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Illa do Faro, Cies Islands

Listed under Islands in Vigo, Spain.

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Waves roll in from the Atlantic and break against the rugged cliffs of the Illa do Faro, part of the Cies Islands off the coast of Galicia. Climb the zig-zag path to the lighthouse perched on the top of this rocky island, and you are rewarded with dramatic views over land and sea. Waves crash far below and sea birds circle and call. The great Ria of Vigo with its harbour lies spread out to the east. North and south, jagged outcrops of rock form more islands which together make up the Atlantic Islands of Galicia.

Descending from the lighthouse to the sheltered side of the island there is a complete change of mood. A long bar of perfect white sand forms Rodas Beach where families picnic and enjoy the shallow blue water. A lagoon full of fish lies behind the sand bar. Sheltered in the nearby pine forest is a small camp site. The island restaurant offers a menu featuring local seafood and a wooden kiosk provides maps of the island and walks led by a park ranger.

The Atlantic Islands have been designated a National Park because of their natural beauty and their value to wild-life. Inhabited in the past, they are now undisturbed except in the summer months when a catamaran ferry runs four times a day from the maritime station in Vigo. Only 2200 people are allowed to be on the island at the same time, and the trip is very popular with local Spanish families, so it is best to get there early for the first crossing of the day.

The ferry landing stage is right next to the beach so you can be as leisurely or as strenuous as you like, relaxing on the beach or in the bar, or tackling one of the walking trails. There are four trails, ranging from an easy 1 hour walk to the 3 hour climb to the lighthouse. Whatever you choose, Illa do Faro is a very beautiful and memorable place to visit.

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

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How to book a weeks camping on Cies Island for Sept.

Do you know how i can book a weeks stay on Cies I have tried the web site but its all in Spanish

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