Parking – a walking approach to the beach is generally stunning, but if you are driving, an 11am arrival time seems to secure a decent parking space.
Facilities – Unless you prefer to seek out idyllic seclusion, a beach café or restaurant offers food and drink at many beaches (and toilets of varying cleanliness), although we take a cool box packed with cheese, bread and fruit most days. Every playa we visit has showers, and many (but not all) have lifeguards too.
Paseo – Occasionally we take part in the Spanish beach walk – from east to west, then from west to east, and back again … on it goes. At first it looks like an organised march, but as we pick out distinct groups and individuals, we wonder if people are simply trying to tan evenly. Or are they just taking exercise? We didn’t get to the bottom of it, but when in Rome … or Asturias …
Walking (not the Paseo) – there are many paths from which to appreciate the beauty of this unspoilt shore. The E9 (a European coastal path linking Estonia to Portugal) runs along the Asturias coast but is yet to be completed in its entirety. And the Camino del Norte pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela also takes in the beauty of Asturias’ mountains, valleys and beaches – it’s a quieter alternative to the better known Camino Francés further south.
Tides – It makes sense to Google tide times. We are lucky with our timings.
Weather – Wall to wall sunshine is not guaranteed here (we have one and a half days of rain). But stunningly diverse scenery, a cider culture with accompanying gastronomic delights, and space on the beach are sweet compensations.
Definitely download the Asturplaya app.