The Cìes Islands are part of the Vigo estuary; an archipelago of three islands; a 40-minute ferry ride from the cities of Vigo, Baiona, or Cangas in Pontevedra, in southern Galicia.
If you're leaving from Vigo, park at the mall. There are plenty of spaces and it's reasonably priced and adjacent to the dock.
The flag of Spain and of Galicia
Rodas Beach, called Caribbean Beach, on Monteagudo, was named the most beautiful in 2007, for its white sand and crystal clear, turquoise blue water.
There are no hotels on the island, but you can camp. There are no trash cans either; everything you bring in, you must bring out. And there is no electricity on the island.
There are a visitors' center, a small market and two restaurants for tourists. You can kayak and swim, but you cannot do anything to disrupt the island ecosystem.
As a nature preserve, any activities that threaten the ecosystem are prohibited. From what we could tell, people camp and sunbathe. They swim and walk around the island...it's a giant campground.
It is beautiful. The seagulls like it, for sure. The world's largest colony of seagulls live here...reportedly over 40,000. There are other birds too, but seagulls are the dominant species.
Who can blame them? The Cíes Islands, and specifically Rodas Beach, are lovely.
Where is your favorite beach? What is your idea of the most beautiful beach in the world?