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

Cathedral Beach
Posted by Ra Moon
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, northwest of Spain.

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 collapse.

Remember that if you are visiting Cathedral Beach you have to make a reservation to buy tickets in 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 to go!

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. Image by Darkrigel and Jl.Cernadas


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. Image by Hugo Barros Bermúdez


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. Image by Darkrigel


How to go to Cathedrals Beach
Yeah, we are still in the wet and green Celtic north of Spain. 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.
Image by Darkrigel


Tide forecast
You can check the tide forecast and plan your timing with this useful website.
Image by Juanjo Lostium


Inside a cave Playa de Las Catedrales
Porch of the Glory. This incredible landmark has many points in common with the Warrior Nun location of the Netflix series filmed in Andalucia. Image by Darkrigel


Aguas Santas
The cliffs are around thirty meters high.
Image by Darkrigel


Praia das Catedrais
As Catedrais or also known in the local Galician language Praia das Catedrais, has a resemblance to the world-famous Twelve Apostles, a world famous limestone formation in Australia. Image by Eleder JH

Natural monument Ribadeo
The area is protected and has been declared a natural monument.
Image by Eleder JH


White and black with red
Compare the scale of the place.
Image by Carloswes


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. Image by Darkrigel


Spain cliff beach
The view over the cliffs are also worth your attention.
Image by Caese


People visiting the Beach of the Cathedrals
Have you been to magical places?
Image by Paulo Brandão



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