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PRAVIA - MUROS DEL NALON - CUDILLERO - LUARCA
We leave Avilés along the N-632 in the direction of Soto del Barco. On the way we can stop off at the Church of San Martín de Laspra, which retains some pre-Romanesque remains and has an interesting Baroque tower. In Soto del Barco we have the San Martín Castle, which was repaired in the 19th century and where we should take a leisurely stroll so as to contemplate the magnificent views we get from there and to explore its romantic nooks .

From Soto we go on to Pravia. In this town we must visit the group of buildings consisting of the collegiate Church, the Moutas Palace (built at the beginning of the 18th century by Fernando de Arango Queipo) and the houses opposite them, built as lodgings for the chaplains who served in the collegiate. All these buildings are arranged around a square which was finished at the end of the 18th century with the building of the Town Hall. Not far from the square is the Chapel of La Virgen del Valle which conserves an altarpiece and a statue of the Virgin made of terracotta by an Italian artist in the 16th century. Outside the town a visit should be paid to the Church of Santianes, pre-Romanesque in origin.

The next stage on the journey is Muros de Nalón. The landscape of this area is so beautiful that it attracted many landscape artists during the last century, turning it into a Spanish Barbizon. A beautiful 16th century gateway has been conserved from the old Valdecarzana Palace.

From Muros we go on to Cudillero. Before entering the village we will see the Palace del Pito, a building dating back to the middle 19th century built by the Selgas family and opposite, on the other side of the road, there is a church where the pre-Romanesque remains from the Church of Santianes de Pravia were taken in. We then go on down into Cudillero, one of the most amazing Asturian fishing villages. We should visit its parish church, built in the 16th century with the villagers' funds, even though it was badly damaged during the Civil War and has been rebuilt. The view of the village from the port with its houses hanging from the hillsides will delight you as you enjoy a meal in one of the typical bars.

They celebrate the local festivity of L'Amuravela on 29th June. A town crier gives an ironic and critical account in pixueto (the Cudillero dialect) of all the events which have taken place during the year.

From Cudillero we continue along the N632 next to the sea and from Cape Vidio we can rivet our eye on the magnificent scenery. We will visit the Church of San Martín de Luiña, whose building and altarpieces date back to the 18th century, and we will go through Cadavedo, where the popular romería (open air fiesta) of La Regalina takes place on the last Sunday in August. In Canero we will have the chance to feast our eyes on the wonderful views from the beach and from Cape Busto. We will finally reach Luarca, known as the Villa Blanca (the white town). It is renowned for its bustling, merry atmosphere and it has a firmly established tourist tradition. In the town you can see the Palace of Marqués de Ferrera, which has parts from the 14th century and the 15th century and was remodelled in the 18th century. The parish church and its altarpieces are also 18th century.

Its popular fervour becomes quite evident during Holy Week and merry-making is combined with the traditional processions through the town.

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