Playa de las Catedrales
Playa de las Catedrales
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We drove down to this fabulous beach, parked the car in one of the spacious lots and walked the steps down to the beach. Easy access to the sea caves at low tide, it would have been intriguing to see the formations at high tide. Not sure why folks said you need a special permit on
One. We did not get one and no one asked. Five star attraction and the weather was perfect!
Written 12 May 2024
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MelaDo Reiseabenteuer
Muttenz, Switzerland325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
What an amazing site!
Visits are possible only during low tide (+/- 2 hours from lowest point of tide). You have to get the permit (free) online before going there, it’s easy and google will point you to the right official Galician website.
There is free parking closeby, a restaurant with clean toilets close to the parking.
Then you go down a couple of stairs to the beach, which is absolutely beautiful, with amazing rock formations that gave the beach the name.
At the very lowest point of the tide you can actually continue around the eastern tip and get to another beach with easier access.
Lifeguards are at the beach, also guides for guided tours.
Please take your garbage with you and if you’re a smoker it should be logical that you don’t throw the cigarette buts on the beach. (Unfortuantely we saw it all).
Don’t be disappointed, in season the beach will never be quiet (850 permits per day are issued), so pictures of the catedrais will most probably always have people on them.
Written 22 July 2023
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DavidSB
Heathfield, UK456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Accessed down uneven, steep & sand covered steps, the beach is beautiful, with sand shelving gently to the sea. The rocks & caves are stunning.
We visited on a damp Saturday morning in late September and it was crowded with coach loads to the point you couldn't see into some of the caves. I dread to think what the place would be like on a sunny day in peak season.
Written 24 September 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
As Catedrals Beach is a sand beach with a lot of lovely rock formations and it is located in the surroundings of Ribadeo, a town in the North-Eastern part of Galicia Region, in the North of Spain. It is a wonderful place, where you can walk, relax and see the beach, the sea and the rock formations. Really, you can see some wonderful rocks, especially the rock columns, which seems a real cathedral (it is the reason of the name of the beach). Also you can see little caves and hidden holes, which are very nice. Top in the region!
On the other hand, when we visited the place it was full of people (in the middle of october-2021), so I do not want how many people there are here in summer.
Written 6 September 2022
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Saul O
San Diego, CA190 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The beach is a thing to do but not in the middle of August:
1) We found thousands of people trying to enter, pushing and waiting to entering waiting in a huge line to show their permit.
2) We parked in a lot far away from the entrance, as hundreds of cars where already there before, in spite that we arrived half an hour before the low tide ( you need to make sure you go with a low tide if not you will not be able to get to it ).
Written 27 August 2022
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bcnftw
Barcelona, Spain39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
There are so many different areas of this beach with interesting things to look at, including a hidden cove that you can only access by going through one of the arches! There are some areas that are difficult to get past without walking through knee-deep water so make sure to wear the right shoes & clothing so that you're not limited in the areas of the beach that you can explore.

Once you have entered, the duration of your stay is only limited by how long the tides are low enough to access the beach, so if you plan to stay for several hours, set up your towel and just sun bathe for a bit, be sure to book an entrance time closer to the start of the low tide window so that you can stay several hours.
Written 27 August 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Some recommendations how to make your visit to this beach easier:
first of all, decide how you are going to arrive there. If you are going by car, you must reserve in advance at the website of Xunta de Galicia to have a permission to enter the beach. It is free but you must do it because they restrict the number of people who enter it per day, to protect the environment. So I suppose you must reserve weeks in advance.
If you want to be more flexible, you can go by bus. For this, no reservation is necessary. There is a bus leaving from Ribadeo tourist office, costs 1.5 Euro per person (keep your bus ticket because it will be your permission, they check it at the entrance). Very practical. There is timetable online. It is not very often but it does its job. If you want to come back by taxi, it costs 16 euro.
Secondly, you must check the tides timetable. It was adviced to me that the best time is 30 minutes before the official low tide, so you can check the beach. If you come a lot before or a lot of time after the low tide time, the beach will be very short, you will have to "swim" to the famous rock formations instead of walking through them.
The beach is really nice and even though it was full, there was space for everyone. I enjoyed it and the water is not so cold as in A Coruna or Islas Cies. Very enjoyable! I recommend.
Written 6 August 2022
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Jose P
Taylors Lakes, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Solo
One of my most enjoyable days while walking Los Caminos del Norte. At Ribedeo Checked with the tourist office , the low tide at the Playas de las Catedrales (you only have 2 hours to walk on the beach and walk under the rock formation ) You can organize a cab ( There is public transport but it is time-consuming) The cab will drop you off and pick you up at an agreed time or you can call the cab when you finish . I strongly recommend a visit if you are near Bibedeo.
Written 1 August 2022
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MsBearkeley
Ophelia, VA45 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This beach is the second most crowded place we have visited on our 3 month trip across Spain and Portugal. The beach is very pretty but Galicia has many many pretty beaches your time is better spent so where else. We were there on a week day in July both of the beaches huge parking lot were full so we directed to a makeshift parking area about 1/2 a mile up the road. After are walk to the beach entrance area we arrive at what could best be described as pandemonium with hundreds of people waiting to squeeze down a single staircase to the beach while hundreds more were trying to couple. Some people tried to form a que so the two ladies checking reservations could scan the entrance tickets but many others simply jumped to the front of the line. After about 25 minutes wait we got to the top of the stairs and made our way down to the beach. On the beach there were at least one thousand people all milling about and taking selfies and trying to make the best of the situation. The other issue was that on the day we visited the park only had one working toilet (which was in the mens toilet so women needed someone to guard the door which cost one euro to use. While it was not a horrible experience (the beach is very pretty) I would definitely not visit knowing what I now know. Galicia has much more to offer.
Written 20 July 2022
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AnuH
Kochi (Cochin), India314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We stayed in Ribadeo for visiting this wonder! It is stunning to say the least! We went by late evening and the sky was slightly overcast, so the crowd was less. Worth a visit. Got soaking wet as the waves lashed against the rocks, but no complains! Be careful while walking around.
Written 7 July 2022
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