Los Cobos beach inside the Eo Esturary in Asturias

Los Cobos beach, Castropol, Asturias

10 December, 2014

Los Cobos is not the typical beach you might expect to see in Asturias and that’s because it is part of an estuary which means you will actually swim in the Eo river and not in the Atlantic ocean (or the Cantabric sea, as you wish). It is also known as Las Acías beach too, this name being way older than Los Cobos.
Los Cobos beach in Castropol, Asturias, Spain

What’s with this place? Well, Castropol does not have many beaches but the few it has, are special.

Los Cobos is a beach that shows up only with low tide, when the estuary is left with very little water and a huge surface of sand and silt uncovers. The estuary is so big that people named sections of it, Los Cobos being part of the Linares cove.

Plenty of sand patches like this one “pop up” along the shore, but Los Cobos is a bit bigger than the others and the only one that shows up on the indicators along the E-9 trail.

Taking the E-9 trail is the only way to arrive at this beach since it’s not accessible in any other way.

So leave the car either in Castropol or in Figueras (or somewhere in the middle) and follow the indicators, Los Cobos beach is easy to find and the trail is not difficult at all (if you are prone to getting lost make sure you download our beach app Asturplaya – it will create a route to take you to Los Cobos without problems).

No need to wear boots for this one!

Once here you will discover an extended area of rocks, sand, algae and silt – this place is mainly visited by trekkers and locals and is a great picnic and fishing spot in case you are just passing by.

Los Cobos beach in Castropol, Asturias, SpainLos Cobos beach in Castropol, Asturias, Spain

Molin das Acías

Molin Das Acías or El Molin de las Acías used to be an old flour mill functioning with the help of the tides.

Along the E-9 path you will find an indicator with the title Molín de Mareas (“Tidal Mill”) and that will help you find it, but if you follow the route to Los Cobos beach you will find it faster.

Los Cobos beach and Molin Das Acias in the Eo estuaryThe two of them share the cove and the old mill surrounded by the wall is impossible to miss.

The wall was used to control the waves which were moving the mill.

The place is now abandoned but a big part of the wall is still standing – if you visit Los Cobos make sure you take a look at this mysterious neighbor too. There are actually 2 mysterious neighbors nearby…

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Video: Los Cobos beach in Castropol

Los Cobos or Las Acías beach in Asturias, Spain from AsturPlaya on Vimeo.

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