Monday, 11 June 2018

Spain, May/June 2018. Day 22

What a brilliant day.  After torrential rain overnight the weather cleared to give a brilliant day of hot sun.
After another late breakfast (We are getting into Spanish habits: start late, finish late!) We drove the short distance to Camillas and parked on the edge of the old town.  We had discovered that there was a house here that had been designed by Gaudi: El Capricho de Gaudi. Gaudi designed the house for a wealthy client Máximo Díaz de Quijano.  Capricho means whim or caprice and it is totally whimsical.  Like a fairy tale house complete with minaret and decorated with ceramic tiles of leaves and sunflowers.  Throughout the house there are references to nature and music.  It is beautiful and we loved it.  We spent about two hours here and then went on to explore the old town where we had a decadent lunch of chocolate and churros; to die for.  We finished our visit at the old cárcel or prison which is now a hostel for peligrinos on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella.
From Camillos we continued towards San Vicente de la Barquera stopping off at a beach on the way.  Here we spent a delightful hour or so wandering along the beach and in the sea.  Again the colours and light were amazing.  San Vicente is a picturesque fishing port with magnificent church and castle.  It is also full of seafood restaurants in which we indulged before heading back late to the hotel.
Another excellent day.

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