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Salinas

Salinas

Asturias - Northern Spain, Spain

Surf

Salinas is the capital of surf in Asturias and one of the pioneering and most important spots in Spain. The spot is commonly called Salinas Beach but its official name is El Espartal Beach and it’s divided into two parts; Salinas Beach on the left and San Juan de Nieva Beach on the right. Salinas is well known for its liveliness and the wide variety of options it has to offer including the variety of peaks, the consistency of its waves and the good transport links. In the summer it attracts a huge community of surfers that go there to enjoy the surf lifestyle and every year at the end of the summer, the famous Vans Salinas Longboard Festival is held there. An entertaining high level event that is well worth seeing.

There is currently a new initiative which aims to create a natural surf reserve. The declaration would not only give it a name and recognition, but also a valued appreciation of an exceptional resource. The Salinas Surf Reserve will include both areas and all of the main peaks at San Juan de Nieva, a place which is normally frequented by longboarders, Las Dunas, El Espartal, La Luna, La Caseta Azul and El Ewan, although there are many more that can be surfed along the three kilometre long coastline, each with a great variety of quality waves that are suitable for different levels and have space for everyone. If you go by road it can be accessed from the N-632, or you can go by rail or fly there as Asturias Airport has daily flights from Barcelona and Madrid. You can also find more peaks around the area, such as the beaches Xagó, Verdicio and Arnao.

Like so many areas in Asturias, Espartal Beach and its dune system has been a protected natural environment since 2006. Some think that the Salinas environment and its beach, Espartal, is perhaps too urbanised, however, despite the difficulties faced when developing and conserving the natural environment, they have managed to find a balance in which an incredible surf destination, where you can enjoy the waves and the permanent liveliness of the typical bars, cider houses and restaurants, has been created. Most of these bars etc. are just a few metres away from the beach along the promenade, for example the epic San Juan bar which is popular with the locals or, if you prefer you can enjoy the grassy chill out zones and viewpoints around the wooden walkways which were built to protect the dunes. Salinas has a special air about it along with good people that undoubtedly have respect for this mythical place and its extraordinary beauty.

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Conditions

Its consistency is extraordinary and the sandy bottoms normally work well with any tide. The best size is normally between 1 and 5 feet, as any bigger and it phases out. It also gets smaller the further west you go. The orientation is NW so it works better with S and SE wind. The banks are changeable on this beach due to its size and exposure so the peaks are variable, but you’ll see that some have really long and manoeuvrable waves.

Salinas Beach can be divided into various parts, starting with La Peñona in the west and La Pirámide, peaks that work with a rising low tide. This zone has the most protection from the big swells but you can occasionally surf it at full tide. You’ll also find El Balneario which works with a mid rising tide. El Polvorin is in the centre of the beach in front of the lifeguard hut, La Luna is in front of the Gauzon buildings °3 and °4 and La Rampa is in front of the Gauzon building °1. This is the zone which usually has better quality waves and is therefore popular with the Salinas locals.

The solitary peaks Las Dunas and Las Chimeneas are towards the east of the beach. It’s a quieter zone with good quality waves. These peaks are good with W swell and S wind. San Juan is at the far east of the beach, by the seawall at the entrance of the Avilés estuary. This beach has nice long waves that are ideal for longboarders, is mostly exposed to NW and you can surf the parts with little swell. The common NE wind in the summer makes the water messy along the whole beach, except for San Juan, where the seawall and its orientation protects it from the wind and gives good off shore conditions. Lastly, as with any North Atlantic spot, the water is cold so a 4 mm wetsuit is required until spring at least, when you can use a 3 mm, and a 2 mm or shorty in the summer months.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Beachbreak
  • Wind
    S - SE
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    W - NW
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Size
    1 to 6 ft
  • Time of year
    all year round
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