Camino del Norte Day 10: Castro Urdiales

 

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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.

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A view of the ocean along our walk
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The coastal trail
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Walking through a tunnel that was once used in the iron mining operation, an important industry in Castro Urdiales for many years.

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Castro Urdiales in the distance

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A harbor in the city of Castro Urdiales.  The Church of Santa María de la Asunción and the Castle of Santa Ana can be seen in the distance.
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A bullfighting ring near the albergue where we stayed. I couldn’t find information on it and I’m not sure if it’s still used for its intended purpose.
An entryway to the bullfighting ring
An entryway into the bullfighting ring
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Town hall. The building dates back to the 17th century.
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Castle of Santa Ana
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Castle of Santa Ana
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The Church of Santa María de la Asunción
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The Church of Santa María de la Asunción
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The Church of Santa María de la Asunción
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The Church of Santa María de la Asunción

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