Idyllic desert islands off the coast of northern Spain
Pristine beaches of Islas Cies, Spain
The notion of a string of idyllic desert islands off the coast of northern Spain is an unlikely one. However, viewed from a hilltop in Vigo in the remote region of Galicia, this string of marine pearls is no mirage.
The Islas Cies have been cited among the world’s 10 best beaches, with pristine white sands lapped by calm waters of Caribbean turquoise, against a pine forest backdrop.
The former pirates’ lair is now a national park protected from hotel developers and beach vendors. But there’s a campsite for those who want to linger when the day-trippers leave on the last ferry, and a restaurant dispensing the fabulous seafood for which Galicia is famous.