Gulpiyuri view at the sinkhole

Gulpiyuri, world’s smallest beach

… or, Gulpiyuri the world’s weirdest beach, as the Herald Sun wrote. That you are able to find this inland beach on Google Street View proves that it is an extraordinary beach. Because you can’t reach it by car, as such Google must have used a jeep.

Copyright  Miguel Rubio – http://miguelrubio71.wix.com/miguelrubiophoto
Copyright by Miguel Rubio

Gulpiyuri, a shell shaped sinkhole

Gulpiyuri is a shell shaped sinkhole, located at the border of a green meadow. You need to walk through some fields until you reach the 40 meters wide inland beach. It is divided 100 meters from the sea by a rock formation, but connected by a network of underground caves. If you search carefully in the neighborhood you will find more holes and caves in the ground which lead to the sea. Over millions of years, the sea carved its ways through the rocks. One of these caves collapsed over time creating a flooded sinkhole.

Gulpiyuri view on connection to the sea
© Gene Krasko

Although you can not see the sea, at high tide you can enjoy the spectacle of waves entering the beach. Numerous articles world wide has been written about the beach. Which have made it become a popular tourist destination and in the summer times a busy place. It is listed as natural monument and part of the Regional Network of Protected Natural Areas.

Useful information …

view at Gulpiyuri
© Arturo M. Nikolai

Where to find … Gulpiyuri is located in the municipality of Llanes, and nearest village is Naves. The beach does not have services and lifeguards.
GPS … 43.447638 | -4.886150

How to reach … Gulpiyuri can only be reached by car, unless you wish to walk a few kilometers from Naves where the bus stops. As many other tourist destinations there are no signs that help you reach Gilpiyuri.

You can reach the beach …

… coming from Llanes on the highway A8 (La autovía del Cantábrico) you take exit 313 (Naves). At the top you go right into the bumpy sandy road. Park there where the road makes a turn to the left. Keep walking that road a few meters and then go down to the right, follow the path untill you reach the beach.
… coming from Ribadesella on the highway A8 (La autovía del Cantábrico) you take exit 306 (Naves). Reaching the top you go left and drive into the bumpy sandy road you see in front of you. Park there where the road makes a turn to the left. Keep walking that road a few meters and then go down to the right, follow the path untill you reach the beach.

Asturplaya … is an app which gathers the information (maps, descriptions, route & more) about all Asturian beaches. As such an application not to miss. You can download it here … asturplaya.es

Header photograph by Arturo M. Nikolai

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