The smallest beach in the world

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If you live in Spain, you won’t have to travel many kilometres to bathe in the smallest beach in the world. Mostly because it is to the north of Naves, a town in Asturias that belongs to the council of Llanes, where, by the way, there are some very beautiful beaches.

Gulpiyuri beach, which is the name given to the tiniest beach on the planet, had the privilege of being declared a natural monument in 2001. It is also part of the Protected Landscape of the Eastern Coast of Asturias.

Little space and spectacular scenery

It is a curious inland beach with a shore that is less than 50 metres long. This explains why it is very difficult to lay out your towel and umbrella no matter how early you arrive, which is why we could also classify it as a very exclusive beach. In fact, at high tide there is not even space to lie down on the sand because it is completely covered with water.

playa-de-Gulpiyuri-Asturias-NavesGulpiyuri beach, which lies between Llanes and Ribadesella, can only be reached via San Antolín beach or from Naves. Once there, you can enjoy the scenery while you wonder how the sea was able to create a cave inland by wearing away the limestone rock. Experts in the field will tell you that the bottom of the cave sank to form a doline, which is the name given to a special type of geological depression typical of karstic reliefs.

This is a beach that you have to visit when you travel to Asturias, although it is true that I do not recommend spending a whole morning or afternoon there. However, it is worth mentioning that the water temperature is higher than what is usually found on Asturian beaches, which is logical considering the small amount of water in Gulpiyuri.

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