As Catedrais beach is located on Spain’s northern coast in Galicia near Ribadeo and is only a 20-minute drive from the city. It is known all over the world as the Beach of the Cathedrals (As Catedrais Beach) or the Beach of Holy Waters (Praia de Augas Santas). These names are a result of the giant rock formations that resemble the flying buttresses found in cathedrals.
On windy days and during low tide, you can hear the wind whistling through the large stones, resembling organ music that is played in a church. This beach is absolutely unique in its natural formations. When the water recedes, you can see caves, rocks and stone arches that truly magnify nature. The arches reach 90 feet in height, while deep, eroded caves stretch back into the cliffside. There are also sandy corridors through which you can walk to other beaches. However, you must be careful and turn back in time before the tides begin to rise and cover the coast again. It can be quite unexpected! During high tide, you can still visit the beach and enjoy the views from the cliffs.
This place is an incredible spot for those who love peace and harmony with nature. When you plan your visit to Spain, be sure to take the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
The most popular visiting season is summer. During this time the beach is overcrowded, and from July to September, the access is restricted. The best time is October to June as the visitors may have a more fulfilling experience without the crowds. Another popular time is Easter.
As to the tide, it rises and lowers twice a day, and timing varies. So you will have to check the tide tables before you go.