I AM OFF TO THE CÍES, I AM LEAVING THE CITY
The coasts of white sand and cliffs of the the Cíes islands have always been a refuge for restless people: the Barbarians escaping from the Roman Empire, the Pirates in search of the treasures of the Galician estuaries or the hippies desirous of peace and love at the end of the dictatorship found sanctuary there. Still today, sitting on the Monte do Faro with a view of the whole archipelago, one can have one of these rare moments when the mind goes blank and the problems are whisked away.
Always irreducible, the Islas Cíes are for getting away from life, not for living. Their climate, cold and rainy in the winter, conceals the sunny paradise that shines in the summer. Several ships have sunk in their waters, polluting their flora and fauna. Always against the tide; while in the 1980s industrial Vigo the punk groups such as Siniestro Total, led the Movida in Galicia, 14 kilometres from the coast, the Cíes were used for camping and watching the stars.
Turned into a Nature Park in 1980 and a National Park in 2002, Monteagudo, Do Faro and San Martiño are a virgin place in the middle of the ever more visited Rías Baixas. Today still, to get onto one of the small boats that cross to the Cíes with a tent and a small rubbish bag (there are no dustbins on the archipelago so that the birds do not eat the rubbish), is a small act of liberation. Arriving and seeing Rodas beach, qualified in 2007 by The Guardian newspaper as the best beach in the world, or walking along the paths to the hills and the cliffs is simply a portion of peace.
No one has lived permanently on the Cíes since the 1970s. The tourists come every summer, but only some 2,000 people can be on the archipelago, and each person can only stay a maximum of two weeks. If this weren’t so, the Cíes wouldn’t be the Cíes. Noise forms no part of their credo. You have to be a little Celtic to go to the Cíes, a little primitive. You have to lie down and disconnect. Leave the city, leave your thoughts, leave...
Turismo Rías Baixas - Deputación de Pontevedra
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