The Cíes Islands have a campsite and restaurants, as well as a wide range of activities for you. You can go on hike, observe the islands’ flora and fauna (birdwatching here is particularly interesting), visit the interpretation centre and go scuba diving or snorkelling. The information booth [Tel. 986 687 502] is 100 m away from the Rodas pier.
The interpretation centre is located on the road that climbs to Monte Faro, just a little further after the campsite. It was built on the ruins of the old convent of San Esteban (from the 11th century), which was used as an artillery storehouse during the time when the Ría de Vigo had to be defended against the attacks of Francis Drake and his men. It was restored much later (the current building dates back to the 19th century) and in 1997, it was inaugurated to hold exhibitions.
In the Cíes Islands, you can go on any of the four self-guided, waymarked hiking trails. But Piratas de Nabia also organises guided tours for groups where all participants will receive materials and detailed information on the flora and fauna inhabiting the islands. Through these paths you can reach the lookout points of Alto do Príncipe, the Cíes Lighthouse and Pedra da Campá, or the bird observatories in Faro do Peito and Pedra da Campá. Please bear in mind that there are no sources of drinking water (there are bars and restaurants open while the ferries run) or medical services (only a Red Cross aid station in summer).
The waters of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia Marine-Terrestrial National Park are home to an amazing diversity of species which can be glimpsed easily enough, but their beauty can only be fully appreciated by those who dive into their depths. Snorkelling lets you see another of the Park’s facets—its underwater treasures.
Information on Kayaking and Snorkelling in the Cíes Islands:
Phone: 986 44 16 78