Sailing to the Cies Island in Galicia, Spain

A couple of years ago Inka wrote a post on Europe a la Carte about her trip to the Playa de Rodas on the Cies Islands in Galicia, north western Spain. which has been called one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  I was delighted that a visit to the islands was on the itinerary for my Blogger Trip Vigo in October 2012.

Playa de Rodas on the Cies Islands

However, not being at my best on the water, I was a bit apprehensive that the journey to the Cies Islands would be made on a charter yacht. This sentiment only intensified when I discovered that the three other bloggers on the trip, Cole of Four Jandals, Daniel of Viajares and Sebastian of Off the Path all had proven sea legs. Our tour guide Laura was also affected by sea sickness, so she gave me a pill. It was looking like the crossing from Vigo would be fairly smooth, so I boarded the charter yacht feeling quite confident.

Boarding the charter yacht in Vigo harbour

The guys ease with being at sea was all too evident as they clambered around the vessel to get the best shots. I was firmly anchored to my seat.

Leaving Vigo harbour

The yacht swayed a bit in the waves caused by passing boats.

Passing mussel collection boat

It took around two hours to reach the Cies Islands.

Approaching the Cies Islands

Thank goodness Laura took my hand as I was getting off the boat, as it moved slightly away from the pier just as I was attempting to disembark. I didn’t really fancy a fully clothed dip in the Atlantic. I did feel a bit woosy for the first few minutes back on terra firma but was distracted by the fisherman showing off his octopus catch.

Catch of the day

We crossed the raised path with the lagoon on one side and the Atlantic on the other, as we made our way up to the Monte Faro Hill Trail.

Information board by the lagoon

Cole and Sebastian climbed up the Pedra da Campa rock.

Pedra da Campa

Kudos to Cole for getting up that rock in his jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops).

One half of Four Jandals

I requested assistance from Daniel to get back on the boat. The skipper anchored in a sheltered spot with views of Playa de Rodas. There was a tasty tuna pie and pork in a sauce. I thought that was it, but then we were presented with an enormous seafood platter, followed by Almond Cake.

Seafood platter

After lunch Laura and I both took another sea sickness pill.  Sebastian started to relax after he reached his 25mb data allowance for the day, meaning that he couldn’t keep tweeting and uploading photos.

Sebastian minus mobile phone

I took the helm briefly and had the yacht heading in the wrong direction.  As we go closer to Vigo we could see a rain cloud approaching and the wind changed direction. I began to feel a bit iffy, so retired to the cabin for the rest of the journey.

Me at the helm of the yacht

Surprisingly I felt fine when I got off the boat. However I did feel a bit dizzy later that evening during dinner. The dizziness  persisted until I feel asleep but I was back to normal in the morning.

I’m so glad that I took the trip out to the Cies Islands. Aided by anti sea sickness pills,  I felt OK most of the time and really enjoyed visiting  the Cies Islands.

Click here to see all my Cies Islands photos on Flickr.

You can find more information on the Cies Islands on the Vigo Tourism site.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels