We saw Los Molinos de Barcia beach from two angles and, even though a bit difficult, you can reach it from 2 opposite directions, both requiring a bit of effort from your part. Trekkers will love this beach and the surrounding area, most of the beaches of Valdés sharing the same characteristics: secluded, with complicated access and surrounded by high, almost vertical cliffs.
Los Molinos de Barcia owes its name to the existence of former water mills 200 meters away from the beach and it being located near the village of Barcia, in Valdés, Asturias.
So you can reach Los Molinos from Barcia and have the opportunity to see the beach from above first, then climbing down to the beach on an earth trail that we could not see right from the start.
Only when we got to the beach from the East (the village of Caroyas) we could see a zig-zag trail on the hills, through the shrubbery. The trail was really obvious from below, but we searched for it on the cliffs and could no see the entrance path. This is why we opted for the convenient alternative, although I would have preferred to climb down this way.
The problem with most of the secluded beaches of Asturias that do have a trail like this is that it seems to disappear in the winter mainly because I believe people clean the shrubbery and re-build the trail every summer.
Some of these trails are maintained by the fishermen and they are the only ones knowing where the trail begins and are well equipped to climb down safely. After heavy rains these trails become slippery and dangerous. This one, taking to Los Molinos de Barcia beach might be no exception.
I love them, but in our beach app Asturplaya we marked them as having dangerous descent meaning that you should be careful when climbing down and have proper boots.
If you arrive here from Caroyas either by foot or by car (you might find a place to park your car nearby, but in the summer I believe it will be almost impossible) you will find this access to be much better.
The beach is rather extended (200 – 250 meters long) but it almost disappears with high tide. It’s made of gravel and sand, has no amenities, nor lifeguard.
Mainly known by locals, it is a good fishing spot and a really good place to hide from the crowd in the summer and enjoy a few hours of silence and peace.
Weather near Los Molinos de Barcia beach
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