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May 2012

Las Catedrales beach in Galicia

Las catedrales

Cathedrals beach or las Catedrales is probably the most famous beach in Northern Galicia. It is about half an hour from Granero del Burro and is situated about 10 kilometres to the west of Ribadeo. It has been declared a Natural monument by the government of Galicia.

Cathedrals beach

It is characterised by it natural arches and caves and is worth visiting at both low and high tide. At low tide you can walk down the steps and wander along the beach. There are lots of caves to explore and you can see the famous percebes (goose barnacles) clinging to the seaward facing side of the rocks. At high tide, and particularly when there is a big swell, it is fun watching the waves crashing onto the rocks.

Waves at Cathedrals beach

There is a very nice wooden boardwalk which snakes along the coast. You can walk down to some of the rock formations jutting out into the sea and watch the waves crashing onto the rocks. There are also some nice views along the coast to the Barreiros beaches. When you have finished your walk you can have a coffee or beer in the cafe or lunch in the restaurant. It is very busy on Sundays in the Summer!!

Cheese fair in Taramundi, Asturias

Cheese Fair Taramundi

Every year there is a Cheese Fair in Taramundi on Easter Saturday. This year it was its 17th year. Cheese producers come from Asturias, Galicia, Cantabria and Castilla y Leon. There are a variety of home produced sheep, cow's and goat's cheese all of which you can taste and buy. In addition to cheese there are local breads, cakes, cider and of course knives. Taramundi is famous for its knives!

Feria de Queso

The fair takes place in the sports hall which was a good job as it was an awful morning. It was quiet to start with but by 1 o'clock there was a good crowd of people. You can have a typical lunch as well in one of the open air restaurants that come with these events. Octopus, Chorizo, boiled Ham, Pork ribs, Sausages are all typically offered and washed down with a few beers or wine. There was a young lad called Pablo looking after tables - very keen for about 10 years old!!!


After lunch you can go and visit the 'Castro' in Taramundi. It is an ancient fort which dates back to Roman times and has been carefully excavated and restored. It is one of the most important ones in Asturias. You could also visit Mazonovo and Teixois which are very close to Taramundi. A great day out if you are visiting Granero del Burro during Easter.