Protected landscape of Cabo Peñas

The protected landscape of Cape Peñas occupies the northernmost tip of Asturias. Under legal protection since 1995, it has a coastline of 19 kilometers and 1,926 hectares of land between the Avilés estuary and Punta de Vacas.

The landscape of Cape Peñas is formed by an abrasion platform elevated above sea level which abruptly descends towards the east at times in the form of cliffs that can reach heights of 100 meters. On its eastern side there are beaches, the product of accumulations of sedimentary deposits from the Nalón River. The territory of Cape Peñas includes several nearby islets, including Erbosa, one of the largest islands off the Asturian coast. The beaches of Verdicio and Xagó—both on the western side of Cape Peñas—are considered some of the most important beaches in the region and some of the most unique in northern Spain.

A short distance from the cape’s northernmost point stands the Peñas Lighthouse, a historic infrastructure that has been in use since 1852. The vegetation of the protected landscape of Cape Peñas is made up mainly of meadows that took the place of the forests that previously grew on the abrasion platform. The dunes are home to unusual species such as the sea daffodil and jersey cudweed, while formations of heath, lichens, and ferns grow on the cliffs. Marine birds are the main resource of the fauna of Cape Peñas. Its rocks are a breeding ground and nesting place for European shags, yellow-legged gulls, Eurasian curlews, storm petrels, and peregrine falcons. There is also a notable presence of European tree frogs.

Hiking: The PR AS-25, or Cape Peñas Trail, goes around a good part of the coastal area between San Juan de la Nieva Lighthouse and La Gaviera Rock. There are other trails that go through the eastern side of Cape Peñas.

How to get there: From Avilés, you can get to the protected landscape by way of road AS-238. From Gijón, take the AS-19 and then take the detour towards AS-239 in the direction of Candás and Luanco.

Below are some recommendations of places to eat and sleep around Cape Peñas

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In Bañugues
Restaurante Casa Elías
Restaurante Casa Monolo
Restaurante Casa Máximo
Restaurante Los Campos
In Luanco
Restaurante El Tormentín
Restaurante Guernica
Restaurante Casa Néstor
Restaurante Robus
In San Martín de Podes
Restaurante El Molín del Puerto
In Verdicio
Restaurante La Fustariega
Restaurante Casa Oliva
In Viodo
Restaurante Casa Maravilla
Restaurante Cuatro Vientos

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In Bañugues
Hotel Brisamar
Casa Rural Roces
Apartamentos Bañugues
Camping El Molino
In Ferrero
Casa Rural Folú
Apartamentos Tezán
In Laviana
Casa Rural El Embarcadero
In Luanco
Hotel La Plaza
Hotel Playa de Luanco
In Perlora
Camping Buenavista
Camping Perlora
In San Martín de Podes
Casa Rural Rafael
In Verdicio
Hotel Palacio de Fiame
In Viodo
Hotel Casa Maravilla
Casa Rural Carola

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Actividades Acuáticas Club G.E.A.S. (Castrillón)
Paseos a Caballo Cabo Peñas (Laviana)
Escuela de Surf Baluverxa (Verdicio)
Buceo MarIby Sub (Verdicio)

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Oficina de Turismo de Luanco. C/Ramón Pérez de Ayala, s/n. Luanco. Asturias. España.Teléfono: 985 882 644. Coordenadas GPS aprox. 43º 37′ 0.79″ N – 5º 47′ 24.62″ W

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