Llanes, Asturias, Spain

LLanes is located on a narrow swathe of land beneath the Picos de Europa and the Mar Cantabrico (Bay of Biscay). The town is small and very distinctive with an old quarter and a tourist office inside its oldest building, a tower from the thirteenth century.

Although small, Llanes, which is almost suspended above the ocean, is visited by tourists in the summer months and particularly during late July and August when it can become busy. The area around this small hamlet is also a must for beach goers with dozens of small beaches hiding around every corner. Most of these beaches are narrow and sheltered and many have rocks, or the outcrops of the cliffs at their boundaries. Llanes is reputed to have some of the best beaches in Asturias.

Llanes beaches

Amongst the most popular of these beaches are "la playa de Sablon" which is close to Llanes town centre and can get very busy on hot sunny days and "la playa de Torro", which is regarded as the most attractive. Other beaches in the area include those at "Torimba" and "Niembrro" as well as that of "la playa de Puerto" which is known for its thick ( and not always pleasant) seaweed.

I you want something different you can also walk on the cliffs above the sea or explore the old town if the weather is cooler.

For those wanting to stay in or close to this small town there are guest houses and campsites, although all become busy when the Spaniards come up from central Spain in the national holiday month of August for the summer break.

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