This natural wonder located in the North Way between Colombres and Llanes have gained popularity for being the largest and most spectacular in the region. In fact, it’s the largest of all the buffoons you’ll find on the east coast. And you can appreciate them at their best on autumn and winter days thanks to the strong swells and wind.
But what exactly are the Bufones de Arenilla and why have they become an essential place to visit in the Principality of Asturias?
Basically, they are cracks created by erosion in the limestone rocks of the cliffs. This phenomenon caused the land to form a kind of natural chimney from which water gushes out, like a fountain, when the tide is sufficiently rough.
The pressure causes the water jet to reach up to 40 meters high, accompanied, of course, by a loud roar or snort, which is why it owes its name of buffoon. And yes, you can hear it from miles away.
What to do in Bufones de Arenillas?
It is one of the most interesting tourist attractions of Llanes, together with the Bufones de Pría and Bufones de Santiuste. The route to reach this place starts on a path near the village of Puertas de Vidiago. As soon as you arrive you will have a beautiful view of the coastline from the cliffs and you will witness the majesty of its buffoons, declared a natural monument on December 5, 2005.
With a bit of good luck, you will see how the Cantabrian Sea enters with all its force through the lower part of the bufón due to the effect of the strong swell.
From there, it will rise to the surface passing through the cavities, which causes, in addition to a loud bellowing (Bromadoriu groans), a spectacular jet of water that is best seen from afar so as not to succumb to the pressure.
Now, if you go when the tide is calm, you will surely only hear the hissing or whistling sound generated by the air pressure, which is also a pleasant experience.
Not everyone can see the effects of this natural phenomenon to the fullest, but if you are one of the lucky ones, then live the experience to the fullest, as the process will simply blow your mind.
Where to eat?
If you have already enjoyed an interesting walk around Bufones de Arenillas, then you will have to recharge your batteries in the best restaurants near the place. Take a look at our selection.
Definitely a good suggestion. It stands out for its delicious tapas and cheesecakes. It is a hidden but very nice restaurant that is characterized by the good attention of its managers and a very pleasant atmosphere. You can reserve a place if you want. It is located in Puertas de Vidiago.
Cider house Hoyu L’agua
This restaurant combines excellent homemade food, friendly atmosphere and exceptional service. It also stands out for the abundance of their rations and good price. Eat a delicious salad or a delicious kid. If you want to have lunch here, then you will have to travel to Puertas de Vidiago.
It is one of the best surprises you can find in Llanes. Nice place, sensational homemade food, abundant portions and excellent service. Try homemade cheese croquettes with apple jam . You’re sure to end up licking your fingers. There is no doubt that La Amistad is an excellent choice when it comes to eating.
Where to sleep?
To make the itinerary of your trip to Bufones de Arenillas perfect, include in the guide places to sleep. Find the best options here and the best priced ones too:
Bufones de Arenillas
If you are looking for comfort and elegance, this is a perfect alternative. The hotel has all the services for quiet nights. It has free internet connection and satellite TV. It is located in the town of Riego, a short distance from Llanes.
Between the Bufones de Arenillas and the popular rock Ídolo de Peña Tú, is located one of the best places to stay in the area. 10 kilometers from Llanes is this hotel with comfortable rooms, free Internet connection and other quality services to make your stay a pleasant experience.
Las Hortensias Houses
There is no doubt that at Casas Las Hortensias you will find everything you need to make your stay unique. It also has a beautiful garden, ideal to disconnect, barbecue areas, private parking and free Wifi connection. It also has three bedrooms, flat screen TV, bathroom with bathtub, kitchen and dining room.
How to get there?
Puertas de Vidiago is located a few kilometres from Bufones de Arenilla. The Asturian town is close to the N-634 / E-70 road.
A short distance from the sign of this small village in the council of Llanes there is a pass that you must take.
From there you will have to walk along a narrow path that will lead you to a parking lot. There you will leave the car and continue walking to the buffoons.