|Los Urros de Liencres panorama|
While Kirill had already lived and worked in Santander a couple of years ago, it was only this summer that me and Timur visited it for the first time. Santander itself, at least in summer, looks like a good place to be, but I was more interested in seeing the surroundings of it, the coast of Cantabria. It didn't disappoint.
|Approaching Playa de Covachos|
Part of the coastline, looking towards the Bay of Biscay, is called La Costa Quebrada. It translates into something like "The Broken Coast". And it is indeed well and truly broken. I am not a geologist and can't explain the hows and whys, but what looks like the original sedimental strata broke into pieces and large blocks turned themselves at various angles to the horizon and to each other. The result is striking and appears somewhat artificial, as though it was a work by a mad scientist or by a giant toddler in a playful mood, complete with her spade and bucket. I remember experiencing a similar feeling visiting the south coast of England in the West Lulworth area. The coast is not at all similar, but the same thought, "it can't be real", was very much there.
|The impossible landscape|
It starts at the east close to the absolutely spectacular beach Playa de los Covachos and ends at the (predictably, absolutely spectacular) Dunas de Liencres.
|The parallel lines in under water are rocky crests|
|Playa de Canallave, just to the east of the Dunes of Liencres|
Dunas de Liencres is a Natural Park of dunes and a pine forest, a bit to the west from Liencres village. There is an enormous car-park where the dunes begin, and a proper bar (or maybe even two) with inside seating, which makes a nice difference with the dunes of Corralejo where you invariably have to sit outside. The beaches by the dunes are wide, flat and quite windy. Unlike in Corralejo or Maspalomas, the dunes are covered in plants, some of which are quite thorny (sea-holly and blackberry), so crossing the dunes barefoot can be a painful experience. The pine forest looks promising for mushrooms, but we didn't see any and we were not looking very hard as we were heading to Finland after Cantabria.
|Los Urros, another panorama. The tall rock on the right looks like a caravel heading for the open waters|
The name is funny - apparently it just means "islet", but one other meaning that I found was "errors". They are large rock solid errors close to Cantabrian shores. Opposite from them there is a giant sinkhole in the shore, which, I don't mind to admit, made me a bit uncomfortable - if it wasn't already clear that the whole of the shore will tumble down at some point, the sinkhole made it totally transparent.
|and more of them|
|I mean, how on Earth?|
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