Poniente beach has also a second name: Natahoyo and a story. And that’s because this beach was artificially created to improve an area known as El Fomento located by the shipyards that still exist in some extend nearby.
That happened around 1994 and supposed a complete change of the neighborhood: the beach and the promenade changed the aspect of the area and, as a consequence, more beautiful buildings started to replace the old ones.
The beach is really extended (about 500 meters long) and has fine, golden sand. It’s shell shaped and benefits from a lot of amenities (showers, toilets) with a lifeguard service in high season only.
It has lots of parking places (never enough in the summer), children playgrounds and all the advantages of an urban beach: bars and restaurants around, plenty of hotels, shops… you name it, Poniente beach has it!
The promenade surrounding the beach is really wide and sections of it are closed and used for skating or practicing sports.
Poniente and its surroundings are very active mainly due to the open spaces created around it (something that is quite missing at San Lorenzo beach and somehow present at the Arbeyal beach) and is the living proof of how a beach can rejuvenate a former industrial space.
Poniente beach is a good spot for practicing surf, its Western side being also a good fishing spot – careful, this side of the beach is also a naturist corner. Officially Poniente is not a nudist beach but it is used as such sometimes (mostly its Western side).
It is also a beach accessible for people with reduced mobility.
Around Poniente you will find plenty of beaches (to the West in the municipality of Carreño and to the East in Gijón), some hidden, some not – if you are willing to find more feel free to download our beach app AsturPlaya!
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Video: Poniente / Natahoyo beach in Gijón