If I tell you that Arnela is a beach hidden in the Eo estuary then you might know exactly where is that, since the Eo river is the natural limit between Asturias and Galicia. It might also sound familiar if you are a friend of this blog – we recently wrote about another beach inside the same estuary: Las Acías or Los Cobos beach.
Now that we broke the ice and presented you to Arnela, let me come up with more details.
First of all the most amazing thing that will happen to you if you find this beach with the help of our beach app Asturplaya is that once there you will see an indicator with the word PLAYA on it.
That’s it. Only “playa” (Spanish for beach). No name.
If you find it, you’re on the right track. This is the beach. It’s the only PLAYA beach between Castropol and Figuera, in Asturias 🙂
The footpath that takes you to Arnela is part of a bigger coastal trail called E-9 that closely follows the entire coastline of Asturias. It’s a big / famous one since it’s used by the pilgrims doing the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.
On a smaller scale, if you only wish to walk a few kilometers you can start either in Castropol or Figueras, follow the indicators and consult the maps that are everywhere along the path. But nowhere on these maps you will find a different beach than Los Cobos.
And I am telling you that there are at least 2 more along the way, one of them being Arnela.
What will you see once here?
As you can see in the images, it’s a beach of rocks, pebbles, sand and silt. It has no amenities, no lifeguard service, no parking and it is not cleaned in the summer (impossible to since it disappears with high tide and can only be seen a few hours a day).
For children it can be ca heaven perfect for discovering all the marine life that the estuary has.
For adults who wish to understand the beauty of such a place it can be a place to enjoy the silence and the songs of the birds that usually populate such a place.
So instead of being a nuisance for not having parking and amenities, we loved it for the silence we discovered there, all the little crabs we chased and the beautiful view over the village of Castropol (in the image below)