Afternoon by the Rí­a

June 08, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos 862 views

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On Tuesday afternoon we went for a walk along the Maritime Walkway, the most picturesque part of Colindres. We got lucky, and the tide was all the way in. High tide enhances the natural beauty of the scenery by several orders of magnitude.

The body of water that borders Colindres is called the Rí­a Asón. I just spent thirty minutes laying out the official Spanish definition of rí­a, translating it for you, and concluding that the best English word for it was estuary, when I found this wikipedia page explaining it perfectly in English. Oh well.

The river that empties into the sea here is call the Rí­o Asón. Here’s a nice picture of its birthplace.


The water and the sky were a beautiful shade of blue.

Rí­a Asón Panorama

A huge panorama of the entire scene. It’s worth clicking on and seeing larger. And if you really love it, the original version of this picture, which is also available on Flickr, is 9.8 MiB.


Here you can see the bird watching cabin. I’ve never seen any bird watchers there. It’s a great hangout spot (sheltered and isolated) for teenagers, though.

I love how the mountains are doing their best to hold back the clouds.


I was going for a textured “desktop background” sort of shot here.


This is my favorite shot in this post. There are these pillars extending out into the water that absolutely must have held some sort of pier at one time. I have so far been unable to find it in any historical photographs.


A little walkway out to a lighthouse. It serves as a levy-like border for a deeper section where the fishing boats are moored in the harbor.

  • Nice pics. Is that near where you live? It’s a beautiful place. About the pier, maybe they never got around to finishing it – kind of like the cathedral in Málaga that has an unfinished tower, because they gave the money for the last tower to the Americans to fight the Civil War (At least that’s what they say) 🙂

  • Yes, it’s a 5 minute walk from my house. You can see the rí­a from our house, but you have to stick your head out the window and look left along the side of the building. It’s not really visible from inside the house, if you know what I mean.

    I hadn’t considered the “incomplete project” hypothesis. I like it.

  • You are so lucky to live near such a beautiful area. The incomplete hypothesis is the only thing that makes sense if there are no historical photos to be found. Maybe if you do some research in the town archives you can find something about it. Enquiring minds want to know.