Inspiring Destinations Cudillero Spain
Looking down to the Plaza de La Marina from the Mirador de Cimadevilla high above the village

Inspiring Destinations – Cudillero, Spain

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Cudillero, Spain

Cudillero is a pretty coastal fishing village in the Principality of Asturias along the north coast of Spain. We visited on a 12-day road trip that took us from A Coruña to Donostia-San Sebastian.

Much of the town is built in an amphitheater like shape from a hillside, around the Plaza de la Marina and down to the small harbor. The many colored buildings make it look like a postcard picture.

A plaza with colorful buildings
The Plaza de La Marina is great to stop for a coffee and people watch

Legend has it that Cudillero was founded by the Vikings, and its peculiar Nordic-influenced dialect called Pixueto may support this theory.

Fishing and tourism are the towns main economic activity, but it doesn’t have the feel of a tourist trap like many other coastal villages.

Fishing boats in the harbor of Cudillero Spain
Fishing vessels prepared for a day out at sea in Puerto de Cudillero

Cudillero has several walks that lead up the hill behind the village, and these provide great views down to the colorful village.

A couple with a village in the background below them
Climbing high above the village provides a great backdrop

Keep walking along Via Cimadevilla Mirador de la Atalaya for more views of the village and the harbor, then to the lighthouse,  Faro de Cudillero.

A lighthouse at Cudillero Spain
Faro de Cudillero, the Lighthouse of Cudillero

On the way in or from Cudillero you can visit Palacio de los Selgas in El Pito. It was built between 1880 and 1895 and houses paintings by great masters such as Goya, El Greco, Luca Giordano, Corrado Giaquinto and Vicente Carducho.

A palace with a green garden and statue in from
Palacio de los Selgas on the way in to Cudillero

At the start of 2019 we did a two-month road trip around Spain which included a stop in Cudillero. Read about our roadie here – How to see Fabulous Spain: Ideas for a Road Trip.