In our beach app Asturplaya you will find El Carmen beach “paired” with Aramar beach since El Carmen itself does not have a safe descent and you can only reach it with low tide from either East or West.
Let’s take it step by step.
First of all to get to all these beaches you have to drive to Luanco and then towards East where the village of Aramar is.
You can get really close to the El Carmen beach by car and you can park in the (very small) parking located at the Aramar beach.
El Carmen beach does not have its own parking or amenities but all you need can be found nearby: showers, one or 2 beach bars, a picnic area on the hills around Aramar and plenty more in the village or in Luanco.
From the parking you can take as a reference point the El Carmen hermitage built on top of the El Carmen islet.
This islet is right between the Aramar and El Carmen beaches and can be reached with low tide only when you can walk from the Western side of the Aramar beach to the hermitage and also to El Carmen beach.
This place is very unlucky. With all the popularity of the hermitage (an annual pilgrimage takes place here which is very popular in Asturias) the beach with the same name seems rather abandoned.
There is no safe descent to it and every year locals or fishermen have to create one themselves, supported by cables or ropes. And every year smaller or bigger landslides destroy it so the only way to get here safely remains to walk on the rocks from its neighbors.
Towards West, the beach of Aramar is very accessible but towards East, the Gargantera beach has even more problems when it comes to access, its cliffs being higher and more vertical.
These beaches are perfect for fishing so fishermen always find a way to climb down but don’t try it unless you know what you’re doing.
El Carmen hermitage