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The natural space of Cobijeru

The shelter of the Cantabrian Sea

The natural space of Cobijeru

The shelter of the Cantabrian Sea

The sea allows few caprices, because its conduct is always subjected to the designs of gravity and atmosphere. However, in Cobijeru, Buelna, the Bay of Biscay has found a porous cliff through which he has patiently excavated a tunnel, like a prisoner trying to escape from the ocean, sliding on an inner sand near the trees and the terrestrial vegetation.

The tides lose their composure in Buelna, they get tired of beating against the rock and they run away, they look for a quiet "shelter". How can it be otherwise, the landscape that created this whim is unusual, but above all very beautiful.

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The beach of Cobijeru is flirty and reduced (about 50 m in length and 30 m in width) is the clear proof that the sea has been escaping through that hole for a long time. Captivate the limestone, stretched and pointed formations that still survive the intrusion of the sea, are rocks that belong to the Upper Carboniferous and have a very unique karst modeling, with an inordinate abundance of sinkholes, sinkholes, caves and chasms.

The beach of Cobijeru survives next to meadows and farmland, and connects with the sea through a crack of several tens of meters. If you get close to it, listen perfectly to the action of the waves, and some repetitive snort that causes a tremor in the vicinity. A few meters away the beach of Molín very similar characteristics, but with a soil of muddy nature with rich plant communities and the ruins of an old tidal mill that confirm a certain fact: that man never lets the opportunity of such an easy energy pass in the immediate vicinity of his territory , however hidden your hiding place may be.

Cobijeru: protected space

The two beaches and the cave of Cobijeru constitute this protected area that surround the acacias like a fort of nature. The cave, which includes stalagmites and stalactites, is located in the immediate vicinity of both beaches and the stretch of cliff that separates the coastline from the north, also creating a rocky outcrop where erosion has left a stone arch, known like the Horse Jump. This complex is one of the most interesting geomorphological singularities of the Llanco coast.

The beach, the "shelter", is also assaulted by the waters from the north. A stream that over time and its floods has favored the erosion of subsequent rocks, contributing to create more sand and more beach. The environment is rounded, like a bald spot in the middle of the woodland and lush vegetation. Everything seems to tend to camouflage this corner even more, and yet getting to this especially hidden place is not an exercise in risk, rather a quiet walk through the meadows llaniscos, following a path that starts from Buelna and because we are traveling slowly. First, the open perspectives of the coast; later, the dense forest that leads to Cobijeru.

If we are lucky and we meet on the way, we can also enjoy rare plant species to see, such as Zostera noltii, included in the Regional Catalog of Endangered Species of Flora, as well as Carex distans, Salicornia dolichostachya and S. fragilis, for its rarity and specific location in Asturias.

Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com

coordinates Latitude: 43.3927765 Length: -4.6150517


Buelna is easily accessible since it is at the foot of the N 634 that crosses the municipality. From the village to Cobijeru are just 15 minutes walking. The road is signposted.

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