Ribera L'Ouca beach in Cudillero, Asturias, Spain

Ribera L’Ouca & Pumarín beach, Cudillero, Asturias

18 December, 2014

I am writing about two beaches in this post – Ribera L’Ouca and Pumarín – because they are extremely similar and you can see them both from the same spot, mainly from the Santa Marina viewpoint on the Borona headland in Cudillero.

They are special mainly to people who enjoy discovering secluded spots or like to climb down to the beach using ropes because these 2 secluded beaches are known to very few people and even fewer are willing to visit them in the summer.

Outside high season I believe the trails are disappearing in the shrubbery, being only maintained by locals and fishermen. This is quite common for a lot of beaches in Asturias and a good reason to love this place even more. Not all beaches need to have cemented roads and showers, let some of them be secluded and still harbor wildlife.

Ribera L’Ouca beach in Cudillero

Ribera L'Ouca beach in Cudillero, Asturias - seen from above
Now, back to Ribera L’Ouca.

You can get here by foot only but close enough by car. Leave your car outside the village of Santa Marina in Cudillero and continue on foot, taking the trail that leads to Punta Borona (Borona Headland).

You will go past the ruins of what, I believe, was a watch tower used in the civil war to guard the area – and continue till you approach the islet in front.

The name of the beach is a bit weird and it’s related to the fact that the locals used this beach to recollect what they call “ocle” – a red alga (Gelidium sesquipedale) used as food, fertilizer, for medical & cosmetic purposes and in industry.

A narrow trail can be seen in the shrubbery but I did not see it descending too much so I believe getting down there is more difficult than to its Eastern neighbor Pumarín.

Pumarín beach in Cudillero

Pumarín beach in Cudillero, Asturias - seen from above
If Ribera L’Ouca is located West from Punta Borona, Pumarín is towards East, starting from the same access point. The trail climbing down to this one is more visible and less dangerous, although still in bad shape, especially when wet.

Also, you might have to push some goats aside considering that this is their kingdom and you are an intruder here. They won’t step aside just for you 🙂

Both beaches are 150 – 200 meters wide, have no amenities and are made of gravel and very little sand.

If you face the beach, from above you can see the familiar rocks of the Gueirúa beach and Calabón beach, and then the cliffs of the popular Del Silencio beach.

At the moment these two beaches cannot be found in our beach app Asturplaya – we might add them in the near future to prepare for the summer of 2015.

Weather at the beaches of Ribera L’Ouca and Pumarín


Video: Ribera L’Ouca & Pumarín beaches in Cudillero

Ribera L’Ouca and Pumarín beaches in Cudillero, Asturias, Spain from AsturPlaya on Vimeo.

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