The beach of Punxéu (or Punxeo) is located within the West Coast Protected Landscape Area, west of the 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!)
First we saw it from its western side: we left the car in the village of Busto (this beach is pretty isolated 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 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 the beach of Punxéu to the left and the beach of Chouréu to the right, you being 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:
Now, you can guess where we went to see its Eastern side: Punta de la Osa, that being reachable from the village of Queruás. As usual, leave the car where you can (the road is pretty bad there too) and walk over the fields 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 there to take a bath, 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 have no 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:
400 meters long beach and some 20 meters wide (but, as you know, it varies with high tide). It’s an isolated and empty beach, it has no sand but boulders and pebbles and very strong waves so 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.
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 Cabo, Boxada el Vino, 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.
The beach of Punxéu – video