Barro is a beach on the coast of Llanes that has all the facilities of an urban beach. This attractive white sandy beach lies between two islets that protect it from the open sea. With high tide it joins with the beach of Sorraos (to the East, after passing the islet of Ramón) and Xiglú (to the West, after the beach bar).
Getting to the beach of Barro is easy since the village with the same name is quite popular and all you have to do is drive till here and park right in front of the beach.
Of course this can be a challenge during the summer months when the beach becomes crowded so I suggest the healthier alternative: take a bike or walk.
Trekking is what most tourists prefer, especially since the E-9 coastal trail that links all the beaches of Llanes (the entire province of Asturias actually) will leave you right at this beach and the coastline of Llanes is one of the most spectacular of all northern Spain.
Trivia: You might hear other names for this beach, like for example: Las Dunas (The Dunes – because loooong long time ago there were dunes where the parking is now) or Miracielos – this one is harder to translate, let’s try “Looking at the skies“.
You will hear this name quite often here in Asturias, especially as hotels’ or restaurants’ names. The name Miracielos is almost 100 years old – but it is still considered “new” – meaning that Las Dunas is a much older name used by people from Barro.
Xiglú beach… or rocks
Xiglú beach is accessible with low tide from Barro, being situated to the West of the beach bar (coordinates 43.561144-6.76479) going past the islet called El Pino.
As you can see its composition is very different from that of the beach of Barro, Asturians calling this type of beach a “pedreru” – a rocky cove.
With low tide there is no clear delimitation between the two beaches, which is why they are considered to be one. With high tide Xiglú completely disappears, I believe which means it’s perfect to come and fish here!
Some extra info about Barro and Xiglú beaches
Barro has all the amenities of an urban beach: showers, toilets, a beach bar right in front of El Pino islet, a hotel and restaurant right where the parking is and lifeguard during high season. There’s a camping nearby and a picnic area right at the beach of Xiglú. Barro is a beach accessible to people with limited mobility and a good fishing spot.
Panoramic view with Xiglú, Barro and Sorraos
With low tide the amount of sandy area available to tourists is really impressive – we have here 3 beaches in one, look at the panoramic view of Barro and Xiglú below, with Sorraos in the background, where the islet is: