Beach of the Orient of Asturias. Of the large estuaries of the region, Villaviciosa and Eo are the only ones that do not harbor important ports or have been absorbed by urban development. For this reason the original environmental conditions are preserved to a great extent, with a vegetation of exclusive species and being also a wintering place and migratory passage for many waterfowl.
The declaration of Partial Nature Reserve comes to recognize the importance that for the conservation and enjoyment of nature has a unique estuary on the Asturian coast.
Very close to Rodiles beach and the Villaviciosa estuary
Tourist services in the vicinity
- Restaurant Hotel Vista Alegre 10,63 km
Our restaurant is located just in front of La Griega Beach. We have 2 dining rooms, a small one from 45
- Santolaya Rice 12,23 km
The company Santolaya, which develops its activity from the 2003, focused on the elaboration of products
- Restaurant Hotel Caravia 17,87 km
Our restaunate respects Asturian cuisine, proof of this is belonging to the most prestigious
- Geoface 17,95 km
Geoface.es makes available to its customers a large group of experienced guides in travel of nature
- Capin Cake 21,58 km
In Capin Cake we make your sweet moments come true. Pastry 100% homemade and daily. Order your cake
What to see and what to do in a nearby radius
- The beach of Rodiles 1,23 km
First, and if we go to Rodiles beach in summer, we will see that it is a beach
- Bowls: the town and the sea 2,24 km
Stoned streets and low houses. There are also roads that do not lead anywhere in particular, perhaps to a
- Villaviciosa: basic information 5,86 km
Villaviciosa is a fertile municipality in orchards and fruit trees that is located in the eastern half of the
- Cider: the drink of Asturias 5,95 km
Anyway you can take cider anywhere, and often abounds in festivals and pilgrimages, jiras
- The route of the mills in Villaviciosa 6,14 km
In each rural nucleus where there was a river or water, there was a miller who ground for all the neighbors
Map: how to get to La playa de Rodiles and the ría de Villaviciosa
The estuary of Villaviciosa has an almost triangular plant of about 8 km. of length and a width that oscillates between the 1.000 m. and the 200 m. according to the zone. Its formation dates back to the Würn glaciation, in the Upper Pleistocene, which caused the descent of the sea level. The rivers then excavated its channel modeling deep valleys in its final section. When the sea recovered its previous level it flooded the valleys and emerged what is known as submerged valley estuaries, type to which Villaviciosa belongs.
The limits of the Protected Space coincide practically with the roads that run along the banks of the estuary, one communicates the population of Villaviciosa with the small Puerto del Puntal and Tazones, and the other one brings us up the beach of Rodiles.
It is an ecosystem of an extraordinary vegetal and faunal richness.
The majority group in the Ría is the one of the acuatic birds, almost all of them migrating. The estuaries are places where they can find abundant food: fish, crustaceans, molluscs, worms, etc. All the estuaries of the Cantabrian coast play a crucial role for the bird migrating populations of Europe. Its presence is especially large in spring and autumn, scarce in summer and variable in winter. In Villaviciosa you can usually see three types of birds: waders, herons and swimmers. The Golden Plover, the Lapwing, the Common Snipe, the Great Chorlitejo, the Common Sandpiper, the Little Egret, the Gray Heron ..., the Mallard, the Mallard Duck, the Spoon Duck ... and a long etcetera.
On the other hand, in this space you can find up to four major types of natural resources: the beaches and dunes, the estuary, the cliffs and the coastal rasa.
Among the first, mention the Rodiles Beach, which extends east of the estuary of the estuary with 1 km. of length and 350.000 square meters of surface at low tide. The action of the wind creates in Rodiles a dune field that closes the beach to the south and where both mobile and fixed dunes can be recognized. It is a meeting point for many Asturians on summer weekends, has ample parking and services of restaurants and bars. To get from Villaviciosa you have to take the N-632 road to Lastres, and take the VV-6 turn, a detour to the left that takes us through the town of Selorio and leave behind the small beach of Misiego.
It should also be noted that in the cliffs of the nearby town of Tazones we find an important deposit of dinosaur footprints, icnitas, which constitute an extraordinary testimony of the passage of these animals over the marshy areas of the area.
The "Asturian Jurassic" extends along a coastal strip that from Cabo Torres, west of Gijón, goes to Ribadesella. For more information about the Jurassic in Asturias www.museojurasico.comText: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com
Information of interestReception and Interpretation Center of the Partial Natural Reserve of the Ría de Villaviciosa.
Carretera del Puntal (VV-5, km 4.1).