VILLAVICIOSA: EL PUNTAL
The area of Villaviciosa is symbolically the heart of Asturias because of its situation at the centre-east of the region and because the area is well known for its Cider production of which the Asturians are very proud.
Villaviciosa is very popular with tourists due to its beauty, landscapes, beaches and the Partial Natural Reserve surrounding the estuary.
The Estuary of Villaviciosa is 8 Km long and at the point close to the mouth is 1000 metres wide ending at the stunning beach of Rodiles. It is an essential place for ornithologists as this estuary has of vital importance for migratory and wintering birds where you can observe more than 150 species. The environmental value of the estuary of Villaviciosa has been recognised as a European Place of Interest (LIC), a special Protection Zone for Birds (ZEPA) and a part of the network NATURA 2000. Also it is in the list of Wetlands with International Importance (RAMSAR).
This area has some of the best beaches of Asturias such as Rodiles, a renowned sandy beach and considered one of the best waves in Europe by surfers. Other beaches of interest are El Puntal, Tazones, España, Meron, and La Ñora. Also, the coastline of Villaviciosa is a part of the “Coast of Dinosaurs” where you will find the Jurassic reptile prints and Dinosaur bone remains. You can see this around the Meron Beach, Tazones Port and Tazones Lighthouse Cliffs.