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February 2013

Las Catedrales beach, Ribadeo, Galicia

Las Catedrales beach
Las Catedrales beach near Ribadeo, Galicia, has been voted the best beach in Spain, the second best in Europe and the sixth best in the world. This is in the Travellers Choice 2013 top 25 beaches in the world. Have a a look on Trip Advisor here for the other 24 beaches
Las Catedrales
Las Catedrales beach is half an hour away from the luxury self catering accommodation at Granero del Burro. The rocks have been eroded by the endless pounding of the waves and in many cases look like arches in a cathedral, hence the name. At high tide you can watch the waves crash on the rocks, but at low tide, you can walk on the beach and explore in all the caves. You might even find some Percebes (Goose Barnacles) clinging to the seaward side of the rocks.
Las Catedrales
There is a bar and restaurant that are open from Easter until October. There is also a great boardwalk which allows you to wander along the coast and walk down some of the peninsulas. Here you can watch the waves crashing on the rocks. Have a look here for more information on Las Catedrales beach
Las Catedrales arches

Luarca, Asturias

Luarca port

Luarca is a pretty little fishing town half way between Granero del Burro and Asturias airport. It has some nice shops and sells plenty of typical Asturian produce. It is however probably best known for its wonderful restaurants around the port. They all specialise in seafood and shellfish, but probably the best one is the Mesón de la mar. It is a striking building on the far side of the port, but is worth the walk. Don't eat in the restaurant - it is much more fun in the bar. You can watch the crabs trying to clamber out of their huge tank in the middle of the bar.

Mesón de la mar

It is a great place to stop for lunch if you are on your way back to the airport. You can also have a day out in Luarca without taking the car. If you go to Vegadeo from Granero del Burro, you can catch the Feve train. This is the narrow guage railway that runs along the north coast of Galicia and Asturias. It stops everywhere and is not for anyone in a hurry, but the views of the sea and coastline are spectacular. Click here to view the timetable