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Cudillero is in the Asturias region of Spain. It is a small fishing port and is generally thought to be one of Spain's most beautifull villages.
Cudillero is a delightful fishing port on the Costa Verde on the Atlantic Coast of Spain. This coast is popular with French and Spanish holidaymakers but because the weather is more changeable than the Mediterranean coasts it is relatively undiscovered by the English tourist market. It has therefore remained relatively unspoilt and retains a real local flavour.
Cudillero is one of the nicest fishing ports on this stretch of coast. Its houses climb uphill above the sea and the cobbled plaza. The houses are all painted different colours and stretch out in a semi-circle around the bay. There are plenty of bars and cafes and, of course, sea-food restaurants - many of them around the plaza next to the port. Climb to the top of the village for some great views and a chance to admire the lovely houses as you wander past.
The port of Cudillero contained inside a square walled area is filled with fishing boats, especially on an evening when the boats come back with their day's catch. If you stroll to the lighthouse of Cudillero you can get great views of the coast and it is a pleasant stroll from the village. The coast near the lighthouse is stunning. Fans of 'Mago de Oz' will recognise this bay from the "La costa del silencio" video.
Cudillero is a harbour rather than a beach but the Playa Aguilar is just 3km east of Cudillero and is the closest beach.
Whilst in Cudillero be sure to visit the Quinta de Selgas (Selgas Palace Estate) which is a sumptious 19th century palace. Inside there are various paintings by Fransisco de Goya including 'Hannibal the Conqueror, viewing Italy from the Alps for the first time' which is one of Goya's earliest works. There are also works by El Greco. Outside you can admire the extensive gardens which include a French style garden and a more natural one. The palace is 2km from Cudillero in El Pito.
There are various churches and the church of Santa Maria is one of the main ones. It has a baroque altarpiece and next to the church is the Rectory house which is now a museum. Inside the museum are various sculptures and religious treasures.
Places to Visit Nearby
Cudillero is on the rugged Costa Verde, the 'green coast'. Spread out along the coast are sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs reaching heights of over 100m. It is called the green coast because away from the cliffs are forests of pine and eucalyptus and rolling grassy hills. Sprinkled along the way are a number of attractive fishing villages. Near to Cudillero Luarca, Candes and Castrapol are all worth looking out for.
The medieval centre of Aviles is also worth a visit.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Asturias and Cantabria guide.