El Portiello Cove in Ribadesella, Asturias, Spain

El Portiello beach, Ribadesella, Asturias

5 December, 2014

It happens that a lot of coves or beaches are called Portiello in Asturias, this one being the only one in Ribadesella. There are 2 more in Llanes and one in Cudillero, but again, although we saw most of the beaches and hidden coves in Asturias we surely missed some. Impossible not to. So who knows how many Portiello coves or beaches are still out there, waiting to be discovered?
The Eastern side of the Portiello cove in Ribadesella
Although this Portiello is in Ribadesella, it happens that is so small that does not show up on any maps, nobody is talking about it (the Asturian shore has plenty of coves like this that are considered interesting by the fishermen only, and most of them completely inaccessible except by boat) – not even us mentioned it in our beach app Asturplaya.

Maybe we will add it someday, as the trail to it goes through a forest and is really pleasant to discover a secluded cove and have it just for yourself one afternoon.

This Portiello is hidden between the more popular beaches of Vega to the East and Arenal de Morís (in Caravia) towards West.

Finding it is easy if you’re the kind of person who loves trekking. A national road passes nearby (N-632) so find a place to park your car, enter the woods and take the trail that closely follows the stream called Río de la Regula.
Road to the Portiello cove in Ribadesella, Asturias

The trail might not be in the best of conditions in the winter but in the summer it will most surely be, cleaned and maintained by the fishermen.

Once there, what will you find? A tiny cove of boulders and gravel (I believed it used to have a little sand too, before the winter storms of 2013-2014) with no amenities, no lifeguard, nothing.

Most probably empty.

Very few people know it or care about it even if the landscape around it is truly spectacular and it’s one of the few beaches in Ribadesella where complete silence allows you to hear the sound of the waves and the birds.

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