Las Yeguas beach, also known as Las Chalanas, en Muros de Nalón, Asturias, Spain

Las Yeguas & Furada beach, Muros de Nalón, Asturias

3 December, 2014

I am, again, writing about two beaches in the same post and for the same old known reason. Las Yeguas and Furada are neighboring beaches and you can get to one from the other, being separated by rocks only.

In this case the rocks are pretty big and you might have to do some climbing too, depending on the tide. We got here with high tide and we had to climb the rocks on the right side of Las Yeguas – you need proper boots and extreme precautions when climbing cause the rocks here are VERY brittle (and sharp, they tore my pants!!!! Ooops!)

Las Yeguas beach

Las Yeguas beach seen from La Riberina rocks in Muros de Nalón, Asturias, SpainIf you happen to be in Muros and love trekking then you will see lots of maps with the coastal trail of Muros, also known as Ruta de los Miradores (officially translated as The Scenic Balcony Trail).

This trail links all the beaches of the municipality of Muros de Nalón and is about 5 km long. It will take you to the beaches, through the forest covering the cliffs, sunny meadows and near some… picnic areas 🙂

From East to West it starts at the El Garruncho beach in San Esteban de Pravia and ends at the Aguilar beach in Muros de Nalón.

But why am I telling you all this?

Well because along this trail the road splits and a barrier is placed on the road going down. This is the start of a private property but the barrier is there mostly for the cars and I believe you can go on without problems, if you’re on foot or came by bike (as you should, this is a footpath).

Soooo, you can only get to Las Yeguas beach by foot and you will need to walk a few km (climbing down to the beach is easy, climbing back up not so fun anymore).

At the end of the trail you will start to hear the sea, see a house with a palm tree that will force you to take left and cross the spring (in high season this path might be cleared, outside high season I have serious doubts). Cross the spring and continue, you will soon start to see some sheds that fishermen use and the beach itself (these beaches are good for fishing if you’re into it)

This is what you will see: to your left (West) a string of rocks (the most prominent being called Llombo del Burro, and then behind them La Riberina) and to your right (East) the cliffs separating Las Yeguas from La Furada beach (I believe this is Punta La Furada, or La Furada headland)

The western side of Las Yeguas beach in Muros de Nalón, Asturias, SpainThe Eastern side of Las Yeguas beach in Muros de Nalón, Asturias, Spain

The beach is 200-250 meters long, is made of boulders, rocks and gravel and disappears almost completely with high tide. It’s secluded and has no amenities, no parking, no lifeguard, nothing. A nightmare for some, but a heaven for others since you most probably will find it empty and will be able to explore it as you like. We loved it!

Furada beach

La Furada beach see from Punta la Furada in Muros de Nalón, Asturias, Spain

With low tide, or with some climbing skills at high tide, you can reach La Furada beach from the Eastern side of Las Yeguas beach – this cove is rather small (maybe 100 meters long) and is mostly made of rocks and gravel.

You can also get here from the other direction – from the Cazonera beach if you cross the rocks that are surrounding Punta Cazonera (Cazonera Headland).

There’s actually an alternative route to get to Las Yeguas too, and that is by crossing the rocks that are to the East of Las Llanas beach.

All these beaches are joined together by rocks and with low tide you can see almost half of the coastline just by jumping from rock to rock on these beaches.

If you wish to get here without getting lost, make sure you download our beach app Asturplaya!

Oh, an I forgot to warn you: beware of landslides! Don’t try anything stupid if it’s wet, the cliffs are really fragile!

A bit of trivia regarding Las Yeguas & Furada beaches in Muros de Nalón

Las Yeguas can be translated as “The Mares” and I have no clue why locals named this beach this way. But I found it under different names like Los Botes or Las Chalanas (“chalanas” being the boats that fishermen usually use and also that were used a long time ago to gather and transport coal from and on the river Nalón… long story)

Furada is a very common name used here in Asturias – there is a La Furada beach in Tapia de Casariego and a Peñafurada beach in Navia and also a peculiar rock called El Óleo Furao at the Portizuelo beach in Valdés. The Rocks at the Western side of Munielles beach are also called La Furada (actually Peña La Furada).

So here we have this name again which is a typical Asturian word meaning “pierced” – the rocks at Portizuelo is definitely pierced and the beaches are sculpted in the cliffs and hidden.

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Video: Las Yeguas & Furada beaches in Muros de Nalón

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