As the name of this site suggests, we are always on the lookout for the “freakier” aspects of travel — places to visit that just seem to strange to be real until you book your ticket to go see them. And today, we stumbled upon a real freak of nature that should not be missed. The province of Asturias in northern Spain is rife with impressive beaches, but the region’s Playa de Gulpiyuri takes the cake for the craziest beach we’ve ever seen. That’s because this beach — complete with sand, waves, and daily tides — is 100 meters inland from the coast.

Sprouting up out of nowhere in the middle of an arid meadow, Playa de Gulpiyuri is a puzzling feature on the landscape of Asturias. That is, until you do your research and realize that the “beach” is actually a big sink hole connected to the Bay of Biscay by subterranean tunnels. Hence the cold water bubbling up from nowhere and the waves and tides that accompany it — it’s all being piped in.

But don’t let the scientific explanation for this phenomenon take away from its awesomeness. I promise if you check out these pictures you’ll be convinced that Playa de Gulpiyuri should be added to your bucket list:

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(images via chausinho & supercoco at Flickr)

I just got back from Spain (a trip that I’ll start writing about next week), but unfortunately did not make the drive to see Playa de Gulpiyuri in person. Luckily, a tourist with a camcorder and a somewhat steady hand was able to capture the magic and had the good sense to upload it to YouTube. If you look closely you can see the water lapping at the sand, and at the end there’s even a crashing wave that appears from nowhere:

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Let us know about your favorite “Freaks of Nature” around the world in the comments!


Steven tried out for The Amazing Race one time and was denied. We're not saying this is why he started this site, but it may have been a contributing factor in his decision to explore the world online and share his travel inspiration with others.

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