Hiking Gijón’s Coastal Path ~ The Joy of Winter Sunshine

Life in Asturias is less about sophisticated urban living and more about connecting with nature and the ‘Costa Verde’.

To see why, all you need to do is pack a picnic and set off along Gijón’s verdant coastal path.

Playa de Peñarrubia, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Words & photos by your Gijón galavanting guide, Ben Holbrook.

When I told my friends that I was moving from Barcelona to the Gijón (in Asturias, northern Spain), I was often reminded that “it rains a lot there” and that “the weather’s the same as it is back home in the UK.”

They were somewhat right to say these things but, ultimately, mistaken…

Northern Spain isn’t known as “Green Spain” for nothing, of course. Proportionally, this verdant nook of the country receives significantly more of the country’s rainfall.

But compared to the UK, and Wales specifically, where I’m from, living in Asturias is like living in the tropics.

Especially in Gijón, where there seems to be some kind of micro climate.

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San Lorenzo Beach, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-2677

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San Lorenzo Beach, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-2677

Body bronzers on San Lorenzo beach (February 16th, 2019).

Since moving here at the end of last year, I’ve checked the temperatures obsessively on an almost daily basis, while incessantly questioning our move from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The numbers have been move or less the same.

Yesterday, Rosana and I took our old puppy, Café, along with our amiga Pamela and her dog Nena, for a walk along the coastal path from Playa de San Lorenzo, Gijón’s main beach, towards La Ñora, hugging the crystal clear Bay of Biscay.

We stopped for a picnic along the way, paused to admire the views, to watch turquoise waves cascade over vacant coves, onto naked bodies basking in the winter sun.

Playa del Rinconin, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Playa del Rinconin.

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Gijon

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Rosana with Nena and Café.

Joaquín Rubio Camin Park, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Joaquín Rubio Camin Park, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Nena, Pamela and the joy of winter sunshine.

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Joaquín Rubio Camin Park, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Me and Café in need of a post-picnic siesta.

stal views from Hotel la Colina, Gijon, Asturias, Northern Spain - Photography by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com-3206

We finished our sunny saunter with a beer at Hotel la Colina, soaking in the views of a seemingly endless green coast, of cliffs carpeted in eucalyptus forests and bell-bongling vacas.

Rosana and Pamela headed home to take the tired perritos home. The sun set while I chased seagulls on San Lorenzo beach, my feet sinking into puddles of warm Atlantic waters.

Rays of my childhood finding their way back to the surface. The tyranny of adulthood momentarily suspended.

Just me and the sea.

The unbearable lightness of being.

sunset on San Lorenzo beach, Gijon, Asturias, northern Spain - by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

sunset on San Lorenzo beach, Gijon, Asturias, northern Spain - by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

sunset on San Lorenzo beach, Gijon, Asturias, northern Spain - by Ben Holbrook from DriftwoodJournals.com

Thank you Gijón, and your sunny winter days, for putting my mind at ease, for making me feel so welcome.

I will doubt you and my decision to make you home no more.

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Have you been to Asturias or anywhere else in northern Spain? If not, would you like to? 

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