The archipelago of the Cíes islands consists of three islands: Monteagudo, Faro and San Martiño, whose area was first declared Natural Park in 2002, and later, Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia, the first one in Spain. Its rich seabed and its unique beautiful landscapes are popular worldwide.
One of the best spots to admire the views is the lighthouse, built between 1851 and 1853, where apart from enjoying the views of the islands, its cliffs and beaches, you can see the beautiful Ría de Vigo from a height of 178 metres above sea level.
Important: you can reach the lighthouse in two hours and a half following a seven-kilometre route
If you want to get there, you can go on a seven-kilometre hike, about two hours and a half route of average difficulty. Along the way, you can discover the rich wildlife of the archipelago. Moreover, this route is connected with the one leading to the lighthouse of A Porta, and thus you can continue and have broader views of the park.
Sailing to the "islands of the gods"
Rides to the islands are available from different ports of the Ría de Vigo, usually from Easter until autumn. It is advisable to book in advance as it is much in demand, especially in summer, and the maximum number of tickets allowed to sell (2,200 people per day) are quickly sold out.
The Cíes Islands were also known as the "islands of the gods" by the Romans, since they were seen as the end of the world at that time. If you want to round off your visit to the archipelago, you can go scuba diving and admire the bottlenose dolphins, octopuses and sea urchins living in the ocean. Birdwatching is also popular in the islands, and there you can see cormorants, gannets or some of the over the 22,000 pairs of yellow-legged gulls living in this natural paradise.