Quartzite formation, Playa del Silencio, Asturias, Spain
© Jean-Philippe Delobelle/Minden Picture
A quiet place, indeed. Playa del Silencio, Spain
Spain's Asturias region, known for its green setting, rich artistic legacy and excellent food, has a lot of hidden gems—like the one in today's image. The Playa del Silencio—Beach of Silence in English—is a shell-shaped cove with a serene ambience and a natural rock amphitheatre. The beach's isolation from urban areas and the absence of commercial establishments and noisy crowds contribute to the sense of solitude. The rugged cliffs and golden sands provide an ideal place to soak in its peaceful vibes, while nearby caves and water activities provide exciting adventures for those who crave them.
The geological marvel seen here on the shoreline is made of quartzite, formed over millions of years. This spectacular display was created when quartz grains gradually replaced the original rock while maintaining its texture. With their intricate patterns and colours, some of these rocks resemble ancient wood.