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An impromptu guide to coastal Asturias in Spain

coastal asturias

Oh man, has it been a while since I’ve written about what has become my favorite little corner of Spain: Asturias. Seriously guys, Asturias is Spain’s best-kept secret.

Honestly, I am kicking myself for only visiting last year for the first time, and not during all the years when I actually lived in Spain and it was right there!

Anyways, thinking back, if I had to hanker a guess as to why this little region in northern Spain tugged at my heartstrings so much, it might be because it ticks so many boxes of my favorite things. Cute villages, historic houses, delicious food, friendly people, big mountains, rolling green hills, and a wild coastline.

Seriously, Asturias packs a punch. What more could you want?

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

But what I might have loved the most was the amazing coastline along Asturias. The whole region stretches along the sea, so you are never too far from a beach or two.

I was also amazed at the diversity of beaches. There are sweeping sea cliffs that tower over wild waves that remind me of New Zealand as well as white sandy beaches with tropical blue water begging you for a swim.

And don’t even get me started on the quaint and colorful villages and towns that dot the coastline. I think I could pick up my life and move to any one of them and find myself content. That’s pretty much my standard measurement for how much I like a place.

It’s too good not to share, so sit back and enjoy my little impromptu guide to the amazing coast and beaches of Asturias, Spain!

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

Asturias wins at beach names!

coastal asturias

1. Lastres

Honest to god, I can’t pick a favorite place in Asturias, but for some reason I really really loved Lastres. I loved the look of the town, the amazing cider there and have great memories of how lovely everyone I met there was.

The burnt red roofs of the white hillside stood out to me wherever I walked and the cobbled streets made me feel like I stepped back in time.

This was a place I really want to get to know better.

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

2. Playa del Silencio

What a spot, what a spot!

I remember the road to the Playa del Silencio (Silent Beach) was rather tricky, and parking even trickier, but man oh man was it worth it! It’s like as if Asturias dreamed up the perfect beach, and poof, it appeared here.

15km from Cudillero, It’s a perfect rocky cove with a sandy beach and crystal clear water. It’s a bit of a walk to it, but it’s worth it.

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

3. Cudillero

I’ve already dished about this amazing little fishing village, but it MUST be included. Cudillero is probably the most picturesque place in Asturias, and it’s fairly well-known and considered “touristy.” That being said, I think you have to take that with a grain of salt because tourist in Asturias is not very touristy at all.

Colorful shutters, whitewashed houses, a bright blue harbor and amazing terraces where you could sit for hours in the sunshine sipping cider and thinking about nothing. Heaven.

Take me back, Cudillero, por favor!

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

4. Playa de Gulpiyuri

How many places in the world can boast of a landlocked beach? A beach without a view of the sea? And did I mention it’s in the middle of a meadow?

Well guys, it exists, and it’s Asturias, at a magical place called Playa de Gulpiyuri. A flooded sinkhole near Llanes, it’s 100 meters from the sea, but thanks to a series of tunnels and caves, it’s connected to the sea so there are tidal flows and even waves.

Though you can’t see it in my photo, imagine that you can hear the sounds of the sea as the tide ebbs and flows.

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

5. Llanes

Another beautiful fishing port, Llanes is tucked away almost on the border of Cantabria with great views to the foothills of the Picos de Europa mountains. It’s the gateway to many of the wild beaches that make Asturias so freaking special.

coastal asturias

6. Playa de Torimbia

Playa de Torimbia is one of the most epic places I’ve ever watched the sunset. Endless rocky outcrops and beachy coves and little islands dot the coastline as far as you can see from the lookout above.

The waves roll in the most perfect sets and make me want to try my hand at surfing again here.

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

7. Ribadesella

I had really moody weather for my time in Ribadesella, but it was ok. This colorful town was beautiful and full of old casas indianas, mansions styled after colonial houses in the Americas jutting against the dense greenery.

coastal asturias

8. Niembru

Niembru was one of those places we just were passing through but I had to yell “stop stop”and get out and explore a little bit. The sun was setting and the sky turned bright orange over the still waters of the estuary as the tide began to move and the little white church perched on it’s edge felt like something out of a fairytale.

It couldn’t have been more otherworldly.

coastal asturias

9. Luarca

Luarca is another one of those beautiful white seaside towns in Asturias with dots of color everywhere. Seriously, Asturias?! I can’t keep all these amazing places straight! There are too many!

Luarca definitely had the most picturesque harbor filled with old wooden boats of different colors dotting along the bright blue water.

We grabbed a massive seafood lunch outside in the sun here and just enjoyed Luarca for what it was.

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

I fell head over heels in love with Asturias when I was there, and so many of these seaside beaches and towns had a big impact on me. As much as I love living in the mountains, there is something just so natural about being by the ocean. Combined with everything else Asturias had to offer, it’s no surprise really that I want to live here one day.

Sigh, I better start saving.

Have you heard of Asturias before? Are you a seaside person too? Do any of these spots sound appealing? Share!

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

coastal asturias

Many thanks to Tourism Asturias for hosting me in Spain, like always I’m keeping it real – all opinions are my own, like you could expect less from me!

58 Responses to An impromptu guide to coastal Asturias in Spain

  1. Kate May 6, 2016 at 12:16 am #

    These photos are absolutely stunning! Asturias is high on my list; hopefully we can visit before our year in Spain is done.

    • Liz May 6, 2016 at 9:44 am #

      Thanks! Definitely make it happen!

  2. Nicole May 6, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    Playa del Silencio is just like my dream place!. One day i will take a photo there!

    • Liz May 6, 2016 at 9:44 am #

      It’s a dream!

      • Nicole May 9, 2016 at 12:06 am #

        Gotta put that up in my to-visit list. 🙂 thanks!

  3. Brianna May 6, 2016 at 1:12 am #

    I’ve never heard of Asturias before, and your photos are definitely pushing me there. Guess I better go look at a map and see how to get there! Thanks for sharing, Liz!

    • Liz May 6, 2016 at 9:44 am #

      haha make it happen!

  4. A Globe For Two May 6, 2016 at 5:36 am #

    We love Asturias! It’s definitely our second favorite region in Spain (after La Rioja of course!). We’re planning on writing an article about Asturias soon, in the meantime we’d love to invite you to our blog and our Instagram&Facebook accounts (we’ve some nice pictures of the area if you want to check them out). Bon voyage! Alberto and Anaïs

    • Liz May 6, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      sound like me 🙂

      • A Globe For Two May 8, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

        Yep Alberto is actually from Logroño, so you two have probably bumped into each other at university!

  5. Brooklyn Murtaugh May 6, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    I want to travel to Spain so badly. It just looks like the dreamiest of places.
    I had never heard of Asturias until you posted about it, but it will definitely be added to my list!

    • Liz May 6, 2016 at 9:47 am #

      put it at the top 🙂

  6. jodea May 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Thanks for this Liz! That does it, I just printed off a map and texted my boyfriend to tell him we will be driving there with our dog next summer from our home in the South of England! We can take the ferry from where we live, hit up La Rochelle, Bordeaux and San Sebastian on the way – winner!

    • Liz May 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      awesome!

  7. Anna May 6, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    I havent been to Asturias – dying to go, actually – but when I lived in Spain, neighboring Galicia was my absolutely favorite part!

    • Liz May 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

      I haven’t explored enough of Galicia yet!

  8. Teodora May 8, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    Is so true.I lived in Navia for some time.I felt in love with the area.I wish I could go back there!I love Asturias!!!!

    • Liz May 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      It’s pretty rad isn’t it?

  9. Ron May 8, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    Your passion for Spain made me curious about the area, checked out your towns and coast line on Google Earth. Looks like there’s still plenty of open land in the area – Nice.

  10. Ester May 8, 2016 at 6:12 am #

    I was born and bred in Asturias, right by the sea. I never realized how much I would miss everything until I left for London! Now eveytime I come back is a re-discovery. You are right, Asturias is pretty special.
    X

    • Liz May 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      It’s awesome

  11. Maggie May 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    Beautiful!! Coastal Asturias looks amazing and seems like a great place to visit.Thanks for Sharing Info…

    • Liz May 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      Thanks!

  12. Liz May 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi Liz! Your beautiful travel pics make me want to visit Spain again! I’ve only been to Barça and these images are seriously wanderlust-inducing!<3

    Liz

    • Liz May 11, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

      you have to go back and visit Asturias!

  13. Chloe May 12, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Wow, this has definitely inspired me to visit Spain, having only visited Mallorca before. I love the fact that the whole region stretches along the coastline with many colourful fishing villages. It seems Oviedo (the regions capital) is famous for its cathedral and pre-romanic monuments too!

  14. Victoria@ The British Berliner May 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Magnificent photographs Liz! You really give destinations an extra bit of punch and oomph!

    I’ve never heard of Asturias before, although I’ve been to Spain many times. In fact, I returned from Spain & Portugal just a few weeks ago lol!

    Am I a seaside person? You betcha!

    I’m not a sunbathe and beach person as, in my opinion, there’s never enough to do! However, I do have an enormously soft spot for seaside destinations, sailing, fishing, and seafood! I once went on a fishing expedition that took 10 hours and surprisingly, I wasn’t in the slightest least bored! I know!!

    • Liz May 16, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

      Then you need to get yourself to Asturias!

  15. Ooty Tour Packages May 16, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

    Your blog tempting me to visit these places.

  16. Amy | Toothbrush Travels May 17, 2016 at 5:39 am #

    Such charming photos – that little landlocked beach looks gorgeous!

    • Liz May 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

      It’s just amazing!

  17. Cat Gaa May 17, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

    I never knew the name of the town with the church! It is so eery! My husband is half asturiano, and I walked the Camino through the region. It is what you say – the Spain you never expect but can’t wait to go back to!

    • Liz May 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

      Exactly!

  18. Jose May 18, 2016 at 11:01 pm #

    Llanes, Ribadesella, Cudillero, Luarca have huse of los indianos, as others Asturians place

    http://asturiaspordescubrir.com

    Although Asturias is seen as a green land with exuberant nature, but It has been a land of emigration

    http://historiasjasm.blogspot.com.es/2016/04/indiano-de-pote-y-mucha-honra.html

    • Liz May 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

      great tips!

  19. MartaG May 20, 2016 at 3:55 am #

    Hi! Wonderful pictures! Asturias is one of my favourite places, too. I only wish it was sunny more days! 🙂

    • Liz May 20, 2016 at 11:03 am #

      but then it wouldn’t be so green and lovely!

      • Jose May 20, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

        Correct, but the Asturians would have to paint it green.
        In Luarca, You have to visit the garden of Fonte Baxa (Panrico garden). It sells for 9,000,000 euros. You can visit the garden. if you put in google “Jardin de la Fonte Baxa” or “Jardin del Panrico”

        I apologize for my English (I don’t speak English), and sorry for the inconvenience

  20. Denis May 22, 2016 at 4:00 am #

    Looks amazing! The journey of Camino de Santiago,in one of its options, goes through most of these places, must be really a lifetime experience))

    • Liz May 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

      Yeah that’s the lesser known route, might have to go back and do it one day!

  21. Grace June 1, 2016 at 5:45 am #

    canga de onis was my favorite place i visited in asturias! i was just placed as an auxiliar in madrid! hoping to visit some of these places while there this coming year!

  22. james anderson June 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

    These photos are realy awesome photos, every person after seeing these photos want to go there and enjoy all places and visite again and again…………………..

    • Liz June 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm #

      Thanks!

  23. Jo June 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    We head there this summer and can’t wait to check out many of these spots. The inland beach looks amazing.

    • Liz June 15, 2016 at 2:59 am #

      It’s awesome!

  24. Expat Trip June 22, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    I have never given Asturias much thought, but now I see it’s a really beautiful place. Playa de Torimbia looks fantastic… awesome pics!

    • Liz June 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

      It’s really special!

  25. northierthanthou July 9, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    Love the buildings. Looks like a really beautiful area.

    • Liz July 12, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

      So beautiful!

  26. marilyn July 26, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    My daughter-in-law is from Aviles, Asturias, so we got to visit this very picturesque town a few years ago. Saw a couple other nearby towns as well…Gijon, being our favorite. All very green in the middle of summer as it RAINS all year! We did find that not a lot of people spoke English, which made things a little tricky at times…so it’s definitely off the tourist path!

  27. Catherine Gaa August 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    Re-reading this ahead of my birthday trip to Asturias in 10 days. It is easily the most wildly beautiful place in Spain, and the three years since I walked through it seem way too far in the past! This is great, Liz!

    • Liz August 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

      have so much fun!

  28. Jo October 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Stunning photos and definitely a place I want to visit now! It really reminds me of Cornwall.

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