This Arnao beach is the one in Castropol, the most western municipality of Asturias. There is another Arnao beach in the municipality of Castrillón, right in the center, so it’s impossible to mistake one for another.
This Arnao is rather far away from the villages of Figueras and Castropol but it’s considered a semi-urban beach – mainly because it’s more than a beach: it has a rather impressive parking (always full in the summer), really good road access, plenty of amenities, beach bar, and an extensive recreational area for you to enjoy your picnic.
Let’s start with the access: Arnao is easy to find since its parking is linked with the village of Figueras, the A8 highway also being close by (our beach app AsturPlaya can take you there, download it now!)
If you love trekking you can reach it by foot too, either from Figueras or Castropol following the E-9 coastal trail or from one of its neighboring beaches: toward East there is Penarronda beach and towards South the beautiful San Román beach.
It benefits from lifeguard service in high season, it has showers, toilets and being constantly awarded with the blue flag eco label is a guarantee of the quality of this beach.
It’s a beach of fine golden sand with rocks scattered here and there.
Concrete stairs will leave you right at the beach while a concrete platform will help people with limited mobility enjoy it too. Arnao and Penarronda are the only two accessible beaches in the municipality of Castropol.
Since Castropol is very well know for its beautiful fishing villages and exquisite gastronomy based on fish food, no wonder that Arnao is a good fishing spot.
It is also considered perfect for surf but I must admit I never saw surfers here, maybe they prefer the neighboring Peñarronda beach for that.
The fact that Arnao almost disappears with high tide might discourage surfers. For example, all the pictures from this post were taken with high tide – Arnao is much much bigger with low tide, extending both towards East and West.
Coastline around Arnao beach in Castropol