Ribadesella

Had a fantastic drive from San Sebastian to Ribadesella stopping on the way for lunch at a small seaside town.

Stayed again for two nights here at a beautiful old hotel with fantastic sea views.  It was called Gran Sella Hotel.

 

Ribadesella
A panoramic view from our balcony

Along the promenade there were some wonderful old houses with plaques at the front telling the story.  All of them had at one time been owned by prosperous returning merchants from overseas, places like Chile and Mexico where they had made their fortunes.  Apparently they date back to 16th and 17th century but surely must have been renovated many times since!

 

The first night we drove over the bridge for dinner – lots of restaurants to chose from around the old port.  The second night we walked as it wasn’t as far as I thought.  Had some sensational seafood both nights.

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Seafood platter for two with a layer of potatoes underneath

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Most delicious sardines

Next day we walked to the Bustillo caves  that Anthony had read about.  Unfortunately we could not go in as we had not booked!  But we could go and see some photos of these and have a short guided tour.  Apparently they date back to between 22,000 and 10,000 BC.

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One of the paintings inside the caves which we did not see!

Next up – Santiago de Compestella.

 

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