Punxéu beach, Valdés, Asturias
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
27 November, 2014
The beach of Punxéu (or Punxeo) is located west of the well known Cape Busto, Asturias. It’s a beach that you can see from 2 different angles (our app AsturPlaya can take you there, download it now!) and both of them will impress you deeply.
We saw it first from West: we left the car in the village of Busto (Punxéu is secluded and difficult to get to so don’t count on having where to park your car anywhere nearby) and then we walked over the pastures till we reached the last viewpoint belonging to the Coastal Trail of Cape Busto (more on this in the following paragraphs).
From this point to the right you can see a series of islets and the headland of La Osa (Punta de la Osa), where the descent starts (a very dangerous one, make sure you have proper boots as it follows the course of a river and tends to be slippery quite often).
Punta de la Osa
Punta de la Osa is, well, the most amazing place we saw in Asturias so far, a wild and a bit scary (for me) headland where the view is amazing: you will see Punxéu beach to the left and the Chouréu beach to the right, you sitting on a very narrow rock in an eucalyptus forest with trees moving due to high winds…
Amazing and scary, at least for me – this is what you will see:
Punxéu as seen from Punta de la Osa
Now, you can guess where we went to see its Eastern side: Punta de la Osa, it being reachable from the village of Queruás. As usual, leave the car where you can (the road is pretty bad there too) and cross the meadows till you reach the headland. Enter the forest and…enjoy!
When you see Punxéu from the Western side you think “No way I can get down there, I see no way down!”, but there is one from Punta de la Osa. It’s a slippery one so my advice is, if you do NOT have good boots and equilibrium, don’t go down.
Just admire it from afar, it will fill your heart with joy!
Some more info about Punxéu
Punxéu is a 400 meters long beach and some 20 meters wide (but, as you know, it almost disappears with high tide). It’s a secluded and mostly empty beach, it has no sand but boulders and pebbles and very strong waves – take care when swimming in these waters.
No amenities around, no lifeguard, bars, restaurants, not even parking – you will have to walk a little to discover it and its descent path is really complicated to find and dangerous.
Lots of beaches have impressive rocks that people named long time ago and Punxéu is no exception. At the Western side of the beach there’s a rock called Catedral (“The Cathedral”, seen in the picture to the right) – people see there a cathedral with its tower.
This beach is a heaven for people who like to explore: full of small caves, with beautifully shaped rocks scattered everywhere and with small waterfalls showing up when raining (beware of landslides), Punxéu is dangerous and magic at the same time 🙂
Weather near Punxéu
PR-AS4 Coastal Path
The Coastal Trail PR-AS4 starts from the beach of Cueva (La Arena), goes past Cape Busto, surrounds it and goes on to the beach of Punxéu – we did not see a trail going to its neighbor Chouréu, but maybe this will change in the future.
You can leave your car in a parking near Cape Busto (there are 2) and then walk from the beach of Bozo, to the Cabo Busto beach, then around Boxada el Vino beach, Serrón, Barchinas and Punxéu.
You can go back using the same path or follow the signs and come back to your car since this is a circular foot path.
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