I am writing about 2 beaches in this post because La Cazonera and La Atalaya share the same cove and the same access being only separated by a string of rocks called El Paso (The Pass).
Towards West you will find La Cazonera beach and towards East La Atalaya beach which I have to warn you, is a nudist beach.
La Cazonera beach
In the picture to the left you can see La Cazonera in the background, the islets in the middle and part of La Atalaya in the foreground.
As you can see, they are not actually 2 beaches so why they have two names, I could not say.
You can also see that they’re a bit secluded, you have to love trekking a lot to climb down those cliffs even if the path is partly cemented and with stairs here and there.
The problem with the path got even worse in the last few years when the last section of it completely disappeared under a massive landslide. I believe that was in 2011.
The beaches of Muros de Nalón (and a lot in the rest of Asturias) suffered a lot of landslides that affected the only access to them and Cazonera seems to be the most affected since the segment that is missing is quite big and the investment in a new one is also quite big.
Not sure it will improve very soon.
And why is that?
Well, my opinion is that people will feel more attracted to other beaches with amenities and easier to get to, like for example Aguilar beach or even Las Llanas beach (even if this one is quite similar to Cazonera but with new stairs).
Cazonera has no amenities and no parking, you can only get here by foot from either La Atalaya Viewpoint (Mirador de La Atalaya) but there the parking is really small, or from the coastal trail that links all the beaches of Muros.
It also does not have a lifeguard service during summer months nor other types of attractions that many tourists would love.
Both beaches are perfect though for trekkers and fishermen, for people who seek silence and a less crowded beach even if they have to make an effort to find it.
La Atalaya beach
As I said before, La Atalaya is one of the many nudist beaches that Asturias has, the problem is how to get here.
Until new stairs will be in place, you will not be able to get here unless you are brave enough to climb down using the rope that locals installed on the cliffs.
To get to this point you will need proper shoes (better said, boots) because the trail gets slippery when a little wet.
Even though is quite extended, La Atalaya (and La Cazonera) is a beach of gravel, boulders and rocks with no sand.
As you can see in the images, it almost disappears with high tide and if you are not paying attention to the tide you might get stuck there since La Atalaya used to benefit from the same access as La Cazonera (there is no trail going down to La Atalaya directly).
Bad news! 🙂
Mirador de La Atalaya / The Atalaya Viewpoint
Atalaya in Spanish means tower / watchtower, and you will find this name used a lot to name houses, viewpoints and even more beaches.
This viewpoint is quite popular and you will find a lot of indicators around Muros de Nalón that will help you get here. Once here, towards your left you will see La Cazonera beach and in the middle and to the right, La Atalaya beach.
The viewpoint has a rather small parking (also a picnic area and a
children playground) so my recommendation is, if you can and if you love trekking, to get here on foot from San Esteban de Pravia.
There is a coastal trail called Senda Verde (Green Path) or Ruta de Los Miradores (official translation being The Scenic Balcony Trail) that links all the beaches of Muros de Nalon starting with El Garruncho beach in San Esteban and ending at the Aguilar beach in Muros de Nalón.
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Weather at the sister beaches Cazonera and La Atalaya
Video: La Cazonera & La Atalaya beaches in Muros de Nalón