Cies Archipelago

Vita aérea das Illas Cíes
Pertence ao concello de
3,091 hectares: 433 terrestrial hectares and 2,658 marine hectares.
Outras figuras de protección
Natural Park since 1980. Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA) since 1988. SAC Illas Cíes since 2014.

The Cíes archipelago is made up of 3 islands: Monteagudo, Faro and San Martiño and the islets of Agoeiro or Boeiro, Penela dos Vinos,  Carabelos and  Ruzo. It is located at the mouth of the Vigo estuary.

If we fly over the Cíes archipelago, the contrasting relief between the west face, facing the ocean, where the steep cliffs rise more than 150 meters and the east face, which faces the Vigo estuary and touches the sea with the sand of its beaches. It stands out for its importance  geomorphological and biological complex formed by the Rodas beach barrier, which acts as a natural bridge between the Monteagudo and Faro islands, and O Lago (formerly “El Lago de los Ninos”), which serves as a refuge for fish breeding and other aquatic animals. Once populated, the Cíes Islands offer a good sample of cultural heritage: ruins of monasteries, forts, salting factories and carabinieri warehouses.

For more information, download the Cíes brochure by clicking here. small cies brochure

You can access the Library section to consult and download more brochures and resources about the islands.

How to get?

By public maritime transport

In high season

Easter, and from May 15 to September 15

The transport companies that provide these services are usually based in the ports of Vigo, Cangas and Baiona. Each season these companies establish their routes and schedules so it is advisable to check them beforehand to approach the islands on these dates.

The limit of daily visitors to the Cíes archipelago in the high season is 1,600-1,800 people per day, so it is necessary to have prior authorization from the Xunta de Galicia before buying the ticket from the shipping company. Access more information and the authorisation website HERE.

In low season

Rest of the year

Cíes can only be visited in organised groups with a guide, so visitors must contact the authorised shipping companies that organise the visiting groups.  The maximum number of visitors in low season is 250-450 people per day. The guide must be identified as accredited by the National Park and cannot go with more than 25 people in the group.

The contacts of the shipping companies can be seen at the end of this page.

By private boat

The visit can be made any day of the year but it is necessary to have the navigation and anchoring permits issued by the National Park. The form to request the navigation permit can be downloaded from this website in the section authorizations and it also indicates the documentation that must be attached. The applications, once completed, can be sent by email, regular mail or fax to the offices of the National Park.   
Once you have obtained the navigation permit, you can request online the anchoring permits for those days you wish to anchor in the islands. 
The daily limit in this archipelago is 75-125 anchorages/day spread over three areas (San Martiño, Nosa Señora and Rodas).

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What to see?

Cree el mapa interactivo con los aspectos que más le interese. Recuerde que solo se puede caminar por los caminos en color.

Si prefiere puede descargar el folleto con el mapa e información de rutas y puntos de interés haciendo clic aquí.Folleto Cies peq

Puede descargar información más detallada de las rutas de Cíes aquí.



The national park
  Address E-mail Phone no. Fax
park office Oliva 3, 36202 VIGO iatlanticas [at] (iatlanticas[at]xunta[dot]gal) +34 886 21 80 90 +34 886 21 80 94
Visitors Center Rúa Palma 4. Casco Vello - Vigo (tras la Colexiata o Concatedral de Vigo) 
Lunes a jueves de 10-14h (10-12h atención preferente a grupos escolares) 
Viernes y sábado 10-14h / 16:30-19:30h 
(Domingos y festivos cerrado)
Shipping companies / Transport companies in the Cíes Islands.

Regular Service / Groups and educational visits

Name Phone no. Web E-mail
MAR DE ONS +34 986 225 272 info [at] (info[at]mardeons[dot]com) / comercial [at] (comercial[at]mardeons[dot]com) (grupos + 30)
NAVIERA NABIA +34 986 320 048 info [at] (info[at]piratasdenabia[dot]com)
NAVIERA DE LAS RÍAS GALLEGAS SL +34 986 302 415 riasgallegas [at] (riasgallegas[at]rgnaviera[dot]com)
CRUCEROS DO ULLA SL +34 986 731 818 / +34 608 089 458 info [at] (info[at]crucerosdoulla[dot]com)
CRUCEROS RÍAS BAIXAS +34 986 731 343  / +34 670 518 669 info [at] (info[at]crucerosriasbaixas[dot]com)
NAVIERA BAHÍA SUB +34 607 911 523 naviera [at] (naviera[at]bahiasub[dot]com)
Groups and educational visits
Name Phone no. Web  E-mail  
ALVAMAR NÁUTICA +34 683 580 364 / +34 653 516 969 / info [at] (info[at]alvamarnautica[dot]com)
CHARTERTERRANOVA +34 620 220 855 info [at] (info[at]charterterranova[dot]com)
JULIO VERNE NÁUTICA +34 683 251 682 office [at] (office[at]juliovernenautica[dot]com)
MAR DE AGUIÑO +34 630 233 702 / +34 619 978 390 mardeaguino [at] (mardeaguino[at]hotmail[dot]com)
MEDUSA CENTRO BUCEO E TURISMO ACTIVO +34 633 119 533 / +34 986 502 044 centrobuceomedusa [at] (centrobuceomedusa[at]gmail[dot]com) 
MERGULLO BREOGÁN +34 607 799 623 mergullobreogan [at] (mergullobreogan[at]gmail[dot]com)
MONROA SL +34 608 182 274 info [at] (info[at]crucerospelegrin[dot]com)
NAVEGANTE VIGO SL +34 610 403 362 info [at] (info[at]navegantevigo[dot]es)
OCEAN SECRETS +34 664 640 554 info [at] (info[at]oceansecrets[dot]es) / direccioncomercial [at] (direccioncomercial[at]oceansecrets[dot]es)
OCEANIC AROUSA TOURS +34 648 458 116 info [at] (info[at]oceanicarousa[dot]com)
OFTEFOR CB (CORTICATA) +34 625 807 923 / +34 639 870 488 info [at] (info[at]corticata[dot]com)
RUTAS RÍAS BAIXAS SLU +34 609 359 141 info [at] (info[at]taximar-riasbaixas[dot]com)
SAILWAY +34 986 442 351 info [at] (info[at]sailway[dot]es)
SAN YAGO CHARTER +34 619 304 826 jaime [at] (jaime[at]sanyagocharter[dot]com)
SEA CHARTER RÍAS BAIXAS SL +34 644 483 305 seacharterriasbaixas [at] (seacharterriasbaixas[at]gmail[dot]com)
SUSIACUÑA SL +34 986 229 235 susions [at] (susions[at]isladeons[dot]net)
TURIMARES SL +34 986 733 543 / +34 620 997 621 info [at] (info[at]crucerosturimares[dot]com)