We obviously couldn’t get enough of the coast during our time in Asturias if this is our third post about it. Alas, here we are with more goodness for you. If you want to read our other posts, here are Part 1 and Part 2.
Our pal, Devlin, was in town for a month from Mexico, and we used that as an excuse to both show him how gorgeous Asturias is, and to see it for ourselves. We visited a whole lot of places, all of which are drop-dead beautiful and all of which we really had no idea existed before our time in Spain.
And this ‘not knowing beforehand’ is part of the beauty of the whole thing. It’s like making it past the first stage of a game and being rewarded with a wondrous array of exciting experiences that were previously hidden to you.
Of course, that’s not necessarily how it works. But that’s how it feels like it works sometimes.
Before we get into it, here’s a map to show you all the places featured in this post so you can sort of get your bearings for either your imagination, or for your own adventure.
Most of the places in this post were tackled in one day. The last one here was on another day trip, and purely happenstance as we rumbled along the smaller highways of Asturias.
Okay, let’s rock ‘n roll…
We saw a picture of this place, and as we often do, made a decision to visit based solely on that. It’s a very remote and rural beach northwest of Oviedo and west of Gijón, and while it does get its fair share of visitors, I don’t think it gets too crowded due to the necessity of walking down and up a steep cliff side to get there.
Once the beach comes into view, it almost defies words at how breathtaking it is – something that seems to be par for the course around here.
The beach is made of stones, so it’s not all that comfortable, but we can see why people trek down here to spend their days basking in the sun and the natural beauty.
There’s a food stall at the top of the cliff, and they brilliantly offer delivery service to the beach so people don’t have to constantly go up and down the steep incline. I bet those guys are the epitome of fit.
We spent our time here walking along the water and climbing all over the rocks that jut out in every direction from the beach and sea. Just, take it in.
Since we weren’t planning on sitting on the beach all day, we eventually hoofed it back up the side of the cliffs and hopped in our car to check out more of the region.
Making our way a bit west, we landed in the fishing village of Luarca. This is similar in vein to the other wonderful towns of Llanes and Lastres, but obviously unique in its own right. Being a different place and all.
Coming into town, the mountains on all sides are quite striking as you make your way through the winding streets. We parked next to the river that runs through Luarca, and immediately stopped for a coffee.
After that refuel, we headed through the center and just ambled around the port area.
I suppose there are a lot of tourists who come through here, especially with it being part of the Camino de Santiago, but it didn’t feel particularly crowded for a weekend during the middle of summer. Especially since it seems to have quite a lot of vacation apartments dotting the harbor area.
We eventually stopped for a delicious seafood lunch, right on the harbor, and whiled away our afternoon, chatting and taking in the history and pretty views of Luarca.
As we’ve never been known as hikers, we hopped in the car after lunch and drove up the narrow and very steep streets to the top of the cliffs here, to check out the views and see a little chapel.
Quite a looker from up here, don’t ya think?
Coasting back down the treacherous streets, we then hopped back on the highway and headed for our next destination.
Presiding over the Bay of Biscay and covering an important area of sea in the region here, Cabo Vidio is home to one of the newer lighthouses in Asturias.
It’s not a pretty one, but that’s not why people come here. The lighthouse sits at 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level, providing for some seriously stomach-dropping views if you can handle walking up to the edges of the cape’s cliffs.
The feeling is a bit more wonky than that, though, as the winds really pick up here and make for unease if you’re not into the whole heights thing.
If you can stand it, though, what you see before your eyes will be burned into your memory forever. I still can’t get over how sexy Asturias is, and Cabo Vidio just adds to the caliber of this place.
There’s apparently a cave that can be accessed at sea level here as well, but that was certainly not happening for us as the tide seemed to be coming in and the sea was maybe starting to get a bit angry. Not to mention the whole idea of getting down there.
Anyway, it’s all about the views and the imagination here. So yeah, enjoy!
A smaller fishing village known for its tiny, picturesque harbor, Cudillero is one of those places I think about when I think of what that small fishing village should look like. In my head, anyway. Not sure what that’s good for, but this place is a serious tourist destination in the summer, which was easy to realize once we saw that the parking lot for the center of town was probably bigger than the center of town itself.
We don’t particularly like to jump into massive crowds of people, but I really wanted to see this place. And so it was.
All we did here was, once again, marvel at the striking beauty of Asturias, and sit at a cafe to down some coffees and watch the world go by.
I would recommend coming here earlier than later in the day if you so choose to put yourself in Cudillero.
It’s very pretty and very worth seeing, even for lunch or a coffee, but the people really never stopped coming and it felt a bit overexposed. Ah well, I guess that’s what you get when you look like this!
As you can see on the map, this place is quite a bit farther to the east than everything else we’ve enjoyed in this post.
We actually came here on a different day, while driving between two other places.
We just happened upon it, didn’t even know what it was, but saw a bunch of surfers and decided to park and take it all in.
And that’s it! I really don’t have a ton to say, since it’s really all about enjoying where you are and sort of being one with that idea. For us, anyway. While we do like to learn about the history of places, sometimes, we simply prefer to sit there and soak it all in.
Whether you like one thing or the other – or something else entirely – we can assure you that coastal Asturias will have you confused at how it escaped the first years of your life, and delighted that you finally found it.
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