Covallonga is the kind of cove that can only be truly appreciated and loved once you see it from below and not from above, like in the images inserted in this post. A long narrow cove of sand and rocks, it’s best seen from above as the descent is rather dangerous, especially on rainy days.
Covallonga is also easy to miss, as most of the people come and visit this place looking for the lighthouse of Avilés, also known as the lighthouse of Nieva. Very few actually decide to surround the lighthouse towards East and explore the headland.
Most people surround it towards West in order to admire the Espartal Shell, an extremely long beach whose Western side is called Salinas beach and whose Eastern side is called San Juan de Nieva beach.
Covallonga is the kind of narrow cove that you will see in other municipalities of Asturias, a place that is impressive not only because it is so narrow but because the cliffs surrounding it are so high and so vertical.
Covallonga is a secluded cove without amenities and descent, rather easy to find but also easy to miss (our beach guide AsturPlaya can help you find it, download it and search for it).
You can park your car at the lighthouse and then walk a few meters towards East, closely following the coastline. Once here, on a sunny Sunday evening, this is what you will see: