Vega beach is one of the longest in Asturias and one of the few in the north that conserves an important dune system. Very close to it we will discover Jurassic remains. We see the rocks that emerge from the sand when the water recedes, the wild foam of this part of the Cantabrian Sea, the rare minerals that are found in this area full of mining tradition. As fluorspar or fluorite. Vega's is unique in Europe in composition and tonalities. There is also the particular waves of Vega, which many days make swimming dangerous and other times allow it to be enjoyed twice as much. A beach very open to the sea that delights surfers. Also from naturist collective, which has frequented the westernmost end of the sandy area for decades.
How long is Playa de Vega?
Bathing in Vega is doing it on a very natural beach and very open to the sea, where the force of sea salt is felt to a high degree. We can walk through its nearly two kilometers of extension and get stuffed with fine sand and dune landscape,
If we walk towards the western tipUntil the very end, we discover that from there the coast becomes rugged. At that point one of the two pedrales de Vega, the one with a more dark and surly appearance, apparently sterile for other lives. The pedral on the eastern shore of the beach, however, connects with a more well-known morphology, low cliffs and pebble beaches.
Ribadesella Dinosaur Route: Jurassic Coast
On the way back, we walked close to the clayey cliff, roasted like coffee, whose origin dates the experts in the Jurassic period. It turns out that millions of years ago in Vega a suffocating heat. Everything occupied an immense jungle of swamps that were part of an infinite delta that reached the same Castilla. Everything was flat, the modern folding was not yet known, and the dinosaurs stepped through that immense fangal leaving indelible traces for a future interest. So Vega also intuits the Jurassic and a remote past.
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As a legacy of the old marshes, water currents come and go along the beach even at low tide. If we look up as we walk, we discover that this is the closest thing to a desert. Yes, maritime and green horizon, with marine springs that are almost a mirage. They also appear in this scenario spectacular dunes, with inhospitable and protected flora, more typical of a "western film" than of an Asturian beach.
The environment of the beach has been adequate, an ecological dyeing action that carried out the Coastal Demarcation. You can walk along a path, with minimal artifice and rustic aesthetics, and explore the dune landscape; there are also parking lots and changing rooms although they are installations that respect the environment. At town of Vega we will also find hospitality services with very good service.
The road through which we left Vega on the way to the N-630 has no waste. So we circulate at the feet of Entrepeñas gorge, a magical area of large spiers of rock pointing to the sky and strange profiles that have already been declared Natural Monument. If we want to stop for a while to contemplate it we have at our disposal a small recreational area.
At the crossroads with the national road, one kilometer higher, we see in front of us the Ana Mine, still in operation. A clear exponent of the activity related to the spatofluorus that aroused and arouses interest in various parts of Europe. In fact, the Germans have been coming to Vega for a long time, since the beginning of the XNUMXth century. At first, geologists and adventurers came in search of precious minerals in the making. Fluorspar came to give rise to a small trade route with Germany from Ribadesella. Today, the presence of the Germans is still noticeable, who come to Vega in search of nature, calm and tradition for the beautiful minerals that their parents and grandparents profess.
Surfing at Vega Beach
Vega beach is an ideal beach for surfing, with a lot of swell due to its northwest orientation, and with right and left peaks along the entire beach that work well with all tides. The most sought after by regular surfers is the one known as Superman, at the eastern end of the sandy area.
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Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com