Sunsets in Tapia, Asturias

Tapia de Casariego is the place I love the most. It was my home for many years and every time I go back it feels like that, like home. Tapia is a very special place, in the 60’s two Australian guys,  Peter and Robert Gulley, were traveling along the North coast of Spain when they stopped in Tapia. They were just surfing in every beach along their way, but for some reason they fell in love with the town and kept coming back to it. Surf was a completely new sport in Spain, and people loved it since day one.

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Nowadays Tapia hosts different surf championships and we all grown knowing about the best surfers in the world, surfing terms and wearing surfing clothes. The relationship between Tapia and the sea has always been intense. As the town is located in the North coast and bathe by the Atlantic ocean, storms, big waves and tides are completely normal. It is a fishermen town, and since you are very little you learn to not fear the sea, but respect it. Which, in my opinion, is a very wise thing to do.

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But Tapia is also special because of its sunsets. When I tell people that from Tapia you can see some of the most stunning sunsets you will ever see, few believe me until they see them. Years ago my grandad, who lived by the sea all his life, went home half shocked and half excited about what he had just seen. He was by the beach, sitting on a bench looking at the sunset, when suddenly, just as the sun was about to disappear behind the sea, he saw a green flash of light. It just lasted a second or two, but he will always remember it as one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen.

That green light is a physical effect that has to do with the light and how it mixes with the water. Here are a couple of links if you feel like reading some more about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_flash

http://earthsky.org/earth/can-i-see-a-green-flash

Below are a few photos to show you the beauty of my hometown. The ones of the sunset are not great, they were taken with my iPhone and it didn’t catch all the incredible colours and textures, but I think it shows a bit how amazing sunsets in Tapia are.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you on the next one!

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