The Breathtaking Rock Formations of Playa de las Catedrales

Europe is home to many breathtaking beaches, one of which is Playa de las Catedrales in the Eastern European region of Galicia, northwest of Spain. Officially, Playa de las Catedrales or “beach of the cathedrals” is called “Praia de Augas Santas” or Beach of the Holy Waters.

The regional Ministry for the Environment of the Xunta de Galicia has declared Playa de las Catedrales a Natural Monument. This recognition is due to the marvelous rock formations and cliffs that serve as the focal features of the beach. The natural arches and caves of the beach, which are best seen when the tide is low, remain the most characteristic feature of the place.

As Catedrais beach

Low tides will give you the best chance to appreciate the size of the magnificent cliffs. It’s also the best time to take snapshots of the sea caves. Imagine yourself creating your own picture story with the picturesque view as your subject. You could lose yourself taking pictures of caves that start out as small cracks on the rocks and leading to gigantic caves with collapsed roofs (the roofs eroded due to the giant waves of the beach).

You can also access a sand deposit during low tide, which is bordered rocky walls made of slate and schist, arches that are 30 meters tall, caves of different lengths and sizes, sand corridors between rocky blocks, and so much more.

That doesn’t mean, though, that high tides rob the place of its beauty. It most certainly isn’t the case. Although Playa de las Catedrales looks smaller when the tides are high, you would find the beach still suitable for a refreshing swim. In fact, some people find it more interesting when they visit the place during high tide as it gives them a chance to stroll over the top of the cliffs. If you try to wander over the cliffs from West to Easy, you would find yourself at Esteiro Beach, another breathtaking beach waiting to be explored.

Whatever adventure you have in mind, whether it’s to climb to colossal cliffs, swim in cozy waters, or explore sand deposits and caves, Playa de las Catedrales is the best place to enjoy all these. Do you want to get a spectacular view of the Atlantic and immortalize it with your camera? Then start packing your bags and head on out to Galicia, Spain and book a day or two (or more) at Playa de las Catedrales.

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  1. Aimee Worley

    June 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    This is absolutely amazing! These are beautiful pictures. I could sit here and daydream all day long! Wow. So breathtaking, really good pictures.

  2. Ashwini

    June 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Truly breathtaking 🙂

  3. Aine Garcia

    July 1, 2017 at 11:40 am

    wow! lovely! how I wish Playa de Las Catedrales is just around the corner. i can find myself hanging out there for a whole day. breathtaking!

  4. Andrea H

    July 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Such beautiful photos!

  5. Donna Martin

    July 2, 2017 at 7:54 am

    love the calms my mind

  6. Nerea

    July 4, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I love Galicia 🙂

  7. Maria Iemma

    July 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    This looks beautiful…I have heard that Galicia was a beautiful part of Spain. Perhaps I will get to visit someday.

  8. Kristy S.

    July 6, 2017 at 12:00 am


  9. Tim

    July 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    All I can say is “wow!” What a great post and even greater pictures. I have never really wanted to visit Spain before — now I do, especially a visit to Playa de Las Catedrales!

  10. Jessica

    July 8, 2017 at 1:25 am

    These are truly amazing – thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Cara Daymude

    July 8, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    nice pics I wanna go to beach haven’t been there in years.

  12. Cielo of Brown Pinay

    July 9, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I am not a well travelled person, so I am glad that there are blogs/website like yours which serves as my window to the world

  13. veronica lee

    July 11, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Those rock formations must be a sight to behold! And yes, I could lose myself taking pics of those astounding caves! I would love to be there in a heartbeat if given the opportunity!

  14. Lynzi cook

    July 13, 2017 at 2:46 am

    This looks soo pretty and relaxing!

  15. Karen Chayne Sanchez

    July 15, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    WOW! these rock formations are indeed breathtaking and incredible! I would love to take photos on these kind of beautiful scenery! so awesome! 🙂

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