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.
Cathedrals Beach – 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.
Laxe Beach – 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.
Beach of Area Maior – 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.
Melide Beach – 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.
Carnota Beach – 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).
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.
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.
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.
Dog Friendly Beaches in Galicia
Here is a selection of the best Dog Beaches of Galicia:
- Cunchina Beach
- O Castelete Beach
- Dog Beach of Ares
- Corveira Point
Surfing Beaches in Galicia
Here are the most popular beaches for water sports such as Surfing, Windsurfing, KiteSurfing, Bodyboarding … in Galicia:
- Doniños Beach
- Beach of A Lanzada
- Patos Beach
Beaches for Scuba Diving in Galicia
Diving is one of the activities that has gained more popularity in recent years, the best beaches for scuba diving in Galicia are:
- San Amaro Beach
The Weather in the Beaches of Galicia
Below you can see the weather forecast for the next few days in Galicia Beaches:
Hotels and Apartments in the Beaches of Galicia
Find the best Hotels and Apartments near the Beaches of Galicia to enjoy a few days on the coasts of northern Spain:
Hotels for Families with Children in Galicia Beaches
If you plan to spend a few days with your family in the beaches of Galicia, these are the best hotels for children in the area:
- Augusta Eco Wellness Resort
- Villa Cabicastro
- Gran Thalasso Hotel Sanxenxo
Hotels for Adults in Galicia Beaches
If you want to spend a few days on the beaches of Galicia, alone or with your partner or friends but with a space reserved for an adult environment, these are the best hotels:
- Enoturismo Novavila Rias Baixas Wine Design.
- Hotel A.G. Porcillan
- A Finca Hotel – Adults Only
Map of Beaches and Coves of Galicia