The beach of La Isla (The Island) takes its name from an islet to the West of the beach to which it is joined at low tide via an isthmus – the islet is called El Peñón and it’s so big you cannot miss it.
Between the beaches of La Griega and La Isla there is a stretch of cliffs ranging between 50 and 75 meters in height, of important natural and cultural value – the beaches in Colunga and Caravia are all close to each other and my advice is to visit them all.
You can reach La Isla from the village with the same name by car following the N-632 national road – our app AsturPlaya can take you there, download it and search for it 🙂
You can also do so by bike or by foot, the walk being a pleasant one especially if you enter the beach from the West, where the village’s “heart” is – this side of the beach have a small picnic area where you can have a meal surrounded by the ocean. Perfect, I say!
The parking is not big enough for all the tourists that visit it in the summer so you might want to search a better place to park in the village and walk to the beach.
El Barrigón beach
The Eastern part of the beach is known as El Barrigón (The Fat Belly) and is sometimes considered a beach in itself, separated from La Isla (especially with high tide when you cannot see that they are actually one).
It’s called this way because it is located in front of the El Barrigón neighborhood, part of La Isla village – this neighborhood is a jewel inside a jewel, its houses are very beautiful, the gardens full of flowers and the streets narrow and worth exploring.
In the summer sunsets here are a dream!
You can reach Barrigón directly, walking on or around La Isla beach – it doesn’t have its own parking or amenities but you can benefit from the ones located at La Isla beach, no worries.
If you wish to explore more, try to walk even more towards East – you will discover the Espasa beach – but I’m sure you knew this already! 🙂
Some extra info about La Isla and El Barrigón beaches
La Isla is an extended sandy beach, with lots of amenities and partially surrounded by a wooden promenade.
It has showers, toilets, parking, lots of bars and restaurants nearby, lifeguard during high season and hostels, hotels or rural houses for accommodation.
It’s an accessible beach for people with limited mobility and a good fishing and surfing spot.
It’s a good place for families with children, as all the beaches of Colunga actually are.
It’s a very popular beach, easy to get to, which makes it a favorite destination (read “crowded”) in high season. It remains crowded all autumn long, especially during weekends, being a favorite for surfers.