Choosing the best beaches in Galicia is by no means an easy task, as it has more than 100 beaches of great quality (109 blue flags in 2018) and of all types, spread along its more than 1,400 kilometers of coastline. We have selected some of the best beaches in the three Galician coastal provinces: Lugo, A Coruña and Pontevedra.
The beaches of Galicia are bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cantabrian Sea, which makes its waters noticeably colder than those that can be found in the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the few drawbacks that can be taken from this coastal area. The beaches of Asturias are a good alternative, as well as the beaches of Cantabria, as they are close and have excellent quality.
The strengths of the beaches of the Galician Coast lie in the variety of their characteristics, moving away from the typical beach and sun tourism that occurs in other areas. You can find extensive beaches where you can sunbathe, yes, but you can also find spectacular beaches whose value lies in the landscape and the elements that are in them. If you are looking for the opposite, the beaches of Huelva should be perfect for you.
The 10 best beaches in Galicia
It is impossible to make a selection of best beaches without leaving out some since, as we have mentioned, there are more than 100 blue flag beaches in the area (and as many without that award). If you want to propose any to put in a future update of the list, we will be happy to take into account your opinion.
Playa de las Catedrales – Lugo (Ribadeo)
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and spectacular beaches in Galicia and throughout Spain. Its main feature lies in the different forms (arches, domes) that have been created in the cliffs located on the beach itself, having been sedimented with the wind and the sea little by little. This causes the beach in general is a unique place, with countless corners from which to make the perfect photo.
Keep in mind that, being so famous, the crowds are not exactly low, and most of the time you will cross paths with other tourists who are visiting. During summer, and at some specific time, it is necessary to ask permission to visit the Playa de las Catedrales, to avoid overcrowding.
Beach of Laxe – A Coruña (Laxe)
One of the best beaches in Galicia to go with children, thanks to its calm waters and fine white sand. In addition, the easy access and the services it has, accompany the comfort of the little ones.
Rodes Beach – Pontevedra (Pontevedra)
One of those beaches whose characteristics are completely reminiscent of the beaches of crystal clear waters of the Caribbean (the locals call it the Caribbean). Although the waters are not going to be exactly like those of the Caribbean, it is the closest thing you are going to find among the beaches of Galicia.
The natural environment of this beach is spectacular, as it is part of the Illas Cíes Natural Park. In addition, the area is far from over-urbanized, which gives it a tremendous tranquility.
Beach of Area Maior o Area Longa – A Coruña (Muros)
With more than 1 kilometer long and a fine white sand, this beach has the peculiarity of having privileged views of Mount Louro, located a short distance away. The beach is framed within a protected natural area, thanks to its characteristics.
Xilloi Beach – Lugo (O Vicedo)
A beach of semi-urban character, which is accompanied by dunes, reeds and small cliffs. In addition, the views from it are quite remarkable. It is 1 kilometer long and is quite sheltered by the cliffs located on the sides of it.
Playa de Melide – Pontevedra (Ons Island)
Located on an island that must be accessed by boat, Melide beach is one of the most famous nudist beaches in Galicia. It is located in an area where all the beaches are practically virgin, which gives them an added value. The natural environment of the beach is, as it usually happens in Galicia, incredible. To get there you will have to walk from the pier where the boat leaves you.
Playa de Carnota – A Coruña (Santa Comba)
An impressive sandy beach of more than 7 kilometers long (the longest of all Galicia), and of a quite extensive width if compared to the beaches we are used to (it reaches 500 meters wide in some stretches). The natural environment of this beach is incredible, and worth visiting, as is usually the case in most of the beaches of Galicia.
Beach of A Lanzada – Pontevedra (Sanxenxo and O Grove)
It is one of the most tourist beaches in Galicia and, therefore, one of the most crowded. However, its length of 2.5 kilometers means that there is never a shortage of places to enjoy it. It is one of the preferred by surfers, thanks to the wind and waves that usually occurs in it, caused. It is one of the most paradisiacal looking in the Galician coast.
Beach A Frouxeira – A Coruña (Valdociño)
Another of the incredible beaches that offer spectacular scenery. About 3 kilometers of fine white sand and plenty of wind, which makes it conducive to water sports such as surfing.
As a curiosity, do not forget to mention that the beach is believed to have healing abilities, so it attracts elderly people, who come to visit in the early hours of the morning.
Covas Beach – Lugo (Viveiro)
One of the best known urban beaches in the area, which can be considered one of the best beaches in Galicia to go with children, thanks to its comfort (enough space) and tranquility. It is a beach of high occupancy in the summer season, but its 1,500 meters long make that this does not become a problem.