Beach of the Orient of Asturias. The beach of Vega, in RibadesellaIs a huge rugged corner, to the delight of lovers of nature and almost virgin beaches. For more influx that there is in summer time it is difficult to fill it. It is almost impossible not to find enough space for oneself, or for a whole gang, there is even room to feel a bit castaway no matter how much a playmaker there concentrates.
We see the rocks that emerge in the sand when the water is removed, the wild foam of this part of the Bay of Biscay, the rare minerals that are found in this area full of mining tradition. The spatofluor of the surroundings is unique in Europe in composition and tonalities. There are also the unusual and opposite currents of the private sea of Vega, which many days make bathing dangerous and other times they allow it to enjoy twice as much. To bathe in Vega is to do it in one of the bends of the Asturian coast more open to the sea. The strength of sea salt is felt to a high degree. A possible alternative, if there is no bathroom, is to go for a walk two kilometers of immensity, and get soaked with sand and landscape.
If we walk towards the western tip, until the very end, we discover that from there the coast becomes rugged. In that point one of the two pedia of Vega begins, the one that has a more brown and surly aspect, apparently sterile for other lives. The pedral of the eastern margin of the beach, however, connects with a more known morphology, low cliffs and pebble beaches.
On the way back, we walked close to the clayey cliff, roasted like coffee, whose origin dates the experts in the Jurassic period. It turns out that millions of years ago in Vega a suffocating heat. Everything occupied an immense jungle of swamps that were part of an infinite delta that reached the same Castilla. Everything was flat, the modern folding was not yet known, and the dinosaurs stepped through that immense fangal leaving indelible traces for a future interest. So Vega also intuits the Jurassic and a remote past.
As a legacy of the old marshes, water currents come and go along the beach even at low tide. If we look up as we walk, we discover that this is the closest thing to a desert. Yes, maritime and green horizon, with marine springs that are almost a mirage. They also appear in this scenario spectacular dunes, with inhospitable and protected flora, more typical of a "western film" than of an Asturian beach.
The environment of the beach has been adequate, an ecological dyeing action that carried out the Coastal Demarcation. You can walk along a path, with minimal artifice and rustic aesthetics, and explore the dune landscape; there are also parking lots and changing rooms although they are installations that respect the environment. At town of Vega we will also find hospitality services with very good service.
The road through which we left Vega on the way to the N-630 has no waste. So we circulate at the feet of Entrepeñas gorge, a magical area of large spiers of rock pointing to the sky and strange profiles that have already been declared Natural Monument. If we want to stop for a while to contemplate it we have at our disposal a small recreational area.
At the junction with the national road, a kilometer higher, we see the Ana Mine in front of us, still in operation. A clear exponent of the activity related to the espatoflúor that aroused and arouses interest in various parts of Europe. In fact the Germans have been coming to Vega for a long time, since the beginning of the 20th century. In the beginning, geologists and adventurers came looking for precious minerals in the constitution. The espatoflúor arrived to give place to a small commercial route with Germany from Ribadesella. Today we can still see the presence of the "rulós" of the Germans, who come to Vega in search of nature, calm and tradition for the beautiful minerals professed by their parents and grandparents.
Guided excursions to Vega Beach
The beach of Vega is one of the most extensive in Asturias and one of the few in the north that conserves an important dune system. There we will discover Jurassic remains, remains of rocks with presence of fluorite, mineral that is extracted in the vicinity, in one of the most important deposits of fluorite in Asturias ...
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