With more than seventy glorious beaches stretching their way from Finisterre to Corrubedo, it has been a tough challenge to pick out the ten best ones of the ría. Each beach has its own unique set of pleasures: there are family beaches, beaches with restaurants and cafes, private beaches, wild beaches, hidden beaches, beaches for lovers of water sports and beaches for the nature enthusiast. Beaches, don’t you just love them? Whatever your preference, we can guarantee that there will be one to suit your needs. Enjoy!
Playa de Figueiras sits just around the corner from Finisterre. A large, crescent-shaped bay invites many first-time surfers to enjoy the sport in its relatively shallow waters. The beach has a ´travelers´ feel to it, as it is slightly off-road. An old cafe and set of even older Volkswagen Camper Vans patrol its entrance to welcome the like-minded surf enthusiast.
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10. Playa de Figueiras
9. Playa de Broña
Playa de Broña is a popular family beach and the closest one to the town of Outes. It has everything you need for a family day on the sands, with plenty of bars and cafes, a green picnic area, a pleasant promenade and well signposted walking paths that guide you along the coastline for great views of the ría.
8. Playa de Boa Grande
Playa de Boa Grande is a well-protected bay on the south side of the ría that effectively resides beside the small town of Boa. It is a great family beach with two or three excellent restaurants that provide lovely views of the ría at sunset. For a little more privacy Playa de Boa Pequeña is literally just around the corner.
7. Playa del Rostro
Playa del Rostro takes you to the wild side. Perfect for the more accomplished surfer or for those who enjoy the coastline that lies flush with the Atlantic. It is the first beach you will find to the north of Finisterre, welcoming in the largest waves from the Atlantic. Not for the faint of heart!
6. Playa de Esteiro
Playa de Esteiro is perhaps the most charming family beach in the ría. This is where the locals enjoy their afternoons. It has a very gentle bay with safe, shallow waters and a great bathing spot for children as the Rio Maior makes its way into the bay. There are also plenty of cafes to enjoy on both sides of the Rio Maior. Just cross the bridge!
5. Playa de Abelleira
Playa de Abelleira is a fantastic expanse of fine white sand in a well-protected bay. It harbours no less than seven separately named beaches. When the tide is out you can walk from one side of the bay to the other. However, when the tide is in, access to any of them can be quite tricky. But it is a perfect spot to find your own private slice of paradise.
4. Playa de Lariño
Playa de Lariño is a wonderful, vast Atlantic beach just a short drive from Muros on the north side of the ría. It remains quiet even in the busy summer months despite being just a stone’s throw away from the busy campers beach of San Francisco. Perfect for those who enjoy a small dose of solitude on their vacation.
3. Playa de Aguieira
Playa de Aguieira is our favorite beach on the south side of the ría and a very popular one for the locals. It has everything: a beautifully curved bay with white sands and dunes to hide away in, shallow warm waters for paddling and a small river making its way out to sea which becomes a warm water lagoon as the day wears on. Picture perfect.
2. Playa de Louro
There can be no finer beach along the ría for nature lovers than Playa de Louro. Watched over by its namesake Monte Louro and a nature reserve that cradles the Lagoon of Xarfas, this location is spectacularly beautiful and serene, so much so that even the dolphins come to visit late in the day. Breathtaking!
1. Playa de Carnota
If you’ve made your way to the coast then you simply have to visit Carnota, the largest beach on the west coast of Spain. Six kilometres of nature reserve sands invite you into a natural world that hasn’t changed in centuries. Magnificent...
Is this the finest beach in Europe? We think so. The small town of Carnota presides over the beach from afar. There are two main entrances to the beach, one just as you enter Carnota, the other at the far end of the coastal road marked Boca do Rio where the locals congregate for the afternoons.
The Rio warms up nicely during the day to provide a perfect bathing arena for the young and old. Tide watching is advised as you enjoy the most perfect of locations while the sun begins to set.
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