21st September, 2019
- Day 14: Santillana del Mar to Comillas
- Distance: 23km
- Weather: Overcast but hot
- Accommodation: Pension La Aldea, €15
I’m one of the last to leave the albergue. I want to wait until it’s light outside so I can take more photos of this beautiful town. It’s a gorgeous morning and the tourists haven’t yet arrived.
This stage is beautiful. I love the rolling hills, the countryside and seeing the road stretch out for miles ahead.
In Cóbreces, I want to take the coastal route but by mistake I end up on the alternative route, in the forest. Before long, I’m walking along a small winding country road and there’s a rally race with at least 50 cars. I end up in the ditch a few too many times and I’m not happy!
It’s a short day but I don’t arrive into Comillas until after 2pm. I wish I’d done my homework, there’s so much to see here and time is now against me!
I check into a Pension with Ted, Linda, Diane, Patrick, Sam, Cyndi (we were reunited yesterday in Santillana del Mar) and Jörg. After a quick shower, I head to lunch with Ted, Linda, Diane and Patrick. We suspect this will be our last meal together as I’m keen to do some longer days. I’m so glad to have met them and to have shared the past 10 days together.
After lunch, I make a beeline to El Capricho, a summer villa designed by Gaudi and built between 1883-1885. It’s covered in sunflowers and designed so each room receives the right amount of sunlight during the day, brilliant! I stay for hours, looking at every detail and admiring every tile. It’s wonderful.
I finally tear myself away from El Capricho and venture to the beach to walk through the seawater.
There are more sights here than I’ve had time to see. I’ll just have to add Comillas to my enormous list of places to revisit.
Back at the pension, I sneak quietly into the room I’m sharing with Sam and Cyndi. They’re both asleep so I try to be as quiet as a mouse and get ready for bed.