18 jul. 2015

San Antolin

This is the longest beach in Llanes. The sandy section can be crowded, but the peebly one is almost deserted. Perfect for those who don't fancy a long walk to sunbathe in the nude in a natural and secluded place.

Last visited: july 2015

How to get there

San Antolin beach is literally besides motorway A-8. Indeed, the road takes you directly into it... until it bends away from the coast. You have to take the exit towards Hormes-Hontoria and then follow the signs to Posada. 1 km later you will find a parking area on both sides of the road that is used for the people in the main section of the beach. To get to the nudist section it is more convenient to continue 500 m to the next parking area. If they are full, there is a third option a bit further.
From the second parking you will only have to go down the stairs to the beach, but to get to the nude section you will have to wade river Bedon. It is narrow and shallow, but due to the pebbles it is difficult to cross it barefoot. It is advisable to wear some kind of shoes that can get into the water.

The beach

It is more than 1 km long, divided into three different sections.
The western end is a flat sandy area (100 x 40 m). It is the area chosen for most of the people, and where all facilities are located.
To the east, the sand is replaced by pebbles for the next 250 m until the river mouth. Not many people sunbathing here, but many walking along the shore.
The quietest area is on the other side of the river, also made by pebbles and shingle. At the beginning it is very wide with a steep slope. You can still find here some people sunbathing.

You can keep walking at the foot of the cliffs covered by vegetation. A few recent rock slides show that it is not a good idea to stay very close to them. Not really a problem, given the width of this section of the beach. In fact, the pebble heaps make easier to walk alog the shore. Approximately 1 km later San Antolin ends in a spot where large rocks emerge from the sea.
When the tide is out you can walk to a tiny sandy cove hidden behind a rocky outscrop. It is a really nice area, but it is cover by the water most of the time.
It is completely exposed to the wind and the waves. Not pleasant for most beachgoers, but perfect for surfers.

Facilities

There is a beach bar, showers and lifeguards, but all of it is located on the textile section.

Nudism

Not really a nude beach, but San Antolin is one of the many beaches in Llanes where you don't need a bathing suit.
The further you walk away, the easier to find a secluded spot. Even those who walk along the shore don't reach the end due to the difficulty to walk over pebbles. When I visited this beach I have only seen nudists in the right end, but even there they are a minority.
I can't say where nudism begins to be acceptable, but it seems that as soon as you reach the cliffs nobody cares if you decide to strip off. As in other beaches nearby, nudists and textiles coexist here.

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I like:
  • Almost empty at its end, you'll have all the space you need
I don't like:
  • It's a pebbly beach, so not easy to walk or sunbathe
  • Small parking area

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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