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Playa de las Catedrales

Ribadeo, Spain
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Ribadeo
Type: Beaches
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Make sure you visit at low tide, otherwise the cathedral formations are not accessible. The beach itself is lovely with many interesting caves and rockpools to explore. Percebes (the local delicacy translated into English as 'Goosefoot Barnacles') grow in many of the crevices. It really is a beautiful beach with interesting formations, but there are many other amazing beaches in... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This requires a bit of planning. Tide times are essential. High tides, and the beach is not accessible. And if you are going for photos, the area is often overcast. That said, it's a definite 'must see' Beware though...it gets VERY busy.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

If you are in the area it is well worth a visit. Check for tides, as the beach is accessible at low tides. Amazing rock formations. Can be very crowded in the August high summer season. Other smaller beaches along the coast may also be worth a visit but none as incredible as this one.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We vsisited at the wrong time (hightide) , but the rock formations were pretty impressive anyway. Its all a bit wild but seemed to attract the "alternative lifestyle" crowd who were selling paintings, bracelets and so on. Theres a few little beaches further round the coast that are worth exploring (walk if you have time), but do go at low... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is one of these places that are different, that step aside and should not be missed if you have the opportunity to go there. This is not the classical beach you'd visit because of the white sand, turquoise waters and fantastic beach bars. This is no Caribbean Sea, this is an area of the Atlantic Ocean were the sea... More

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miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We came here by chance, we were staying in Ribadeo visiting some family that lives close by and a person from the hotel told us to go and see it. We are not disappointed, it is a beautiful sight especially if you a chance to see it go from low tide to high tide. Dont forget to bring the camera.

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Such a beautiful view, I wih I could have gone down to the beach but a knee problem made it impossible. This is a site not to be missed. If you plan to stay at the beach you need to be aware of the time the tide will rise because as soon as that happens you need to be out.

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Pontevedra, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The views are breathtaking and beyond beautiful if you like coastal scenery with powerful seas and their miraculous works of art in the rocks and cliffs. It is paramount that you go when the tide has been falling for some time, since in high tide you won't enjoy any of the scenery, as it reaches to the very end of... More

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Harlow, Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We were recommended to visit this beach and it is marvellous. At low tide (check on the internet for times!), the rock formations are quite breathtaking and, although there were a lot of people there, there was no feeling of being overcrowded. I swam for over half an hour (my wife said), frolicking in the surf like a man a... More

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Linz, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

After we had heard comments that this was the best beach in Galicia, we went to Praia as catedrais, and were a little disappointed. By far too crowded and rock formations were not as spectacular as described. Still a very nice experience.

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