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ACTIVITIES




ISLAS CÍES EXPERIENCES...

In addition to diving and kayaking, camping offers campers free activities aimed at both adults and children.

For children, we realized excursions to the interpretation center , handicraft workshops , popular games, etc ...

Adults can join Pilates, Zumba , tours , night tours to see the stars ...

You can request information at the campsite reception .

SNORKEL DIVING

Want to enjoy an experience you will remember a lifetime in a place of dreams?

The Club de Buceo Illas Atlánticas invites you to discover you seabed National Park.

Take the opportunity to swim in crystal clear waters home to more than 100 marine species! We have all the equipment for your enjoy!

The equipment includes:

  • Wetsuit, flippers, facemask and snorkel, weights.
  • Durationn: 2 to 3 horas
  • Price per person: 30€

KAYAK

GUIDED routes and introduction to SEA KAYAKING

PARTNERS: The Galician Federation of Kayaking (FEGAPI), the Galician Atlantic Islands Maritime Kayak School (Escuela Kayak de Mar Illas Atlánticas) and in partnership with the Ga

lician Atlantic Islands Maritime-Terrestrial National Park.

We invite you to discover the unrivalled beauty of the Cies Islands from a different perspective: Getting to the heart of the Cies Islands on a guided introduction course to sea kayaking.

NNo previous experience necessary we're a school.

We have designed four different routes. Each route is unique and is adapted to a different level.

  • Duration of activity varies depending on route chosen and group level.
  • Price per person for route 1 (yellow) or 2 (green) = 30 ?. These routes last ~ 3-4 hours.
  • Price per person for route 3 (blue) or 4 (red-San Martiño) = 45 ?. These routes are a full day activity as they last approximately 8hours.
  • All activities are covered under a FEGAPI civil liability insurance (Galician Federation of Kayaking) and accident insurance (MAPFRE).
  • Copies of these insurance policies are available at camping reception office.

RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE AT CIES CAMPING RECEPTION OFFICE.

For more information: 00 (34) 986 687 630

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Equipment included:

  • Sea Kayak: polythene kayaks with a spacious cockpit and comfortable seat with back support. These kayaks are very stable.
  • Paddles: fiber rod and polythene blades.
  • Lifevest, whistle, paddle, paddle holder , waterproof bag and cockpit covers (nylon or neoprene).
  • Special kayaking rain jacket.



We recommend you bring:

  • A comfortable summer hat and sunglasses.
  • Waterproof sunscreen. Remember that sunburns CAN be avoided in water sports.
  • Water.
  • Snacks (energy bars or similar).
  • Bring a change of clothing, towel, phone and any other items you might need and can be stored in the waterproof bag we will provide for activity.

CAMPING UNDER THE STARS

Acampada 1
Acampada 2

HIKING

The most common and appealing activity that you can enjoy in the island is hiking. There are several different well-signed routes where you will discover the landscapes and interesting areas due to their unique wildlife and vegetation. It is recommended to pruchase an information brochure at the information cabin that you will find as soon as you arrive. The reception is the place to go to get information about the guided tours that staff from the park usally make.

It is extremelly important to follow the park regulations in order to avoid disturbing the wildlife and vegetation present in the area, and also, neither stepping outsides the established routes nor trespassing the restrcited areas in the sand dunes, the lake and in the nesting area.

Below, we explain the differente routes you can take

Ruta del Monte Faro

  • DISTANCE: 7 Km.
  • DURATION: 2h 30 min. (there and back).
  • TYPE: non-circular.
  • DIFFICULTY: medium.
  • VERTICAL: 175m.
  • POINTS OF INTEREST: Lake, Information Centre, Nosa Señora Beach, Pedra da Campá (rock formation), bird observatory, Lighthouse and viewpoint.
  1. From the information point, take the path to the left. This soon heads towards the Isla del Faro via the spit of land alongside the beach which joins the two islands. In the lake, if the water clarity is good, you can see a large number of fish, crustaceans and seaweeds - an indication of the rich ecosystem of these waters.
  2. Once on the Isla del Faro, walking away from the campsite, you will reach the Nature Interpretation Centre (about 20 mins) where you can learn about the natural and cultural importance of the islands. Some 300m further on, at the Nosa Señora beach there is the main cross-roads of this island. Head to the right and start the climb up the zig-zag path. Through the dense woodlands, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the beautiful Isla de San Martiño.
  3. Half way up the climb, where the trees peter out to be replaced by gorse and rockroses, you can take a small detour to the right to see the Pedra da Campá, an odd rock formation which has been formed by the strong, salty ocean winds. 100m more (about 50 mins in total) you will arrive at the bird observatory from where you can see thousands of yellow-footed gulls which nest among the cliffs. With a bit of luck you may also observe the European shags which choose nesting sites at the water's edge. There are also magnificent views of the lake and Rodas beach.
  4. Back on the main path, continue to snake your way up to the summit where you will find the lighthouse and the best viewpoint on the islands. From here, surrounded by seagulls playing on the winds, atop the 175m of vertiginous cliffs, you can see the entire archipelago of the Islas Cíes and how they act as a giant wave-break to protect the Ría de Vigo from the mighty power of the Atlantic Ocean.
  5. Depending on the route to descend from the lighthouse, you can link to the Faro da Porta Route about 200m before the path which leads to the bird observatory.

Faro (Lighthouse) da Porta Route

  • DISTANCE: 5 Km.
  • DURATION: 1:30 h (there and back).
  • TYPE: non-circular.
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy.
  • VERTICAL: 50 m.
  • POINTS OF INTEREST:Lake, Information Centre, Nosa Señora Beach, Carracido Quay, Faro da Porta Lighthouse and viewpoint.
  1. Once you are at the main crossroads on the Isla de Faro (Monte Faro Route), continue along the rutted track. Nossa Señara beach is to the left, as is the islet de Viños, the favourite place for the cormorants to dry their wings in the sun.
  2. Shortly before arriving at the quay (about 30 mins), you can stop to refresh in the waters of Carrecido Spring.
  3. From here the path gradually climbs around the south coast of the island until it reaches the Faro da Porta lighthouse which overlooks the straights of the same name. From here you will have a panoramic view of San Martiño Island, the most southerly of the islands.

Alto do Príncipe Route

  • DISTANCE: 3 Km.
  • DURATION: 1:00 h (there and back).
  • TYPE: non-circular.
  • DIFFICULTY: Easy.
  • VERTICAL: 120 m.
  • POINTS OF INTEREST:Figueiras-Muxieiro Dune System, Figueiras Beach, Silla de la Reina viewpoint.
  1. From the information board, follow the track to the right towards Figueiras beach (approx. 300m). A wooden fence protects the fragile ecosystem of the Figueiras-Muxieiro Dunes where you can see a sample of the species which live here, including wild thyme (helichrysum picardii) and Portuguese Crowberry (corema album). The path continues up to the main crossing on Isla de Monteagudo (20 mins) where you turn left, taking a path through pines and shrub land, until, finally, you reach the Alto do Príncipe.
  2. From here, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the cliffs from Silla de la Reina (the Queen?s throne), a curious rock formation which is a natural balcony jutting out over the sea. You will appreciate the difference in slope of the two sides of the islands, the westward side being much more vertical.

Monteagudo Routeo

  • DISTANCE: 5,5 Km.
  • DURATION: 1:45h (there and back).
  • TYPE: non-circular.
  • DIFFICULTY: Medium.
  • VERTICAL: 75 m.
  • POINTS OF INTEREST:Figueiras Beach, A Valgada, Bird Observatory, Furna de Monteagudo.
  1. Once you reach the main crossroads (see route 3), continue straight ahead some 400m until you reach A Valgada (30 mins), a small hillock where the remains of an old incinerator can be seen. Notice how the trees have been bent out of shape by the strength of the ocean winds. Continue along the path and slowly you will start to reach the base of Monteagudo whose characteristic shape gives the island its name (agudo = sharp / pointed). The path splits at this point, take the left path through a small wooded area where you can find the ruins of an old island settlement and you will finally come to the bird observatory. Hundreds of European Shags and Yellow-footed gulls congregate here and the steep cliffs are the site of constant -and noisy - activity during the breeding season. Although you can see the Faro do Peito / de Monteagudo lighthouse, you will need to double back a little and descend for a path to the left which will join up with the path to the lighthouse.
  2. The Costa da Vela and Cabo Home, only 2.5 km across the straights, are the closest mainland points to the islands. To the north you can make out the shape of Isla de Ons at the mouth of the Ría de Pontevedra. As you descend along a concrete path you will come to a small cavern formed by the action of the waves on the granite, the structure of which means that it has split vertically. In this zone you can see plants such as Sea Thrift (Armeria maritima / pubigera- in Galician it is called hierba de enamorar - literally lover's grass) and Sea fennel (Chritmum maritimum) both of which can tolerate high salt levels and which grow among the rocks.

BEACHES

The islands, due to their special location and morphology, are home to several velvety white sand beaches, famous for their turquoise colored waters. Rodas might be the most famous one, nevertheless there are more beaches as beautiful as Rodas which you can enjoy just the same. Here you have a brief description of each one of them:

  • Margaridas: A bit of a hike but ideal if you want the beach to yourself.
  • Cantareira: A small bay with a pebble beach, close to the Volunteer Camp.
  • Figueiras: A nudist beach with trees providing shade for the hottest days.
  • Mixueiro y Areina: Two small bays for those who want some tranquillity, to the right of the Jetty at As Rodas.
  • Rodas: According to the Guardian newspaper, this is the best beach in the world. The beach joins the islands of Monteagudo (north) and Faro (south). The fine white sand squeaks as you walk and the waters are a clear emerald colour. The dunes around the beach are a conservation zone and are at this moment in a state of recuperation.
  • Bolos: Also known as Conchas due to the large number of shells to be found there. It is at the end of Rodas beach.
  • Nª Señora: It is a small and well protected bay, ideal for those days when the wind blows from the north.