I was delighted to see that in the Guardian this past weekend their top readers’ tip for beaches in Spain was Poo beach just next to the Picos de Europa National Park. It is located almost exactly in the middle of the north coast of Spain. Poo beach is somewhere we have been sending people for years as part of our holidays to the Picos de Europa.
When you are finished with the beach of Playa del Poo, there is the village of Poo, an island offshore called Palo del Poo which interestingly enough translates as Poo Stick, no AA Milne link that I know of though.
To get this out of the way straight away, it is pronounced po as in ponder.
The beach itself is particularly nice because, as you can see from the photo above, the mouth of the bay is protected by an island which takes the battering from the waves of the Bay of Biscay. This means that the waters on Poo beach itself are very gentle compared to other beaches on the north coast of Spain.
There’s a little restaurant at the edge of the beach and it is a short walk back into the village of Poo which is where many of our families choose to stay as part of their active family holiday to the Picos. We have some really lovely self catering apartments sitting towards the back of the village looking out over the coastal mountains.
The beauty of staying here is that you are still only 20 minutes or so from the high mountains of the Picos de Europa, in fact standing on Poo beach you can actually see the highest peaks of the Picos (+/-2,600m). See them, really they are towering over you as they are only about 5km away as the crow flies. It’s a very odd sensation to be standing with your feet on the sand looking at snow capped mountains which is exactly the case when I took this photo.
In the short piece in the Guardian, it says “The name puts children in a giggly mood before you even get there.” Children? It has been a source of some discussion, amusement, amazement amongst our Spanish guides over the years just how universal the giggling is amongst British clients.
A photo op by the entrance sign to the village is a staple even on our supposedly more mature small group walking holidays to the Picos.
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