Barely an hour from Oviedo and 50 minutes from Gijón, we come across one of the most amazing ghost stories in Asturias. But the best thing is that it is hidden in one of the most beautiful villages in Spain: Llanes.
The fishing village of Llanes is a perfect destination if we stay in Oviedo, the Asturian capital where we can eat like queens without spending a fortune (here we tell you how). If we want to visit something nearby and mark a good getaway with a touch of mystery, we have the perfect candidate.
It is not because we are passionate about Halloween (which we are too), but because if any excuse is good for watch a horror movie, any getaway is good to discover a story of those that give goosebumps. Also in Llanes.
Llanes, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain
From its picturesque port full of color to the old town is declared a Site of Cultural Interest. Llanes is full of corners to see in which the stately homes and beautiful streets stand out in which to get lost will be a pleasure.
The baroque-style palace of the Duke of Estrada, located next to the walls, is a must-see. Built on the previous building whose remains can be seen on the north side, this baroque-style palace from the 17th century is a must-see. It is the so-called Palacio de los Duque de Estrada and an example of how rich this town is culturally.
The Gothic Church of Santa María del Conceyu, the Torreón de Llanes or the Plaza de Ana are some of the jewels that we will find in this historic center with so much to see, although on the outskirts we find another wonder: the Indian houses.
The Partarríu Palace, at the exit of the town of Llanes towards Santander, it is an example of Indian architecture. An extra curious fact: it may sound familiar to you because it was the place chosen to shoot The orphanageby Juan Atonio Bayona, one of the most recognized Spanish horror and suspense films.
And it is that Llanes has its own cinema route because it has been the setting for many films, and from the town’s tourist office they tell you everything that has been filmed there.
The beaches of Llanes and its San Pedro promenade
One of the best things we can do in Llanes is to visit St. Peter’s Walk in which we will find the work Memory Cubes Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola. From the promenade, we can enjoy the views of the best-known beach in Llanes, Playa del Sablón, bathed by the beautiful Cantabrian Sea.
If you like the beaches and you still have time, we recommend you visit Torimbia in Niembro, very close to Llanes and one of the best beaches to see on a rainy day.
The best ghost story in Asturias
Next to the beach of San Antolín and past Niembru we find the monastery of San Antolín de Bedón, a building built at the beginning of the 12th century and which is a jewel that was built at the mouth of the River Bedón, very close to the sea and the coast.
The church has an advanced Romanesque architecture, in transition to Gothic, and both the church and the monastery are surrounded by an aura of mystery resulting from the legends that are told about this place.
The best known is one that has to do with its founder, Munio Rodríguez Can, a descendant of Cid Campeador (supposedly). According to legend, Munio was in love with an orphan who lived near where the monastery is today, but her love was unrequited. She loved a crusader knight and when Munio caught them together, she murdered them both. Since then the ghosts of the couple haunted Munio who, racked with guilt, decided to build the monastery to clear your conscience.
Since then and according to legend, a woman dressed in white wanders around of the monastery and many people claim to have seen it and even heard it. A mystery for the Fourth Millennium, ghost stories or just a story? In case the flies wouldn’t come near me at night, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Photos | istock, Tourism Asturias, Tourism Llanes
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