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Mariña lucense


Mariña lucense

Sea and mountains, rivers and estuaries, meadows and beaches...

Praia das Catedrais


Praia das Catedrais

When the power of the sea unites with the patience of time the result is a work of art...

Lighthouses and wild beaches

The Cathedral of the Sea

The Marina of Lugo is an inexhaustible source of natural wonders that coexist with spectacular historical heritage.

This stretch of the Galician coast, washed by the waters of the Cantabrian Sea, hides magical legends of mermaids and sailors among the whimsical shapes of its cliffs.


  • Starting point: Ribadeo
  • Destination: Viveiro
  • Days: 2
  • Km (approx.): 90
The beach invites you to lie down on its smooth rocks, where rocked by the rhythmical waves you can sunbathe or take a pleasant nap.
Going up to Roncadoira lighthouse is the toughest part of the route; seagulls seem to lose their balance while the waves crash with great force into the cliffs.

Route - Day 1

We start our journey in the town of Ribadeo in the mouth of the River Eo, the natural borderline with Asturias, in the heart of the Marina of Lugo. The splendid past of the town can be seen by taking a stroll through the charming historical centre, full of beautiful constructions built by returning emigrants from South America.

When we come to the port, we can take a short walk along a rugged cliff. In the middle of the route, stop to admire the Cantabrian flysch from the Santa Cruz viewpoint, almost 200 metres above sea level. From there we can also see Pancha Island and two picturesque blue and white lighthouses. The shorter of the two has a square layout and dates from the late nineteenth century, while the other is much more recent, built in 1987.
Due to the orography of the Cantabrian coast, we are in an ideal area for hikers. Put on some comfortable shoes because the routes at the foot of these cliffs are the best way of enjoying this coastline.
Heading further west, we come to the fishing village of Rinlo, very well-known for its cuisine. The most famous dish is lobster with rice, although the octopus, empanada pie and other delights on the menu are not far behind.
If we want to walk the food down, we can keep going to Os Castros beach and the seashore through an original and natural tunnel. The beach invites you to lie down on its smooth rocks, where rocked by the rhythmical waves you can sunbathe or take a pleasant nap.
With renewed energy we head off towards one of the best-known beaches in the north - Augas Santas – internationally known As Catedrais beach (Cathedrals Beach). The name comes from the characteristic arch-shaped rock formations, some of them broken by the rough sea. Apart from its beauty, there are numerous caves where the sea is so powerful that it makes them bigger and bigger, so you have to be careful when visiting them. When the tide is in you can visit the beach on the top of the cliff, keeping a safe distance. If you come at low tide, go down the steps to the sand to discover the magnitude of these impressive arches. If you wish to know the tide times before you visit the beach, you can visit the Meteogalicia web site.
If there is still daylight, we can go on a little further down the coast, where the built-up areas are no less charming - a good time to stop and come to Peizás beach, more solitary than the others in the area. To finish off the day, there is nothing better than sitting down to watch the sunset at Fazouro hill fort, an enclave at the foot of the cliffs. It is very windy here and this invites you to hunch up inside a hollow in the walls, feeling their heat after they have been exposed to the sun all day long.

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