Asturias Coast. Beaches and fishing villages. #AsturiasCostera
The sea of the Natural Paradise
The Cantabrian sea bathes the four hundred and one kilometres of the coast of Asturias, a land of families of fishermen and the passing of pilgrims for centuries that has now been turned into a tourist destination that you may fall in love with. Eighteen fishing villages, over two hundred beaches, watchtowers, abrupt cliffs, lookouts and spaces for surfing, fishing, sailing, scuba diving and hillwalking pepper a coastline sculpted capriciously and grandiosely due to the force of the waves, which has inspired writers and painters, which has borne witness to historic events and movie scenes.
Vidio cape (Cudillero).
The Pría Blowholes, natural spectacle.
Cudillero, an amphitheatre on the sea.
Gulpiyuri beach, inland beach.
Peñas cape, The Northernmost point.
The Dinosaur Coast and the Jurassic Museum of Asturias.
Oysters from the Eo.
Llastres and Llanes, movie sets.
Beaches for surfing.
Graveyards with unique views: L.luarca and Niembru.
The 14,042 hectares of Asturian coastline between Castropol and Bustio can claim to be the best preserved in the country, according to a study by Greenpeace. Thanks to the unique Asturian terrain, you will enjoy a trip of contrasts between the sea and the mountains. The best example will be found on the Eastern coast, where the Picos de Europa descend towards the Cantabrian in barely twenty kilometres.
The seaside towns preserve an important fishing tradition. Depending on the time of year, small and medium sized boats go fishing and moor up to unload produce such as sardines, line-caught hake, pixín (anglerfish) and white seabream and seafood such as andaricas (velvet crabs), bugre (lobster), oricios (sea urchins) and barnacles. Products that have given rise to professions such as net mending and canning. Visit the ‘rulas', where you can witness an animated auction before going to the market and the museums about the sea.
El Porto/Viavélez (El Franco).
The presence of whales on the Asturian coast left its mark on the towns, as it has been an important source of wealth since the 13th century.
In the coldest months they can be spied from the coast. Between six and eight men used to leave the ports in their vessels to capture the cetacean.
The footprints of the dinosaurs (Colunga).
The Asturian coast also preserves ichnites, footprints of dinosaurs that we can find between Gijón/Xixón and Ribadesella/Ribeseya. There are even those who talk of mythological characters such as les serenes (mermaids), who used to trick the fishermen with their sweet voice; l'Home Marín (the ocean man), a triton who roamed the coastline and los espumeros, small, playful sea spirits with a human appearance.
You will be captivated by the lighthouses, built where, in the past, boats were guided with stakes, and cliffs like Peñas Cape, from which point you will be able to make out the Avilés Estuary and Gijón/Xixón port on clear days. Delve into the surroundings of the Eo, Navia, Nalón, Avilés, Villaviciosa, Ribadesella/Ribeseya and Tina Mayor estuaries too.
San Juan or Avilés Lighthouse (Gozón).
Each Asturian beach surprises due to its uniqueness.
Sandbanks for spending a peaceful day with the family that are accessible and especially attractive due to their beauty, even declared natural monuments and for trying unique experiences in the water, surfing on a surf board, with a scuba diving team...
Arenal de Morís beach (Caravia).
You will find among the great pleasures of Asturias, its gastronomy. Come to enjoy the hospitality of the coast and its fresh products.
The coastline is peppered with enchanting traditional hotel businesses, recognised with marks of quality such as "Mesas de Asturias" (a quality brand that recognise the mastery and quality of the dishes and good service in some restaurants) and "Sidrerías de Asturias" (a quality mark that includes traditional Asturian bars where the main drink is cider), or with the distinction of Michelin Stars.
L'Arena (Soto del Barco).
During the whole year, the towns of the Cantabrian celebrate their most emblematic inhabitants with gastronomic days for fish and seafood, such as, for example, the Elver Festival in L'Arena and the Sardine Festival in Candás, declared of Regional Tourist Interest.
These celebrations are added to local ones of relevance such as San Roque and the Virgen de la Guía, in Llanes; Nuestra Señora del Rosario, in L.luarca, and L'Amuravela, in Cudillero. As for sporting events, noteworthy for their importance are the International Descent of the River Sella, of International Tourist Interest, and the Navia Estuary Swim, of national relevance.
Sardine Festival in Candás (Carreño).
The intense colours of nature and the Cantabrian Sea merge in every nook and cranny of the Green Coast. This coastline, a doorway to Paradise, ensnares you and will incite feelings in you. Let yourself be seduced!