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San Esteban de Pravia - El Aguilar Beach
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San Esteban de Pravia - El Aguilar Beach (Central Asturias)
6 kms
On foot Time (each way): 2 h.
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A fairly easy trail through the borough of Muros de Nalón

Summary San Esteban de Pravia - El Aguilar Beach

San Esteban de Pravia is accessible by train or by road via the N-632, having passed through Soto del Barco on the way to Muros.

This trail, running through the borough of Muros de Nalón, is of clear scenic interest in addition to offering historic/industrial elements that allow you to combine culture, sun and sand in a leisurely manner.

Lying on the left bank of the River Nalón, the lands of Muros de Nalón, occupying some 8 km2, provide an attractive variety of resources (sea, beaches, countryside, hiking, history, peace and quiet, etc.) for those looking to get away from more populous destinations (Luarca, Cudillero, Salinas or Avilés).

Forming part of what is known as the Northern Trail, this trail -which is also called the Scenic Balcony Trail- is an attractive outdoor activity option. Fishermen's trails, country lanes, railway tracks... all intertwine to become an intense hike suitable for all comers with a healthy pair of lungs!

Walking by the sea has always been an activity that encourages meditation and relaxation. Immerse yourself in the refreshing incentives to beguile the senses emanating from the waves, the breeze and the wildlife... through smells, sounds, lights or your sense of touch; you'll feel stimulated by new sensations while also toning your muscles. And in addition to the diverse cultural and natural heritage, these stimuli possibly constitute the best reason to set out on the trail. A perfect opportunity to lose or find yourself, walk with friends, family, alone or with your partner.

The distant outline of the capes and headlands of the lands of western Asturias will suppose a challenge for keen hikers along the route. For lovers of natural spectacles, the scenic balconies on the route will be a must at sunset and sunrise.

There are two neighbouring harbours on the Nalón Estuary, one of each side of the river mouth, which history was to assign very different roles: San Juan de la Arena and San Esteban de Pravia.

San Esteban Harbour and its surroundings was frequented during the early 1900s by a group of noteworthy painters and writers, a colony that found inspiration for their creations in the atmosphere of the place.

At the same time, the town underwent a boom in trade and industry via the export of coal thanks to the railway line connecting the harbour with the heart of the mining valleys, after having experimented with the use of "chalaneros" (ferry boats) during the previous century. Some of the most interesting and best preserved examples of industrial heritage are thus still visible today. A walk through what was once the biggest coal port on the Bay of Biscay up until the mid-20th century, an amalgam of shipowners, villas, shipyards, a railway station, cranes and the like reflecting a glorious past.

This trail starts in the village of San Esteban de Pravia, in the neighborhood of El Muelle, between Suárez Inclán and Castro Plasencia Streets.

It runs through the town's inner streets until reaching the Port Authority building, with views of San Esteban Estuary. The trail then heads into the Historical-Industrial Site of the San Esteban Harbour. At this point, the trail descends to run parallel to the river, offering outstanding views of both the estuary and San Juan de La Arena, on its right bank. About 1,500 m from San Esteban there is a major sporting facility with a seawater pool, a small recreational area and ample parking. Near the mouth of the River Nalón, the quay walls and jetties constitute a place of great interest for sport fishing. Two hundred metres further on, you come to Los Garrunchos Beach from where the climb begins to the Espíritu Santo Scenic Balcony, which provides an excellent view to the east of the mouth of the River Nalón, Los Quebrantos Beach, Bayas Beach and even La Deva Islet. While to the west, the entire coast can be made out all the way to Vidío Lighthouse. This stretch also has a recreational area where you can relax and enjoy the views.

The trail continues on passing El Focarón and Los Espinos Beaches on the right. Further on, after walking through pine and eucalyptus woods you come to a rest area, followed by La Atalaya Scenic Balcony, a place offering great views of the coast to the west, ending, once again, at Vidío Lighthouse. Below lie La Conchiquina, La Atalaya and Cazonera Beaches.

The journey then continues through pine and eucalyptus woods, passing the town of Muros de Nalon on the left and Las Llanas, Xan Xu, Rabadugo and Veneiro or Xylo Beaches on the right, to end on El Aguilar Beach, the most important in the borough of Muros de Nalón.

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Description San Esteban de Pravia - Playa del Aguilar

San Esteban de Pravia is accessible by train or by road via the N-632, having passed through Soto del Barco on the way to Muros.

This trail, running through the borough of Muros de Nalón, is of clear scenic interest in addition to offering historic/industrial elements that allow you to combine culture, sun and sand in a leisurely manner.

Lying on the left bank of the River Nalón, the lands of Muros de Nalón, occupying some 8 km2, provide an attractive variety of resources (sea, beaches, countryside, hiking, history, peace and quiet, etc.) for those looking to get away from more populous destinations (Luarca, Cudillero, Salinas or Avilés).

Forming part of what is known as the Northern Trail, this trail -which is also called the Scenic Balcony Trail- is an attractive outdoor activity option. Fishermen's trails, country lanes, railway tracks... all intertwine to become an intense hike suitable for all comers with a healthy pair of lungs!

Walking by the sea has always been an activity that encourages meditation and relaxation. Immerse yourself in the refreshing incentives to beguile the senses emanating from the waves, the breeze and the wildlife... through smells, sounds, lights or your sense of touch; you'll feel stimulated by new sensations while also toning your muscles. And in addition to the diverse cultural and natural heritage, these stimuli possibly constitute the best reason to set out on the trail. A perfect opportunity to lose or find yourself, walk with friends, family, alone or with your partner.

The distant outline of the capes and headlands of the lands of western Asturias will suppose a challenge for keen hikers along the route. For lovers of natural spectacles, the scenic balconies on the route will be a must at sunset and sunrise.

There are two neighbouring harbours on the Nalón Estuary, one of each side of the river mouth, which history was to assign very different roles: San Juan de la Arena and San Esteban de Pravia.

San Esteban Harbour and its surroundings was frequented during the early 1900s by a group of noteworthy painters and writers, a colony that found inspiration for their creations in the atmosphere of the place.

At the same time, the town underwent a boom in trade and industry via the export of coal thanks to the railway line connecting the harbour with the heart of the mining valleys, after having experimented with the use of "chalaneros" (ferry boats) during the previous century. Some of the most interesting and best preserved examples of industrial heritage are thus still visible today. A walk through what was once the biggest coal port on the Bay of Biscay up until the mid-20th century, an amalgam of shipowners, villas, shipyards, a railway station, cranes and the like reflecting a glorious past.

This trail starts in the village of San Esteban de Pravia, in the neighborhood of El Muelle, between Suárez Inclán and Castro Plasencia Streets.

It runs through the town's inner streets until reaching the Port Authority building, with views of San Esteban Estuary. The trail then heads into the Historical-Industrial Site of the San Esteban Harbour. At this point, the trail descends to run parallel to the river, offering outstanding views of both the estuary and San Juan de La Arena, on its right bank. About 1,500 m from San Esteban there is a major sporting facility with a seawater pool, a small recreational area and ample parking. Near the mouth of the River Nalón, the quay walls and jetties constitute a place of great interest for sport fishing. Two hundred metres further on, you come to Los Garrunchos Beach from where the climb begins to the Espíritu Santo Scenic Balcony, which provides an excellent view to the east of the mouth of the River Nalón, Los Quebrantos Beach, Bayas Beach and even La Deva Islet. While to the west, the entire coast can be made out all the way to Vidío Lighthouse. This stretch also has a recreational area where you can relax and enjoy the views.

The trail continues on passing El Focarón and Los Espinos Beaches on the right. Further on, after walking through pine and eucalyptus woods you come to a rest area, followed by La Atalaya Scenic Balcony, a place offering great views of the coast to the west, ending, once again, at Vidío Lighthouse. Below lie La Conchiquina, La Atalaya and Cazonera Beaches.

The journey then continues through pine and eucalyptus woods, passing the town of Muros de Nalon on the left and Las Llanas, Xan Xu, Rabadugo and Veneiro or Xylo Beaches on the right, to end on El Aguilar Beach, the most important in the borough of Muros de Nalón.