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Ḷḷuarca (Asturian)
Luarca (Spanish)
Night view
Night view
Coordinates: 43°32′32″N 6°32′9″W / 43.54222°N 6.53583°W / 43.54222; -6.53583Coordinates: 43°32′32″N 6°32′9″W / 43.54222°N 6.53583°W / 43.54222; -6.53583
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Asturias
Province Asturias
Comarca Comarca Vaqueira
Municipality Valdés
 • Total 5.84 km2 (2.25 sq mi)
Highest elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 5,363
 • Density 920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Demonym(s) luarqués/luarquesa

Luarca (Ḷḷuarca in Asturian and as official name[1]) is the principal town in the municipality of Valdés in Asturias, Spain. A fishing and pleasure port, it has a population of 5,354 (2008) and an area of 5.94 km2 (2.29 sq mi). The town is 90 km (56 mi) from the capital, Oviedo. The Nobel laureate for medicine in 1959, Severo Ochoa, was born in Luarca.

Way of St. James[edit]

The Way of St. James named The Northern Way (Camino de la Costa) passes Luarca.


Fishery and agriculture have dominated the region for hundreds of years. Luarca is home to the ALSA bus company.


The town experiences warm summers and relatively mild winters, but strong storms occur in autumn.

Points of interest[edit]

  • The Fishery Harbour

Smaller villages in the Parroquia[edit]

Port of Luarca.


  1. ^ Decree 77/2014, of 5 August, establishing the official names of the Council of Valdés

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