11:30 pm October 7, 2014.
After a morning spent exploring the Playa de Catedrales we followed the coast a little further along, stopping in at a few more playas on the way.
The beach next to the Playa de las Catedrales had interesting rock formations as well.
And a considerably more challenging set of stairs down to the beach.
Seaside ‘ice plant’ in flower.
Driving inland slightly we stopped in at San Martiño de Mondoñedo, a little village with a historical church.
The church was locked up tight… …and the key hole exhaled a cold moldy breath.
A local saw us poking around and came running over. He told us that the church was closed for the season but there were still some things we could see. He led us around the back through a field of mint and nettles to point out the ‘tres‘ something — probably the ‘3’ buttresses but my Spanish wasn’t quite up to translating his excited commentary.
Once he abandoned us we explored the village a bit more. There was a crumbling grain ‘horrero‘…
…and crumbling buildings.
The village cemetery was fascinating, so different from the cemeteries in Canada.
Even though the church we had gone to see had been closed, the drive and the village were both so charming that for the rest of our Spanish trip we often went on the search for tiny out-of-the-way places just like San Martiño.
From here it was back to the coast to Foz for a light tapa lunch followed by some lighthouse hopping, and finally a stop at the town of Viveiro with it famous shrine.
More on our October 2014 trip to Northern Spain.