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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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  • It is a beautiful beach, which not many people have in December. You should inform yourself before low tide to enjoy the scenery. The road from Ribadeo to the beach is spectacular, with numerous beaches of style.
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  • Beautiful panoramic and beautiful ride that can be enjoyed both in family, as a couple or with friends.
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  • Went in August and had many people and was much wind. To much influx dates must request authorization to the Xunta de Galicia on his website and at the entrance they ask for ID. Despite people queuing up to take pictures in "the cathedrals" most emblematic, go and see what is worth. We consult online the tides to know what time was going to be able to walk better, took us a ride along the beach watching the stunning are the shapes of the rocks and we went. In the restaurant above it was impossible to enter or to buy water. Problems of high season.
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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! :)