Small cove situated to the east of the village of Ribadesella and separated from Santa Marina beach by the Corbero or Atalaya mountain, home to the hermitage of the Virgen de la Guía (The Guiding Virgin).
This hermit was built on top of the cliffs and can be visited – we recommend you to do that even if the stairs seem too many at a certain point. But the views over the city that you will enjoy after reaching the top will make the difficult climb worthwhile.
Some extra info about La Atalaya beach
Although is not very well known outside Ribadesella, Atalaya is an urban beach and thus crowded in high season. It’s hidden behind high cliffs but it has some amenities and everything you might need is at walking distance.
La Atalaya is a 100 meters wide beach of gravel and boulders, with showers and lifeguard service during the summer months.
It’s an accessible beach and a good fishing spot – people are recommending it for underwater fishing mostly.
It’s located right behind one of the schools in Ribadesella whose parking tourists use when kids are on vacation – if you get lost our app AsturPlaya can take you there, download it now!
The parking is rather small though, so my advice is to leave the car further away from Atalaya and walk to the beach. You’ll notice some stairs going up the cliff instead of down to the beach – there’s a tiny viewpoint with benches a few meters uphill which offers a beautiful view of the beach, visit it!
Being an urban beach, La Atalaya has shops, bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance.
The town of Ribadesella is an attraction point during the high season and I am sure you will be charmed by everything it has to offer!