Via Norte micro adventure / By Stéphane Robin
The truth is, we didn’t even spent the night in playa Vega. We got the tent out but somehow changed our plans.
Living on the road is full of the unexpected, like eating ham and cheese sandwich in a shut down gas station in the middle of the Spanish night, trying to keep the dog safe from the random trucks that would run into the parking lot without notice.
From Santander to San Vincente de la Barquera, Cantabria has a lot to offer for week-end explorers like us, our appetite kept growing from one beach to another so we pushed all the way to Ribadesella.
Blessed with some surf everyday, Playa Vega had the best waves. We surfed during the afternoon and Moritz took a chance to work at his balance on the stand up paddle. As the cobblestones rolled under our cold feet, we were happy to make it back to the van. Our set up was almost perfect. We just had to dig through the sand a bit to clear the track to access that sweet spot with a breathtaking view over the tip of the peninsula.
What we didn’t know was that the Fluor mine we saw a few kilometers up the road got that beach a bad reputation. Maybe that’s why only few surfers venture out there? Only two guys from France where surfing just before us. Plants or mills are always a threat for water quality, as waste is not always well managed on industrial coastlines to say the least.
That said, Playa Vega has a lot of charm. Past the tunnel it feels like entering a secret garden. The surrounding cliffs are just as unreal as it can get in the Asturias, embracing a the tiny village, consisting of one bar and a few houses. Beer on tap and a terrace with an ocean view. Not much room to park, though. Most land owners tend fence in their land with a rope to prevent campers from accessing. From the line up, the vertical green hills fall into the ocean, creating metallic reflections, too often swept by a cold and humid west wind, creating an alpine feeling, that is not only appreciated by alpinists.
We have placed our tent behind a dune just on the via norte, a coastal trail, which is hiked by pilgrims on their way to Compostella. Some of them, walking side by side with their huge backpacks and walking stick, we had already seen striding along the beach at San Vincente de la Barquera.
And then Playa Vega showed it’s dark side. Heavy, somber clouds covered the setting sun. It looked like the gigantic jaws of the Spanish coast would close in on us in uproar of gust and capricious showers of the kind of drizzly rain, that is so typical for this region.
And then we hit the road.
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