Silversea Expedition Cruises To CIES ISLANDS

CIES ISLANDS

The Cíes Islands are truly a natural paradise of exceptional ecological interest. The craggy granitic rock hills and cliffs of these three islands were once well known as a hideout for pirates. The western sides of the islands share nearly vertical cliffs and numerous sea caves, both formed by erosion from wave action generated by Atlantic squalls as they pass over the islands. The more sheltered eastern side is protected from the salt spray of Atlantic winds and has formed beaches and dunes carpeted with brushy vegetation. View more

The area is now a nature reserve and home to over 15,000 nesting seabirds, most of them Yellow-legged Gulls. The water around the islands is exceptionally clear and cool, and the islands are a favorite recreational spot for the local people.

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DUBLIN To LISBON
  • Departure
    Aug 27 2022
  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Cloud
From US$ 6,570
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Excursions in CIES ISLANDS

Hiking with Silversea Expedition team

Cíes Islands - a true natural paradise of exceptional ecological interest. Go ashore by Zodiac and accompanied by the Expedition team and local guides, explore the hills and cliffs of these three islands. Once well known as a hideout for pirates, the area is now a nature reserve and home to over 15,000 nesting seabirds, most of them Yellow-legged Gulls.


You'll have the option to join one of two hikes. A long walk (7km return), from the pier southwards, up to the Cies Lighthouse, over paved roads and dirt tracks with an elevation of about 150m. Or a stunning easy hike (2km return on paved roads) on the north-western side, with a gradual incline up to the top of a hill over looking the Cies Islands, which has an elevation of roughly 100m.


Whatever hike you choose, it will be a plesure to enjoy the scenery and look out for birds. Apart from the seabirds you will see robins, blackbirds, Dunnocks, and Coal Tits, while woodpeckers are usually only heard.


At the end of your walk, you'll have time to enjoy the white beaches, the water here is exceptionally clear (and cool), and the islands are a favourite place among the locals - the beach next to our landing site was voted one of the nicest beaches of Spain!

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.