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A Day at Playa de las Catedrales

If you should know anything about our new Spanish home, it’s that it rains, a lot.  So it’s no secret, if you want to do a little sightseeing, you’re going to have to pay close attention to the weather forecast.  Since moving to Lugo, I’ve spent a lot of my days on TripAdvisor, looking for places to visit.  Playa de las Catedrales (As Catedrais in Galician or Beach of the Cathedrals) was on top of their list, so it immediately landed at the top of mine.

Playa de Las Catedrales in mid-November
Playa de Las Catedrales in mid-November

Playa de las Catedrales, Spain

About an hour drive north from Lugo is the Cantabric coastline– home to one of the world’s most sought out beaches.  Located in the town of Ribadeo, Playa de las Catedrales  is known for its famous arches and caves and can only be explored at low tide.  During the high tourist season, this beautiful location can attract thousands of visitors a day.  In the recent months, in order to maintain the beach’s natural beauty, government officials require online reservations prior to visiting.

Remember: It’s important to be aware of the changing tides.  Being unprepared of the changing water levels can be extremely dangerous.  So if you plan on visiting, it’s  important  to accurately plan your trip.  By using this tide chart, you can determine the best times to visit.  Also, don’t forget to check the weather forecast for any wind advisories.

Our Visit

After spending so much time inside,  we finally got the chance to visit this unique beach on a gorgeous day.  In mid-November, it was obviously too cold to go in for a dip, but we got a chance to witness Spain’s natural monument in action.  We had a blast watching Elena run in and out of the caves and splashing around in the shallow pools left by the current.   Luckily, I got the chance to capture it all on camera, but unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to see the famous arches,  which I assume were further down the beach.  I didn’t want to get stranded with Elena since the tide was soon scheduled to come in.  After spending over an hour walking around, we decided to head into town for a taste of the region’s  local seafood.

Hopefully, we’ll get the chance to visit this beach later on throughout the year and I’ll be able to update this post with more pictures.   In the meantime, check out the pictures below.  Let me know about your trip or if you’re planning on going, in the comments below!

The three of us on the beach
The three of us on the beach

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