It happens that in Asturias there is more than one Ballota beach – there is another Ballota beach far, far away from this one in the municipality of Llanes. This one has more than one name because the river flowing here is called Rio Cabo (the Cabo river) and that’s why Ballota is also called Ruicabo, Riocabo or Ricabo.
If you have been to Cudillero before and spent some time at its beaches you already know that they are not the typical sandy beach with a beach bar, parking and amenities.
Cudillero has its own charm and appeals to tourists that are willing to work harder to get to the beach but they will be impressed once they get there.
If you know this already or are willing to accept this kind of experience, then Ballota is the beach for you!
It has no nearby parking, no amenities, no sand, no bars or restaurants around. Nothing! It’s secluded and you have to walk 20-30 minutes to get there.
First of all you have to get to the village of Ballota and let your car in the parking that is built right where the village starts. It might be full but you will be able to park somewhere else.
Then you will have to walk a bit back following the national road N-632A (careful with the cars) and then take the footpath that enters the woods and closely follows the course of the river Riocabo.
It’s a really pleasant walk (yes, even when climbing up…slowly…) so don’t panic!
You can also get here from the nearby village so there is more than one path that ends at this beach and you won’t get lost (you can download our beach guide: AsturPlaya and we will help you discover all the beaches of Cudillero and Asturias).
Once here you will discover a 1 820 meters long beach that almost disappears with high tide made of boulders and pebbles and anything else BUT sand (ok ok, maybe a little). Ballota has no lifeguard service and it is a nudist beach.
Mixed actually, there are no more 100% nudist beaches in Asturias.
Usually the beaches of Cudillero are good fishing and/or surf spots but I have no information about this one. Take everything you need with you and give it a try.
You might return home happy 🙂
The names of the beaches and coves of Cudillero can be very confusing and even more so for me, so where exactly the beach of Ballota starts and where it ends is subject of debate.
For some the right side of the river represents the Ballota beach and the left side is the Tayadeiro beach (see that tiny rock in the picture above? After that rock!).
The extreme Eastern end of the Ballota beach right where Punta Esquión (Esquión headland) is, might actually be called Rio Cabo beach (you can only get there with low tide, or so they say).
For me these issues are exciting so I am telling you this to find them exciting too. Cause, I believe, a place that has a name also has a story to tell and I trying to make you curious and want to discover all these histories awaiting here in Asturias.
Weather forecast for the beautiful Ballota beach in Cudillero
Video: Ballota beach in Cudillero