The Cíes Islands (Las Islas Cíes)

The Cíes Islands (Las Islas Cíes)
The Cíes Islands (Las Islas Cíes)

The Cíes Islands is a national park located off the coast not far from the town of Vigo in Galicia. Its remote location, a 40 minute boat ride from both Vigo or Baiona, has made the island a paradise in the summer time. Fantastic beaches and generally nice weather in the summer.

In the summer time there are several boats that leave each day. This makes it easy to visit the island, on a day trip, from for example the town of Santiago de Compostela. The train station in Vigo is just a short walk from the port where the boats leave for the Cíes Islands.

To check train timetables, have a look at www.renfe.es and have a look at this webpage from the local tourist office for updated time schedules for the boats.

For those interesting in staying the night on the island, the camping on the Island is your only option.

In 2008 The Guardian ranked this island and its beaches among the “Top 10 beaches of the World”. They say:

“Mention Spanish beaches and most people instinctively think of the Mediterranean. Yet the wilder, stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, just north of Portugal, has far more dramatic praias – with far fewer people on them. One of the jewels of this coast is on Las Islas Cíes, a 40-minute boat trip from the pretty town of Baiona. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited and pristine national park, open to the public only in summer. Galegos come here to spend long, lazy summer days on the Praia das Rodas, a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea.”

The Guardian

 


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