These waterfalls they are something different from the typical action of the sea breaking in big waves against the coast. In this case, the water takes advantage of well-defined chimneys and cracks in the limestone to gush out to the surface imitating geysers, forming jets that can reach more than twenty meters high.
What are jesters and how are they formed?
The unique image of these jets can only be enjoyed in well located areas of the coast of Llanes. In these places of the coastal plain there are some unusual geological features. The formation of buffoons is based on the disintegration of limestone, its dissolution in contact with rainwater that penetrates through small fractures up to sea level. The erosive action of the swell favors the enlargement of these original cavities. With the passage of time it comes to form a cave in communication with the vertical duct. The waves cause the air or water that accumulates in the cave to compress and go outside under great pressure.
When is it better to see the jesters?
This phenomenon displays its full force when the Cantabrian Sea is rough, in autumn and winter it is easier for it to happen. Also the combination of high tide with swell is the best option to see the jesters in all their glory. On these occasions, however, we must show ourselves nothing reckless and very respectful, observing the show at a prudent distance. The danger is real if we get too close, because the force of the jet can drag a man.
If the sea is calm, the vents are limited to expelling air, but in the days of strong swell the jesters are transformed into a spectacle that produces admiration and fear. The deep moans of Bramadoriu, as they are called locally, they are heard miles away. A natural rumble that has traditionally been used as a meteorological indicator: «When you feel the Pría well sound, take firewood for another day».
Where can we see the jesters?
In Llanes we will find several fields of buffoons, although only three have been declared a Natural Monument:
The Arenillas It is located in the vicinity of the village of Puertas de Vidiago, just less than a kilometer from this village. The route is easy from a path that starts from the same town. At the edge of the cliff we will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Llanes coastline and a good number of jesters.
The Santiuste it is situated in the proximity of Castro de Santiuste. The access is made from the N-634, leaving the vehicle at about 3 km from the town of Buelna, where we take a path that reaches the cliffs 500 meters beyond. The waterfalls in this area boast of being the most spectacular.
Jesters of Pría. From the village of Llames de Pría we take the paved road that leads to Guadamía beach, a practically fluvial beach. From there, take a path to the right that leads to an extensive field of jesters and a magnificent view of the eastern coast of Asturias.
Where to park to see the Bufones de Pría?
Parking is currently prohibited in the area of the Llames de Pría buffoons; only residents and vehicles with the relevant authorization can pass from the inhabited area to the beach. There will be controls by the Local Police that will ensure effective compliance with the rule.
This restriction, throughout the year, is complemented by the provision of two park and ride facilities in the vicinity of the jesters. The one in La Rotella, with capacity for between 250 and 300 vehicles, came into operation in the summer of 2017 and the one in Garaña, which has a space of 2.400 square meters.
Precautions to observe the jesters
When the storm rages, jesters are extremely dangerous, and must be viewed from a distance to avoid accidents
It is preferable to do this excursion without children, or have them under control at all times since There are numerous cavities in the limestone without protection of any kind.
Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com