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Luanco - Nieva
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Luanco - Nieva (Central Asturias)
30 kms
On foot Time (each way): 8 h. 30 min.
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A fairly easy trail through the borough of Gozón

Summary Luanco - Nieva

This route starts at Luanco Beach, heading slightly uphill in a westward direction towards Peroño, a balcony overlooking the sea. This spot offers an exceptional view of Luanco and its fishing harbour. On a clear day it is possible to see La Campa Torres headland and the Picos de Europa in the background.

When you reach an intersection, you should turn right, passing through the neighbourhood of Santa Ana, and head down the gentle slope leading to Moniello Beach, which also doubles as a tiny fishing harbour. In the vicinity there is a large rest area where you can get your strength back to then continue along the edge of the cliffs to Bañugues.

The trail continues through Bañuges towards Cape Peñas. Llumeres Recreational Area is to be found on the way, just above the old iron mine and the harbour where the ore was once shipped from. Follow the trail towards Viodo, heading down to its beaches; the first is a sandy beach, while the second is formed of pebbles.

Shortly before reaching the second beach, there is a path running parallel to a small stream that leads to the road to Cape Peñas Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built at the end of 19th century on the northernmost point of the Asturian coast and constitutes the end of this trail. The lighthouse houses the Peñas Marine Environment Interpretation Centre.

The path starts at Peñas Lighthouse, a magnificent building with a truncated tower built in the mid-19th century to replace the bonfires previously used to signal the spot. The Peñas Marine Environment Interpretation Centre, on the ground floor of the lighthouse, is equipped with several exhibition halls.

Vertigo permitting, if you approach the edge of the cliff, you can admire the beautiful scenery of quartzite cliffs with a drop of a hundred metres and Gaviera Point, the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. If this has been too overwhelming, you can always make use of any of the benches to sit and gaze at La Herbosa Islet and the seabirds that frequent it, such as gulls, petrels, cormorants and gannets.

The trail continues alongside heather and gorse thickets, characteristic of this siliceous soil, while leaving behind Peñas Lighthouse, which becomes smaller and smaller in the distance.

After running parallel to the AS-328 for 800 metres, the route goes downhill and then crosses a wooden bridge before arriving at Casa Maravilla restaurant in the village of Ferrero.

After running along country lanes, the trail heads down to Tenrero or Verdicio Beach, where the Verdicio Beach housing estate is to be found. This beach is bounded by the river which winds along a beautiful dune system. By Bar Ramón, the trail begins to ascend to La Carniciega and Aguilera Beaches, both formed by golden sand, while the first also boasts a strip of terraced dunes. Between the two beaches lies a Celtic hill fort called "Los Garabetales", where the moat can still be made out.

After pausing to admire the fantastic views of Cape Peñas and marvel at the beauty of these beaches again, the trail heads uphill once again to the coastal strip. It then descends to the picturesque spot of Llampero Harbour and "Molín del Puerto" (Harbour Mill), which was affected by the June 2010 floods.

The trail then heads uphill once more to the coastal strip of Cape Negro, from where the black sands of Portazuelo and Panchón Riba Beaches can be seen.

Continuing southwestwards, you then come to a concrete structure. This is an industrial element forming part of the ENSIDESA steel company cableway, which used to dump slag at this point of Cape Negro. Further on, you come to the cliff overlooking Xagó Beach. This spot is a much frequented by paragliders, who share their flight with seabirds.

The trail continues on to the village of Otero, heading to the top of Xagó Hill to then head down a paved path to the eucaliptus grove next to Xagó Beach. There is a rest area at this spot where you can have a snack before continuing the hike parallel to Xagó Dunes and taking a look at the two ponds that serve as a refuge for wading birds. On the southern part of the beach, the trail heads uphill to the village of Nieva, passing next to the 17th-century Chapel of San Juan. It then goes downhill to a scenic balcony on the cliff, where the long and beautiful Xagó Beach and its system of dunes running parallel to the shore can be contemplated.

The trail then continues northwestward, along the coastal strip of the Nieva Peninsula, among meadows and patches of gorse and heather bushes. From there you can see a blowhole that blasts seawater like a geyser when sea conditions are favourable.

The trail ends near Avilés Lighthouse. It is worth pausing a while to behold the mouth of Avilés Estuary and the lighthouse with its truncated tower dating from 1863. From this vantage point on the Nieva Peninsula, you can see all of Avilés Estuary and, to the west, El Espartal, Salinas and the coastline of Castrillón all the way to La Deva Isle.

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Description Luanco - Nieva

This route starts at Luanco Beach, heading slightly uphill in a westward direction towards Peroño, a balcony overlooking the sea. This spot offers an exceptional view of Luanco and its fishing harbour. On a clear day it is possible to see La Campa Torres headland and the Picos de Europa in the background.

When you reach an intersection, you should turn right, passing through the neighbourhood of Santa Ana, and head down the gentle slope leading to Moniello Beach, which also doubles as a tiny fishing harbour. In the vicinity there is a large rest area where you can get your strength back to then continue along the edge of the cliffs to Bañugues.

The trail continues through Bañuges towards Cape Peñas. Llumeres Recreational Area is to be found on the way, just above the old iron mine and the harbour where the ore was once shipped from. Follow the trail towards Viodo, heading down to its beaches. the first is a sandy beach, while the second is formed of pebbles.

Shortly before reaching the second beach, there is a path running parallel to a small stream that leads to the road to Cape Peñas Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built at the end of 19th century on the northernmost point of the Asturian coast and constitutes the end of this trail. The lighthouse houses the Peñas Marine Environment Interpretation Centre.

The path starts at Peñas Lighthouse, a magnificent building with a truncated tower built in the mid-19th century to replace the bonfires previously used to signal the spot. The Peñas Marine Environment Interpretation Centre, on the ground floor of the lighthouse, is equipped with several exhibition halls.

Vertigo permitting, if you approach the edge of the cliff, you can admire the beautiful scenery of quartzite cliffs with a drop of a hundred metres and Gaviera Point, the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. If this has been too overwhelming, you can always make use of any of the benches to sit and gaze at La Herbosa Islet and the seabirds that frequent it, such as gulls, petrels, cormorants and gannets.

The trail continues alongside heather and gorse thickets, characteristic of this siliceous soil, while leaving behind Peñas Lighthouse, which becomes smaller and smaller in the distance.

After running parallel to the AS-328 for 800 metres, the route goes downhill and then crosses a wooden bridge before arriving at Casa Maravilla restaurant in the village of Ferrero.

After running along country lanes, the trail heads down to Tenrero or Verdicio Beach, where the Verdicio Beach housing estate is to be found. This beach is bounded by the river which winds along a beautiful dune system. By Bar Ramón, the trail begins to ascend to La Carniciega and Aguilera Beaches, both formed by golden sand, while the first also boasts a strip of terraced dunes. Between the two beaches lies a Celtic hill fort called "Los Garabetales", where the moat can still be made out.

After pausing to admire the fantastic views of Cape Peñas and marvel at the beauty of these beaches again, the trail heads uphill once again to the coastal strip. It then descends to the picturesque spot of Llampero Harbour and "Molín del Puerto" (Harbour Mill), which was affected by the June 2010 floods.

The trail then heads uphill once more to the coastal strip of Cape Negro, from where the black sands of Portazuelo and Panchón Riba Beaches can be seen.

Continuing southwestwards, you then come to a concrete structure. This is an industrial element forming part of the ENSIDESA steel company cableway, which used to dump slag at this point of Cape Negro. Further on, you come to the cliff overlooking Xagó Beach. This spot is a much frequented by paragliders, who share their flight with seabirds.

The trail continues on to the village of Otero, heading to the top of Xagó Hill to then head down a paved path to the eucaliptus grove next to Xagó Beach. There is a rest area at this spot where you can have a snack before continuing the hike parallel to Xagó Dunes and taking a look at the two ponds that serve as a refuge for wading birds. On the southern part of the beach, the trail heads uphill to the village of Nieva, passing next to the 17th-century Chapel of San Juan. It then goes downhill to a scenic balcony on the cliff, where the long and beautiful Xagó Beach and its system of dunes running parallel to the shore can be contemplated.

The trail then continues northwestward, along the coastal strip of the Nieva Peninsula, among meadows and patches of gorse and heather bushes. From there you can see a blowhole that blasts seawater like a geyser when sea conditions are favourable.

The trail ends near Avilés Lighthouse. It is worth pausing a while to behold the mouth of Avilés Estuary and the lighthouse with its truncated tower dating from 1863. From this vantage point on the Nieva Peninsula, you can see all of Avilés Estuary and, to the west, El Espartal, Salinas and the coastline of Castrillón all the way to La Deva Isle.