The beaches of Northern Spain are insanely underrated. The jagged coastline provides numerous surf spots, dramatic rock formations, and hundreds of secret beaches waiting to be discovered.
The day prior to visiting Playa del Silencio, we tried to visit Playa de las Catedrales, the famous sand beach with towering rock archways. Clearly we weren’t the only ones with that agenda because it was a madhouse. Long story short, you need to BUY TICKES ONLINE to get down to the beach, parking is an absolute mess, and the whole area is just a tourist trap. In protest of how ridiculous that all was, I refused to pay and we went elsewhere.
The next day, I feared the same about Playa del Silencio… but to my surprise, it was such an amazing experience. Arriving at midday, it still wasn’t overly crowded or stuffy. The overlook of the cove and beach is gorgeous the entire walk down. I absolutely loved the impressive rock formations surrounding the pebble beach and the crystal clear waters that were so inviting.
Arriving by Car & Parking
Playa del Silencio is located just north of the small town of Castaneras in Asturias. The best way to find it is by inputting the small burger stand called “Burgeur Parry” into your GPS. After exiting the N-632 onto the small side street, you’ll begin to see signs for Playa del Silencio.
Upon approaching Burger Parry, you’ll actually find a guarded parking lot with a 2eur fee to park. I suggest continuing on down the road lining the cliffside in order to parallel park. You’ll cut down on walking time which will be uphill on the way back. The road is very skinny but we saw plenty of larger vehicles parked up so it’s not impossible.
What to Bring
Playa Silencio is a pebble beach, meaning it does not have soft sand but flat, egg sized rocks. It’s also at a slant which can make for a bit of discomfort when trying to get comfortable lying down. It’s possible to wriggle around and make a little nest in the rocks, but some may find chairs most efficient. There are no places to rent chairs, so you must bring your own.
I suggest bringing towels, water, sunscreen/oil, watershoes (trying to get out of the water without these was painful and embarrassing), a book, and some snacks. There are no cafes on the beach so come prepared!
I don’t advise bringing an umbrella because you can’t dig into the rocks well enough and it gets gusty (a woman’s umbrella uprooted and almost impaled myself and a few other sunbathers). Instead, opt for a beach tent that you can weigh down with rocks.
Note that whatever you bring, you must carry down and up about 100 stairs.