Playa de Gulpiyuri: The beach in the middle of a meadow

Playa de Gulpiyuri: The beach in the middle of a meadow

If you’re strolling through a grassy meadow, surely one of the last last things you expect to see is a big sandy beach, right? Well, not if the beach you stumble across is Playa de Gulpiyuri in Spain!

Playa de Gulpiyuri

Located near the small town of Llanes, Playa de Gulpiyuri is actually a flooded sinkhole which is surrounded on one side by a 130-foot inland beach!

Playa de Gulpiyuri

Despite being around 320 feet away from the sea, Playa de Gulpiyuri is fully tidal thanks to a series of underground tunnels – carved by salt water – which lead to the Bay of Biscay.

One drawback of this underground supply is that the water in Playa de Gulpiyuri tends to be rather cold, as it spends quite a while in the tunnels before it reaches the beach. This doesn’t stop Playa de Gulpiyuri from being swamped with tourists from around the world, however!

This interactive panorama gives a good impression of the strangeness of a pretty little beach smack in the middle of a meadow:

Photo credits: guillenperez (CC BY-ND 2.0)