The Best Beaches in Asturias – Part 1
When one thinks of the great Spanish beaches one is immediately drawn to the famous southern areas such as the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca. But hardly anybody has ever heard of Costa Verde outside Spain. Costa Verde means Green Coast, and it is located in the northern part of Spain and is part of the Asturias region. The Asturias as a whole is one of the best hidden gems of Spain, it is where many Spaniards prefer to holiday, away from the packed tourist resorts and cities.
Asturias is a veritable treasure trove of beautiful medieval towns and cities, and the coastline is wild and rugged created by the Bay of Biscay colliding with mainland Spain. This forms some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the whole of Spain and this includes marvelous beaches. The Asturias has an abundance of cliffs, caves and long sandy shores that for the most part are desolate just waiting to be discovered. In this blog we feature some of the best beaches in this most intriguing part of Spain.
Playa de Cuevas del Mar
Translated this means the Beach of Sea Caves, and the enchanting Playa de Cuevas del Mar is stunningly beautiful, in fact spectacular. The headland provides a landscape that is breathtaking in its rugged beauty, and this beach has to be one of the most scenic in all of Spain.
The Cantabrian Sea is part of the wild Atlantic Sea and has created a coastline that you can marvel at. It has formed natural stone arches and laps gently at the golden sand creating an idyllic scene. Behind the beach in the distance the wondrous Pica de Europe adds even more dramatic emphasis, as these mountains of the Asturias seem to highlight the total vista. You can find this beach around two kilometers from Nueva, and being so close to this great town the beach can get a little crowded especially in high season.
Playa de Gulpiyuri
The Playa de Gulpiyuri is one of Asturias enigmas, it is a beach that has no sea! To reach this iconic beach you will actually have to travel inland over a hundred meters away from the coast. And this hidden gem of a beach is one of the great and best-kept secrets in the whole of the Asturias.
It is hardly surprising that many visitors to this beach feel slightly disorientated, but it is definitely worth the while trying to find as it is truly mesmerizing. At first glance the beach seems to surround a small pond, but under further inspection it is rather bigger than first impressions.
Playa de Gulpiyuri seems to defy logic, but it is formed by many underground tunnels which connect it to the Bay of Biscay, and thus this is how it was formed. If you are looking for a sandy beach to play with the kids there are better options, but if you want to experience nature in its full glory then a trip to this beach is highly recommended. In part two we discover even more great beaches of the Asturias.