Most people instinctively associate Spain's coastline with the Mediterranean – unaware of the stunning stretch of coastline where the Atlantic meets Galicia. Just north of Portugal, these beaches range from peaceful and deserted, to rugged and wild.
With pristine sands, turquoise waters and scented pine tree backdrops as standard, it's no surprise that these beaches are rated as some of the best in Spain.
The Cies Islands are Galicia's star attraction and only a short boat ride from the medieval town of Baiona. Located within an uninhabited natural park, they are only accessible during the summer months.
The islands, with their immaculate, exotic looking beaches, are akin to Britain's Scilly Isles. Incidentally, so is the sea temperature – but what the Galicia lacks in warm waters, it makes up for in other ways.
Other beaches in the region score high in the beauty stakes, the spectacular cliffs along the Costa da Morte and the Corrubedo dunes being key players. Venture inland to discover the old-world charm of the towns of Lugo and Pontevedra and you will have seen the very best of Galicia.