Costa Verde and the Cantabrian Sea
On the shores of the Cantabrian Sea in the province of Asturias, in the northwest of Spain, the Costa Verde offers us a coastline with varied landscapes.
The Costa Verde owes its name to the very green hinterland and coastal vegetation that accompanies the 350 km of coastline. Make impressive beaches, coves and cliffs.
With Gijón as the most important city and port, the Costa Verde is dotted with numerous fishing villages and small seaside resorts.
These easily combine nautical activities with a local gastronomy based on fish and shellfish. Tapia de Casariego is one of the most famous surf and windsurf spots. However, sports can be practised on almost the entire Asturian coast.
Among these beautiful beaches, we will quote playa de La Vega which, surrounded by small meadows and hills, is located in the surroundings of Ribadesella or that of El Silencio. Near Cabo Vidio, it proposes a cove of 300 meters lined with small cliffs covered with vegetation.
A little difficult to access and wild, Langre beach is a long beach of fine sand. It is bordered of cliffs and will seduce the amateurs of tranquility.
Costa Verde, where to go
Coastal or city beaches, surf spots or golf courses, the Costa Verde has a coastline allowing diverse activities in the heart of landscapes that are just as diverse.
Located at the mouth of the Ria de Tina Mayor, bordering Asturias and Cantabria, Ribadedeva is composed of different hamlets. Note La Franca, frequented for its beaches, well sheltered in small coves.
Dependent on the city of Llanes, Cué is home to several beaches, hidden in small coves and coves, such as the beaches of Ballota and Andrín, which, separated by the point el Pandón, face the islet of Castro Ballota. Among the other beaches, those of Cué and Toró are open on small islands: Isla Grande and Islote de Entremis. La Cuesta de Llanes Golf Club is also located in Cué.
An ancient whaling port, Llanes has kept from its past, among other monuments and ancient buildings, some 13th century fortifications that once surrounded the old town and the Torre del Castillo converted into a Tourist Office.
To the west of the city, the Paseo San Pedro promises a beautiful stroll along cliffs raised on the Bay of Biscay. Over 800 metres long, this walk starts at the beach of Sablón and ends at the beach of San Pedro, open to the Islote el Peñon.
Several beaches extend to the east of the city beyond the port: the beaches of Las Mujeres and Puerto Chico for those closest to the center.
A small town dependent on Llanes, Póo hides a tiny beach on the right bank of the ria Póo.
Surrounded by dense vegetation and subject to the tides, this small beach, about 150 metres long and up to 300 metres wide, has a car park, a shower and a restaurant.
Las Cuevas del Mar
Las Cuevas del Mar, unique, is a cove practically closed by rocks and lined with sea caves.
Isolated and away from the roads, the Playa des Las Cuevas is well sheltered at the bottom of this tiny cove, at the level of the village of Nueva, between the towns of Llanes and Ribadesella, at the foot of the Parc des Pics d’Europe.
Ribadesella has an old town with a medieval layout and modernist architecture. Built mainly on the right bank of the Sella river, the city sees the long beach of Ribadesella stretch out on the west bank of the ria.
Located at the foot of the bridge that crosses the estuary, the port is located on the shore opposite the historic city. Just next to it we discover the natural park del Malecón which borders the beach of Ribadesella.
Every summer, every first Saturday in August, the bridge connecting the port to the city marks the arrival of a very famous competition in Asturias: the descent of the river Sella by canoe-kayak.
Ria de Villaviciosa
Protected as a nature reserve, the estuary of the Rio de la Ria is one of the best preserved places on the Costa Verde and the Cantabrian Sea. Of great botanical interest, the 1000 hectares of this protected area are composed of marshes, dunes and cliffs sheltering particular ecosystems.
The entrance to the ria is composed of several small beaches including Rodiles on the east bank and a marina, el Puerto del Puntal.
The old town of Gijón is characterized by its fishing district, Cimadevilla, the marina and the Santa Catalina hill on which was erected a monumental sculpture, the Elogio del Horizonte, from where the panorama offered on the Cantabrian Sea and the city is exceptional.
Two beaches decorate the urban coast of Gijón. San Lorenzo extends to the east of the old town, and the beach of Piedra de Huesco is located to the west in the extension of the Puerto Deportivo, the marina. As for the Playa d’El Arbeyal, it is still discovered a little further west from the city centre, next to the Puerto El Musel.
Cabo de Peñas
The Cabo de Peñas, which extends into the Bay of Biscay, is the northernmost cape of the Iberian Peninsula.
Composed of cliffs reaching 100 meters high, there are beautiful villas and excellent beaches.
Luanco, the northernmost fishing village in Asturias, is located 40 km from Oviedo and a few kilometres from Cabo de Peña.
Luanco’s interest lies in its old medieval quarter and its two urban beaches, the beaches of Luanco and La Ribera, each sheltered in a bay.
Asturian tuna capital, gastronomic days,”Las Jornadas Gastronómicas del Bonito”, are organised around this emblematic fish. Very followed, these gastronomic days take place at the end of June, beginning of July.
First fishing port of Cantabria located in the ria of Avilés, the third city of Asturias, which has seen its old town classified Historic Site, is an important steel center.
Two large beaches frame the entrance of the ria, that of San Juan de Nieva extends to the west for about two kilometers, there is a sports complex and a nautical club. To the east, behind the San Juan peninsula, the Xagó beach stretches between the points of La Garza and El Murio for more than a kilometre.
A fishing village nestled against the mountain, Cudillero is distinguished by its houses with colourful façades hung on the steep cliffs surrounding the port. The animation of the village is concentrated around the port and the welcoming terraces arranged on the central square.
Like those found at the bottom of small coves to the west of the port of Cudillero, the beaches are off-centre and sometimes difficult to access. To the east, the largest is Aguilar, about 5 km away.
Luarca is a peaceful fishing village with white houses, nestled between steep cliffs on the banks of the meandering Rio Negro, a coastal river that cuts the town in two.
The village port is located at the entrance of the estuary, facing Luarca beach. It extends over 300 metres, sheltered from the jetties that protect access to the small Luarca ria.
Coastal village located on the eastern bank of the river Navia, Navia hosts every year, usually during the first fortnight of August, an international sporting event: the descent of the river Navia by swimming.
Organised in honour of Nuestra Señora de la Barca and San Roque, they are a total of ten events with swimming in common. They take place at the rhythm of festivities gathering, among others, chariot parades, folklore groups, musical shows or cider tastings.
There are several beaches along Navia’s coastline.
From the Ria de Navia to the Ria de Ribadeo o del Eo
As everywhere on the coast of the Cantabrian Sea, the Asturian coast, bordered at this place by the road N-634, is bordered by cliffs dominating a multitude of small rocky islets, sometimes of green hills, coming to be washed up pleasantly on the shore. There are many coves and creeks, sheltering so many small beaches, often remained wild.
Tapia de Casariego
On this part of the Asturian coast, at the extreme west of the Costa Verde, the town of Tapia de Casariego exudes an undeniable charm. Notably with the fishing port and marina closed by two jetties, and, framed by low cliffs on which are arranged the houses of the village.
In addition, Tapia is a famous surf spot on the Asturian coast, especially with La Paloma beach.
Playa A Ribeiria, del Murallón, Entreplayas, further on, Mexota, Santa Gadea… several beaches dot this part of the Asturian coast, which stretches as far as the Ria de Ribadeo.