Praia das Catedrais, also called Playa de las Catedrales, meaning “Beach of the Cathedrals” is a stunning destination famous for its rock formations. Located in Galicia—which is in northwestern Spain—this beach’s cliffs, natural arches, and caves can be seen during the low tide, at which point you can walk between the formations and picture yourself in a soaring Gothic cathedral. During the high tide, the beach is almost completely submerged.

When is the best time to visit Praia das Catedrais? You’ll want to visit during the late spring to early fall, or May to September, when the weather is warmer and the beach more enjoyable. Be sure to check the high and low tide times—you don’t want to miss the amazing natural architecture!

How long should you stay at Praia das Catedrais? A day or two is a good amount of time to explore the area and enjoy the beach.

What can you see and do at Praia das Catedrais? Explore the beautiful caves and arches of the beach, and don’t forget to take photos! Nearby, check out Ribadeo—a charming coastal town with traditional Galician architecture and a marina.

How do you get to Praia das Catedrais? The nearest major airport is Asturias, and from there you can drive or take public transport to Ribadeo—the beach is a short distance from the town.

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