‘A paradise on the road’, the perfect miniseries to fall in love with Asturias (if you haven’t already)

The actor Javier Gutiérrez puts on his boots and hangs up his pilgrim’s backpack to travel the more than 150 km of the Asturian Camino de Santiago. Six stages collected in the El País docuseries, which you can see on its YouTube channel.

There is no stimulant that clears the mind as much as this sea that heals everything”. With this phrase, Javier Gutiérrez invites us to lose ourselves by one of the most majestic paradises in our country: the Principality of Asturias. The actor wanted to put aside his chaotic and stressful life in Madrid -after a year full of filming- to reconnect with himself and let his mind fly. And he couldn’t have chosen a better way to fulfill his purpose than hang the pilgrim backpack to do the Asturian Ways of Santiago.

The choice of these routes of the Camino has not been by chance. The actor is originally from the Principality, specifically from the fishing village of Lluanco / Luanco, where he was born on January 17, 1971. For this reason, he believed that if there was a place where escape from the “hustle and bustle” and the “jungle” -something intrinsic to living in a large urban nucleus-, that was Asturias, his beloved homeland.

The winner of two Goya, for The minimal island and The author, joins The country to star in the miniseries A paradise on the road, an exciting adventure of more than 150 km., which will take you from the coastal town of Bustio to the capital of the council of Allande, Pola de Allande, in the western interior of the Principality. An adventure divided into six stages, between 15 and 30 km., that you can savor through the newspaper’s YouTube channel and on the publication’s website. At the moment, you can enjoy the first three episodes, the third released today, November 12. The fourth will hit the platform on November 26, the fifth on December 10 and the sixth, which will put an end to this incredible journey, will be released December 23th.


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We return to the initial phrase to hold the hand of Javier Gutiérrez and discover all the beauty hidden in the more than 10,000 km of extension that make up the Principality of Asturias. Starting the Asturian Roads of Santiago in the coastal area was an essential requirement for Gutiérrez. The actor acknowledges that Having the sound of the Cantabrian Sea as a travel companion is one of the greatest pleasures that exist. And, in fact, he acknowledges that for him it has been almost like “a psycologist”. And it is that already Plato said, says the protagonist at one point in the second episode: “The sea cures all the ills of man”.

Interestingly, his first stage of the Way, of Bustio a Llanes, starts sailing through the Tina Mayor estuary, boarded a fishing boat with some locals, who envy that precious asset that is tranquility. During this journey, gaze fascinated at the small beaches that border the estuary. Some beaches that, he assures, “they have nothing to envy to the Ibiza coves”.

Once underway, the actor, who On November 26th, the ‘thriller’ premieres The daughter begins the long journey that separates her from Llanes, her second stop on the itinerary. And here, “with the Cantabrian Sea always on the right”, He discoversthe beauty and grandeur of the lush green forests, but also the charm of the small towns and villages that you find in your path. Peoples like that of Colombres, characterized by its indian houses, “built by those countrymen who made their fortune in America, but never forgot their land”Says Gutiérrez himself. It is here, concretely in the Quinta de Guadalupe, one of the most amazing Indian mansions in the area -built by the emigrant Íñigo Noriega in 1906-, where the interpreter stamps his credentials as a pilgrim for the first time.

Your journey is about to come to an end as you approach Andrín and Ballota beaches, located in the town of Llanes. The first of them stands out for its fine white sand and for being surrounded by impressive cliffs. While from the second it is worth highlighting its jester, active on days with strong waves.

‘A paradise on the road’ invites you to lose yourself in Asturias with Javier Gutiérrez as host

Upon reaching the interior of Llanes, which he describes as “one of the most beautiful fishing villages in the Cantabrian Sea”, He cannot help noticing in the imposing and terrifying mansion where Juan Antonio Bayona shot the movie El orfanato. This is one of the enclaves of the so-called route “Llanes of cinema”, A tour of all the locations in the area that have served as the setting for different film productions.


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Once lodged at his first stop, with his diary in hand -the one where he wants to collect all the experiences and experiences that the Camino offers him-, he wonders whether that peace of mind that he has managed to achieve in just 24 hours is the so-called “disconnection”. And this feeling increases when he discovers that his mobile is turned off. Who wants to look at a screen when you can enjoy all the wonders that Asturias offers you.

From the town of Llanes to that of Ribadesella / Ribeseya

The morning breeze and the song of the birds wake up Javier Gutiérrez, first thing in the morning, in his second day in the Principality of Asturias. Ahead you have a long walk, which will take you until your second stop along the Asturian Ways of Santiago from the coast: Ribadesella / Ribeseya, the town founded in 1270 by Alfonso X El Sabio.

The actor says goodbye to Llanes steadily for the captivating Paseo de San Pedro that borders the Cantabrian. A must see, from where you can see the entire fishing village, from its port and Sablon beach until Memory Cubes, the work created by the Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola, a full-color representation of the council’s past and present.

Javier Gutiérrez admits that “it’s okay to do the Camino alone”, But acknowledges that from time to time I feel likea little company”. The same opinion has one of the pilgrims who cross on their journey, who explains that the Camino it is advisable to start it alone “because if you do it with a friend you may lose it”. Although it also ensures that along the Camino you will never be alone. “You will always be accompanied”. Either by other pilgrims or by the unusual places that you find in your path.

Llanes is surrounded by cliffs and wonderful beaches, such as San Martín, where the actor cannot avoid stopping to get his feet wet and to disconnect from the sound of the sea. But it also has other surprising locations such as the Ría de Barru, where small boats wait for the rising tide to go sailing.

Within the grandeur that the Principality of Asturias offers, another of its hallmarks is its gastronomy. Of course, Gutiérrez does not want to miss what they hide “gastronomic cathedrals”Of the area and stage after stage taste typical dishes What the sorropotún -a tuna and potato stew-, the llaniscas -a typical Llanes sweet consisting of a tart with flour, egg and almond- and, of course, the famous rice with pitu caleya, chickens that live freely in rural areas.

From the coast to the interior of Asturias

The third episode, which shows the third stage of the Camino de Santiago by Javier Gutiérrez, is now available both on the YouTube channel and on El País’ own website. In it, you can see what the actor has in store for his new journey, in which says goodbye to the Camino de la Costa to enter inland Asturias. A trip from Ribadesella / Ribeseya to Oviedo / Uviéu, the capital of the Principality. A city that stands out for its historic center of medieval origin and that was described by Woody Allen as “a fairytale town where everything is old, clean and nice”.


The country

From Oviedo / Uvieú you will go to Grau / Grado, the cattle council where you can find the best dairy products in the region. There, pilgrims can sleep like kings, in a palace, because since 2018 the La Quintana Palace, became a hostel in this station on the Camino de Santiago Primitivo. But to get there you will have to cross paths and roads through a pleasant rural environment, with frequent slopes, crossing forests, meadows and small villages. AND from here he will leave for Tinéu, the second largest council in the Principality, a region with an important agri-food industry in which the Museum of Sacred Art is located.

To end, Pola de Allande will be the end point of the path that the actor started in Bustio. In this western area, belonging to the council of Allande, the route of the Camino continues that leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, a meeting point for thousands of pilgrims every year. And our host, Javier Gutiérrez, says goodbye to this adventure here, which we are convinced has helped him fulfill the purpose for which he started it: fleeing from stress and reconnecting with that self that he had abandoned. An objective that is undoubtedly easier to achieve in the company of the Cantabrian Sea and the wonderful landscapes of the Principality of Asturias.