Cathedral Beach, As Catedrais
Praia As Catedrais is also known as Cathedral Beach or Praia de Augas Santas (Beach of the Holy Waters).
This 880m long beach is famous for its exceptional rock formations sculpted by the wind and waves. Visit either at high tide when the beach disappears so the rocks look like a vast, bombed-out cathedral standing on water, or at low tide when hundreds – if not thousands on peak summer days – of sightseers like to walk the bizarre beach. Sunbathing is possible though the sand is quite firm and swimming is permitted only on one section.
Google Galicia Tide Charts if you want to be sure you can walk on the beach or not, but make sure the forecast is for the north Atlantic coast (near Ribadeo or Gijon for example), not the west coast.
The Cathedral’s arches can be seen from above as well as below. The cliff path leads shortly to Praia Esteiro.
The main entry to As Catedrais beach, with café/restaurant, kisoks, toilets and three huge car parks.
This is also the main swimming beach, with lifeguards but no other on-beach facilities. And the water was distinctly chilly!