You might look at the pictures of Andrín and think you have seen them somewhere else before, but let me tell you that what you remember seeing might be pictures of its “twin sister” called Ballota beach.
Why twin sisters, besides me having an obsession with these words? Because this is how I see them.
They are close neighbors, they share the same view of the Castro Ballota (the Ballota islet in front), they are both competing for the most beautiful beach in Llanes award, have similar shape and on and on and on.
If you wish to convince yourself I am right all you have to do is park your car at the Boriza viewpoint and enjoy the view. You will see the Ballota beach to your left (West) and Andrín to your right (East).
Far West you can see a glimpse of the beautiful town of Llanes which, I am sure, you’re already familiar with since you’re seeing these 2 beaches.
You can get to Andrín by car, by bike or by foot – my advice being to try and leave the car far from the beach cause the parking is really small and the beach pretty crowded in summer, especially during weekends.
Most probably you won’t find a parking spot but you will get stressed while searching for one. Why bother?
Leave the car in the village of Andrín and continue on foot. This is what you’ll see once you’re on the beach.
If you love trekking then you will love Llanes and Asturias – there’s a coastal footpath that will take you to all the beaches of Llanes and of Asturias overall.
If you wish to take shorter paths then start from Llanes and walk towards East as long as you’re comfortable and as far as you can get – along the way you’ll see plenty of beaches, among them Toró, Antilles, Vidiago, Pendueles and more, depending on how far your legs will carry you. Llanes is not short of beaches!
More technical info about Andrín beach
Just like Ballota beach, Andrín is a beach of fine, golden sand, surrounded by boulders. High tide hides most of the sandy area, leaving behind the boulders so make sure you check the tides before getting here.
It’s 240 meters wide and has lifeguard during high season (every day, not just weekends like Ballota), showers, a beach bar with toilets and it’s accessible for people with limited mobility.
Andrín is a very good (underwater) fishing and surfing spot.
Since the village of Andrín is so close and so big, you’ll find there a lot of rural houses and hotels, bars and restaurants and plenty of things to see and do.
Further away there are campings where you can camp if you wish.
Mirador de Boriza / Boriza viewpoint
You can see Andrín beach from above, from a viewpoint called Boriza located on Punta el Pandón (Pandón headland) right in front of the iconic islet of Ballota or Castro Ballota. Once here you will see Ballota beach towards West and Andrín beach towards East.
If you download our beach app AsturPlaya it can create routes for you and take you to all these splendid beaches of Llanes, give it a try!
Video: Andrín beach in Llanes