The Top Ten Beaches

With more than 70 white, sandy beaches of all shapes and sizes stretching their way from Finisterre, the North side of the Ría to Corrubedo on the South side - there is a beach for every type of beach enthusiast - there are family beaches, beaches with restaurants and cafes, hidden beaches, beaches for water sports lovers and beaches for the naturist - here is the run down of our top ten.

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 travellers feel to it, as it is slightly off-road. An old cafe and a set of even older VW Camper vans patrol its entrance to welcome the like-minded surf enthusiast.

Playa de Broña is a popular family beach and the closest one to our villas in Roo de Abaixo. 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.

Playa de Boa Grande is a lovely bay on the south side of the Ría that sits beside the small town of Boa. It is a great family beach with a couple of good eateries on its brow providing nice views of the Ría at sunset. For a little more privacy its sibling; Playa de Boa Pequeña, is hiding around the corner.

Playa del Rostro takes you to the wild side. Perfect for the more accomplished surfer or for those who enjoy the coastline 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 feint of heart!

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 Major makes its way into the bay. There are also plenty of cafes to enjoy on both sides of the Rio - just cross that bridge when you come to it!

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 is a bit tricky. But it is a perfect spot to find your own slice of paradise.

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 this who enjoy a small dose of solitude on their vacation.

Playa de Aguieira is our favourite beach on the south side of the Ría and on the doorstep of Casa Minerva. Popular with the locals, it has everything, a beautiful curved bay with white sands and dunes to hide away in, shallow waters for paddling and a small river lagoon that warms up nicely as the day wears on. Picture perfect.

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 - awe-inspiring! Presided over by the small town of Carnota there are two entrances to this wondrous expanse of sand - the northern entrance is the locals favourite with a warming lagoon for swimming and paddling protected by enormous boulders for shelter.

Wow! - Playa de Louro really does take your breath away and is our personal favourite. Hidden away and protected by a lake (lagoon of Xarfas) and a nature reserve you need to take a little nature trail to reach it, but boy is it worth it. It's spectacularly beautiful and serene and if you're lucky you may just get to see dolphins come to visit the bay late in the day, very smart those dolphins!

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