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.
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.
Located on the bay of the Arouca 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 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.
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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.
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 its 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
Isla de la Toja, located on the coast of Galicia in northwestern Spain, is a stunning destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, relaxation, and luxury. Known for its therapeutic hot springs, this small island is a haven for those seeking tranquility after completing the Camino de Santiago. Isla de la Toja boasts beautiful sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque landscapes, making it an ideal spot to unwind and recharge. Visitors can indulge in the island’s renowned spa treatments, take leisurely walks along the coastline, or simply bask in the sun while enjoying breathtaking ocean views. With its serene ambiance, Isla de la Toja provides a soothing and rejuvenating experience, making it an excellent choice for a post-Camino beach holiday.
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 coast well known by Spanish people for its delicious food, peacefulness and good weather. Let you be caught by surprise by the various beautiful landscapes, secrets bays, unique coastal towns and much more. Let your adventurous spirit be your guide.
The less touristy of the Balearics Islands will provide you silence and calm on its endless beaches, from miles-long sandy to rocky, turquoise-watered bays. If you prefer to visit, Malon’s city on the bluff will make you happy. The Georgians mansions, the churches and the large harbor are full of history.
Well known for its dramatic cliffs, panoramic beaches and clear water, the Costa Brava has many resort towns. But if you are brave enough to get off the beaten track, you’ll find picturesque towns and typical fishing villages along the rocky coast.
The long stretches of beach of the smallest Balearics Island are known and perfect to practise water sports ; sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, flyboarding, windsurf, kayak, paddle, jetski, boat and equipment rentals…
A few tips for your Camino Beach hunt
- The Camino has plenty of beautiful beach spots, so ask your Camino Planner about them when you are booking for the best tips.
- Rural beaches are often of higher quality than those in more urban areas.
- Respect the beaches and all of their inhabitants.
- The tides can be strong and unpredictable on some of these beaches, so swim in designated areas.
- Choose reef-safe sunscreen where possible, and remember your hat!
- Remember to double-check for any escaped litter before you leave so the beaches will stay clean and beautiful for everyone!
Our recommendation for the Camino route best suited to the beach and sea lovers is the Camino Portugues Coastal route. Check out the Portuguese Way Camino routes to read about these beautiful walks along the coast.
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