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"Cuevas del Mar" Sea Cave Beach

If you want a gentle stroll along the cliff tops, a couple of sandy beaches for an enticing swim and stunning views of the coastline and the Picos, this walk is a must.

The caostline around Cuevas del Mar

If the tide is not too far in you can start the walk along the edge of the beach passing by some impressive rock formations which give the name to the beach; Sea caves or Cuevas del Mar. You then climb gently through a field and up on to the cliff tops where you can see a range of caves, arches and broken cliffs which are the result of the waves continually bashing against the limestone rock.

Impressive blow hole on the headland from Cuevas del Mar

This part of the Asturian coast line is sometimes referred to as the coast of the Picos de Europa because this is where the pure limestone which forms the geological unit of the Picos meets the sea.  In the high mountains the acid rain cuts through the limestone rock forming deep gorges and an underground network of pot holes.  However at the coast its water in the form of waves which work from below beating up through the limestone rock forming all sorts of features.  In some places the waves eventually break through to the rock surface making blow holes which roar like dragons as the waves swell under the cuttings in the rock. At high tide spectacular spurts of water can be seen shooting out these blow holes. You pass one of these blow holes on the cliff tops before coming to a small chapel and it’s from this part of the headland where you can see The Picos de Europa through a gap in the coastal mountain range.

The small cove of San Antonio accessible by foot

Next the walk passes by two small sandy beaches the first can only be reached by boat but the second is easily accessible and this is another idyllic spot to stop, rest and may be have a swim. Finally a small farm track winds through some fields and then takes you back along a lane to the Sea Caves beach and thestart of the walk.

Technical Information

Map Cuevas del Mar circular walk

Download GPS trail from wikiloc

Self guided walking notes and GPS track available for guests from the hotel

Type of walk Circular
Starting Point Playa Cuevas del Mar
Finishing Point Playa Cuevas del Mar
Public transport options Narrow guage train Feve to Nueva (2kms from start)
Grading Easy
Total Length 2,5 kms
Total Ascent 50 m
Altitude 0 – 40 – 0
Total Walking time 1 hour
Terrain Tracks and cliff tops
Navigation Easy
Refreshments Bars in Nueva
Map Mapa Topográfico Nacional de España:   Nueva

 

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