What to do in the Cíes Islands

the Cies Islands

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Cies Island

The Cíes Islands are a unique location that were classified as a National Park in 2002 together with the Island of Ons, Salvora and Cortegada. In fact, all of them make up the so-called Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia.

If you are thinking of visiting a place as magical as this, do not miss these recommendations on what to do in the Cíes Islands.

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Go to Rhodes Beach

The Rhodes beach It is the most prominent of the Cíes Islands. It is a place that serves as a union for the islands of Faro and Monteagudo and that has an extensive sandbank in which the white sand mixes with the vegetation. A place of great beauty with very cold waters, only suitable for the bravest.

Visit the island of Monteagudo

Another point to visit is the so-called island of Monteagudo. It is a location where you can enjoy, in turn, coves such as Cala de Margaridas and Catareira.

What to do in the Cíes Islands


It is possible to go hiking in the Cíes Islands through the routes of the Cíes Lighthouse and the Faro da Porta that can be done jointly, being between the two of 8.7 kilometers. It is possible to go hiking in the Cíes Islands through the routes of the Cíes Lighthouse and the Porta Lighthouse that can be done together, being between the two of 8.7 kilometers. When you reach Nosa Señora beach, you must go up to the Cíes Lighthouse. Halfway through the path, you have the option of going to the right to end up visiting Pedra da Campa, an area that offers beautiful views of Lago dos Nenos.

Of course, it must be borne in mind that in the final section, the path climbs through very tight curves. When reaching 175 meters above sea level, there is a 19th century lighthouse that offers unbeatable views of the Vigo estuary.

Beyond this Lighthouse route, the truth is that you can also choose to the Faro da Porta route is about 5.2 kilometers long and takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. On the other hand, the Alto do Príncipe Route is about 3 kilometers long and lasts just over an hour and the Monteagudo route is 5.6 kilometers long and takes 1 hour and 45 minutes round trip.

Where to stay in the Cíes Islands

In the Cíes Islands You have the possibility of spending the night in a campsite that must have a prior reservation. Here you will have the possibility of taking the tent or renting it with beds included. A unique experience that can be enjoyed for a very affordable price, especially if you take the tent with you.

Recommendations to keep in mind when visiting the Cíes Islands

The Cíes Islands are a protected place and, therefore, a series of regulations must be complied with in the Cíes Islands when visiting them. First of all, remember that it is best to go first thing in the morning to make the most of the time.

In any case, it must be taken into account that bikes cannot be carried. You also have to be clear that it is absolutely forbidden to fish in the Cíes Islands, and in the event that you want to dive you will have to request a special permit, and have it resolved favourably.

It is a protected natural park and you cannot take shells or natural souvenirs to take home.