08.09.2016 - 08.09.2016
The exploring begins
Arriving on Cies isles and seeing how clean the turquoise sea water was and the bright sand under the rays of the sun, we couldn’t wait to take a stroll along the main beach by the ferry dock. Rodas beach is a very beautiful long crescent of very fine powdery white sand that with every step we were taken the sand it was flying away and it was very difficult for us to walk on it so we went back and walked on the path on the first section.
We have chosen to visit the island of Monteagudo which are two islands in one and are linked by Rodas beach and there's a small strait with a natural lagoon.thumb_IMG_8147.jpg]
When we have disembark and walked on the small wooden bridge we have arrived at a small wooden hut that it was used as the tourist office and the staff there were very helpful while giving out maps of the island in different languages.
With the map in our hand we headed for the cafe/ bar area so we could decide which hike we were going to take so we could see as much as possible on the island. Over cool drinks we have decided to do the longest trail to Monte Faro which is just over 7km return trip but with spectacular views over the Atlantic, and the rest of the islands.
The Monte Faro Trail
Starting from the small hut of the tourist office we have turned left towards the shaded area of the campside and walked past that we came to the restaurant, rest rooms and supermarket. After we had a nice cold drink we have headed for our trek through the forest under the shade of the pine trees giving us protection at the same time.
After 1.2 km from Rodas beach we did come across another tourist information centre which it was closed by the building it happened to be an old artillery storage from the 19th century which it was built on the remains of Stan Esteban monastery from the 11th century and inside you can see the remaining foundations and a man shape tomb of one of the monks that who lived there.
The hike to Monte Faro it was medium but after we came out of the shaded area it was more difficult as we had the sun direct above us but as we were stopping to take photos and having a rest at the same time. The eastern side of the islands are the best ones as there are protecting from the Atlantic winds and they have the best beaches and are covered by woods.
After a long walk we came out of the shaded areas and the coolness of the forest and out to the bright sun and you need to take precautions as the sun is very strong. Make sure that you have enough water especially in the summer and you do need to take water with you before you arrive at the island as water is not easily available, suncream and definitely sunglasses. Walking on the eastern side of the Faro island and as we have started ascending towards Mount Faro we got to admire a panoramic view of San Martino island and the Faro de Porta.
San Martino Island
Ascending the long route to Mount Faro it wasn't an easy task but it was worth the trek to see the beauty of the island from both sides. The splendid Rodas beach with its lagoon but also the rough and vertical cliffs and marvelous landscapes.
When we have reached Mount Faro it was time to take a good rest and admire the views before the descend.To be able see the views from both sides of the island and to see the differences it was worth every effort and struggle we came across to reach the lighthouse.
Descending from the Mount Faro we had a choice of two different routes which one of them it was the route to Faro de Porta and the over to Tafoni a rock erosion from the winds and the bird observatory and we have chosen the later as we have seen the Faro de Porta from above.
The islands are very popular with the main colonies of habitats and birds and one being the yellow legged gull which it can swim under water but we didn't come across any. But we did come across couple of seagulls which are very common on the isles
After we have taken and finished our walk it was time for a very deserved meal at the restaurant overlooking Margaridas Cove. For our lunch we have chosen fresh fish with salad and it was the perfect meal on such occasion.