Steeped in the Cantabrian Sea, part of the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, the attractive coasts of Galicia give rise to some of the most spectacular beaches in Spain . With 800 miles of stunning unexplored coastline and a peculiar mix of rias (bays), golden sand beaches and picturesque lagoons, Galicia is an ideal destination for nature, surf and nature lovers.
Recently named one of the best beaches in the world, the idyllic As Catedrais (Playa de Las Catedrales) in the Rías Altas, near Ribadeo, with its soft white sand, magnificent arches and unusual rock formations that seem to emerge from nowhere, no doubt It crowns the beautiful Cantabrian coast of Galicia.
The Las Catedrales Beach is located on the coast of the province of Lugo (Galicia), also known as the Mariña Lucense. The place where it is located belongs to the City Council of Ribadeo, bordering the east with the Principality of Asturias and the West with the City of Barreiros.
In addition to this beautiful beach in the area there are plenty of places to visit, so if you are thinking of spending a few days away from home without spending a lot of money, you may have found the key. The hotel offer is quite generous, but on certain dates (Easter, Christmas, summer …) it can be difficult to find a bed.
In the area there are endless beaches of fine white sand and usually moderate waves, which deserve to be visited, among which stands out above all the Beach of Augas Santas, popularly known as the Beach of the Cathedrals, name that takes by the similarity that their rock formations have with the flying buttresses of the Gothic cathedrals.
Along with other beaches in the area, such as Esteiro, Os Castros or Illas, they make up the area of the Cathedrals, listed as a Site of Community Interest (SCI) in the Natura 2000 Network , for its animal and plant wealth.
The main attraction of the beach is the set of rock arches sculpted by the force of the Cantabrian Sea over the years, which would leave the most traveled with their mouths open.
The size of these arches, also known as “ollos”, reaches in some cases more than 30 meters high and can be seen walking along the beach at low tide.
You can even go under them and hear how the sound of the waves becomes more original, if possible, by bouncing off the natural rock formations.
Other equally attractive features of the Galician coast include the picturesque Cies Islands, just off the coast of Vigo, Playa de Doniños in Ferrol and Playa de Carnota, possibly the largest and finest stretch of sand in the region. However, this green Spanish corner is full of small coves and spectacular beaches waiting to be discovered.
The region is home to one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in the world, Santiago de Compostela, and a myriad of treasures of all kinds, but none of these has managed to destroy its charm intact.
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