October 10, 2015
Playa de la Arena to Castro Urdiales: 10 miles
We began the day on the coast and stayed there for much of the time, enjoying breathtaking views of the Bay of Biscay, which is the enormous body of water that runs along the length of the northern Spanish and western French coastlines.
Today we went over the 100-mile mark and left the Basque Country behind, entering Cantabria, which is the second of four Spanish regions through which we will be walking. We ended our day in Castro Urdiales, a charming town and popular tourist destination. While we were too tired to tour much of the town, we ate supper at one of the restaurants on the town’s long promenade, the Avenida de la Constitucion, and then we visited the Castle of Santa Ana and the Church of Santa María de la Asunción, one of the best-preserved Gothic churches in Spain. Both date back to the 13th century, and both were very impressive.