Galicia has some of the most scenic and spectacular beaches that really should be indulged in after walking the Camino. The best way to get to some of the beaches, that aren’t in towns is by car. There is also the option to take public transport in the coastal towns that have decent urban beaches.
Sanxenxo: This is highly recommended by Follow the Camino. The main beach of Sanxenxo is almost semi-circular and has white sand and crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. The town itself has a busy port, a vibrant promenade and streets packed with restaurants and accommodation. It is touristy, so a little more expensive compared to other coastal town but it will not let you down.
O Grove: Located on the bay of the Arousa estuary. Wide, soft sandy beaches meet beautiful and clean waters of this Spanish peninsula. The sight of its many-coloured boats creates unforgettable views. O Grove Port is devoted to oysters, scallops and mussels.
Langosteira Beach: Langosteira is a lovely fine white sandy beach with calm clear blue water. It is very well maintained with a variety of restaurants and bars. The beach party takes place in July for locals and tourist to enjoy together.
Mar de Lira, Carnota: The water is clear and transparent, the sand is white and fine and it’s not usually busy, even during the summer. Mar de Lira was awarded a Blue Flag in 2010. The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised eco-labels which comply with a specific set of criteria relating to water quality, information provision, environmental education, safety and beach management.
Illas Cíes: Three spectacular islands that form a beautiful bird sanctuary and are home to some of Galicia’s most privileged sandy beaches. These beaches include the lagoon-backed crescent of Praia das Rodas, the sandy isthmus joining Illa de Monteagudo and Illa do Faro, or nudist Praia das Figueiras.
Corrubedo: The large golden sandy beach is located in Corrubedo National Park which is well known for its 1km long sand dunes. It is popular with sunbathers enjoying the heat with a constant cool breeze. It also attracts surfers with the strong waves. Even though it can be busy, there is always space to enjoy and there are lifeguards patrolling during busy periods.
Isla de la Toja: Is a little Island in the “rias baias” (lower bays) connected to Galician mainland. La Toja has a reputation for attracting wealthy residents and holiday makers with high private security presence. There isone beautiful beach on the island ideal for sunbathing.
Praia das Catedrais: You will have to wait until the tide is out to appreciate this amazing “work of art” beach with Sea caves, spired domes and arches. Or, simply walking along the sandy corridors surrounded by slate walls. It is described as “inside the cathedral of the sea”. Just be careful to leave the caves before the tide comes in because the beach disappears very quickly,
A few tips: Rural beaches are of a higher quality than those in more urban areas. Respect the beaches and all of their inhabitants. Only swim in designated areas.
Check out our Portuguese Way Camino routes to read about these beautiful walks by beaches.
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Originally published on 27th July 2015, updated on