The name La Canal beach can be translated as The Channel and just by seeing the images below or above you might understand why.
La Canal beach is a really long and narrow beach (I could not say if it’s more than 10 – 15 meters wide) that with really low tide becomes a bit longer and extends till right where the cliffs end.
With high tide it completely disappears, the Cantabric sea hiding the last concrete stairs that touch the beach.
Low tide uncovers a big sandy area that you can take advantage of in the afternoon to run away from the shade of the rocks and get closer to the peculiar rock in front of it.
We made the panorama to the left in order to “try” to show you how impressive La Canal beach really is. The cliffs around it are almost vertical and quite high, the beach being in the shade all afternoon.
La Canal is a beach of fine sand and boulders and is quite popular for a number of reasons:
- it’s located in Llanes, a municipality with some of the most beautiful beaches in Asturias – more precisely near the village of Hontoria
- it’s easy to get to. As you can see in the image, there are stairs to it
- it’s near La Huelga beach which is quite popular so you can visit 2 beaches in one day if you wish
- it has parking, rather small but it has one
- the rock in front of it, called El Castro de Las Gaviotas (The Seagulls Rock) is really really well known and gives this place a special aura
La Canal beach has no amenities and no lifeguard service in high season but it hides a secret.
It hides a second nearby beach with the exact shape but a bit smaller called La Canalina (The Little Channel) located a bit further East. From La Canal, if you follow the coastline towards East you will be able to find this twin sister, La Canalina.
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A bit of trivia about La Canal beach
The name La Canal is pretty used here in Asturias when it comes to naming or describing a beach. It seems to be more frequent in Llanes, but maybe is just me.
First of all we have these two: La Canal and La Canalina beaches in Hontoria.
Then we have another one also in Llanes, more exactly in Villanueva, called Canal or Villanueva beach. This one is a bit more wide, thank God!
There may be more that I don’t know of? Everything is possible in Asturias 🙂