Sunday, June 8, 2008

Luarca, Castro de Coaña y Cudillero

While we are here in Oviedo we have various excursions and activities. One of the first ones was a visit to Western Asturias and the Castro de Coaña, which is the site of a ruined Celtic village. Slate is very abundant in the region and has been a popular building material for centuries; many rural houses still have slate roofs and as you can see from the picture the ruins are almost completely made of slate. There were thousands of tiny flowers growing in and around the walls and it was quite charming. Being in a charming Celtic village and seeing the flowers made me think of all the fairies and gnomes who must have filled the imaginations of the children who lived here. What would it have been like 2000 years ago when humanity was still so young and fairly innocent?
Castro de Coaña - Celtic Walls

Castro de Coaña

Flowers Castro de Coaña

Castro de Coaña

After visiting the Castro de Coaña, we visited two other towns. The first was Luarca which is where we had lunch and is the hometown of a couple of my roommates. The picture I’m posting from Luarca is a row of beach cabins. Some of them are privately owned others you can rent for a day, week, month or season. They aren’t very big, but they are right by the beach and are a great place to change or storage your beach gear. We stopped in the small town of Cudillero on our way back to Oviedo. The town is built in a gorge and most of it is only accessible by the hundreds of stairs and narrow alleys.



Cudillero - The woman in the window makes me think of the song "Marta" by Nena Daconte

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