Monthly Archives: April 2015
Los Gallegos (Bar)
ES-39570 Potes, Cantabria
Phone: +34 942 737018
Just around the corner of the main street in the pedestrian area of Potes, you’ll find the bar “Los Gallegos”. In the past being a restaurant too, nowadays transformed into a cosy bar ideal for snacks and little meals.
Don’t worry, the narrow street offers a lot to smell but the good thing is, you’re allowed inside too! A nice decoration and a friendly staff with a touch of Peru, as the owner of this establishment, Xavi, got his roots there will make you feel at home straight away.
The locals, my humans included, are especially fond of the well-prepared salads. But also the typical snacks as well as specials like “fried Yuca” from Peru are worth a try.
Football playground Tama / Liébana
ES-39583 Tama, Liébana, Cantabria, Spain
3,4 km away from Potes
Done: since 2014
The quite complicated geographical location nor the climate can keep the players of the football club C.D.E. Valle Lebaniego, away from playing in the second regional league week after week.
Just at the entrance of the location Tama, a modest installation catches the attention of their visitors. It’s the football field “Álvaro González Soberón” called after one of the best players of the area, ex-player of the Racing Club Santander and these days player of the Espanyol Club Barcelona. Still a reference to a lot of young players having the same dream: to become a great football player in the future.
We’re not talking about the best installations in the world, but we do have one of the most excellent views being situated at the bottom of the Picos the Europa. This is the home to C.D.E. Valle Lebaniego, a Club counting with more youth year after year. Not only because its foundation dates back from only six years ago but also thanks to Alberto Besoy, better known as Trevi, one of the responsible trainers of this Club. He says: “We want to be a football school, a place where kids from the area can practice this fantastic sport, as it’s the only Club within our valley”.
The best of all is, that we dogs can keep our owners company and enjoy the matches with them. Of course only as long as we let the players run after the ball instead of us doing that. Let’s face it, me Tibor, I’m the fastest of them all and I would catch that ball before anyone else without any doubts. But we are here to support the kids and not to destroy their illusions. Like my humans enjoy watching the football matches, I come here frequently. Here a photograph of my friend Luna, the dog of one of the trainers. She won’t miss a match!
Walk “The river Dobra”, Tornín, Cangas de Onís
ES-Tornín, Cangas de Onís, Asturias, Spain
Duration approx. 40 mins./ easy walk
Done by Luz & Lunina: 2013 / Tibor & Tessa 2016
We recommend you this easy walk, without altitude difficulties and well-accessible to everyone. It’s indeed a very complete excursion. Attractive and beautiful all along the walk, during only half an hour up to 45 minutes of walking. You can’t get lost, as there is only one obvious path to follow. No junctions or possibilities to get confused about which way to take. By the end of the walk you’ll find the “Olla de San Vicente”, worth a visit. No cheating here, taking a bath is definitely a “must do”! This natural swimming pool is absolutely recommendable for us dogs and also for our human friends. To us, Luz (a Golden Retriever) and Lunina (the black one), it’s a real treat when our human friend Luisa takes us here. Especially when we go with a whole group of friends!
Take the road leaving from Cangas de Onís in direction Puerto del Pontón and after about six kilometres you’ll pass a small village called Tornín. Here on the left side of the road you’ll see a Restaurant-venta. Park your car here. Nearby the walk starts.
This short, easy walk takes about 30 – 40 minutes. Your humans should wear comfortable shoes such as trainers, no special mountain boots are required for this trail. During the first part of this walk, just follow the stream of the Dobra river, over a large sand road later on followed by a smaller trail.
Throughout the walk you may observe the great variety of flowers and trees that offers the autochthon forest. You’ll smell a wide variety of plants and trees such as the European ash, maple trees, elms, alders and willow. Later on chestnuts, oaks and beeches. All you see and experience in its most pure state. The water, the flowers as well as the mountains. The river Dobra conserves still crystal clear water, one more reason why we should threat this walk with all respect. Leave your footprints but only by your paws or walking boots/shoes.
The walk is perfectly well signposted until the “Olla de San Vicente” without any complication. Besides the attractive river and nature, you’ll pass by some interesting traditional cabins and some other antique constructions such as a stone bridge dated back from Roman times or “Puente Viejo” another impressive bridge right after the start. Passing this bridge you can start another very attractive route, the “Senda del Arcediano” or you simply enjoy the magnificent view from this bridge, following the course of the river Dobra.
We don’t leave the path here, instead we continue our way following the course of the water. So far we walk over a large path until we arrive at a small valley called “La Pandiella” with some cabins and meadows. After a couple of minutes (5 maybe) the path is narrowing and you’ll getting closer to the river. It’s fantastic! In case you’re suffering from the heat, simply use the river to refresh! Soon you’ll arrive at some cascades. Afterwards walk under a roof of alders and hazel trees until you finally reach “La Olla de San Vicente”. The perfect spot for lunch or a picnic. Be prepared for a swim, in some places the water is more than five meters deep. Enjoy your swim!
**Although the crystal clear water never really gets warm, between June and September they usually reach their best temperatures for a nice swim. An authentic experience, see for yourself!
WALKS in SPAIN
Walk “Pendueles – Andrín”(E-9) / Senda Costera
ES-Pendueles, Asturias, Spain
Duration approx. 4 hrs. / coastal walk
18 km (9 km one way only)
Tourist Office: +34 985 400164
Done: April 2015
The “Senda Costera E-9”walk is an easy walk along the green coast of Asturias. This walk is very well signposted and starts from the village Pendueles (Easily accessible from the highway). You’ll find a sign with details about duration and altitude differences at the bowling place not far away from the railway station in the middle of Pendueles. The walk actually connects Pendueles with Llanes. Doing the full walk it would be 14 km one way. In case you park your car in Pendueles and have to come back, count with 28 km return. There are busses and trains, but with a limited schedule. Inform yourself on forehand about timetables. We dogs are only allowed to travel by train in Spain!
The walk start passing some houses with dogs, they’ll probably bark at you to say hello! Soon you’ll leave the village behind you. The walk is mainly over a sand-grindstone path always along the coast but only partly with a direct view over the sea. I, Tibor, loved the salty smell of the sea mixed with plants and animals. You’ll be able to meet sheep (my favourites), goat, cows and horses along the path. You can walk off the lead but be aware of some working dogs taking care of the herd.
Right at the beginning you’ll pass a campsite “La Paz” with a lovely river and next to the small beach of Vidiago. There’s no sign prohibiting us to stroll around this beach, but be aware that dogs in Spain officially never have access to beaches and less during high season. In this case not really a big deal as you’ve got the river, partly forest and lots of open fields to enjoy yourself.
Later on you’ll reach the “Bufones de Arenillas” (Natural Monument) a great open area with view over the sea. Be careful with the tricky holes in the rocks. It might be better to stick close to your humans here. Again you’ll find a sign giving information about the area.
Afterwards you’ll pass along Eucalyptus trees to reach the river Purón. Great views again and the best comes once you reach a beautiful wooden bridge. Here you’ll find a picnic area for humans and you could go for a swim yourself. I played with my humans “catch the stick”, one of my favourites!
Now it doesn’t take long before reaching the village of Andrín . There’s a lovely beach too. But same story here. Officially we dogs aren’t allowed. There are several bars and restaurants. We are allowed outside at the terrace, we didn’t find a place where I was allowed to come inside.
As we parked our car in Pendueles and didn’t want to complicate things by using public transports, we decided to turn back from Andrín instead of continuing all the way to Llanes. Anyway, as this walk is very well signposted all along the walk with E-9 you won’t have any troubles to go all the way to Llanes.
**For more information about the walk you can inform yourself at the Tourist Office. Online: www.llanes.com and about the Bufones de Arenillas see: youtube.com/llanesturismo.