Ballota beach in Llanes, Asturias - panoramic view taken from the Boriza viewpoint

Ballota beach, Llanes, Asturias

14 April, 2015

Everybody knows the Ballota beach. Actually everybody knows the beaches of Llanes and Ballota is one of the most beautiful there (don’t mistake this Ballota with the Ballota beach in Cudillero, they couldn’t be more different)
Ballota beach in Llanes seen from Boriza viewpoint, Asturias, Spain
Getting to Ballota is easy, either from the village of Cué or Andrín.

You can get here by car, bike or on foot but I have to warn you that the parking is rather small and this beach is truly crowded in high season, especially during weekends.

If you love trekking you can get here on foot following the E-9 coastal trail that links all the beaches of Llanes (actually all the beaches of Asturias).

This beach does not have amenities and benefits from lifeguard service in high season during weekends and bank holidays only.

It has a beach bar on the cliffs at its Eastern side and a lot more services in the villages nearby, including hotels and restaurants galore.

Its twin “sister” Andrín has more amenities and lifeguard every day in the summer, if this is what you are looking for.

Ballota is a rather extended beach (350 meters long) of boulders and fine, golden sand. It almost disappears with high tide so if you get there at the wrong time you might only see the boulders.

Western side of the Ballota beach in Llanes, SpainEastern side of the Ballota beach in Llanes, Asturias, Spain

Peculiar rocks formations split it on its Western side creating a smaller sandy area that is mostly used by nudists. So yes, Ballota is partly a nudist beach.

It is also a good fishing spot, in case you’re into fishing. For surfing, you might want to go to Andrín, just around the corner. Literally 🙂

Castro Ballota in front of both Ballota and Andrín beaches in Llanes, Asturias

Mirador de Boriza / Boriza viewpoint

You can see Ballota 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. Far West you’ll see the beautiful town of Llanes.

Ballota (West) and Andrín beach (East) seen froom the Boriza viewpoint in Llanes, Asturias, Spain

They are twin beaches” just like 2 other spectacular ones in Llanes: Torimbia and Toranda.

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: Ballota beach seen from the Boriza viewpoint

Ballota beach in Llanes, Asturias, Spain from AsturPlaya on Vimeo.

The Ballota blowholes

The cliffs surrounding the Ballota beach are hiding blowholes, patiently waiting for a storm to put on a show. Although rather quiet in the summer, winters usually are full of activity like shown in the video below.

Wanna see more blowholes? The ones near the Guadamía beach and the ones called Arenillas blowholes (quite close to the Ballota beach) are quite famous here in Asturias!

Marejada en el bufón de Ballota from Juan Ramon Martinez Cezon on Vimeo.

Arenillas blowholes

Bufón de Arenillas from jmmpereda on Vimeo.

Weather at the Ballota beach


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