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Eastern Coastline
Llanes y Ribadedeba (Eastern Asturias)
Open to the public

All year round

45 km2
Contact Address

Tourist Office.
Alfonso IX, La Torre.
33500 Llanes

Phone 985 400 164

Tourist Office.
Carretera Colombres-Bustio.
33590 Colombres

Phone 985 412 321

  • The sector of eastern coastline chosen to form part of the Network of Protected Areas in Asturias is located east of Llanes, between the borough capital and the eastern end of the region.

    The delimited area belongs to the boroughs of Llanes and Ribadedeva and constitutes a narrow coastal strip about 30 kilometres long and 1 to 4 kilometres wide.

  • Plant life

    It retains fragmented holm oak woods, sheltered by the limestone hills, and small riverside alder groves.

    There is a significant presence of birds, including some listed in the Regional Catalogue of Threatened Species, such as the shag and storm petrel.

    In winter, typical mountain birds such as the wallcreeper abound, often found on the borough's cliffs.

The Eastern Coastline Protected Landscape represents the perfect combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage.

The prehistoric sites, the stunning Indiano architecture, the existence of numerous sandy beaches and the mild climate enjoyed in this part of the region have made it one of the most visited tourist attractions in the region.

Endless beaches can be found along this narrow coastal strip, interspersed with small, secluded beaches which are not easily accessible, thus facilitating their conservation. Sometimes the beaches are hidden in small fjords or open onto beautiful coves. Noteworthy among the more than thirty beaches that exist along the privileged coastline of Llanes are those of Niembro, Buelna and Ballota. Clifftop scenic balconies, shore platforms and tablelands complete the geography of this area of ​​the Asturian coastline.

Many emigrants parted from here in the early 20th century for the Americas (or "Indies"). Upon returning years later to Asturias to invest their fortunes, they were accordingly known as Indianos. A sign of those times are the many Indiano villas typical of the area, with a recognizable architecture and usually accompanied by a tall, sturdy palm tree.

This area of ​​the Principality is also of enormous ethnographic and cultural wealth.

Eastern Coastline