Cudillero, the most beautiful coastal town in Spain

The small fishing village in Asturias in the north of Spain has been voted as Spain’s most beautiful coastal town by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

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24 June 2020, Emma Donaldson

Cudillero, with its postcard-like appearance, is known as one of Spain’s most picturesque destinations and is characterised by colourful houses situated on a cliff which overlooks the small fishing port. This charming fishing village has become increasingly popular in recent years and attracts visitors from Spain and abroad, something which is not going to change anytime soon, as Cudillero located in Asturias in northern Spain has been voted as the most beautiful coastal town in Spain by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2020. Let’s see who the other contenders were and what is so special about Cudillero.  

Spain’s most beautiful coastal towns

Full of hidden gems, the best of Spain’s coastal towns were in line for the title along with Cudillero: Zahara de los Atunes (Cádiz) finished in second place and Cadaqués (Girona) in third. Completing the Condé Nast Traveler top 10 were Combarro (Pontevedra), Comillas (Cantabria), Fornells (Menorca), Getaria (Gipuzkoa), Peñíscola (Castellón), Garachico (Tenerife) and Cabo de Palos, (Murcia).

What is special about Cudillero?

Located about 40 minutes and 60km northwest of Oviedo as the crow flies, Cudillero’s postcard appearance is just the beginning. Beyond the colourful houses and postcard scenes, this fishing village is full of charm at every turn, with every street telling its own story. Walking along the narrow streets, you will come across many special architectural sights, from Gothic churches and chapels to more modern buildings and buzzing restaurants and bars where you can try out some delicious Asturian tapas and local delicacies.

Top things to do in Cudillero

One of the main things to see in the town is the palace, Quinta de Selgas, guarded by two monumental doors. This impressive building should be top of your list of places to visit in Cudillero and is home to some of the most important painting’s in Spain’s history, such as those by Goya and El Greco, amongst others. More top attractions not be missed are the Church of San Martin de Luiña, an extraordinarily beautiful church with Baroque altarpieces, as well as the stunning sunsets from the the viewpoint of La Garita.

Once you’ve visited this colourful village and soaked up its unique atmosphere, take advantage of your trip and pay a visit to some of the incredible panoramas that surround Cudillero, including quiet beaches and dramatic coastline. Known as the “green coast”, Asturias is full of beautiful beaches and bays, from popular tourist areas like Playa de San Pedro de la Ribera, to havens of tranquility such as Playa del Silencio where the best of Asturias’ natural surroundings can be enjoyed.

When to visit Cudillero

Cudillero’s high season usually starts in June and lasts until the end of August, generally a time when the weather is best. Northern Spain can be quite rainy but in the summer months, the sun comes out and the town fills with seasonal residents and holidaymakers who bring the town squares and popular tapas bars to life. If you would rather visit Cudillero in a less touristy period when there are less people around, the low season and colder months show the village in a different light, equally as charming but comparatively crowd-free and peaceful.

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