The shortest beach in the world

SpainMany tourist information sites claim that Gulpiyuri is the shortest beach in the world when it is only about 40 meters long.

The Spanish tourist information sites believe that Gulpiyuri is the shortest and smallest beach in the world with a length of only about 40 meters, equivalent to a standard swimming pool. It is estimated that walking from start to finish will take less time than walking through a two-bedroom apartment house. The beach is located east of the Principality of Asturias (Spain), an hour’s drive from Oviedo.

Gulpiyuri Beach.  Photo: Ramon Diaz

Gulpiyuri Beach. Photo: Ramon Diaz

Gulpiyuri’s original name is Playa de Gulpiyuri, which means circle of water. This is indeed a beach, although its size may make many people suspicious. In addition to the title of the shortest beach in the world, this is also one of the strangest beaches when it comes to salt water, golden sand and waves but is located in the middle of a grassland.

This place is actually connected to a larger beach through a network of underground caves that have undergone millions of years of erosion by the waves, forming a series of tunnels under the cliff for water to pass through. At high tide, this is a great place to bathe. At low tide, the beach is a place for sunbathing and allows visitors to admire a natural sinkhole.

The beach is in the middle of a meadow.  Photo: Tripadvisor

The beach is in the middle of a meadow. Photo: Tripadvisor

To access Gulpiyuri, visitors need to go from the village of San Antoin, 100 meters from the beach. The road to the beach requires climbing over rocks, so visitors need to wear sturdy shoes, sports clothes and avoid climbing with only a swimsuit. Usually there are only about 25 people here at once. You can swim but cannot dive due to the depth of only adult knees.

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