14 ISLANDS TO VISIT IN GALICIA
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WONDERFUL ISLANDS TO VISIT IN GALICIA
Galicia, the land of sailors and fishermen, carved into the rocks by the strong, severe winds and the immense and incessant waves of the Atlantic and the Cantabrian Sea. It is a wild and rugged area that impresses with the green and unspoiled landscapes of its forests, and with the beautiful beaches that join rough sea with the hostile shore.
The image excites and gives chills, right? We have attracted your attention, but now you will ask: what to see in Galicia? The first answers from Google would be Costa da Morte, Rías Baixas, Santiago de Compostela and Fisterra, for being the most famous destinations for holidays in Galicia.
But we want to propose something different today. A tour of the Galician islets. We will also step on the tourist areas but in a different way. We will rediscover the Rías Baixas and the Costa da Morte visiting the small and large islands located there. Are you surprised by the idea? It is normal, since there is not much talk about the islands that need to be seen in Galicia. But we have to change it! Galicia has more than 300 archipelagos and islets, we can not let them go unnoticed.
Therefore, we present the list of 14 islands to visit in Galicia. We hope you like them as much as we like them!
Archipelago composed of three islands: O Faro, Monte Agudo and San Martiño. Stunning nature and wonderful beaches. Limited capacity, must be reserved before the visit, due to the large volume of tourists. There is a possibility of staying there on a campsite. The Cíes Island Part of the Parque Nacional de las Illas Atlánticas.
ISLA DE ONS
It has beautiful trails that will take you through the wild landscape of the Ons Islands, among the cliffs, viewpoints and beaches with crystal clear water. La playa más famosa y preciosa: playa de Melide. Limited capacity, must be booked before the visit, possibility to stay overnight. They are part of the Parque Nacional de las Illas Atlánticas.
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A little known islet with overwhelming nature and spectacular landscapes, a lighthouse, sculpture of the mermaid, place of the tragic shipwreck of the ship Santa Isabel in 1921. It is also part of the Parque Nacional de las Illas Atlánticas.
ISLA DE CORTEGADA
Very little known, small island in the estuary of Arousa. It stands out for the impressive laurel forest that covers all its territory.
An island with a turbulent history: according to legend there remains sunk the treasure of the Navy, was refuge for Benedictines and Templars in middle age, suffered an attack by the corsair Francis Drake, witnessed the battle of Rande in 1702. In the 19th century it served as a leper shop. And in the 20th century Franco turned it into a concentration camp… Many tragic stories had seen that place. The island of San Simon is located in the Ria de Vigo. It is connected to San Antón Island by a stone bridge, which creates a picturesque and very photogenic image.
Another island with a tumultuous history. Pirate Francis Drake also attacked her. During the Franco dictatorship it housed military installations. Even today there are restrictions on visiting it. It is located in the estuary of Pontevedra. The island stands out for having a large eucalyptus forest. In addition, we can see there a beautiful lighthouse, an old monastery and beautiful beaches with turquoise waters.
ISLA DE A RÚA
Located in the Arousa Estuary, in the Rías Baixas, it is a beauty of nature full of rocks. The twin lighthouse of Ons Lighthouse is located there.
This small islet, with white sand and crystal clear waters, deserves to be mentioned among the islands to visit in Galicia. It is known as the Galician Caribbean.
ISLA DE LA TOJA
It is located in the Arousa Estuary and is very easy to access, as it is connected to the peninsula through a bridge of 400 meters in length. The island of Toxa is very famous due to the soaps produced there, its spas with medicinal waters, chapel of San Caralampio covered with shells and a charming playground in the form of a hamlet of the hobbits.
ILLA DE AROUSA
Beaches with turquoise waters, lighthouse and natural park. It is an inhabited island of 7 km2.
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Las Sisargas is an archipelago formed by three independent islands: La Grande, La Chica and La Malante which is declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA). The islands are located north of the Costa da Morte. It is an interesting place to visit because it has examples of endemic flora such as several types of Armeria maritima.
In addition, walking through the islands we can observe several species of seabirds, such as the seagull or the common plough that find refuge in Las Sisargas. The landscape of the Sisargas is wonderful, rocky and rugged cliffs, surrounded by turbulent waters of the Atlantic.
A small island, linked to the peninsula by a bridge. In Pancha Island there are two lighthouses, the oldest of which has been converted into a hotel. You cannot access the island without booking the accommodation. However, even from the outside, the rocky island with a white and blue lighthouse is beautiful and pleases the eyes of every visitor.
A small islet in Oleiros, A Coruña. It is connected to the beach of Santa Cruz with a wooden bridge (on low tide days you can reach the island simply by walking on the sand). It is a beautiful place, with gardens and forests and, above all, a charming castle from the 16th century.