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The Bizarre Beach of Gulpiyuri

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The coast around Llanes is well-known as one of the most stunning areas in Spain, and during a recent trip there, we sought out one of the features which makes it special: Gulpiyuri beach.


Gulpiyuri’s name isn’t its only bizarre facet: this beach is found completely inland, in a gorgeous little cove which looks like something out of a fantasy. I kept expecting to see Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields rolling around on the sand, making out. The Cantabrian Sea bored through the earth to create this sandy spot, and though you can’t see the ocean, its waves to lap the shore just like any beach. Like a magical wave pool.

We sat here for a half hour, taking in the cove’s beauty and eating bocadillos. Our dog Chucky came along for this road trip, and though Gulpiyuri’s odd allure was probably lost on her, she seemed to enjoy the sand.

Location of Gulpiyuri Beach on our Day Trips Map

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October 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm
  • May 13, 2012 at 2:37 pmBarnes @ ecothreesixty

    Absolutely fascinating.  Love the idea of a beach being inland, its absolutely enchanting.  Would be interesting to see what happens to the water when there is a storm out at sea.  

  • February 17, 2014 at 5:30 amMatthew Fine

    That is quite astonishing, an inland beach… I’m surprised it’s not more popular, its amazing that such a spectacular thing could have formed

  • October 29, 2015 at 7:53 amNeha

    On a visit to Spain last year, I gave visit to Gulpiyuri beach. It’s one of the most beautiful sinkhole I have even seen.

  • August 9, 2016 at 12:42 pmChetan

    I heard about Gulpiyuri Beach before but This looks beautiful, I would like swim in that gorgeous cove. You have captured this beach so amazingly. 

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