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 Playa de las Catedrales beach

Located near Ribadeo, we find this spectacular beach that gives the Espacio Natural de As Catedrais its name. This beach is one of Spain´s top natural monuments. The natural domes at Playa de las Catedrales or Cathedral beach offer an unusual landscape of arches that make the visitor wonder about the force and beauty of nature.

The real name of the beach is Playa de las Aguas Santas (beach of sacred waters) though you should better call it Playa de las Catedrales if you ask for directions since it is the way everybody knows it.It is not clear when the beach started to be called like this, though the reason becomes obvious after having enjoyed the 30 meter high cliffs that nature draw and humans emulated in some of Spain´s Gothic cathedrals (including the nearby Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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Playa de las Catedralest- visitor guide

How was the Catedrales beach formed? 

The coastal cliffs have been eroded for centuries, forming arches, some of which are 30 meters tall.

The rocks in the cliffs of the beach are made up of slate and quartzite. The orientation of the rock makes the current shape possible, with the constant pounding of waves during the movement of tides. Due to the fragility of the arches, only some of them remain.  

When is the best time to visit La Catedrales beach?

This beach is best experienced during low tide, to be able to explore all of the beaches caves and admire all the breathtaking natural arches.

If you are visiting the beach in summer, you will have to call ahead and make reservations. Easily one of the top beaches in Galicia.

Is a ticket needed to visit Playa de la Catedrales in Galicia?

La Playa de las Catedrales has become increasingly famous and it is today a top tourist attraction in Galicia. This implies unfortunately many visitors during the high season.  This has led the local authorities to request a pre-booking in order to be able to visit the beach. You will need to book well in advance to be able to enjoy the beach. You can book your visit from this link. Another option if to join a guided tour where you will be able to discover the beach, but much more, including Ribadeo. You can find an excellent option below. 

 

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Other spectacular beaches in Spain

Despite the Norther part of Spain is by far less frequented by tourists than the Mediterranean coast, or the islands (Balearic or Canary islands), it is probably in the North of Spain where we find the most spectacular beaches in the country. We include below three of our favorite beaches in Asturias and Cantabria, and in this other post we cover a complete guide with the best beaches in Northern Spain. We have included beaches from the French border all the way to the Northern part of Portugal. 

Discover more about sea-sports in Spain

Kitesurf in Spain

The long white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Tarifa are paradise for thousands of athletes who love sailing sports – especially windsurfing and kitesurfing and look for fun and adventure in the South of Spain

Surf in Spain: the ultimate guide

There have been a lot of world-known surfers coming to the the Spanish coasts to enjoy surf and a bit of adventure travel in Spain because of the large amount of beaches on the coast where one can find the perfect waves to surf on – suitable for people all levels.

Sailing boats in Mallorca harbour

Sailing in Spain

While choosing a quiet cove to spend the night, you will be protected from the winds of the sea and be able to enjoy the turquoise waters under a splendid starry sky. You can navigate between Mallorca and Pitiusas, enjoying the sights of dolphins

Q What do red, yellow or green flags mean in the Spanishes beaches?

A green flag indicates that it is safe to bathe in the beach
A yellow flag does indicate however that bathing is not forbidden, but that caution is needed
A red flag indicates that bathing is forbidden.
Black flags are very rarely used and they indicate that the beach is closed. This would only happen in case of natural disaster for instance-

Q What do red, yellow or green flags mean in the Spanishes beaches?

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