A middle sized city, Avilés is between Salinas on the northern coast of Spain, and Oviedo the capital of the Asturias region. It’s a national seaport with a significant industrial area.
I began by wandering around the city, choosing my way as places attracted me, and discovering green spaces between busy shopping streets.
Then I happened across the Avilés estuary, beside residential properties and independent retailers.
And, on the opposite bank, the rather futuristic arts centre.
Along the Ruta del acero are a series of sculptures made out of industrial materials found during the modernisation of the area.
There were many men and women walking along this Ruta, many in sports gear. I first noticed just how many Spanish people engage in outdoor sports when I was in Salinas, but then saw this everywhere I went, up and down the country (especially walking and cycling).
As the sun started to set, the water and crossing structures were shown to an attractive advantage.
Well worth the time, the walks on both sides are very interesting and there are even public toilets if needed!
I wound my way back to the câfé, past a red-brick building with shop and graffiti.
I was able to make a phone call and write my journal there because like most Spanish bars, you can sit for quite a while, using their wifi and only drinking one beer. Here I was once again given free tapas.