It's always worthwhile getting up early, and on this particular morning in June, it was no different. Where i had stayed for the night in the small fishing village of Rinlo which is located a stones throw from the the popular Playa de Las Catedrales.
Being one of Spain's must see natural monuments, Playa de Las Catedrales is a must see when you find yourself travelling along the Galician Coast.
The beach, which officially is called Praia de Augas Santas or beach of the holy waters, is famous for the presence of majestic natural arches which have been formed by the sea and wind. These arches reach heights up to 30 meters and look like the arches of a Gothic Cathedral, hence the nickname given to the beach.
The best time to stroll along these giants is at low tide, but also early or late in the evening or early in the morning when the bus loads of tourists have disappeared.
When the waters recede, the imposing arches once again reveal themselves to the many tourist who flock to this area. But there aren't just the arches, there is a whole selection of sea caves within the cliffs waiting to be discovered.
Between all these rocks are patches of sand and rock pools which all quickly will disappear again when the tide comes in. A watchful eye needs to be kept on the tide at all times so that you can make a safe return before all traces of the cathedrals disappear again under the water only to return again a couple of hours later.
Looking at the rocks, here and there you can discover some Goose Barnacles which are consumed in Portugal and Spain, an expensive delicacy known as percebes.
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We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield