La Borbolla, Llanes (Asturias)
We’d recommend visits to Colombres, Llanes, Ribadesella or Villaviciosa in Asturias (to the west) and San Vicente de la Barquera, Comillas (where you can see Gaudí’s El Capricho) or Santillana del Mar in Cantabria (to the east). Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, is 1h 50m from the house.
There is a beautiful long beach in the Natural Reserve of Oyambre, east of San Vicente de La Barquera. It’s also worth visiting the caves at El Soplao - take the motorway exit 269 near San Vicente de la Barquera. The valley of Cabuérniga, south of Cabezón de la Sal, has dramatic scenery and pretty villages.
There’s a nice short walk from the house itself to a watermill on the outskirts of La Borbolla which is a great spot for a picnic. From the bottom of the drive, turn right as if to leave the village, but continue straight instead of turning left towards the square. When you get to an area where they’re building a few new houses, take the road going up towards the right and you’ll find another group of houses on your left. There’s a little track to the right, opposite the last house, which takes you down to the watermill. This walk is suitable for small children and even buggies (although it’ll be a bit bumpy towards the end). If you have trouble finding the way, ask anyone around for ‘el molino’. A bit further from the watermill you can find the source of the river Cabra (which reaches the sea at Playa La Franca) – it’s a really lovely spot but this bit wouldn’t be suitable for small children. There are several other more serious walks into the mountain south of the house (Sierra del Cuera) and you can even cross to the village of Alles on the other side.
In Porrúa (south of Llanes) there’s a great little museum about traditional Asturian life. In Llanes, there’s a nice walk along the cliff at the far end of Playa Sablón, called ‘Paseo San Pedro’, which is accessible from the steps at the end of the beach. If you don’t mind winding roads, there’s a beautiful drive through the valley of Caldueño, along the road LLN7 which goes between the village of Parres (south of Llanes) and the AS115, which heads north from Posada de Llanes. The valley of Ardisana, also south from Posada and then heading west on the LLN14, is also beautiful. For good views of the coast, valleys and Sierra del Cuera, visit the Neolithic dolmen of Peña Tú, opposite the village of Puertas de Vidiago, signposted from the road. There are also great views of the coastline from the top of Playa Torimbia. Follow signs to the ‘Playa’ from the village of Niembro.
These are some ideas for a rainy day:
The tourist office will have leaflets with information about these places and opening times.
There’s a shop in Llanes called LlaneSport where you can rent bikes. It’s opposite the park.
Many companies in the area run nature activities like canoeing, canyoning, horse riding, mountain walks, mountain bike routes, adventure park with zip wires, etc.