Friday, 25 March 2011

Discovering the coast.

The Asturian coast waiting to be discovered.

We’ve lived in Asturias for almost sixteen years now and spend quite a lot of time exploring the coast and mountains (particularly in the winter when the hotel is shut.) Asturias never ceases to amaze us with her abundance of outstanding beauty and so many different places to explore and visit. Even after sixteen years we still come across superb new areas that we didn’t know of, such as the coast around Barro which we discovered this winter and visited last Sunday with all the family.

Joe walking on the headland above the beach at Barro

We spent most of the day walking around the headlands and beaches, and whilst the tide was out we had the chance to admire some most amazing rock pools full of sea urchins and sea anemones.

Beautiful rock pools at low tide

Colourful sea urchins in the rock pools

Lythophylum tortuosum a fairy tale thalloid algae found on the rocks at low tide.

Natural beauty abounds in Asturias and along the coastline there are often fields array with wild flowers and above the beach at Barro we found plenty of the small Narcissus citrinus playing tribute to the stunning views.

Narcissus citrinus on the headland

Barro is in the borough of LLanes about 30 minutes drive from the hotel or accessible (with a little walk from Celorio) by the Feve narrow gauge railway. It’s quite close to Torimbia another of our favourite beaches. There are a total of 54 different sandy beaches in the borough of LLanes, so I suppose it’s hardly surprising we don’t know them all. That’s what makes Asturias so lovely for guests who return year after year or for ourselves who live here, there is just so much to explore and discover.

Rocky cliffs

and sandy beaches.

Although it was a Sunday with brilliant sunshine there were hardly a person in sight but in the months of July and August this is an area which can get very busy with people. However with so much coastline and so many beaches; some of which are more accessible and some less so, there are always parts of the coast to discover and enjoy at any time of the year.

All the family enjoying a drink at a secluded bar above the beach.

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