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Published: August 12th 2017
It is a Marine Park and probably the best place I have ever seen in Spain about
nature and wildlife. About 85 percent is underwater.
The great thing is that it is only a stone throw to the mainland, about nine miles away from Vigo city (15 kilometers).
That time I was not alone, as always, but with my cousin David that kindly
accompanied me, here, in this beautiful island.
There could not be better place than this one for a bit of respite and to escape from
the great stress of the ordinary life.
The flora is abundant in the Cíes Islands. Numerous trails wind around the islands and
we went for some exploration of the surroundings.
Along the way we admired the great population of eucalyptol and pine trees forest that combined with the
turquoise colour of the water seemed to be landed on another world.
That was absolutely fabulous!!!! Not allowed cars and bicycles, also a limited number of
tourists is permitted in the prestine Marine Park.
That was a different
world from the one that we all know. But who knows if one day
money and concrete will get here, as well, to spoil even this beautiful gem of the
Jaw-dropping landscape at every look out point and also an abundant fauna with
those beautiful yellow-legged herring gulls that were numerous flying around us.
One of those gulls seemed not to fear the people, as we approached to it. We made it till
the lighthouse where a gentle breeze of the morning and the warm heat of the sun
caressed us and made us feel pleased by this sensation of freedom high up in the
History is interesting too. Just at the end of the Bronze Age came a new population
to inhabit the islands. "The Castros" built settlements on high grounds and hills with
fortifications to protect their huts.
They had stone tools and rudimentary, thick ceramics.
In the first century BC, the Gallaecia tribes fought the Roman army. The Romans
had to fight a lot of battles before eventually conquered the whole
peninsula. One of the places where the battles were fought was Rodas beach.
Religious figures as monks, as well, inhabited the islands in the 6th century AD.
Even though these religious communities were attacked by the Normans, they still
got to prospered and dominate the population with a feudal system.
In the mid 16th century, the population started to abandon the islands due to
attacks by the Turks, Tunisians and the British.
Due to the constant attacks, the archipelago was fortified in the 19th century and a
small population remained on the islands, the majority from Cangas.
in the 1950s massive tourism arrived and this led the authorities to protect the
natural beauty of the islands. In 1980 the Cíes Islands were declared a National Park.
As a nature lover and with the idea that the contact with the nature is very
important - in this frenetic listyle that people have nowadays and that the gap
between us and the natural world is ever widening causing us a lot of distress and
- I really hope that this magical place can remain untouched for as long
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