With this one-day itinerary in the Eastern coast you will explore the essence of Asturias; beautiful fishermen towns, secret beaches, amazing coastal views, and much more. AND, did I mention you can see it all in just one day?
Note: this route is planned for travelers with a car.
* Check out my post Everything to Know Before Traveling to Asturias for general information and tips.
One of my favorite little towns! The houses are all on a side of a mountain, with an absolutely perfect view to the coast. I highly recommend for you to go up to the Mirador de San Roque (reachable by car). From there you have the perfect view over the town as well as the coast, and with good vision also the Picos de Europa. If you want to have coffee or a quick breakfast there is a restaurant at the mirador called Restaurante La Rula and it has THE BEST view!!
Another beautiful coastal town, probably one of the most famous one in Asturias. In this town I recommend for you to get lost in the little streets, explore the beautiful boutiques, and enjoy the atmosphere.
Fun fact: During the summer, on the first Saturday of August (after the 2nd) celebrated in the area is the Descenso Internacional del Sella or Les Piragües. It is a 20 km kayak/canoe route/race in the Sella river which starts in the town of Arriondas and ends in Ribadesella. This event always includes many local parties in Arriondas when the race begins as well as in Ribadesella when the race ends.
Bufones de Pría
Such a beautiful phenomenon you can experience in Asturias! You can only see the full effect of the bufones with strong waves but I still think it is worth visiting in a calm day because it is beautiful.
The bufones are natural phenomena originated by the effect of the erosion of the sea and the rain in the limestone rock, giving rise to cracks and chimneys that connect the sea with the earth. The swell of the calm waves against the cliffs causes the expulsion of the compressed air in the galleries, however, in days of strong swell, air and water escape to the outside at great pressure with jets of water that reach great height. Translated from the Asturias Tourism site Image
Playa de las Cuevas del Mar
A quiet beach close by, on the left of it you can find beautiful caves that can be accessed with a low tide! In the summer there is also a small bar/restaurant where you can relax and have a drink or a coffee.
Vista del Castro de las Gaviotas
A beautiful point of view over the coast that is pretty easy to get to!
It is the ultimate way to observe the coast and unique nature of Asturias.
With a low tide you can also visit Playa de la Huelga, a tiny beach nearby, where you will get to see the Castro peeking through the rocks!
Playa de Gulpiyuri / Gulpiyuri Beach
One of the coolest, unique, must-visit place in Asturias! Gulpiyuri beach is a flooded sinkhole with an inland beach, so it looks like the beach is coming out of a huge rock. However, don’t expect to be there alone if you are going in the summer.
This is my favorite summer village in Asturias! From June to September you will find there people from all over Spain who are taking advantage of the great weather and beautiful beaches. The center itself is amazing and the seafood is to die for! Highly recommend for you to have dinner here.
* in the winter the place is not full of people like in the summer but it’s still worth a visit!
Spend The Night in Llanes
After this long day route you can spend the night in Llanes and further enjoy its nightlife! In the summer the restaurants and bars are open late and the clubs stay open until 5 or 6 in the morning.
You can use the map below to find accommodation in the area using the map below, just plug in your travel dates
I hope that you are ready to complete this itinerary in the Eastern coast of Asturias! Pack a bathing suit, sunglasses, and a hat, and hit the road 🙂