The Principality of Asturias is a region located in the north of Spain, located in the narrow strip between the Cantabrian Sea and the Cantabrian Mountains. If we had to define it geographically, we could say that it is a “walled barrier”, since it is characterized by having high and compact mountains facing the sea, between which its territory expands.
Its climate is oceanic, with abundant rainfall, which causes its landscapes to be full of abundant and exuberant vegetation. It has several very beautiful natural spaces such as the Picos de Europa National Park or the Somiedo Natural Park.
It is a land very rich in raw materials, which makes its gastronomy very famous, in which its star dish, fabada, stands out; his drink made from apples, cider; and its range of traditional cheeses in which we have to name Cabrales.
Without a doubt, it is a highly recommended place to travel for its beauty and its picturesque and attractive inland towns. It is a destination that you will find in the best travel agencies to book your vacations.
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Although we must recognize that its great tourist attraction is its beaches bathed by the Cantabrian Sea, since they are spectacular and there are different types, from the quietest to see as a family to the wildest and most wild for adventurers and lovers of water sports.
We are going to take a tour of some of its most famous beaches.
Silence beach (Cudillero)
This beach lives up to its name for its tranquility, since it is very little crowded. It is a pebble beach at the foot of a cliff. In its views you can see islets emerging from the sea. Its access is difficult, perhaps that is why it is quiet, since you have to follow a dirt road on foot and descend some stairs with many steps.
Poo Beach (Llanes)
It is a funnel-shaped beach, which means that the sea cannot be seen on the horizon, due to its extensive sand, especially at low tide. When the tide rises, the sea advances smoothly, leaving the appearance of a shallow natural pool, making it ideal for families. It empties into a small stream called Río Vallina.
The only downside is that its characteristics make it a very busy beach and it does not have a large space for parking.
Cuevas del Mar beach (Llanes)
This beach is considered a protected area due to its vegetation and its geological characteristics. It is triangular in shape and its rocks have different and striking shapes thanks to the erosion produced by the sea and the wind. It is very busy in summer and easily accessible.
It is a beach that attracts a lot of attention because it does not have a visible connection with the sea. It is separated from it by a cord of land of about one hundred meters, so it gives the impression of being a kind of natural lagoon. However, it is linked to the sea by an underground conduit.
It measures only about 40 meters in length and at high tide it has hardly any sand. However, at low tide a phenomenon called drainage occurs in which sand appears, although it is still a very small beach. The closest town is Naves and is accessed through a farm road.
This cove is located next to Lairín Beach. It is an ideal beach to go with dogs, since its access is allowed throughout the year. The usual state of the sea on this beach is moderate swell, but we must bear in mind that it is a virgin territory, which has no surveillance, no maritime rescue, or other services, so we must be careful when bathing.
It is a beach on the eastern coast that is located at the mouth of the Villaviciosa estuary. It is a very popular beach due to its location, its beauty and its extension (one kilometer of beach), being one of the largest in Asturias. It usually has strong waves. It has an extensive wooded area of pine and eucalyptus trees and a promenade with a wooden walkway along the banks of the estuary.
It is a benchmark beach for lovers of nudism since the 1960s. It is wide and wild, with many cliffs in its vicinity and many green tones. It is shaped like a shell and its sand is golden.
It is reached through an asphalt road that starts from Niembru and ascends to Cape Prieto. To access it, it is possible to descend through an enabled track that ends in its western part or through rough trails along the slope, which end in its eastern part.
It is located in the municipality of Tapia de Casariego. The usual state of the sea is moderate and windy waves. It is a very striking beach due to its rock formations, which change their appearance according to the light shades at different times of the day. Ideal for those who want to know a different place or are fond of spectacular photographs.
Although it is not officially a nudist beach, it is usually a meeting point for this type of bathers.
Verdicio beach (also known as Tenrero beach) is a very touristy beach that is located in the council of Gozón and belongs to the town of San Martín de Podes. It stands out for the beauty of its surroundings, its vegetation, its dunes and its thick golden sand.
Its strong waves break on the shore itself, making it an ideal beach for surfing. This beach is closed by a chain of islets.