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At the end of the Arena beach there's a green bridge (see screenshot) that takes you into Pobeña - well, the outskirts, you leave the town very soon. From there, as ranthr says, it's a nice walk along the coast to Ontón.Did you take the shortcut from Pobena ? Portugalete Castro Urdiales is 25 km.
See screenshot. That's where you need to make your decision. The camino path goes up on the left. Otherwise, you just carry on along the N-634. It's the old highway, they've now built a new one (which you'll be standing under when you get to this point!) For longer distances, everyone uses the A-8, but they still use the N-634 for travel between the smaller towns, so it can get quite busy at certain times of day or certain days of the week. You need to be cautious.Is the shortcut from El Pontarron to Hazas wel signed and is it a busy road ?
The way is well marked and the road wasn‘t very busy last year when I did it in april as there is a motorway (A8) leading parallel to it (may be a handful of cars). There‘s an alternative route (not shown on your map) along the coastline between El Pontarron and Villanueva. But I have no further information about it. You may find it in the wise pilgrim guide.
It is well-signed but, having done both at different times, I would easily opt for the longer route. The road can be busy at times, and is generally not as much fun. Either way, make sure of your water after El Pontarron as sources are few and far between.
I want to go via Oviedo and not via Gijon.I went by the sea along a path from Probena, but after Ontón I walked some streches on road. It is 7 years ago so memories are fading. Had to check the map to find out.
Totally agree with @Raggy. I initially took the longer route to avoid asphalt, and then discovered that the way to La Magdalena is all asphalt, but it is a MUCH less traveled road. It is true that the N-634 is not the main highway anymore, but the stretch after Islares was really quite busy. Nothing as hair-raising as the traffic on the road out of Cáceres on the Vdlp on weekday rush hours or the even scarier walk on the shoulder-free national highway on the Mozárabe going into Torrefresnada, but really busy. I assume weekend traffic would be much thinner, as it is on all of these busy stretches, but the combination of garbage trucks, delivery trucks, and cars trying to zip around them with too short of a passing distance made for an elevated heartbeat.It is well-signed but, having done both at different times, I would easily opt for the longer route. The road can be busy at times, and is generally not as much fun. Either way, make sure of your water after El Pontarron as sources are few and far between.
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