What better way to celebrate World Oceans Day than by looking out over the Atlantic waters that bathe the coasts of Galicia? From A Guarda to the northern end of the community, hundreds of kilometers of coastline give us a multitude of spaces from which to approach the ocean and enjoy unparalleled views. Here you have a selection of ten natural balconies on the Atlantic that will amaze you.
Mount of Santa Trega
The estuary of the river Miño, the lands of neighboring Portugal, the valley of O Rosal, the town of A Guarda and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean are some of the spectacular landscapes that Mount Santa Trega offers to everyone who climbs up to its more than 300 meters high. In addition, to its views, the Monte de Santa Trega adds its immense patrimonial, historical and archaeological value due to the human settlement that existed there since the 4th century BC. until the beginning of our era and whose importance can be seen in its impressive fort.
Alto do Príncipe
Illas Cíes (Vigo)
The Illas Cíes are a natural barrier that protects the Vigo estuary from the attacks of the Atlantic and at the same time they serve as an unbeatable viewpoint. The routes of Monte Faro and Alto del Príncipe take us to the two highest points of the archipelago and in both cases allow us to enjoy wonderful views of the ocean and the waters that hit the vertigo cliffs, but from Alto do Príncipe you will also be able to contemplate one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the famous beach of Rhodes.
Viewpoint of Costa da Vela
At the westernmost end of the O Morrazo peninsula are the cliffs of the Costa da Vela and the viewpoint of the same name. There, next to the Cabo Home lighthouse, we will enjoy a wide panoramic view of both that rugged stretch of the Cangas coastline, as well as a large part of the Rías Baixas.
Mirador da Ra
A huge stone with the silhouette of a frog shapes this viewpoint located on the slope of Monte Castro. When the weather conditions are favorable, from there it is possible to contemplate the entire coastline of the Rías Baixas: from A Guarda to Cabo Fisterra. But without a doubt, the great attraction of this natural balcony is much closer: the Corrubedo dune complex and the Carregal e Vixán lagoons. Both the impressive mass of sand and the two aquatic spaces shine in all their splendor from a viewpoint that also has the added attraction of the castreño remains of the area.
Viewpoint of As Paxareiras
It’s almost seven kilometers in length make Carnota beach the longest in Galicia and the almost virgin aspect that it presents for the most part makes it always appear in the first places of the rankings of the most spectacular sandy areas. Strolling along this beach is a good way to enjoy the Atlantic, but the best way to contemplate the picture that the sand and the waves form in all its dimensions is to get away a little and go up to the viewpoint of As Paxareiras. The views will captivate you.
The waters of the fervenza of O Ézaro heading the final stretch towards its meeting with the Atlantic, the beach of the same name, the impressive granite mass of Monte Pindo and, in the background, the emblematic Cape Fisterra form the surprising postcard that this famous one gives us viewpoint in Dumbría, also elevated to the category of mythical cycling summit.
Going into the Ocean to shape one of the most iconic images of Galicia, Cape Fisterra is a must see for those who want to look out over the Atlantic. This has been the case since the time of the Romans, who baptized the place as the Finis Terrae because they considered that there was nothing beyond this point. Its attraction meant that even the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago have made it the second goal of their journey once they visit the Apostle’s tomb in Compostela. Its sunsets are quite a spectacle.
Although the neighboring Cabo Fisterra has gained fame, Cabo Touriñán boasts being the westernmost point in all of Galicia and mainland Spain. In addition, twice a year (after the spring equinox and shortly before the autumn equinox) variations in the axis of rotation of the Earth cause it to become the point on continental Europe where the sun later sets. Thus, the contemplation of the sunset from this point also marked by the presence of its lighthouse and the stories of shipwrecks that gave its name to the Costa da Morte is a spectacle full of symbolism.
Tower of Hercules Peninsula
History, legend, heritage, art, tradition, modernity … All these ingredients and the views of the Atlantic as a backdrop make the Tower of Hercules and its surroundings another of those spaces that offer a unique panoramic view of the Atlantic. Located between the city and the waters of the ocean and turned into a true symbol and source of pride for the people of A Coruña, this place has everything necessary to captivate the most heterogeneous visitor.
Cliffs of Herbeira
Cedeira y Cariño
In the Serra da Capelada, on the border of the municipalities of Cedeira and Cariño and very close to the place where the waters of the Atlantic meet those of the Cantabrian Sea rise the highest cliffs in continental Europe. It’s more than 600 meters of altitude and its steep slope make it not a suitable place for those who suffer from fear of heights, but those who dare to look out at viewpoints such as Garita de Herbeira are rewarded with a spectacular view capable of overwhelming the most impassive.