Salinas beach in the Espartal Shell

Salinas – The Espartal beach, Castrillón, Asturias

19 May, 2015

It’s the most visited beach on the Asturian coast – period. It joins San Juan de Nieva / El Espartal beach forming a 3km long beach known under the name of The Espartal Shell (La Concha de El Espartal) – well, it’s actually the same beach but since it’s divided between 2 towns (Salinas and San Juan de Nieva / San Xuan) they are considered different for bureaucratic purposes – and I will divide them too.
Salinas beach seen from its Western cliffs, near the Anchors Museum
Both beaches are enclosed by sand dunes considered to be a Natural Monument, an astonishing place where you could take long walks since the dunes are quite extended and footpaths are visible.

Salinas is an urban beach surrounded by a promenade and buildings (some bars and restaurants, some apartment buildings), a popular place for tourists and locals.

It’s easy to find, just search for the town of Salinas along the N-632 road and you will get there for sure – our beach app AsturPlaya can take you there, download it today and plan your trip!

As you can see in the picture to the left, there are plenty of things to see at the beach – on its Western side (the Peñona peninsula) you will find an Anchors Museum displaying lots of anchors that were used on real ships, a beautiful viewpoint showing you the coastline of Castrillón and a bust of Philippe Cousteau glued to one of the rocks, all of them forming a tribute to the sea offered by the people of Castrillón.

Some extra info about Salinas

Salinas beach in Castrillon, Asturias surrounded by a beautiful promenade

Salinas is one of the 14 Asturian beaches awarded with the Blue Flag eco-label in 2015 and in the past years for the quality of the water and the sand, amenities, environmental management and so on.

It’s a huge urban sandy beach, with lots of amenities and surrounded by sand dunes with grass. It has showers, toilets, parking, lots of bars and restaurants nearby, lifeguard during high season and everything a modern town usually has.

As you can see in the picture to the right, just like lots of major urban beaches in Asturias, Salinas is surrounded by a concrete promenade, a very popular place to walk, practice sports and drink a beer. And it’s crowded all year round.

It’s an accessible beach (for people with reduced mobility, that is) and a good fishing and surfing spot. Actually it is a really popular surf spot, home to surf championships and surf related festivals.

Actually, I may say that Salinas is a city that breathes surf all year round, lots of surf schools being opened here in recent years.

NB: Salinas beach suffered major damages during the torments that swiped the coastline this winter (2014) and I hope everything will be fixed till the summer starts. Fingers crossed.

Weather at Salinas


Video: Salinas beach

Salinas beach in The Espartal Shell, Asturias from AsturPlaya on Vimeo.

Video: Sunset at the Salinas beach – summer of 2014

Sunset in Salinas – timelapse summer of 2014 from AsturPlaya on Vimeo.

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