Islas Cies or in English the Cies Islands are an archipelago of three islands off the coast of Galicia, Spain. To be more exact off the coast of Pontevedra in the mouth of the Ria de Vigo. The three islands are Monteagudo meaning Sharp Mount, which is the northern island, then do Faro or Lighthouse Island, also called Middle Island and San Martiño, or South Island.
Aerial view of the Cies Islands a paradise off the coast of Galicia
Islands of the Gods
Also called the Islands of the Gods, have beautiful beaches, one of them Rodas Beach has been named by the Guardian newspaper as the best beach in the world.
The beaches here are a paradise with crystalline dark turquoise waters and a natural environment to die for. People come here also for hiking, but mostly for the unspoiled beaches ideal for surfing or diving.
And what to say about the lakes, with such transparent waters that you may see the fish swimming in it.
Islas Cies with white powdery sands and crystal clear waters
To protect the environment and avoid mass tourism, access to visitors is limited to 2,200 people per day. During Easter week, at weekends in May and throughout the summer, there are regular boat services from Vigo, Cangas de Morrazo and Baiona.
You may stay overnight in one of the camping sites that start to open in Easter Week. Remember to book in advance.
Rodas Beach on Cies Islands
Located next to the Rhodes Pier, it is the largest beach with over 1 km, about 1300 meters-long and 60 meters-wide.
This beach links the northern and southern islands. Its sands are powdery white and the waters of a glorious turquoise shade. It offers lifesaving and all facilities like restaurants and camping.
The beach of bowling is located at the end of the beach in Rhodes. To access it pass along a path that passes near the old cemetery on the island that is one of the smallest cemeteries in Galicia.
Nossa Senhora Beach also known as Praia Carracido
Praia de Nossa Senhora
This beach is also known as Praia de Carracido. It is a small protected cove, very recommended especially when the wind blows from the north.
This beach is sometimes used as a nudist beach. It is 350 meters-long and 50 meters-wide. It can be accessed from the dock at Rodes, taking a path to the right and following the signs.
These are small beaches next to Rhodes pier and accessed by a path next to the restaurant. Here you’ll find and monument erected then to Franco and the shrine of the Virgen del Carmen.
San Martiño is the southern island of the Cies archipelago
Playa de San Martiño
You may access this remote beach only by private boat. Since it’s on the South Island it doesn’t offer regular boat service. It is also used as a nudist beach but not so much as Figueiras.
Located near the camping area, these are small beaches, protected by rocky areas. Like the rest of the Cies beaches they have crystal clear waters.
Map of the Cies Islands
images credits for islas cies
cies by henrique pereira
cies by romualda vazquez
rodas by maria jose martins
nossa señora by drow male
san martiño n/a
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