Cathedral Beach in Spain: The Visiting the Wonderful Playa de las Catedrales

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The Beach of the Cathedrals is a magnificent example of nature's raw power in action.

The Atlantic ocean tides perform, again and again, a living spectacle engulfing and exposing this amazing coast sprinkled with arches and caves.

Also known as 'Holy Waters Beach' or As Catedrais, this awesome natural monument is located in Galicia, in the northwest of Spain.

Cathedral Beach

The naves and chambers of these cathedrals paved with sand were formed when the Cantabrian Sea waves carved and carried away the softer parts of the rock.

Now we are the lucky ones to be living in the time of this ongoing geological process, in which we can see the arches before they finally collapse.

Remember that if you are visiting Cathedral Beach you have to make a reservation to buy tickets on the official Xunta de Galicia page. Please find instructions about how to visit this unique landmark below.

Also, do not forget to check the tide before going!

Holy Waters Beach
If you come there, bear in mind that you can only explore the caves when the tide is low.

Allow around two hours before to have enough time to enjoy the place.
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As Catedrais beach
It is recommended to be back to the main beach before the waves start to cover it again, which happens very quickly.
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Tide forecast
You can check the tide forecast and plan your timing with this useful website.
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The sea near Ribadeo
What fantastic turquoise waters, but this is not a tropical beach. Cathedrals Beach is located in the Lugo province, around 6 miles (10km) from the town of Ribadeo.
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How to go to Cathedrals Beach
Yeah, we are still in the wet and green Celtic north of the Iberian Peninsula. If you are in Ribadeo, you have to drive the N-634 towards A Rochela.

To access the beach coming by car from the A8 Cantabrian Motorway, get out on the 516 exit.
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Inside a cave Playa de Las Catedrales
Porch of the Glory part II.
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Aguas Santas
The cliffs are around thirty meters high.
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Praia das Catedrais
As Catedrais or also known in the local Galician language Praia das Catedrais, has a resemblance to the Twelve Apostles, a world-famous limestone formation in Australia.
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Natural monument Ribadeo
The area is a protected natural area of Galicia and has been declared a natural monument.
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White and black with red
Compare the scale of the place.
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Natural rock formations
There are many natural rock formations in the world nicknamed the 'something' cathedral, like the Marble Cathedral in Chile, that we visited in this report.
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