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Las Islas Cies Beach

Country
Spain
State
Galicia
City
Islas Cies
Type of Location
Beach
About Location

Galicia has 200 km of unspoilt coastline with coves, stunning beaches, sheer cliffs, and quaint picturesque fishing villages. Las Islas Cies beach is one of the more impressive beaches with far less people visiting the area and is a nature-lover’s dream with spectacular views, crystal clear waters, light oat coloured sands and a calm lagoon.

As a natural resort island one cannot take motor vehicles and one would need to take the ferry (a 40 minute trip from Baiona) in order to get to the Las Islas Cies beach. There are minimal services for food and drinks and a small camping site, but the Las Islas Cies beach is extraordinary, tranquil and totally beautiful.
 



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How to Reach

By Plane

Probably the best option if coming from abroad. Galicia has three international airports (A Coruña, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela), of which the main one is at the capital, Santiago de Compostela. This airport (called Lavacolla) connects Galicia with a number of European cities, such as London, Dublin, Frankfurt, Liverpool, and Rome. There also are flights between Vigo and Paris and Brussels, and A Coruña and Lisbon and London. There are plenty of flights to a number of Spanish cities and the odd charter flight to South America.

 By Car

Road communications from and to Galicia are quite good, with plenty of motorways connecting Galicia with Spain and Portugal.

 By Train

There are routes from Portugal and cities in Spain (best one is probably from Madrid), although the service is slow and the choice of times is not the best. The introduction of a high-speed train due in (approx.) 2011 will come to drastically ease train access: There will be fast connections from and to Madrid and Lisbon.

By Ferry

Although you cannot travel directly from the UK to Galicia by ferry, you can get pretty close by taking the ferry from Plymouth to Santander ( Brittany Ferries ) or Portsmouth to Bilbao ( P&O Ferries ).

Santander is in the region of Cantabria on Spain's northern coast. It lies between Galicia's neighbour Asturias and the Basque country. Bilbao is a bit more faraway but still worth the trip following all the coastline from the Basque country to Galicia.

Key places to visit
Rodas Beach, Figueiras Beach, The National Park


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Places to Visit

Rodas Beach

The main beach that people come to is Rodas Beach or Praia das Rodas on Las Islas Cies which means "Wheels Beach" in Galician. Praia das Rodas has been named as one of the best beaches in the world in a few polls, including a list created by The UK's Guardian newspaper (see the Guardians Top Ten beaches in the World) and with good reason, it is stunning and is often referred to as Sapin's own “Caribbean Beach”. Backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear water, with it's pine forests, white sands and turquoise blue waters, it is easy to see why. One thing to mention though is that the water can be cold, remember that this is not the Mediterranean.

Figueiras Beach

Playa de Figueiras is found on the northern side of the island, 500 meters from the boat landing and is around 300 meters long. It faces the peninsula of Morrazo and consists of beautiful fine white sands. Whilst I don't think Figueiras beach is officially a nudist beach, you will often find that this is where people who like to be nude on a beach go.

As mentioned earlier, it is only open to the public during the summer, arriving by boat and leaving to return to the mainland after your day of snorkeling and lazing on the beach. One thing to remember is that because this area is in a national park, there are no waste bins on the islands and you are required to take all your litter back with you.

The National Park

Las Islas Cies were declared a nature reserve in 1980 and form part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park (Parque Nacional Marítimo-Terrestre das Illas Atlánticas de Galicia).

In Spain, National Parks are nature areas with the aim of being untouched by human activity, this means that the islands of Cies are uninhabited and only open to the public during the summer.

Right Time to Visit

Information not available

Temperature

August - September -> 22(°C) - Summer
January - February -> 10(°C) - Spring


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