Cabo Peñas: Where I Fell For Asturias

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Dreamy Cabo de Peñas, Asturias

The further east you get along Spain’s Northern coast, the more rugged and rustic it gets. But driving along the windy country road to Cabo Peñas really makes you feel like you’ve disconnected–this is Asturia’s most northern point, home to a lighthouse-museum (erected in 1852) and a protected natural park.

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I couldn’t stop snapping pics of the cliffs!

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You can also see islets from the viewpoint.

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These wildflowers have the best view!

After a lovely morning in Luanco, I was prepared for some nice views. These views, however, were a little more than that; they were jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Dramatic cliffs covered in patches of wildflowers plunged into the churning waters of the Bay of Biscay. Being the first sunny day in weeks, the sky and sea were both saturated in cerulean, while everything the sunlight touched picked up its reflection and glowed. 

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Mass tourism has not touched this treasure.

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I loved the wildflowers in the park.

Taking it all in, I smiled to myself knowing Spain had me falling in love all over again (ok, it’s not that difficult). Cabo Peñas was definitely the place where I had my ‘wow moment’ in Asturias. With views like that, wouldn’t you?

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Look at the color of the water!

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The telescope wasn’t necessary to appreciate the surrounding beauty.

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The lighthouse at Cabo Peñas.

I could have easily spent all day at Cabo Peñas waiting for what surely would have been an idyllic place to watch the sunset, but I was off to Avilés for the next leg of my trip. 

Information:

Cabo Peñas Maps

How to arrive to Cabo Peñas: You’ll find Cabo Peñas about 15 minutes from Gijón, 10 minutes from Avilés, and 25 minutes from Oviedo. It’s best to get here by rental car (parking is FREE!)–that way, you can recreate my trip by exploring the beautiful Asturian coastline!