Saturday, 9 February 2013

Amazing Gulpiyuri Beach without the Sea, Spain

Let's go to the beach this weekend, shall we? Let's go get away to one of the most amazing beaches in the world: Playa de Gulpiyuri or the Gulpiyuri Beach.

If you travel, you have probably visited many beautiful and exotic beaches, but not one like Gulpiyuri Beach.

It is a shell shaped little beach located in the middle of a grassy meadow, near Llanes, a charming town on the northern coast of Spain. 

Gulpiyuri Beach is unlike anything you have ever seen, or even imagined existed outside of fantasy books or fictional planets. Imagine walking over 100 meters from the sea shoreline and stumbling over a small charming beach right in the middle of a green meadow. And while you may find other beaches completely hidden from the open sea, around the world, this one is actually fully tidal and even has waves bathing the small strip of golden sand.

The beach is very small, only 40 meters long, and it takes just a few minutes to fully swim across it. Some people have even reported being able to bodysurf on the small waves. 
Water from the nearby Bay of Biscay comes in through the underground tunnel network and washes up on Gulpiyuri in gentle waves, adding to the charm of this magical cove. 

The shallow crystal clear water of this place acts as a swimming invitation that cannot be refused, but you may find it a little cold, because the water tends to remain underground for a while, before washing into the Beach.

You may be wondering how such an Oasis could exist away from the coastline, and the answer is: nature is a wonderful artist! The oasis is actually a karstic sinkhole. The nearby Cantabria Sea ate through the limestone coast resulting in underground caves, allowing the seawater inland. Overtime the sea eroded the caves causing them to collapse, creating a sinkhole resulting in this beautiful beach.

This amazing cove is protected from wind and there is a "quietness" that is unreal, when comparing the beach to others in Asturias or Cantabria. It seemed more like a Mediterranean beach! 

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Playa de Gulpiyuri is not only rare, it's hard to find! Many people have admitted to only being able to get there with the help of the advice of the locals, or a GPS! But once we got there you will realize that it is worth the trip! 

The beach has been declared a national monument of the Austrias. If you are a fan of exotic beaches, this is one you shouldn't miss on a weekend trip! What do you think?

Have a breezy weekend,

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