17th September, 2019
- Day 10: Rioseco to Santoña
- Distance: 22km
- Weather: Overcast but hot
- Accommodation: Albergue La Bilbaína, €12
I’m up at 6.30am and soon enjoying a delicious smorgasbord of breakfast. Everything I could want is laid out on the table; meats, cheese, fresh bread, jam, yoghurt, olive oil, cake and coffee! We leave together and soon take a short detour to the nearby St Vicente Church with its impressive portico.
Soon enough, we’re back in the eucalyptus forest and the smell reminds me of home.
After 16km, we enter the town of Laredo and it’s Spanish lunchtime. The Camino goes via the restaurant street in the old town and it takes a lot of self-control to continue. The smell of garlic prawns and seafood paella is making my stomach rumble. I want to stop for lunch, but the others want to get to Santoña (6km further) and I’m enjoying their company so I continue on too… with my mouth salivating.
I take off my shoes and walk through the sea for the next 4km to El Puntal where we then catch a short ferry across to Santoña.
It’s 4pm when we arrive and there’s only one restaurant still serving the menu del dia, so we stop and eat before checking into the hostel. We have a reservation so there’s no hurry. I eat my first seafood paella on this trip and it’s worth the wait.