We return to Asturias in search of more fantastic beaches that are hidden away in this rugged coastline of northern Spain. In part one we saw that the Cantabrian’s salty waters had contrived to make Asturias coastline some of the most intriguing in the whole of Spain. With its sheltered coves and plethora of caves it is an adventurer’s playground just waiting to be discovered. In part one we discovered a beach with no sea, and a beach of sea caves, and we start this blog with the Beach of Silence.
Playa del Silencio
The Playa del Silencio is a national monument of Spain, and it is a place where time seems to have ignored and stood still. This beach is totally unspoiled, and the backdrop of rugged cliffs that surround a turquoise colored bay invites the visitor to take a closer look. To find the Beach of Silence you must travel to the nearby village of Castaneras which is itself a place from the distant past with crumbling medieval buildings lining narrow alleys and streets. From the village there is a small and narrow road and at the end is a small car park, from there you can walk the rest of the way to descend to the beach.
Playa de Rodiles
If you prefer long sandy beaches, then you should head to Playa de Rodiles as it has one of the longest stretches of beaches in Asturias being over one kilometer in length. The beach can be found in the coastal area of Villaviciosa and is the perfect place for a fun day out with the family. Unlike our other beaches that were rather remote and hidden away, this beach is one of the most popular in Asturias. It can cater for many visitors and has a long list of amenities including beach bars and a great picnic area that is in the welcome shade of the overhanging trees nearby. There is even a pool for the kids if the sea is too rough, and recently a perfect promenade that you can take a stroll and enjoy the vista has been built.
Playa de la Griega
If you want to experience the Beach of the Greek, then travel to the charming fishing village of Lastres and there you will find this sandy gem. From the beach which is situated at the mouth of the River Libardon, it affords great views of the ancient and beautiful town of Lastres. The beach is famous locally for the impressions of dinosaur footprints that can still be seen in the rocks around the beach. If you are looking for a beach holiday with a difference then Playa de la Griega has it all.
It combines sun, sea and sand with great archeological sites that can be easily seen by taking a stroll among the rock formations. Then at night you can explore the small restaurants, cafes and bistros of charming Lastres which is simply a delight. The beaches we have visited to in this blog are among the best in northern Spain. Asturias is fortunate to have such wonders and although not many international travelers visit this part of Spain it does not mean that these beaches are not superb.