|The harbor runs into the center of Llanes|
|St. Peter's Coastal Walk|
|Spectacular coastal views along the walkway|
|Unloading the day's catch|
|The colorful Cubes of Memory|
Aside from tourism, fishing is a major industry in Llanes. One day we watched a fishing boat tie up at the pier and unload its catch for the day. The sea wall around the pier is composed of huge painted blocks called the "The Cubes of Memory." They are considered one of Spain's major works of public art.
|The Llanes Lighthouse|
|Basilica of Santa Maria|
From Llanes, we drove west into Galicia, a province in the northwest corner of the Iberian peninsula. Here we dipped down to A Coruna. It too is in Galicia but the coastline has turned south and now runs alongside the Atlantic Ocean.
|Tower of Hercules Lighthouse|
The Tower of Hercules stands at the end of the peninsula and the entrance to A Coruña harbor. It has served as a lighthouse since the late 1st century A.D. Built by the Romans, it was restored and augmented in the 18th century. A World Heritage Site, the Tower of Hercules is the only lighthouse of Antiquity that has retained a measure of structural integrity and functional continuity.
|City Hall on Maria Pita Plaza|
|Promenade around A Coruna bay|
At 10 km long (about 6 miles), the promenade around the bay and harbor of A Coruna was the longest in Europe when it was built. We had a beautiful view of it from our room.
Now we begin our journey inland as we gradually make our way to Madrid.