Untouched Beaches in the Natural Parks of Galicia

There is nothing more annoying than wanting to spend a quiet day at the beach and find it crowded. Although they do not guarantee complete solitude, the following untouched beaches in Galicia will keep you safe from overcrowding.

Cathedrals Beach

This is the best known of the untouched beaches in the natural parks of Galicia. The Beach of the Cathedrals‘ fame has given it a tourist pressure that has resulted in being cataloged as a protected area. When planning the trip, keep in mind that it is located near the beautiful village of Ribadeo.

Bares Beach (Estaca de Bares)

In the northernmost point of Spain is the spectacular setting of the Cape Estaca de Bares with its natural park and migratory bird colonies. A place of extraordinary beauty where it is also possible to swim. The beach of Bares -the name of the town that gives name to the place- is very close to the same one. It is a narrow beach of fine sand with a length of about a kilometer. Not often frequented, most of the services are located in the village.

Carnota Beach in the Monte Pindo Park

The natural reserve Carnota, Mount Pindo and Mount Laurel has as one of its main landmarks this very long (seven kilometers, the largest of the virgin beaches of Galicia) and spectacular sandbank.

Lagoa Beach (Dunes of Corrubedo Park)

With three kilometres of length, Lagoa Beach is the best known of those in the extraordinary natural area of the Dunes de Corrubedo Park. There, it is possible to appreciate a mobile dune more than one kilometer long, with very interesting vegetation and fauna.

Mélide Beach (Ons Island)

In the estuary of Pontevedra is the island of Ons, which is one of the most interesting in the Atlantic Islands Park; in the north of this island is the beach of Mélide, considered the most beautiful of all. It is a small beach only 300 meters long and about 25 meters wide; bear in mind that it is a beach frequented by nudists. For access to the island, the best starting point is the city of Vigo; from its port there are some boats that take the hiker to spend the day.

Rodas Beach (Cíes Islands)

The fact that it has been advertised by The Guardian newspaper as one of the best beaches in the world has made it the best known of Galicia’s untouched beaches. The Beach of Rodas has the shape of a half moon, since it constitutes the sandbank that unites the island of the north and the center of the Cíes Islands. It has the particularity of being located between the sea -where boats anchor with permission- and a lagoon that communicates with it. During the summer season it has services and it is possible to stay in its vicinity. It is very close to the pier and has the access system mentioned in the previous beach of the archipelago.

Figueiras Beach in Cíes Island

On the northern island of the Cíes Islands, Figueiras beach is also known as ‘the Germans’ beach’ for reasons that are easy to imagine. It is a beautiful beach about 300 meters long and 50 meters wide; keep in mind that it is also a nudist beach. As it is in an undeveloped area with no services, it does not even have any rubbish bins. Visitors must return with all the containers they have, as nobody will collect their rubbish -which is their exclusive responsibility-. As it is located in the Cíes Islands, within the Atlantic Islands Park, it has a similar approach to access as those mentioned above.


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