Beach of the western coast of Asturias. A natural treasure that goes unnoticed if we observe it from the heights in the nearby promontories. At the foot of the beach we discover its dune and lagoon system at the mouth of the River Dola, with embryonic vegetation and white dunes in which are some species included in the Regional Catalog of Endangered Species of the Asturian Flora. It is the only location in the Principality where there is knowledge of the presence of Malcomia littorea (in danger of extinction). Other species are also present, such as Medicago marina, Otantkus maritimus and Pancratium maritimum, which fascinate botanists.
The beach of Peñarronda, in the limits of the councils of Castropol and Tapia, is a large area, prepared thoroughly by nature for man to enjoy, among other things, surfing and kites. It is a windy beach with moderate waves and is very conducive to both hobbies. It has an area reserved for catching waves on the right margin, just below the cliff of the church of San Lorenzo. It is an area of dangerous currents for the bath, but perfect for lovers of this sport. In its waters, windsurfing, rowing and sport fishing are also practiced.
However, the biggest attraction of this great beach of 600 meters in length and about 300.000 square meters of surface is undoubtedly its high ecological wealth. Among its faunal values, the usual presence of animal species included in the protectionist catalog of the Asturian fauna stands out, as is the case of the Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) and the Otter (Lutra lutra). Ultimately, but not least, the uniqueness of its geological formations also stands out.
For all this we speak of a Natural Monument with its own name: Peñarronda beach that extends from Las Meninas, east of Punta del Corno, to Punta de A Robaleira, which closes the beach on the east. The set is shaped like a shell and practically in the center, dominating this place like an imperturbable lookout, is the Castelo, a circular cliff pierced by a tunnel. From this great rock the beach takes its name: «round rock».
To approach walking to this rock and to others that surface to the surface can get to constitute an almost spiritual walk. Walking along this beach, especially outside the summer season, leaving the footprints of our footwear in the immensity of this place, helps us to exercise our status as explorers of the world.
And if you have been left wanting natural monuments shaped like a beach, a few kilometers away, in the neighboring council of Navia, you can enjoy another beach with designation of origin that we invite you to visit by clicking on the following link: Frejulfe beach.Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com