Panoramic view of the Arra beach in Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

Arra beach, Ribadesella, Asturias

1 December, 2014

Arra is the last beach in the municipality of Ribadesella, running along the bottom of windswept cliffs battered by the sea, in an area where sandy beaches are nonexistent.

Arra beach seen from above
This beach shows up on all guides and maps, being promoted by the local tourism board. But really, REALLY finding it is almost impossible, for 2 reasons.

One is that there is no clear trail to it, it’s so easy to get lost on those cliffs that the probability of getting lost and giving up on finding it is really high.

The second reason is that the concrete stairs built for an easier access are gone since the spring of 2014. The winter of 2013-2014 was a really difficult one, with huge torments literally washing away the beaches of Asturias and the entire Northern coastline.

In some cases, the sea took with it the only access stairs to some beaches. Too bad 馃檨

So now if you manage to find it (our app Asturplaya can take you there) you will have to climb down on the stairs for a while and then continue using a rope or a cable (it was a rope when I was there last time, on May 18th, 2014).

Rumors say there will be a new shiny access in 2015, I’ll get back to you with news when I will have them 馃檪

Arra is a 320 meters long beach of pebbles, sand and rocks surrounded by really impressive cliffs (called Acantilados del Infierno meaning “The Cliffs of Hell“). There is no parking nearby (although you can get reasonably close to it by car), there are no amenities at the beach nor lifeguard service. It’s really secluded so there is nothing around it, just cliffs and cows 馃檪

The Western side of the Arra beach in Ribadesella, Asturias, SpainThe Eastern side of the Arra beach in Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

Acantilados del Infierno – The Cliffs of Hell

Some 1 000 – 1 500 meters East of Arra there is a popular recreational area on the Acantilados del Infierno. Although you can admire them from Arra too, the perspective is different and the sensation that you are left from below with is that these cliffs are not very high (I believe they are well over 100 meters high).

But actually walking on them changes your opinion instantly. The view over the coastline of Ribadesella is breathtaking and if you happen to be there on a stormy day I believe you will instantly understand why they are called The Cliffs of Hell. Facing the sea, behind you there is a mountainous chain called Sierra del Cuera – that’s right, you are placed between the mountains…

View from Acantilados del Infierno or The Cliffs of Hell

… and the ocean! Welcome to Northern Spain!

View from Acantilados del Infierno or The Cliffs of Hell

Weather forecast for Ribadesella and the Arra beach


Video: Arra beach in Ribadesella

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