There are few beaches in the Bay of Biscay that draw such a spectacular panorama and are surrounded by a landscape so contrasted. Taking an aerial view, or spotting the beach of Ribadesella from the popular paseo de Guía, on Mount Corberu, we discovered that the Sierra de Escapa, the mount el Mofrechu or the Sierra del Sueve provide an extraordinary backdrop. High peaks that descend slowly to the same level of the sea and that grant a sublime perspective.
We also see how the Sella River, which flows into the beach itself, creates an estuary of the most beautiful in Asturias. The estuary forms a great curve and gently mixes with the sea. It is a delta that, in addition, adds to the beach its nautical, fishing and recreational dimension.
On foot of sand we discovered that the Santa Marina beach is not just another beach, but a space of one and a half kilometers in length where heritage, history, tourism, society and ecology are combined. The idiosyncrasy of this beach derives from a differentiating past. Before the 19th century it remained unchanged, in the rough, communicated by boats, like a solitary shell-shaped island, next to an extensive wetland that was the ideal habitat for numerous species of migratory birds. The beach was flanked by Mount Somos and the Corberu, two equally virgin promontories at that time.
When the metal bridge over the estuary came into service at 1898, the Arenal recalled the inhospitable places that inspired the painters of the time. But the improvement of communication with the beach brought the first urban colonization of the area. Modernist villas, palaces and villas nowadays they keep all their charm and give Santa Marina that unique stamp with which the contemporary stroller delights, surprising for its architectural coquetry.
The beach of Santa Marina is sand, sea, bath, sun, surf, jogging, ... but it is also contemplation and admiration. Traveling through its seafront the beach transmits many new sensations for those who do not know it.
Casones de Indianos
Su peculiar urbanism It does not leave indifferent. At the foot of the beach we discovered the constructions of the first holidaymakers: members of the aristocracy and the Madrid and regional high bourgeoisie who came to the beach attracted by the fashionable spa phenomenon at that time. On the initiative of the Marquises of Argüelles, in 1910, the spa of the beach opened its doors, offering services of sea baths, iodine and algae. Shortly after, the construction of chalets lined up facing the sea began, such as that of the Marquesa de Argüelles, Villa Rosario, the Antero Prieto villa (later Uría Aza) and Villa San Pedro. Clear examples of this period.
During the years 20 and 30, the sandy area of Santa Marina was configured as a tiny garden City that before the Civil War was already made up of some thirty sumptuous chalets. Architectural elements such as towers, glazed bays and terraces proliferate in these constructions. Until the 60 years this garden city would not suffer the effects of developmentalism. From then on, the aristocratic holidays of three months would give way to the minor holidays and the weekends of the middle class. At the end of the 80 and early 90, the culture of the townhouse was introduced in the Arenal, in its version related to the second residence, of which there are also clear examples on the beach.
The beach is also part of the Camino de Santiago, from it the Camino goes to San Pedro, Abeu and Leces, where there is a hostel for pilgrims.
It is also admired by paleontologists, since on the same beach, at the end of the promenade of Punta del Pozu, on the same descent to the cliff, you can see some of the dinosaur footprints: several traces of sauropod footprints.
In terms of beach leisure, Santa Marina is a populated beach in summer, with a medium-high occupation and conducive to water sports in its surroundings and in the attached estuary.
The pedestrian accesses to the sand are comfortable and easy with stairs and ramps. It has first aid services, danger warning through public address systems, showers and toilets.
We can also sit in one of their terraces, savor a good appetizer and some canes and let the time pass peacefully, enjoying its great summer atmosphere.
Santa Marina offers many facets for enjoyment in all seasons. We have already mentioned his walk, unique in its kind when combining an intimate maritime landscape, a very personal architecture or Jurassic sites. In its immediate surroundings we can also travel the Malecón Natural Park, a wetland enabled with platforms and trails that help us discover all its ecological wealth, among which a large colony of wild ducks stands out.
This year 2018 will once again offer the free Biblio-beach service, being the booth located in the access to Avelina Cerra street.
From the 2 of July and until the end of August, the schedule will be from Monday to Friday from 12: 00 to 14: 00 and from 16: 30 to 19: 30 hours. On Saturdays it will open from 12: 00 to 14: 00 and from 17: 00 to 19: 00 hours.
The Biblio-beach offers users a fund of 839 titles, with children's and youth literature, comics, novels and informative books; besides press and magazines.
They will also be organized free children's workshops, Tuesdays and Thursdays of 17: 00 to 18: 00 hours, for children between 5 and 10 years, limited places.
Pets on the beach
The access of domestic animals to waters and bathing areas, as well as to the beach and designated areas, is prohibited, except for those that are necessary for the development of activities duly authorized by the competent health authority.
Likewise, domestic animals will be able to access the intertidal zone of the sand outside of the beach rescue season.
During the beach rescue season, access of domestic animals to the intertidal zone of the sand may occur between 21 and 8 hours.