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Wild Seascapes of North Spain

Highlights include…

  • Outstanding seascapes
  • Wild empty beaches
  • Sea stacks and arches
  • Picturesque fishing villages
  • Authentic working harbours
  • Lighthouses
  • Abandoned villages
  • Eo River estuary
  • Macro photography
  • Low light photography
  • Long exposure photography
  • Well located hotels
  • Delicious traditional food

Introduction

This workshop is for those of us who love being close to the sea. The whole of North Spain’s Asturian and Galician coast is littered with outstanding sea-landscapes comprising wild beaches, fabulous rock formations, sea stacks, arches, caves and turquoise seas. We will concentrate on a relatively small but very scenic part. Although this area is very accessible, it is a total enigma outside of Spain. The beaches are in many cases quite hard to access without local knowledge. The whole area has a gentle simplicity and in many ways seems like a land that time forgot. The local people are kind, laid back and fun loving. English is very little spoken and the Spanish spoken here has either an Asturian or Galician dialect. We have chosen three lovely hotels that are very well placed for our best wild seascape locations. First stop is Cudillero, known within Asturias as one of its most picturesque fishing villages. Our second base is a stylish and pretty hotel close to the fishing port of Luarca. Our third Barreiros is just over the border in Galicia. Here our hotel is quiet literally overlooking the sea. This coastal workshop has been an absolute joy for us to create and we are truly excited to share it with you.

About the Photography

Macro Photography

There will be great scope for macro photography. In addition to the spring flowers adorning the cliffs and meadows, the beaches are rife with opportunities for macro and creative abstracts.

Low Light and Long Exposure Photography

The opportunity for low light and long exposure photography will present itself at sunrise, sunset and sometimes cloudy days. We will learn how to effectively compose seascapes using ND filters and tripod combined with all the appropriate camera settings.

Locations

The itinerary below does not give a day by day account of our photographic locations. We will be very flexible and are to a large extent dependent on the tides, weather, sunrises and sunsets. Needless to say our main focus as always is lots of photography in as many great locations as possible during this workshop.

Brief Itinerary

For full details please download the trip description PDF

Day 1–3: Arrive and Transfer to Hotel in Cudillero

Our first meeting as a group for introductions and a trip briefing will be at our hotel in Cudillero at 19:30. Cudillero is known within Asturias as one of its most picturesque fishing villages. We spend our first three nights here and return for the last night making it very straightforward to transfer to and from the airport of Asturias which is just fifteen minutes away. Close by are several beaches and seascapes for us to explore and photograph including Playa de Silence and the rocky and little visited beach of Gueirúa. The latter has some outrageous rock architecture, the most photographed look remarkably like Godzilla rising from the sea.
Hotel (B,D,L)

Days 4–5: Luarca, Asturias

This morning after sunrise and breakfast we leave for our second base close to the fishing port of Luarca. The harbour facing buildings in this pretty little town have white rendered facades and grey slate tiled roofs giving Luarca an orderly but “old world” appearance. Our small hotel, located just outside the town is a tastefully restored farm house with cool marble floors and elegant relaxing rooms and best of all it is just a couple of minutes walk from one of our most striking beach locations. Portizuelo beach is surrounded by really high vertical cliffs with superb rock formations and the most iconic rock structures to be found anywhere. A few miles along the coast we find Campiecho Beach where the most striking features are natural caves, pointed sea stacks and fabulous rock pools.
Hotel (B,D,L)

Day 6–7: As Catedrais, Galicia

Our third base and hotel is in the municipality of Galicia close to the lively port town Ribadeo. Our hotel is close to As Catedrais described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Each of our rooms will have a terrace looking out to the sea. The weird and wonderful rock formations of As Catedrais are magical and they really do resemble Gothic cathedrals. Our photography here will as always be dictated by the tides. We have chosen neaps moving into springs allowing us some good photographic windows at the right time of the day. Wellingtons (waterproof boots) will be a must. We photograph from both the beach and from the cliffs above.
Hotel (B,D,L)

Day 8: Los Oscos and Cudillero

This morning we will start our journey back to Cudillero with a detour into the heart of the Asturian countryside where we find Los Oscos a forgotten land of abandoned villages and architecture that seems somewhat medieval. On the way back down to the coast we visit the estuary of the Eo River which has been declared a reserve for its marine ecosystem and is one of the most important wetlands in the North of Spain for its concentration of birdlife and waterfowl. We arrive back at our hotel early evening in time for a final exploration of Cudillero harbour and a glass of wine before our last celebratory dinner together.
Hotel (B,D,L)

Day 9: Homeward Flights

This morning our trip finishes after breakfast with a transfer to Asturias Airport.

Special Fitness Considerations

It is important to note that guests signing up for this trip should be relatively fit, the paths down to some of the beaches are steep. The beaches themselves are often rocky and it will sometimes be necessary to move around on uneven and rocky terrain with camera bags and tripods. For advice and clarification contact the office.

We have prepared the following video clip to give you an idea of the terrain you can expect on this workshop.

Joining arrangements and transfers

The local airport is Oviedo, Asturias (OVD) and is well served with flights from Europe. Please contact the office if you require further information. We will provide transfers to the hotel meeting flights coming into Asturias Airport between 11:00 and 18:30 on Day 1.
If you are arriving/departing outside our official transfer times, taxis will be available at both the airport and the hotel. They cost around 25€ each way.

What’s Included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Wine with dinner
  • All in country transport
  • Photographic tutors
  • Airport transfers

What’s not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages except for some wine with meals
  • Travel Insurance

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.