You will find this beach under two names: Penarronda or Peñarronda, both referring to the river that flows here into the sea (the Peñarronda river) and the impressive pierced rock that you can see in the middle of the beach (with low tide, it’s in the water with high tide).
The rock, as many others in Asturias, has a name: it’s called El Castelo or Pedra Castelo and it became the emblem of the Penarronda beach.
Thus the beach belongs to both but in our beach app Asturplaya we added it to Castropol.
Penarronda is really an amazing beach, like all the beaches in this part of Asturias it has fine, white or golden sand, calm waves perfect for surf and in the summer the water has spectacular colors.
A 600 meters long beach, Peñarronda has a surface of 228 000 m2 and is left with less than half at high tide (which is still plenty).
It’s a very popular (read crowded) beach in the summer months – especially during weekends – and the numerous parkings it has (one in the middle and one on its Eastern cliffs) are not enough so some meadows around it are also transformed into parkings (which, I believe, will not be free of charge).
It benefits from a lifeguard service in high season, it has a lot of showers but no toilets. This is not such a big problem because there are a few beach bars at the beach and some restaurants, mostly at its Western end.
Penarronda is a beach surrounded by sand dunes and lots of wooden platforms will leave you exactly on the beach in order to protect the dunes (declared Protected Area) – this also means that the beach is accessible for people with limited mobility.
It’s a beach with moderate waves and perfect for families with children, surfers and fishing (some say also underwater fishing towards East). There’s also a camping nearby, lots of tourists being attracted by the amenities of this beach and the fact that it is constantly awarded with the blue flag ecolabel.
Besides getting here by car you can also get here on foot, by taking the E-9 trail that closely follows the coastline. Within walking distance you will discover the beach of Arnao towards West and the beach of Santa Gadea towards East (with this one Penarronda shares a parking, a picnic area and a children playground).
If picnics are your thing, then you will love Peñaronda. It has two picnic areas: one near the parking in the middle – right where the showers and the beach bar are located – and one on its Eastern cliffs where the San Lorenzo hermitage lies. I liked this one more.