Beaches and National Parks of Galicia

 

Galicia, with over 1500km of coastline, offers some sublime beaches, and many of them accessible by bike. This makes it the perfect place for  cycling holidays in Spain. Also an unwritten law states that coffee stops, or quick lunches have to be at a beachfront café. The Galicia coast, in the more southern regions, gives way to spectacular rugged headlands, and small inlets known as “Rias”. These Rias are fed by sometimes up to three or four separate rivers. As a result of this convergence of sea and freshwater, Galicia has perfect conditions for the growth of shellfish.

Galicia has more coastline that any other Spanish region, and more beaches. Many of these beaches have the coveted blue flag award, illustrating their quality. Many of Galicia’s 113 blue flag beaches are totally natural, without facilities, or just one bar, known locally as chiringuitos. The more exposed beaches tend to have bigger waves and cooler water temperatures. However, those found in the inlets are calmer, and with warmer water. If time permits, we can spend a couple of hours one late afternoon soaking up the sun and enjoying the sea. Because, a bit of rest and recuperation can be very important to the enjoyment of your cycling holiday.

 

Cycling Galicia are fortunate to be based at next to the beautiful Monte Aloya. The mountain is one of Galicia’s seven natural parks.This beautiful mountain rises up to 700m above the Rias Baixas on the border with Portugal. The mountain is steeped in Galician tradition and many legends surround its history. Such as the immaculate conceptions of the wild horses, and the mythical suicides of Celtic tribes during the Roman invasions. Above all, Monte Aloia’s wild rugged nature is a joy to behold. As a result, despite the effort of climbing it, the views across the Miño valley to Portugal are worth the effort.