I was quite the beach creature as I child. Nowadays not quite as much, but a private beach held it’s place on the holiday wish list. And we found it! I don’t mind other people on the beach but a private one does have a sense of discovery combined with a pinch of luxury.
The beach was in Oriñón, about 15 km west from Castro Urdiales, and the reason why we had the beach all to ourselves was that it was off-season and the apartamentos by the shore were still all empty. The long strip of sand, the blue sky, the sail boat approaching the horizon and just that moment. The essence of holiday.
The one playa in the North of Spain I had read about and so wanted to visit was the Playa del Silencio. It’s located 15 km west of Cudillero. It’s a cove backed by rocks, cliffs and caves. The view is absolutely beautiful. The name is also very apt: the beach is quiet, solitary and serene, almost as if it was a hidden place. In addition to us there were a few more couples.
The beach is made of pebbles and my hint would be that bring swimming shoes so that rising from the water resembles a bit more a graceful water goddess than – well, something else. The beach is located about 500 metres down from the road where you leave the car. This secluded place is really worth the trip and the short steep hike down.