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2014 availability now open

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If you are looking for a luxury self catering holiday in Galicia, Northern Spain, then Granero del Burro (the donkey barn!) is available during 2014. You can book it any time from the beginning of April until the end of October. And no.......... it doesn't look like the picture above any more! Things have changed
Self catering Galicia
You can check availability and book online here. If you click on the accommodation link on the right hand side, you can have a look at all of the latest pictures of the barn. You can also read some reviews of people who stayed with us this year on Tripadvisor. Don't miss out on the perfect place from which to explore Northern Galicia.
Kitchen and snug

Las Catedrales beach, Galicia

Las Catedrales beach
Las Catedrales beach is the second most visited tourist attraction in Galicia after Santiago de Compostela. It is a few kilometres to the west of Ribadeo and is famous for the cathedral like arches that have been formed by centuries of being pounded by the sea. It is best visited at low tide when you can walk along the sand and see all the wonderful arches.
Las Catedrales beach 1
During late July and August it can be unbearably busy. This year the Police had to manage the queues down on to the beach. However, any other month of the year it is much quieter and is well worth a visit. When it is busy, a great option is to park at Esteiro beach. Click here for a map. Take the path on the left hand side of the beach and this takes you up on to the cliffs above Las Catedrales. From here you can get some great views of the arches and watch all the people below.
Esteiro beach
Sitting on top of the cliffs is a great place to take in the panoramic views along the coast. You can hear the waves crashing below and it can be a magical place at all times of the year. On a nice day you can take a picnic or alternatively have a drink and lunch in the restaurant above the beach. The food is good albeit a little expensive.
Las Catedrales 1

If you park in the main car park there is a nice boardwalk which takes you down a couple of the small peninsulas to the west of the beach. These are easy walking and are best at high tide when the waves are crashing on the rocks.
Lone cyclist
Las Catedrales beach is half an hour from Granero del Burro. If you go about 2.30pm when all the Spanish people go for lunch, you might catch the beach deserted. All the pictures above were taken on the same day!!
Laas Catedrales arch

Exploring the Ribadeo estuary

Nuevo barco agamar
The Summer months are a fantastic time to explore the Ribadeo (or Eo) estuary. There are a number of ways to do this, but probably the easiest is by the tourist boat that operates from the port in Ribadeo. The Nuevo Agamar costs 5€ per person and leaves Ribadeo every half hour. It travels across the estuary to Castropol and then on to Figueras, before returning to Ribadeo via the puente de los Santos (bridge across the estuary).
Boat trip from Ribadeo 052
In Figueras there is a shipbuilding yard called Astilleros Gondán. It is well known in Spain for building support vessels for the oil industry. From the Nuevo Agamar, you travel right under the boat that is under construction. There is also a nice restaurant in Figueras called Peñalba so you can get the boat from Ribadeo or Castropol, travel to Figueras, have lunch and then get the boat back to where you started from, after lunch. Alternatively you can get the boat to Castropol and have lunch in el Rison
For those of you that prefer more of a challenge, you can hire a self drive boat and explore the estuary yourselves. These can be hired from La Flote in the port of Ribadeo. They are small boats with outboard motors and prices start at 30€ per hour for the smallest engined ones. A whole day costs 130€. They are great if you want to get to the huge sandbank that appears at low tide. This is great for a picnic, playing football or just relaxing. You can anchor the boat and do what you want. 
Boat trip from Ribadeo
You can also explore the estuary on foot and it is a birdwatching mecca all year round. Probably the best walk is between Figueras and Castropol. There is a footpath that winds its way around the edge of the estuary and you get great views out over the water towards Ribadeo and Castropol. In the Winter it is a great place for wildfowl and during the migration there are lots of waders, Spoonbills and Egrets. There is normally a wintering Osprey. Have a look at Castropol, Asturias