The beach of Cobijeru is flirty and reduced (about 50 m in length and 30 m in width) is the clear proof that the sea has been escaping through that hole for a long time. Captivate the limestone, stretched and pointed formations that still survive the intrusion of the sea, are rocks that belong to the Upper Carboniferous and have a very unique karst modeling, with an inordinate abundance of sinkholes, sinkholes, caves and chasms.
Cobijeru beach survives next to meadows and farmland, and connects with the sea through a crack of several tens of meters. If you get close to it, you can perfectly hear the action of the waves, and some repetitive snort that causes a certain tremor in the vicinity. A few meters away is the beach of Molín with very similar characteristics, but with a muddy soil with rich plant communities and the ruins of an old tide mill that confirm a true fact: that man never misses the opportunity of such easy energy in the vicinity of his territory. , no matter how hidden its hiding place.
Cobijeru: protected space
The two beaches and the cave of Cobijeru constitute this protected area that surround the acacias like a fort of nature. The cave, which includes stalagmites and stalactites, is located in the immediate vicinity of both beaches and the stretch of cliff that separates the coastline from the north, also creating a rocky outcrop where erosion has left a stone arch, known like the Horse Jump. This complex is one of the most interesting geomorphological singularities of the Llanco coast.
The beach, the "shelter", is also assaulted by the waters from the north. A stream that over time and its floods has favored the erosion of subsequent rocks, contributing to create more sand and more beach. The environment is rounded, like a bald spot in the middle of the woodland and lush vegetation. Everything seems to tend to camouflage this corner even more, and yet getting to this especially hidden place is not an exercise in risk, rather a quiet walk through the plains meadows, following a path that starts from Buelna and because the one we are traveling without haste. First, the open perspectives of the coast; then the dense forest that leads to Cobijeru.
If we are lucky and we meet on the way, we can also enjoy rare plant species to see, such as Zostera noltii, included in the Regional Catalog of Endangered Species of Flora, as well as Carex distans, Salicornia dolichostachya and S. fragilis, for its rarity and specific location in Asturias.
Cobijeru beach: how to get there
Cobijeru is in Llanes, in the easternmost part of the municipality. The nearest town is Buelna, which is easily accessible as it is at the very foot of the N 634 that crosses the municipality of Llanisco. From this village to Cobijeru it is only a 15-minute walk. The path is signposted.
Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com