting seaweed of all things.
Torimbia beach.. we pretty much had it all to ourselves, except for some men harvesting seaweed of all things.
The rugged coastline west of Torimbia.
The rugged coastline west of Torimbia.
A small bridge of land connected the mainland to a rocky outcrop. It offered a pretty good view.
Small bridges of land connected the mainland to a rocky outcrop. It offered a pretty good view.
Can't complain about this view!
Can’t complain about this view!
So pretty!
So pretty!
We timed it perfectly, getting to see the sunset and beautiful sky along the coastline.
We timed it perfectly, getting to see the sunset and beautiful sky along the coastline.
Yep, can't deny this was a pretty sight.
Yep, can’t deny this was a pretty sight.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, this happened. A giant rainbow filled the sky.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, this happened. A giant rainbow filled the sky.

Wishing we could have stayed longer in the cave house, the next morning we reluctantly got up and set off again. Todays destination – Oveido.  But not before a visit to Lagos de Covadonga (Lakes of Covadonga).  Once again, I found myself in awe of the incredible scenery of this region of Spain..

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