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Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo
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The collection of jagged cliffs that decorate the coast at Playa de las Catedrales can only be seen at low tide, when the receding water reveals distinctive arches, caves, and rock buttresses. Explore the rocky walls composed of slate and schist, where you'll find complex forms carved by the seawater. However, be aware that tides come in quickly. Cave ceilings have been known to collapse due to erosion, so use caution while exploring. At high tide, the water at the small beach is safe for swimming. Make Playa de las Catedrales a part of your Ribadeo vacation plans using our Ribadeo travel itinerary planner.
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  • A highly recommended visit, the views are incredible. It has a great extension, at the top there is a bar, services and an area for picnics. To visit it you have to take into account the time at which the tide.
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  • I suppose those who live on the north coast of Northern Ireland near the Giants Causeway and White Rocks will be a little blase and not overwhelmed by this nonetheless attractive stretch of coastline....  more »
  • Dream beach where there are them. A wonder of nature, a spectacular and grandiose site which unfortunately you can not enjoy in its fullness due to overcrowding that suffers from a few years ago. It's the downside of such emblematic places! I recommend to visit in winter, less crowded, more tranquility and best possibility of good photos!
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  • We were disappointed not to be able to see this. We first came in the morning when the tide was in so came back in the afternoon to find we need to book to get on the beach, the stewards were quite rude and unhelpful, pointed us to a hand scribbled website address sellotape to a door, the web browser (google chrome) kept saying it was unsafe and would harm the phone, spent 20 minutes trying to book anyway because we really wanted to see the beach and we'd come a long way. To find that it was full for today! There was no information in any language about any of this...so I'm left thinking its a scam! They said it was for conservation, to "protect" but What damage can a few hundred people do to a beach that 12 hours of crashing waves a day can't? There is no conservation on top of the cliff where the real human damage is being done!!
  • Impressive scenery. Very important to check the tides before you go since you will not see a thing if it is high tide. Also, from July to September you have to book a month in advance to be able to visit. It is still free, but you have to book, since they want to limit the number of people down there, which is perfectly reasonable!
  • Spectacular beach cliff formations marred by huge crowds. Currently 2000 people per day are allowed in, reservations must be made ahead of time. Guarded swim area; showers; bathrooms; cafe/restaurant.
  • This beach is one of the most stunning ones I have ever seen! The rocks are impressive and beach itself is very wide! Enough space to relax ... and hide from the tourists, that are running around!
  • A must see place in Galicia! :) Hightides and lowtides... Lack of words - you simply gotta be there to believe! :)