Tuesday, 15 January 2013

COASTAL WALKING PATH IN SPAIN FROM LA GRIEGA BEACH TO MORIS BEACH IN ASTURIAS


COASTAL WALKING PATH FROM LA GRIEGA BEACH TO ARENAL DE MORIS BEACH IN ASTURIAS ( SPAIN)


ASTURIAS COASTLINE IN COLUNGA COUNTY (SPAIN)Walking Trail: Lineal
Itinerary: La Griega Beach - Arenal de Morís Beach
Distance: 12 Km aprox just one way
Walking Timescale: 5 h
Difficulty: Easy
Height difference:  Inappreciable
On Mountain Bike: Yes
Kids: Yes
LocationCarretera Nacional 632, 33340 Colunga, España



















At the start of the route and once we arrive to the end of "the Greek beach", will access via a wooden walkway to the point where you will find the footprints of dinosaurs, with a panel explaining them. From this point we have a view of the whole beach and the village of Lastres in the background.
La Griega Beach Asturias Spain
La Griega Beach Asturias Spain


























In this picture we see the dinosaur footprints imprinted on the rocks. Some of them of considerable size. From here the route goes into a eucalyptus forest with a steep but fairly short and in a few minutes, will take us to a junction where turning aside from the path a few meters to the left ...
Dinosaur footprints in La Griega Beach Asturias Spain
Dinosaur footprints in La Griega Beach Asturias Spain


























...we arrive at a lookout (see picture below) from which we have the last views of "La Griega Beach". Turning on our heels to continue up into the forest, to quickly go down again towards the coast.
La Griega beach and the village of Lastres in the background. Spain Asturias
La Griega beach and the village of Lastres in the background. Spain Asturias



























Soon we get to this junction, where if we go right, we will reach the pretty village of Huerres, from where we could also have started our route. PR.AS-196 route, is called Route of the Mysteries of the Sea and is a short variant that runs from the Village of Huerres to La Isla Beach with a distance of 3.8 km each way.


























In this picture, looking back, we see all the path we have traveled so far following the coastline along the cliffs with the Village of Huerres on the left and, in the background is Lastres with its fishing port.
Colunga Coast with the fishing village of Lastres at the bottom (Asturias)
Colunga Coast with the fishing village of Lastres at the bottom



























Here already looking ahead we have a good perspective on the route we have to go.
Costa de Colunga  Asturias
Costa de Colunga  Asturias


























Small stones cove shortly before arriving to La Isla Village



























After the cove, we will enter the village of La Isla for about 100 meters until reach this fountain. Here we'll get through this path that leads directly to La Isla Beach.
La Isla Asturias Spain


























In this photo, at the bottom to the right is the point where we have accessed to the beach, and then continuing along the promenade...
La Isla Beach Colunga Asturias Spain
La Isla Beach Colunga Asturias Spain


























...until we reached to a villa with a garden leading down to the very edge of the beach (the garden of the picture), and that forces us to continue walking along the sand with low tide, or continue to  the right onto a street that leads within a few meters to the main road, by which we will continue for about 200 m to turn left along a narrow path between walls, which leads us to the beach Barrigón Beach , and then to the Espasa Beach belonging  already to Caravia Council.
La Isla Beach Asturias Spain
La Isla Beach Asturias Spain


























Once on the Espasa Beach, we can continue along the beach ...
La Espasa Beach Asturias Spain
La Espasa Beach Asturias Spain


























...or as in my case, climb with the mountain bike by the path in the photo until the road, crossing the bridge...
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias
La Espasa Beach Asturias Spain


























...and go back down to the beach over here.
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias



























We continue along the Playa de la Espasa promenade, for about 200 meters, till we reach this small projection, where we can see to the left (west) The village of Lastres at the bottom and all the way of the path that we have made so far .
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias


























And to the east (right), the rest of the Playa de La Espasa. From here the trail continues through meadows along the coast for most of the remaining  route.
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias
La Espasa Beach Spain Asturias



























In this picture  you have "El Pozo de Las Pipas Beach" , continuation of La Espasa Beach.
El Pozo de Las Pipas Beach  - Spain Asturias
El Pozo de Las Pipas Beach  - Spain Asturias






















































Soon, we will reach the Beciella Beach...
Beciella Beach Spain - Asturias
Beciella Beach Spain - Asturias



























...and at the end of of it...
Beciella Beach Spain - Asturias
Beciella Beach Spain - Asturias



























...we will cross this wooden bridge, with a panel indicating the path and we will continue along an uphill the path for about 300 m...


























...until getting to this well. Here we continue straight along the path seeing in the picture. And we will continue along the coast through meadows until you reach the Arenal de Moris Beach.























































At the front we have the first views of the Arenal de Moris Beach.
Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias
Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias




























Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias
Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias




























Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias
Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias




























Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias
Arenal de Moris Beach Spain - Asturias


























Upon arrival at Arenal, the front wheel of my mountain bike was almost airless and with such bad luck that, with the rattle of the path, I lost the pump, so I pulled up the road for 2 km to the village of Prado, in the main road, and as I did not find any neighbour who had a pump, I went to the bar for a cheese platter and a beer until the bus to Colunga arrived.

We hope you enjoyed the hike and if you urge to do it, ye may tell your experience.


Greetings

PynAstur

1 comment:

  1. What a great walk with lovely images. Asturias is a land of great contrast with paradise beaches such as La Griega or La Isla really close to the green valleys and mountains. Great post! :-)

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