6 COASTS AND BEACHES OF GALICIA

Coast and Beaches of Galicia

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The 6 most beautiful and famous beaches of Galicia

The entire coast and beaches of Galicia are wonderful and famous for their paradisiacal beaches with fine white sand and crystal clear waters.

There are many wonderful beaches throughout this beautiful community, but we present a selection of beaches that are among the most beautiful and visited in Galicia and Spain.

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1. CARNOTA BEACH (CARNOTA)

Carnota beach is located on the Costa da Morte, in the municipality of Carnota, in a quiet area away from tourism and hotel overcrowding.

With its 7 km of fine white sand, it is considered the longest in Galicia.

It is a natural area of great environmental interest: it has an area of marshes and dunes that hosts numerous migratory birds and flora of great interest, since its conservation status is excellent. The SCI Carnota-Montes do Pindo, declared a Special Protection Area for Birds, has been created to protect its biological and landscape wealth.

In the heart of the beach we find the mouth of the river Vadebois, where the Boca do Rio is formed, a beach of 300 meters very suitable for bathing.

From the seashore you can see magnificent views of Cabo Fisterra and the Corcubión estuary.

According to a German magazine, Carnota beach is among the 100 best beaches in the world. Carnota beach and the Cíes Islands, as well as other places in Galicia such as Baiona (Pontevedra), or the Corrubedo dunes, are very famous beaches abroad.

6 of the best beaches of Galicia

2. BEACHES OF GALICIA: CORRUBEDO NATURAL PARK AND VILLAR BEACH (RIBEIRA)

In Ribeira, (A Coruña), a municipality located in Rías Baixas and about seventy kilometers from Santiago de Compostela, there is one of the most famous sand dunes in Europe.

In 1992 was created the ”Natural Park of the Dunes of Corrubedo and lagoons of Carregal and Vixán” or simply ”Natural Park of Corrubedo”. In its thousand hectares of extension, the park protects a complex of Galician beaches with fine white sand and two lagoons rich in biodiversity.

In the Corrubedo Natural Park you will find one of themost beautiful beaches of Galicia, Villar Beach. It is a white sand beach that is the jewel of the beaches of the municipality and the main sand of the Corrubedo Park.

The dune of Corrubedo is a mobile dune and with more than 1 km in length, 250 meters in width and 20 meters in height, it is considered the largest of Galicia.

The flowering of plants capable of withstanding the very particular conditions of the dune environment, extreme by wind, salinity and strong insolation, are really spectacular.

In addition to the dune area, the two rear lagoons are also of great naturalistic interest. Vixán, south of the park, is formed by fresh water that comes from the Muíño River. The stretch of water is separated from the sea by a bar of sandy material and communicates with the ocean only during heavy storms, which disrupt the continuity of the barrier.

The lagoon of Carregal is instead of brackish water because a natural channel allows the entry of sea water during high tide.

In general, the two lagoons are home to thousands of waterbirds of many different species. There are also numerous species of reptiles and amphibians.

3. BEACHES OF GALICIA: CÍES ISLANDS (VIGO)

In front of Galician coasts  find the Cíes Islands, a wonderful and little known place. Once a haven for pirates, the islands are now uninhabited and form part of the Atlantic Islands National Park along with the Islas de Ons, Cortegada and Salvora.

The landscape value joins the richness of the marine fauna. To protect the park, access is allowed to a limited number of guests, 2200 per day.

The archipelago consists of three main islands that form a kind of lagoon. San Martino, Monteagudo and Faro are joined by a strip of soft white sand that forms Praia das Rodas, the most beautiful beach in the world according to the travel magazine The Guardian.

Two other beautiful beaches of Galicia in the archipelago are Figueiras, frequented by nudists, and Nosa Señora, even wilder.

The Cíes Islands are located a few kilometers from the coast and can be reached by sea with ferries that in high season depart from the ports of Baiona and Vigo.

4. THE BEACH OF THE CATHEDRALS (RIBADEO)

The beach of the Cathedrals is a wonder of nature located on the north coast of Galicia, precisely in the municipality of Ribadeo in the province of Lugo. It was recognized as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Spain.

It is so called because the wind and the water over time have given life to huge pinnacles and arches and cliffs more than thirty meters high and by which you can walk during the low tide.

It is one of the most characteristic beaches of Galicia and it is no coincidence that it appears in all the lists of the most beautiful, wild and photogenic beaches and of the things to see in Galicia. This is precisely why Praia das Catedrais has become very popular and, although it is quite far from the most important tourist centers in Galicia, such as Santiago de Compostela, Costa da Morte and A Coruña, it is an especially popular destination.

5. THE BEACH OF MENDUÍÑA, CANGAS DE MORRAZO (PONTEVEDRA)

Located on the banks of the Ría de Vigo (Rías Bajas), Cangas do Morrazo is known in Galicia for the diversity and quality of its beaches. It has 39 sandy beaches that are characterized by its blue and crystal clear waters and white sand that are among the most beautiful beaches in Spain.

Among them, we find the beach of Menduíña, is small, but is equipped with good infrastructure and is accessible to all types of public.

6. THE BEACH OF SAN JORGE (FERROL)

The beach of San Jorge (in Galician San Xurxo) is located in Ferrol, in the northwest and in Galicia Travels we decided to put it among the best beaches of Galicia. With its 2100 meters, it is a beach of fine white sand and crystal clear water, blue-green that has the blue flag.

It is suction cup and with strong waves, so it is dangerous for the bathroom but ideal for surfers, bodyboarding and windsurfing.