The magnificent Cies Islands of Vigo

Cies Islands are one of the most important tourist destinations in Galicia. Located at the entrance of the Ria de Vigo in the Rias Baixas about 14 kilometers from the city of Vigo, the municipality where they belong, they form a natural barrier between the river and the sea. They are part of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia and are in the European Nature 2000 Network. They have a high ecological value and their wealth is reflected in the beauty of their landscapes forming a paradise.

Cies Islands from afar

Cies Islands from afar

Cies Islands and the all seeing seagull

Cies Islands and the all seeing seagull

The archipelago consists of three major islands. Monteagudo and Faro can be found on the North, San Martino on the South and a number of islets among them. The islands of Faro Monteagudo are joined by a sand bar, the beach in Rhodes and a stone bridge forming a lagoon known as two Nenos. The Guardian newspaper in 2007 declared the beach in Rhodes as the most beautiful in the world. Other beaches that are highly valued are Our Lady and Figueras popular with the Germans which is for nudists.

Cies Islands Gallicia

Cies Islands Gallicia

Cies Islands Vigo

Cies Islands Vigo

They can only be visited in summer and Easter when the weather allows through regular service catamarans Naviera Mar de Ons. Access is limited to 2.200 people a day and you must apply for a special card to enter the islands in the harbor.

Cies Islands sand bar

Cies Islands sand bar

Cies Islands White sand Beach

Cies Islands White sand Beach

A campsite with first class service is the only place where you can stay overnight. It has 800 seats and must be booked in advance. Such is its beauty. As the legend has it, God rested here on the seventh day of the creation of the world.

Cies Islands Causeway

Cies Islands Causeway

Cies Islands photos: MoniPeni, KarenVBryan, Citybreak holiday Photos, lago., obsidiana10, Javi.

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