If you’re doing a surf trip of the entire north coast of Spain, Asturias would be your third stop. As you cross over from Cantabria, you will start to notice more apple trees, which are mostly used for the local alcoholic cider. The water is Asturias starts to be getting a bit colder the closer you drive toward Galicia.
Not long after crossing the border you’ll be getting close to the beautiful town of Llanes, head to the beach of Playa de la Andrin. What a beautiful beach it is, one of the most beautiful in Spain, with a green island set slightly out to sea. Not a bad wave even on the small summers days. If you happen to be in the town of Llanes for a Saturday night, it can really rock. There are many bars but you might want to start your night, sharing amongst your friends a case of cider (una bottela de sidra) at €2 a large bottle. The locals pretend that they can pour it from shoulder height with the glass at waist height while held on a slight angle without spilling any. Most don’t achieve a perfect pour. The reason it is done like this is to aerate it, because it is a non-carbonated type of cider.
On of the next stops is the village of Villaviciosa. As you wind down the street to the beach you will see apple trees, which are used for such things as cider and wine most. The beach is line with eucalyptus trees and at one end of the beach you can catch a perfect left hand wave, that brakes in mechanical fashion, and as you see them reel off down the line the set of waves all look identical. This wave can really make your trip.
Asturias biggest city Gijon on the beach is a good place to stop. The main beach can have a fun wave every now and then. The best fun to have in Gijon is at night-time where the party starts in the old part of town called Cimadavella.When there buy yourself a case of cider and share it with your friends and some of the locals. You’re sure to have a great time, as the Spanish really know how to party.
Tapia de Casaregio is another great stop with consistent surf.
It’s now time to hit Galicia. Galicia can be a hard place to get around. It has a heavily indented coastline, so when you’ve finished surfing one peninsula, you have to drive back down the road you came in on, till you reach the crossroad to head west. Galicia is Spain’s wild or rugged coastline. It is windy, rainy, colder water and in winter hard to find small waves. It is however a really beautiful and green place to visit. The best part of having a rugged coastline, you can find many uncrowded beaches.
Playa de Pantin near Valdaviño, is one of Galicia’s great waves, and home of many Galician surf competitions. Playa de San Jorge (São Xorxe in local dialect) is also a good place to get a good wave which can sometimes give you a good ride.
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- Hola, Galicia! (mrsoaroundtheworld.com)